In a historic match for East Bengal FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), Cleiton Silva and Nandhakumar Sekar showcased a stellar performance, each scoring a brace in the team's remarkable 5-0 victory over NorthEast United FC at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Borja Herrera set the tone early with a goal in the 14th minute, initiating East Bengal's impressive tally. The victory propelled the Red & Gold Brigade to eight points, marking a significant turnaround from their struggle in the previous season where they finished ninth among 11 teams.
Under head coach Carles Cuadrat's guidance, East Bengal FC has undergone a transformative phase, displaying resilience and confidence this season. Despite encountering a temporary setback with consecutive draws, their resurgence was evident in the emphatic win against NorthEast United FC.
The match showcased a display of brilliance from the home side, highlighted by Herrera's sensational long-range strike and Cleiton Silva's clinical brace. However, it was substitute Nandhakumar Sekar who stole the limelight with his exceptional contribution, netting two goals and delivering an assist.
Sekar's performance echoed Cuadrat's impact, showcasing remarkable vigour and sharpness. His chemistry with Naorem Mahesh Singh, who assisted both of Sekar's goals, was evident, emphasizing the team's cohesion and strategic play.
Nandhakumar's remarkable performance off the bench, comprising two goals, an assist, three crosses, and two goal-scoring opportunities created, marked one of the standout displays in the ongoing season.
East Bengal FC's impressive victory sets the stage for their upcoming clash against Punjab FC on December 9, while NorthEast United FC will face Hyderabad FC in Guwahati the following day.
(With Agency Inputs)