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East Bengal seal semi-final berth in Hero Super Cup

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

An time goal by helped East Bengal to notch up a thrilling 1-0 win over Aizawl FC and seal the first semifinal spot of the Hero Super Cup here today.

A former Aizawl midfielder, Ralte scored the solitary goal of the match from the spot late into time to break the deadlock after both the teams fought tooth and nail during the regulation time.

The first half began on a slow note but East Bengal FC soon caught up and started attacking in quick succession through Syrian and Nigerian Dudu Omegbemi.

But the outfit showcased their class by denying East Bengal. Aizawl FC did put up an attack with a few shots on the goal as well but couldn't find success in their attempts.

It was the Bengal outfit however who came really close to scoring on a couple of occasions but some brave goal keeping from ensured that the first 45 minutes of the game ended evenly balanced without any goals being scored.

The second half began with East Bengal pressing hard to score but was too tough for the Red & Golds to pass through.

It was Lalawmpuia's heroics at the goal post that kept Aizawl FC alive in the game till the last minute before the youngster made the only mistake of the game conceding a penalty in the last minute of the time.

Aizawl FC had missed their closest chance to score a few seconds back through

Ralte made no mistake in converting the penalty to his favour, and sealing their semi-final spot at the Hero Super Cup 2018.

The second quarterfinal of the Hero Super Cup will be played between Hero outfits Mohun Bagan and Shillong Lajong FC on April 11.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 08 2018. 20:15 IST