This has been one of the worst ISL campaigns of all time for NorthEast United FC. Reflecting their form throughout the season, the two bottom-placed teams NEUFC and East Bengal played a boring draw and shared points in match 104 of the Hero Indian Super League 2021-22 at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama on Monday. The Highlanders would have wanted to end their otherwise disappointing campaign on a high by registering a win but it was not to be. Marco Sahanek scored the solitary goal for NEUFC while Antonio Perosevic scored the one for SC East Bengal, via a penalty.
The first half was anything but aggressive. Both the sides have experienced a torrid season and wanted to not end the season as the bottom-placed side. There was hardly any attack but it was clearly the team from Kolkata who created most of the opportunities. However, in added time of the first half, Marco Sahanek broke the deadlock to give an edge to NEUFC going into halftime. However, the lead did not last for long. An unfair clearance from Patrick Flottmann helped SCEB earn a penalty and Antonio Perosevic made no mistake. Both teams tried to push hard thereafter but failed to create any magic. NEUFC did create more chances in the second half but failed to convert any. Marcelo Pereira, who came in as a substitute for Patrick Flottmann, combined well with Deshorn Brown and Suhair Vadakkepeedika to almost win it for the Highlanders in the 73rd minute but East Bengal goalkeeper Sankar Roy did well. It was the same story for SC East Bengal and they kept missing chances and the match ended in a draw. NEUFC’s Joe Zoherliana was adjudged the Hero of the Match.
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