Durand Cup 2023: East Bengal secures Quarter-Final berth with hard-fought win over Punjab FC

East Bengal clinched a well-deserved spot in the quarterfinal of Durand Cup 2023 with a gritty 1-0 win over Punjab FC

In a captivating display of football prowess at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan, East Bengal FC clinched a well-deserved spot in the quarter-finals of Durand Cup 2023 with a gritty triumph over Punjab FC on Wednesday.

Javier Siverio emerged as the hero for East Bengal FC, sealing their quarter-final aspirations with a decisive first-half goal. The victory solidified East Bengal FC’s dominance in the group stage, where they remained unbeaten with two wins and a draw. However, the outcome marked the end of the journey for Punjab FC, who finished at the bottom of the group.

The early stages of the match saw East Bengal FC facing some challenges, but as the first half unfolded, they seized control. Punjab FC attempted to exploit an opening with a quick shot, but Prabhsukhan Gill showcased his skills by diving low to deny the effort.

The turning point arrived as East Bengal FC earned a corner and capitalized on it. Borja Herrera’s well-placed cross found Siverio, who soared above the rest to deliver a perfectly executed header into the far corner, granting East Bengal FC a crucial lead.

Undeterred by the opener, East Bengal FC maintained their attacking momentum, nearly extending their advantage before the halftime whistle. Naorem Mahesh’s precision cross met Siverio’s header, which unfortunately rebounded off the post.

East Bengal clinched a well-deserved spot in the quarterfinal of Durand Cup 2023 with a gritty 1-0 win over Punjab FC
Emami East Bengal FC(Red and Yellow)played against Roundglass Punjab FC (White)in the match no 24 played at Kishor Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata for the group A in the 132 edition of the Durand Cup on 16/08/2023.Pic/Ashok Bhaumik

The second half witnessed a more determined Punjab FC, introducing fresh faces to invigorate their offensive strategy. Despite their efforts, Staikos Vergetis’ side encountered difficulties in breaching East Bengal FC’s steadfast defense. The defenders held their shape and successfully countered Punjab FC’s advances.

Cleiton Silva’s entry into the game injected further dynamism for East Bengal FC. The Brazilian forward posed a threat with a close-range shot that was blocked and a narrowly missed free-kick.

As the match progressed, East Bengal FC exhibited resolute defensive prowess, safeguarding their lead with determination. Their impenetrable defense thwarted Punjab FC’s attempts, securing a well-earned victory and preserving their unbeaten streak in the tournament.

With this commanding display, East Bengal FC advances to the quarter-finals, poised to continue their impressive run in the Durand Cup 2023. As the tournament unfolds, fans can anticipate more enthralling clashes and remarkable football moments from East Bengal FC.

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