East Bengal face Vietnam outfit tomorrow
Kolkata: Unbeaten East Bengal will look to top group H before the knockouts as they face Vietnam oufit Sai Gon Xuan Thanh in their last league match of the AFC Cup here on Monday.
East Bengal have already qualified for the prequarterfinals as they lead the table with 11 points, while the Vietnam outfit lie second with eight points.
A draw will be enough for the red and gold brigade to top the pool that will ensure that the knock-out match will be held at home.
"Getting a point is very important as it would help us play the prequarterfinal here," coach Trevor Morgan said today.
East Bengal will have to do away with key playmaker Mehtab Hossain and Manandeep Singh who have been booked for the match.
If they keep their unbeaten record intact, East Bengal will become the first team from India to qualify for the knock-out withouting losing a match.
The first-leg match between the two teams had ended in a goalless draw as Morgan`s side would be keen on logging three points at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan.
The Vietnam outfit will also be keen to score a point which will ensure qualification as the second best team.
"Our boys are confident. We will hope to get at least a draw," head coach Tran Tien Tai said.
Sai Gon Xuan Thanh are three points clear of Malaysian outfit Selangor who play Tampines Rovers in Singapore in the another match on Monday.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: Exiled Kashmiri Pandits share their heart wrenching stories
- Basic ideals of Constitution are in danger: Sonia Gandhi
- PM Modi greets nation on occasion of first Constitution Day
- Manjula Vaghela's journey: From rag picker to head of a firm with Rs 1 cr turnover!
- Indian Army faces shortage of field firing ranges in J&K
- Woman commits suicide after heated discussion with husband over Aamir Khan's intolerance remark
- Intolerance issue: Those attacking me are only proving my point, says Aamir Khan – Read full statement
- Eat smart to slow down ageing and increase longevity!
- Setback to Kejriwal-led AAP as MLA Akhilesh Tripathi arrested in riot case
- 10 interesting facts about Constitution which every Indian must know