CALCULATED: Odisha FC made a superb comeback in the second half as they beat east bengal 4-2 in their Indian Super League (SIL) game here on Friday.
Half-time substitute Pedro Martin netted a brace to restore parity three minutes after coming on. Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Nandhakumar Sekar concluded the three points later.
Thongkhosiem Haokip and Naorem Singh had led East Bengal 2-0 in the first half.
The hosts were forced to make a change to their starting XI as Pritam Singh replaced the injured Jerry Larinzuala and started his first game of the season.
Visitors made two changes, dropping Denechandra Meitei and Mawihmingthanga on the bench while Narender Gahlot and Isaac Chhakchhuak started.
Midway through the first half, Haokip broke the deadlock. Jordan O’Doherty’s through ball from the halfway line caught Odisha FC’s high back line off guard as Suhair jumped the offside trap before hitting Haokip from the right flank. The striker calmly tapped the ball into an empty net in the 23rd minute.
The Torch Bearers doubled their advantage 12 minutes later. Charis Kyriakou did well to collect the ball in midfield before Cleiton Silva kicked the ball in for Suhair. This time, the winger fired a low cross from the left flank as Naorem darted forward to score.
Joseph Gombau made four hard-hitting substitutions at half-time.
In the 47th minute, Pedro, who replaced Isaac, was played by Mauricio before crushing him with his first touch after coming on.
A minute later, substitute Denechandra Meitei’s cross was headed in by Mauricio and headed into the net again by Pedro.
The comeback was complete in the 65th minute. Meitei fired another good cross into the box as Mawihmingthanga headed it in from close range at the far post to put his side ahead.
The Juggernauts established a two-goal cushion after Saul Crespo’s long diagonal found Sekar down the left flank. The winger beat substitute Sarthak Golui before scoring Odisha’s fourth and final goal of the night from a tight angle in the 76th minute.
The three points lifted Odisha FC to third place in the standings, three ahead of Mumbai City FC with one game less.
The Juggernauts next host Chennaiyin FC on November 24. East Bengal remain in eighth place and travel to Jamshedpur for their next game on November 27.



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