Kolkata: East Bengal continued their winning run with a 2-0 victory over a 10-man Shillong Lajong in their round four I-League fixture at the flood-lit Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.
The last year`s runners-up led 1-0 at the break with a 30th minute goal from captain Sanju Pradhan while Okpara sealed the issue in favour of East Bengal with an 89th minute strike.
East Bengal now have seven points from four matches, while the Shillong outfit remained with four from as many outings.
Having returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Mumbai FC, East Bengal looked aggressive right from the start with Orji Penn and Pradhan starting in the line-up, while Baljit Singh Sahni and Tolgay Ozbey up front.
But the North East team did not let up with some fine counterattacks as their defender Zohmingliana Ralte picked his second yellow in the 25th minute to be sent off, reducing Lajong to 10 players early into the first-half.
Five minutes later, East Bengal took the lead when Pradhan scored for with a long range rightfooter that went straight into the goal.
East Bengal held on to their lead, even as lack of creativity in the midfield was the order of the remaining first-half.
After the changeover, East Bengal kept attacking but could not find the goal till Okpara scored in the dying minutes to complete the scoreline.