AFC Cup 2013 Quarter-Final: East Bengal face Semen Padang in Indonesia

AFC Quarter Finals 2nd Leg
24.09.2013
Semend Padang(Indonesia) vs Kingfisher East Bengal(India)
Venue: Haji Agus Salim Stadium
Kick Off time: 1:30 PM IST
Live and Exclusive on ESPN

The whole of India would be praying for Kingfisher East Bengal as they take on the Indonesian Champions in Indonesia, in the second leg of AFC Cup 2013 on Tuesday, 24th September 2013, after playing a fine game of football at their home in Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Stadium, Kolkata on 17th September, 2013 where they won the first leg by a 1-0 scoreline thanks to a lone goal by new recruit Ryuji Sueoka. East Bengal would be hoping to repeat their dominance in the crucial second leg with only a draw being sufficient for the Red and Golds to gain a place in the semi-finals of the continental cup thus repeating Dempo SC's heroics in the AFC Cup 2008.

Kingfisher East Bengal team at the Agus Salim Stadium, Indonesia, Picture Courtesy: ebrp.in


Losing a midfielder of the stature of Penn Orji reflected on the East Bengal's gameplay as they were largely using long balls to feed their power striking duo of Chidi Edeh and James Moga, with the latter not in greatest of form while also lacking match fitness. The brightest point of East Bengal's game was the number of chances they created in the first leg, and East Bengal fans would be hoping that they do the same this time around but with a better efficiency. Sueoka's inclusion in the second half almost gave a new dimension to the East Bengal team while Gurpreet in between the sticks looked a far better option than Abhijit Mondal. Marcos Falopa is aware of Semen Padang's cent percent home record, and have mentioned the Indonesian team favorites at their home but he also claimed that his side were ready to take the challenge.

Semen Padang on the other hand would be getting back the services of their Argentine midfielder Esteban. Their main force upfront Edward Junior Wilson would be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet against the Red and Golds to help his side to progress.

East Bengal and Indian Football fans would hope for an early goal for Kingfisher East Bengal which would make them favorites to go ahead as they would have the away goal advantage, which would mean a daunting task for Semen Padang to get back to the game.

The Match would be telecast LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on ESPN India from 1:30 PM IST Onward. We would also try to bring you the live streaming if possible on our website.
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