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  ISL 2021-22: Odisha FC upset East Bengal 6-4
30 Nov 2021

Odisha FC came from behind to beat SC East Bengal 5-3 in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco today. This was the second straight win for the Bhubaneswar-based Odisha FC, who earlier beat Bengaluru FC 3-1 in their opening match.

Darren Sidoel (13) opened the scoring for the Kolkata side with Semboi Haokip (80) and Daniel Chima (90, 90+2P) also getting into the scoresheet. However, goals from Hector Rodas (33, 40), Javi Hernandez (45), Aridai Suarez (71, 90+4) and Isak Vanlalruatfela (82) left East Bengal still winless as Odisha FC equal ATK Mohun Bagan with six points on top of the table.

It took under 13 minutes for the floodgates to open. SC East Bengal started proceedings. Veteran Raju Gaikwad in one of his signature long throw-ins delivered into the box. A mistimed clearance from the Odisha defence saw the ball put in space for Sidoel, who banged into the top-right corner of the net.


Odisha had the chance to equalise soon with Nandhakumar Sekar shooting wide. However, amends were made by defender Hector Rodas. The former Levante man first nodded home a long freekick delivered from Javi where SC East Bengal defenders failed to mark the physical presence of Rodas.

The same pair that linked up again for Odisha to take the lead. A corner-kick by Javi was headed into the net by Rodas who left Raju Gaikwad for dead inside the box, making it 2-1. It could have been a hat-trick for both Rodas and Javi in the goals and assists department but this time, Javi, the former ATK Mohun Bagan man scored a high-quality Olympic goal, curving the ball past the reach of the goalkeeper from the flag-kick before halftime.

While Javi never made it back onto the pitch post the break, Kiko Ramirez went for the offensive. Aridai Suarez and Jonathas were introduced with Mongil making way. There was a triple change for the Kolkata side at the hour mark too. Chima, Mrcela and Amarjit were brought in, shuffling in fresh legs.

A magnificent freekick by Aridai left Suvam Sen no chance as he started the second-half goal show. The first five goals in the match got delivered through set-pieces. Semboi Haokip nodded in a second-half consolation, heading in a swerving delivery from Mohd Rafique.

But Isak who came on as a substitute also joined the party with a fine sharp strike. Chima too got his first two goals in SC East Bengal colours in the dying embers of the game but Aridai delivered the final blow in a ten-game thriller.
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TOP: Odisha FC players celebrates their 6-4 win against East Bengal in Vasco on 30 November 2021.
RIGHT: Aridai Suarez celebrates after scoring the last goal for Odisha FC in Vasco on 30 November 2021.


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