AIFF congratulates East Bengal for making AFC Cup semis

Updated: 24 September 2013 17:27 IST

East Bengal's James Moga came off the bench to cancel out Padang's Edward Junior Wilson first half strike to edge past the Indonesian outfit 2-1 on aggregate courtesy the red and gold brigade's 1-0 win at home last Tuesday.

New Delhi:

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) congratulated East Bengal on sealing a berth in the semifinals of the AFC Cup after beating Indonesia's Semen Padang 2-1 on aggregate over two legs on Tuesday.

East Bengal's James Moga came off the bench to cancel out Padang's Edward Junior Wilson first half strike to edge past the Indonesian outfit 2-1 on aggregate courtesy the red and gold brigade's 1-0 win at home last Tuesday.

AIFF President Praful Patel lauded the Kolkata outfit for their achievement.

"I congratulate East Bengal Club for their historic triumph. I wish them luck for the semifinals," Patel said.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das sounded extremely thrilled.

"This is a tremendous achievement. East Bengal until this match had won all their matches which speaks volumes about their performance at the International Level. This is a proud moment for Indian Football. I wish them all the very best for the semifinals."

East Bengal become the first Indian club since Dempo (in 2008) to reach the last-four stage of the AFC Cup, which is equivalent to Europe's Europa League.

Topics : Football
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