East Bengal FC secured a 3-2 victory over Odisha FC in extra time, claiming the Kalinga Super Cup at Bhubaneshwar’s Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. This win marked the end of East Bengal’s 12-year quest for a national trophy, and they will now represent India in the upcoming AFC Champions League 2 Preliminary Stage. Despite numerous opportunities for both teams to score, neither managed to convert, resulting in a 2-2 deadlock after regulation time and the first half of extra time. In the 111th minute, Brazilian addition Cleiton Silva emerged as the hero for East Bengal, seizing on a mistake by the Odisha FC goalkeeper and executing a precise left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner, sparking jubilation among his teammates and astonishment from the opposition. East Bengal beat Odisha FC at Kalinga Super Cup after 12 long years.
🏆 𝐂𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐄𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐒 🏆@eastbengal_fc emerge as the winners of #KalingaSuperCup 2024 and seal their place in the ACL 2 Preliminary Stage of the AFC 2024-25 season! 🔴🟡#EBFCOFC #EastBengalFC #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/5fKJ9nh95v
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Odisha FC made concerted efforts to level the score in the remaining minutes, but the East Bengal defense proved resilient, effectively marking their opponents. East Bengal deserves acknowledgment for their strategic approach, especially after losing Shouvik to a second yellow card. Notably, Odisha also played with 10 men from the 69th minute onward, as Mourtada Fall received a red card for his second offense of the night. The triumphant East Bengal team is now set to be nominated to participate in the esteemed AFC 2023-24 season Asian Champions League 2 preliminary stage.