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  Pedro brace helps Odisha FC stun East Bengal FC
18 Nov 2022

Odisha FC recorded their third comeback win of the season as they beat East Bengal FC 4-2 in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata today. This was the fourth win for Bhubaneswar-based Odisha FC.

Half-time substitute Pedro Martin scored a brace to restore parity three minutes after coming on. Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Nandhakumar Sekar wrapped up the three points later on. Thongkhosiem Haokip and Naorem Singh had put East Bengal 2-0 up in the first half.

The hosts were forced to make one change to their starting XI as Pritam Singh replaced the injured Jerry Lalrinzuala and started his first match of the season. The visitors made two changes that dropped Denechandra Meitei and Mawihmingthanga to the bench as Narender Gahlot and Isaac Chhakchhuak started.

Midway through the first half, Haokip broke the deadlock. A Jordan ODoherty through ball from the halfway line caught the Odisha FC back-line off-guard as Suhair skipped the offside trap before teeing up Haokip from the right flank. The forward calmly tapped the ball into an empty net in the 23rd minute.

The Torch Bearers doubled their advantage 12 minutes later. Charis Kyriakou did well to win the ball in midfield before Cleiton Silva flicked the ball on for Suhair. This time the winger whipped a low cross in from the left flank as Naorem darted in to score.

Odisha FC Head Coach Josep Gombau made four impactful substitutions at half-time. In the 47th minute, Pedro, who came on for Isaac, was played through by Mauricio before smashing it in with his first touch after coming on. A minute later, a cross by substitute Denechandra Meitei was headed back across goal by Mauricio and headed into the back of the net by Pedro again.

The comeback was complete in the 65th minute. Meitei whipped another good cross into the box as Mawihmingthanga headed it in from close range at the far post to give his side the lead. The Juggernauts established a two-goal cushion after long diagonal by Saul Crespo found Sekar on the left flank. The winger beat substitute Sarthak Golui before smashing in fourth and final goal of the night for Odisha FC from a tight angle in the 76th minute.

The win today lifted Odisha FC up into third in the table, three off Mumbai City FC, with a game in hand. They now have 12 points from six matches. The Juggernauts will host Chennaiyin FC next on November 24. East Bengal FC remained in eighth place with six points from seven games. The Club Award of the high-scoring match today went to OFC, which The Hero of the Match Award was bagged by Pedro Martin.
PHOTO: Odisha FC substitute Pedro Martin celebrates after scoring a goal against East Bengal FC in their ISL match in Kolkata on 18 November 2022.



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