Mahindra defeat East Bengal 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Jose Ramirez Barreto baffled East Bengal with his magical touch as Mahindra United floored city giants 1-0.

Mahindra defeat East Bengal 1-0
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Kolkata:

Jose Ramirez Barreto baffled East Bengal with his magical touch as Mahindra United floored city giants 1-0 in a crucial ONGC National Football League match. The Brazilian struck it rich in the 68th minute to break the deadlock in the game that saw the Mumbai side steamrolling the locals, more so in the second half, on their home turf Salt Lake stadium. Barreto, as impressive as always, displayed classic opportunism and reflex as he latched on to a nice through from substitute Surajit Bose on top of the box, took a quick turn, saw rival 'keeper Nassem Akhtar narrowing the angle and fired an instep shot that sneaked in through the first post. The former Mohun Bagan striker scored his fifth goal in the tournament to remain the top-scorer while table toppers Mahindra marched forward on their way to the title hunt. Mahindra boosted their tally to 16 points from six outings while East Bengal remained with 12 points from seven matches. The hosts, despite being at the receiving end for most part, came across a couple of easy chances that were squandered by Rahim Nabi and substitute Sasthi Duley in the second session. Mahindra medio James Singh, who played a pivotal role in the midfield, bagged the man of the match award. (PTI)

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