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Mahindra down East Bengal with penalty goal

April 20, 2006 20:54 IST

Mumbai giants Mahindra United beat frontrunners East Bengal 1-0to cut the Kolkata giants' lead at the top of the National Football League to a solitary point.

At the Cooperage ground in Mumbai on Thursday, Federation Cup winners Mahindra United dominated the clash of thetwo leading teams and scored the match-winner froma penalty, converted by Yusif Yakubu in added time of the first half.

Mahindra had also won the first leg 1-0.

- National Football League coverage

The spot-kick was awarded to the local outfit when defender Malsawm Tluanga fisted the ball while going for an aerial duel with Yakubu. Surprisingly, he was not booked for the offence.

The victory took Mahindra United's points' tally to 26 from 12 outings, placing them just behindthe Kolkata side, who have27 from 13 matches.

Pior to the goal, East Bengal captain Baichung Bhutia had a good chance to put his team ahead, but delayed while taking a shot following a long clearance and Mahindra defender Mahesh Gawli did well to clear the ball out of harm's way.

Soon afterwards, the mercurial striker dodged two defenders and laid a fine pass, but itwas booted wide of the target by Ndem Guy Herve.

After staving offthese threatsin the first 15 minutes, Mahindra took control of the proceedings and could have gone ahead, but for East Bengal custodian Abhra Mondal, who saved a stiff shot from Yakubu followinga forward pass by K Ajayan.

Six minutes later Rauf Khan missed an open goal when put through by Yakubu, after the latter received a cross from Steven Dias.

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