Bengaluru FC’s (BFC) post-Carles Cuadrat era got off to a disappointing start as SC East Bengal handed the 2018-19 champion its fourth successive defeat by beating it 1-0 at the Fatorda Stadium in their Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) clash on Saturday.

Interim coach Naushad Moosa handed defenders Ajith Kumar and Parag Srivas their first starts and also gave Namgyal Bhutia a debut. But all they could do was watch as SC East Bengal goalkeeper Debjit Majumder’s heroics ensured that Matti Steinmann’s early goal would prove the winner.

BFC vs SCEB| AS IT HAPPENED

In the first half hour, BFC offered very little resistance and SC East Bengal routinely found space behind the two full backs. In the 20th minute, left back Ajith’s mistake led to Ankit Mukherjee launching the ball across the penalty area into Narayan Das’ path, whose low cross was converted by Steinmann with the…

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