I-League: Gokulam Kerala defeats East Bengal 3-1

KALYANI: East bengal on Wednesday he paid a high price for his defensive failures, going down to Gokulam Kerala 1-3 ahead of Sunday I-League Derby.

Playing without your center back Borja Gomez , East bengal conceded their first goal in the 21st minute when an unmarked Henry Kisekka cut from the edge of the box to pass the goalkeeper Lalthuamawia Ralte.

The red and gold conceded a second for a goal in Marti Crespi's own goal in the 45 + 1 minute when trying to clear a shot by Marcus Joseph.

His defensive problems continued when Kerala's star forward Marcus Joseph sealed the problem after Kisekka established him in the 65th minute with defender Asheer Akhtar and Ralte caught napping.

East bengal 's solitary goal came in the 27th minute when Kassim Aidara slotted it home from a rebound off the post.

The hosts are missing their 31-year-old Spanish who returned home to be with his family, as his youngest son suffers a serious illness.

For East bengal , this was their second successive defeat, ahead of Sunday's much-anticipated derby clash against arch-rivals Mohun Bagan.

East bengal lost to Churchill Brothers away in their last outing as they now have eight points from six matches to be placed behind Gokulam Kerala who climbed to fourth with 10 points from six outings.