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I-League 2017: Aizawl FC 1-0 East Bengal - Khalid Jamil snaps Red and Golds' unbeaten start

Goal.com logo Goal.com 20-02-2017

Aizawl FC maintained their unbeaten record at home with a 1-0 win over East Bengal in the concluding Round 10 match of the I-League at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Aizawl, Mizoram, on Monday afternoon.

Goalscorer R. Laldanmawia had replaced Ashutosh Mehta who was dropped from the by Khalid Jamil while Trevor Morgan made as many as four changes for the away side.

Arnab Mondal, Romeo Fernandes, Rowllin Borges and Abinash Ruidas made it to the East Bengal eleven in place of Gurwinder Singh, Lalrindika Ralte, Chris Payne and Nikhil Poojari.

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A few offsides for Jayesh Rane, Kamo Bayi and Laldanmawia of the home team inside the first 10 minutes was coupled by East Bengal midfielder Wedson Anselme's volley from outside the box that beat goalkeeper Albino Gomes but came off the crossbar in the third minute.

Aizawl were seen attacking well from either flanks with Mahmoud Al Amna dictating play and Danmawia often troubling East Bengal's left back Narayan Das.

Ruidas was flagged offside in his attempt in a counter move at the half-hour mark, before Aizawl were forced to make an early change by bringing in Lalrinzuala Khiangte in place of the injured Lalruatthara.

Ivan Bukenya's clearance off Brandon Vanlalremdika's cross fell straight for Danmawia in the 38th minute, but the Mizo winger's effort went high over the bar.

In the next minute, Brandon appealed for a handball against Rahul Bheke inside the box but the penalty appeal was turned down. Brandon continued to push for the opener with a through pass to Al Amna, which the Syrian chipped over goalkeeper Rehenesh TP but for Bukenya to steer away to safety.

Romeo's first start for East Bengal ended at half-time as he was replaced by Robin Singh, with Lalrindika Ralte also coming on for Ruidas in order to move the tide in their favour.

However, the hosts finally got the deserved lead in the 58th minute when Rane's cross from the left saw a one touch chipped finish by Danmawia over Rehenesh.

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