NorthEast United FC brightened its chances of making it to the play-offs when it downed a 10-man East Bengal 2-1 in a 19th round fixture of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday. After a barren opening half, V.P. Suhair gave NorthEast the lead scoring his first goal of the ISL. East Bengal defender Sarthak Golui scored an own goal to double NorthEast’s lead and later scored one on the other end to pull one back for his side.

AS IT HAPPENED

The opening half appeared a bit disappointing for NorthEast as it failed to make much of an impression in the opposition box. East Bengal, which had nothing to play for, justifiably fielded a team with a number of names from the bench. The red-and-gold side was clearly looking to test its Indian players ahead of the next season and made eight changes in the side that lost the Kolkata derby against Mohun Bagan in the…

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