I-League: East Bengal breeze past Minerva Punjab FC to go top

Hero I-League: East Bengal thrash Minerva
East Bengal rode on Wedson's hat-trick to thrash Minerva Punjab FC 5-0 in Hero I-League to go top of the table, Picture Courtesy: I-League Media
Hero I-League 2016-17
Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, Punjab
Minerva Punjab FC 0-5 East Bengal
EB: Wedson Anselme (9th - Assist Lalrindika Ralte, 64th - Penalty, 66th - Assist Willis Plaza), Willis Plaza (40th - Assist Rahul Bheke), Robin Singh (65th - Assist Willis Plaza)

East Bengal put up a sparkling performance against a hapless Minerva Punjab FC to register a thumping 5-0 victory in the Hero I-League 2016-17 match played at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, Punjab. The ground conditions were very shabby as the turf lacked good amount of grass in most of the parts of the ground.

Goals from East Bengal's attacking trio Robin Singh(65th), Wills Plaza(40th) and Wedson Anselme(9th, 64th, 66th) ensured that the Red and Golds move to top of the Hero I-League 2016-17 table. Wedson started the firework as early as the 8th minute when he found the net from a Lalrindika Ralte's cross. Willis Plaza added the second before the half time when from a Rahul Bheke's ball he finished off a move that was started by Robin Singh.

In the second half, any chances of a Minerva fightback was put to bed in the space of three minutes. Two Wedson goals sandwiched between a goal from Robin Singh dashed all Minerva Punjab's hope in their first home match.

With the victory, East Bengal moved to top of the table with 13 points from 5 matches while Minerva Punjab FC still lying rock bottom with just a single point from their quota of 5 matches.
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