East Bengal thrash AI in Durand Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Defending Champions East Bengal thrashed Air India 3-0 today to move into the final of the 116th Durand Cup football tournament.

East Bengal thrash AI in Durand Cup

New Delhi:

Defending Champions East Bengal thrashed Air India 3-0 today to move into the final of the 116th Durand Cup football tournament. The win enabled East Bengal to set up a title clash with National Football League runners-up Salgaocar at the Ambedkar Stadium on Monday. Air India neither had the firepower to score against East Bengal nor had the skill to stop Subash Bhowmick's men who were leading by two goals at half-time - from Malsawmtluanga in the 23rd minute and Chandan Das in the 37th minute. Changing ends, Mike Okoro got on the scorer's list after a solo display inside the box in the 65th minute to complete the drubbing. It was the best crowd attendance at this year's tournament but they never got any real exciting stuff as East Bengal overpowered their opponents with a double strike before the end of the first half in the one-sided encounter. In the absence of Bhutia, who is recovering from a right calf muscle injury, Malsawmtuluanga was East Bengal's key player till he was replaced at the end of the first half. (PTI)



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