East Bengal advance to AFC Cup knockouts after 9 years

East Bengal last qualified for the AFC Cup knockouts under Subhas Bhowmick in 2004.

updated: April 23, 2013 21:19 IST
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Malaysia: A late surge by Selangor FA, after East Bengal were reduced to 10 men, earned the hosts a 2-2 draw here on Tuesday, but the result was enough for the Kolkata side to advance to the AFC Cup knockouts after nine years.

Group H leaders East Bengal (11 points) were on course for a hat-trick of wins as they took a 2-0 lead with goals from Orji Penn (23rd) and Lalrindika Ralte (54th) at the Shah Alam Stadium here.

But the home side made a surprise comeback following East Bengal forward Manandeep Singh's red card in the 78th minute.

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