IWL 2023: Misaka United hold East Bengal to a draw

AFTER HOLDING defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC to a goalless draw, Misaka United once again gave a good account of themselves in the Indian Women's League when they faced East Bengal today.

The Red and Golds, who were coming into this game on a 3 match winning streak, were held to a 1-1 draw by Misaka. The entertaining Group A fixture stayed competitive till the end and with both sides producing chances and hitting the woodwork, the game could have gone to either team with a bit of luck.

It was Misaka United who, after weathering some early attacks from the Kolkata giants, got the first breakthrough towards the end of the first half as Lavanya Upadhyay slammed a world class long ranger into the vey corner of the net. East Bengal fought back in the second half and it was substitute Singo Murmu who got them even on the scoreboard.

East Bengal are on 10 points from 5 matches, 3 behind group leaders Gokulam Kerala FC. Misaka United, despite good performances against the two strongest teams in Group A, are still outside the top four at the moment with 6 points from 5 matches and will have to fight with all they've got to qualify for the knockout stage and avoid a relegation to the second tier next season.

Misaka have a golden opportunity to return to winning ways when they face the bottom-table club Kahaani FC on 9th May in their next game. East Bengal may have a tougher outing, facing Sports Odisha on the same day.

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