Cuttack, May 07: East Bengal played out a 1-1 draw against Churchill Brothers in match 1 of the 2017 Federation Cup here at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.
In the 65th minute Wedson Anselme, put the Kolkata based club ahead. However, the Red and Golds failed to hold on the lead as Ghanefo Kromah scored the equalizer in the 80th minute.
In match 2, Aizawl FC managed to pull off a 3-2 victory against Chennai City FC after trailing by two goals at the end of first half. Charles De Souza put Chennai ahead in the 13th minute. In the 39th minute Edwin Vanspaul doubled the lead. Mahmud Al-Amna’s goal in the 53rd minute reduced the margin to 2-1. In the 62nd minute Laldanmawia scored his first of the two goals of the match as the recently crowned Hero I-League champions drew parity. Laldanmawia’s second gaol of the match in the 81st minute helped Aizawl FC complete a tremendous comeback.
The top eight teams of the recently concluded I-League season will fight it out for the premier cup competition in Indian football. The teams are divided into two groups of four teams each. The winner of 38th Federation Cup will represent India in the AFC Cup, alongwith Aizawl FC.
Points Table at the end of Day 1
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