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Lajong oust East Bengal to enter Fed Cup semis

By The Assam Tribune
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BARASAT (WB), May 4: Meghalaya outfit Shillong Lajong FC held their nerves to down East Bengal 4-3 on aggregate in extra-time to become the first team to qualify for Federation Cup football semifinal, here today.

Trailing 1-2 in the first leg, East Bengal brought their campaign back on track with a 2-1 scoreline in the regulation time as the match advanced to the extra time with 3-3 on aggregate as Brazilian Ulliams Bomfin Souza struck the decisive goal in the 114th minute.

Six minutes before the match was headed for a shootout verdict, the Brazilian chested the ball down from a Penn Orji cross before hitting the ball past TP Rehenesh to silence the home crowd. Shillong Lajong FC will now face the winners of Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar return leg clash here tomorrow as the Mariners lead 3-2 heading into the home leg semis.

Lajong took a 17th minute lead through Fabio as seven minutes later, East Bengal equalised through Ranty Martins� penalty lodging the ball into the bottom right corner from another penalty.

Lalrindika Ralte kept East Bengal�s hopes alive with a magical left-footer when he shot from a Dong cross in the 37th minute.

Bipin Singh wanted to cross in and he hits Deepak�s hand inside the box and Fabio delivered from the 12-yard spot by slotting into the left bottom corner for the first goal of the match. Rehenesh dives the right way but the ball went past under him.

Lajong conceded the penalty after Nimodorjee Tamang handed the ball from Dong�s swivel shot in the 22nd minute as Ranty slotted it home. � PTI

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