5 Talking Points: NEROCA FC 1-4 Quess East Bengal FC
Last Updated 10:21 AM 11th December 2019 .
Quess East Bengal FC got their first win of the I-League campaign as they won 4-1 against NEROCA FC away on Tuesday.
Let us discuss five talking points about the game:
Spanish Trio finally combining
If lack of goals were a concern for the East Bengal fans, the Spanish trio upfront has finally delivered to their wishes as all 3: Jaime Santos Colado, Juan Mera and Marcos de la Espada were on the scoresheet at Imphal on Tuesday.
All three of them now has 2 goals each from 3 matches, with Juan Mera bragging one assist too in the first match against Real Kashmir FC.
No Clean sheet again
The East Bengal defence has been leaky regularly and once again conceded just 10 mins after they took the lead in the first half. It was the 4th consecutive game they have failed to do so!
With Mehtab Singh sidelined due to pox and Borja Gomez still ongoing his rehab, only Asheer Akhtar and Marti Crespí remain as centre backs in the team.
With lack of options, failing to keep a cleansheet will be a sign of worry for Alejandro Menendez.
Kamalpreet as a number 6
With Didika already sidelined and Tondomba picking up an injury against Punjab FC, Alejandro Menendez played Kamalpreet Singh as a makeshift number 6 alongside Kassim Aidara and did a good job handling the opposition from Manipur.
Kamalpreet Singh is no stranger to the position as he played a number of games last season under Coach Subhash Bhowmick and also later when Alejandro took over.
Against TRAU, if Tondomba Naorem remains unavailable, Kamalpreet is again set to start at the number 6 role on Saturday.
Ghost goal? Not given!!
It was bringing back memories of the 2005 Liverpool vs Chelsea UCL Semi Final, when Luis Garcia scored the famous “Ghost Goal” to knock Chelsea out. Only this time, a clear goal was not given but awarded a corner instead.
Juan Mera put in a low cross which struck NEROCA defender Ousmanne and went inside their own net. The commentators were sure of the goal, except the referee as he pointed towards the corner flag.
The goal net was damaged and the ref said it came from the outside. Pintu and Mera tried to protest but to no avail.
If only East Bengal had failed to grab all 3 points, this would have been a huge talking point from the game.
3 games in 6 days – another in 3 days
Quess East Bengal FC had already played their 3rd game in 6 days span in 3 different cities and will again travel to play TRAU FC at Kalyani on Saturday, within 72 hrs.
The team is heavily fatigued and tired legs could be seen after the 70th minute of the game.
Against TRAU, who are a strong compact and physical side, the fatigue would be the main disadvantage for Coach Alejandro Menendez’s boys.