Neither Odisha FC nor SC East Bengal was able to make it to the playoffs. Nonetheless, the bottom feeders of the league table were sure to gift the fans a blood-boiling match, which saw a total of 11 goals with Odisha edging out with a 6-5 win at the GMC Stadium.
Goals Galore: Odisha end their ISL campaign by thrashing East Bengal 6-5
It was East Bengal who scored the opening goal of the match in the 24th minute, as Anthony Pilkington made good use of a pass from Wahengbam Angousana, shooting the ball into the net from the right side of the box.
However, within just nine minutes, Odisha came back with the equalizer following a corner, as Lalhrezuala Sailung thundered the ball past Subrata Pal. However, Odisha’s lead was only short-lived as an own goal from their keeper Ravi Kumar pushed East Bengal into the lead once again.
Three minutes into the second half, Odisha leveled the scoreline, thanks to a brilliant outside box shot from Paul Ramfangzauva, and two minutes later, they went into the lead as Jerry Mawihmingthanga headed Manuel Onwu’s cross into the East Bengal net.
East Bengal came back with an equalizer in the 58th minutes with Aaron Amadi Holloway’s right-footed shot from outside the box to make the scoreline 3-3.
Just after the one hour mark, both Mawihmingthanga and Ramfangzauva scored their second goals of the game, as Odisha went 5-3 ahead of East Bengal. Maurício, who assisted Mawihmingthanga’s second goal, had his strike in the 69th minute to mark Odisha’s sixth goal of the game.
East Bengal had 20 more minutes to catch up, and the chase started with Jeje Lalpekhlua’s header by the 73-minute mark. However, East Bengal would only score once more in the injury time, as Holloway headed his second of the night to mark his side’s fifth goal of the match.
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