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  East Bengal crawl into Super Cup final
BHUBANESWAR,16 Apr 2018 (Team Orisports)

Kolkata giants Kingfisher East Bengal booked berth in the final of the 1st Super Cup Football Tournament with a narrow 1-0 win over FC Goa in the first semi-final here at the Kalinga Stadium today. Nigerian striker Dudu Omegbemi scored the winner in the 78th minute. East Bengal now await the winners of the second semi-final between arch-rivals Mohun Bagan and JSW Bengaluru FC which is to be played tomorrow.

The first-half which ended goallessly. East Bengal had better chances with Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna missing the first real chance of the half in the 19th minute but he failed to tap in a cross from inside the box by teammate and Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa.


A minute later Dudu broke free from an Al Amna flicked header but with just the goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani to beat, he hit straight at him. Katsumi Yusa then missed two gilt-edged chances in the 33rd and 35th minutes. FC Goa also had a chance in added time but Ferran Corominas’ hit the post from an acute angle after his solo run.

East Bengal continued to press hard for a goal in the second half and Dudu and Katsumi again missed at golden opportunities to score between them -- the Nigerian being the more profligate. The deadlock was finally broken in the 78th minute when another quality cross from the left flank by Katsumi found Dudu who tapped in past Kattimani.

Meanwhile, FC Goa captain Eduardo Bedia was sent off in the second half after receiving his second yellow card of the match. FC Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani, who made many acrobatic saves, was adjudged the man of the match. He was awarded a prize of Rs 25,000 by Parliament Member Rabindra Kumar Jena.
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TOP: Players of East Bengal Club line-up for their semifinal match against FC Goa in Bhubaneswar on April 16, 2018.
RIGHT: Players of FC Goa line-up for their semifinal match against East Bengal Club in Bhubaneswar on April 16, 2018.


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