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Chennai City FC beat East Bengal 2-1, continue march towards I-League title

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

Spanish striker continued his goal-scoring spree, inspiring FC to a 2-1 win over East Bengal to consolidate the side's top position in the here Monday.

Manzi scored his 11th goal of the season in the 48th minute and Romario Jesuraj netted the other in the 70th minute after Laldanmawia Ralte had given East Bengal a ninth minute lead.

are now firmly perched on the top of the league standings with 27 points from 12 matches, a clear five points ahead of second-placed Churchill Brothers.

They had beaten East Bengal with the same scoreline in the first leg in Kolkata.

East Bengal, on the other hand, remained on 19 points and at sixth position. Their hopes of a first ever triumph are fast fading away.

Both teams made one change to their starting eleven from their previous game. was forced to replace Lalram Chullova, red-carded in the game against the Indian Arrows, with Samad

Akbar Nawas, on the other hand, started Pravitto Raju in place of Shem

The visitors got a corner and Lalrindika Ralte sent the ball towards the far post, which central defender headed back across goal for Laldanmawia to nod home from close.

Chennai then upped the ante, looking for an equaliser and a wonderful ball found its way into the box to but Samad shielded him away.

Then in the 34th minute, Nestor's midfield colleague unleashed a rasping drive from outside the box but East Bengal keeper Rakshit Dagar brought about a good save.

Chennai went into the break a goal down but clearly on the ascendency.

They got their equaliser three minutes into the second half through Manzi, which put him in joint top scorer's spot with

Romario Jesuraj went out wide and for an onrushing Vanspaul's effort towards goal found a deflection from Manzi and wrong-footed Dagar to enter the net.

The hosts then went ahead thanks to a brilliant tactical change by Nawas. Raju was sent wide on the right flank and Romario Jesuraj brought in-field.

In the 70th minute, Raju collected the ball on the right flank after East Bengal left back failed to intercept and cut inside to lay it off for Romario on top of the box. His shot found the right corner of the net.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 20:10 IST