East Bengal in quarterfinals of AFC cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> A week after winning their third National Football League title, East Bengal may have an international title to look forward to.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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A week after winning their third National Football League title, East Bengal have another title to look forward to and this one could be an international one. The Kolkata club has reached the quarterfinals of the inaugural AFC Cup after a 1-1 draw with Singapore's Geylang united. The AFC Cup is Asia's equivalent of the UEFA Cup. East Bengal only needed a draw to advance to last eight but the Kolkata club looked like they were going for all three points as they repeatedly attacked the Geylang United goal. But the forwards were having trouble finding the target. Baichung Bhutia in particular the guilty party, missed the easy chance with just the keeper to beat in the 22nd minute. Ten minutes later the home side were made to pay for all their missed chances. Geylang's British player Daniel Hill was left unmarked and would tap home a cross to put the Singapore side 1-0 ahead. East Bengal could have equalised but Bhutia seemed to be having a really bad day. He missed yet another easy chance and geylang was up 1-0 at half time. In the second half the hosts enjoyed some more chances. Su Kumar came close to scoring in the 75th minute. But the Geylang keeper was in the way. However Mike Okoro finally got East Bengal back on level terms in the 77th minute East Bengal held on from there on to draw the match 1-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the AFC cup. They play their last league match on May 18 in Malaysia against Negri Sembilan.