North East took the lead in the 55th minute through an own goal by Sarthak Golui of the East Bengal defense. North East’s Nim Dorje’s cross was deflected by Golui’s leg and the ball bounced into the net.
Madgaon: North East beat East Bengal by two goals to one in the ISL to activate their play-off chances. After a goalless first half, North East took the lead in the 48th minute through a VP Zuhair goal from Imran Khan.
North East took the lead in the 55th minute through an own goal by Sarthak Golui of the East Bengal defense. North East’s Nim Dorje’s cross was deflected by Golui’s leg and the ball bounced into the net. East Bengal were reduced to 10 men in the 71st minute when Raju Gaekwad was shown a second yellow card and then a red card.
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In the 87th minute, Sarthak Golui scored a goal for East Bengal. East Bengal struggled for a last-minute equalizer but the North East defense did not give up. With the win, North East activated playoff hopes with 30 points from 19 games.
Hyderabad FC are fifth with 28 points from 19 matches. Hyderabad can retain their play-off berth after beating strong FC Goa in the final. For the North East, the last match is against the Kerala Blasters, whose play-off hopes are over. Goa can reach the play-offs even if they draw the last match. With today’s defeat, East Bengal remain in ninth position with 17 points from 19 matches.