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Plaza brace helps East Bengal beat Churchill

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Barasat, Dec 16: Trinidadian striker Willis Plaza struck late in both halves to help East Bengal script a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Churchill Brothers in a rip-roaring I-League football encounter at the Vidyasagar Krirangan here on Saturday. Plaza (45+2, 90+7 minutes) netted deep into stoppage time to cancel out goals from Peter Omoduemuke (16th) and Nicholas Ferndes (60th) after Laldanmawia Ralte (18th) had negated the visitors' early lead.

The result condemned Churchill to their fourth straight defeat in four games while the home team jumped to the third position after four games.

Churchill goalkeeper James Kithan made a string of superb second half saves but in the end could not keep out a Plaza header from a Yusa Katsumi corner when the scores were even at 2-2.

East Bengal remained unchanged from their last outing, a 5-1 rout of Shillong Lajong, while Churchill made one change from their previous outing, Kalu Ogba making his second debut for the Goan side after spending three years (2007-2010) with them. IANS

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