East Bengal Coach Eelco Schatorrie on Saturday said though his team has not lost to Bengaluru Football Club (BFC) in previous games but they would not take it easy since their rivals are the best side in the I-League.
With hectic jockeying and jostling for positions at the top of the I-League table, defending champions Bengaluru FC take on East Bengal here on Sunday with both teams needing all points to remain in contention for the title.
A second-string East Bengal dished out a spirited show but failed to cancel out Mohd Amri Yahyah's early goal to suffer a 0-1 loss to Johor Darul Ta'Zim in a rain-interrupted AFC Cup football match here today.
Already three of their top players injured, East Bengal will not risk further and field a second string side when they face table leaders Johor Darul Ta'Zim in the penultimate league round of the AFC Cup football tournament here tomorrow.
Ranty Martins missed a penalty and the chance to score his 200th goal in the country's top league as East Bengal were held to a 1-1 draw by Mumbai FC in their I-League football fixture at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here today.
On the brink of achieving the 200th goal milestone in the combined I-League and NFL football tournament, East Bengal striker Ranty Martins on Friday said it's just a number and that he would dedicate it to his mother, whom he lost earlier this year.
Empty stadiums during a football match in the country may not be an unusual sight but come tomorrow East Bengal will take on Mumbai FC in the I-League behind closed doors at the gigantic Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Kriragan here.
Despite fielding their reserve team, East Bengal dominated the proceedings to hammer Balestier Khalsa FC 3-0 for their first win this season in the the AFC Cup football tournament at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday.
Virtually out of contention for the next round, East Bengal will try out their bench strength when they face Balestier Khalsa FC of Singapore in their group F fixture of the AFC Cup football tournament at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday.
A solitary strike from midfielder Godwin Franco in the 30th minute of the game, sealed a crucial 1-0 victory for hosts Royal Wahingdoh against East Bengal in an I-League football match here at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
After their 0-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in Kolkata on Saturday, a desperate East Bengal will look to getting back to winning ways against Royal Wahingdoh FC in the I-League football competition here on Tuesday.