The AIFF XI gave coach Desmond Bulpin and the capital a reason to rejoice by getting their first win of the I-League season when they edged past Air India by the odd goal in three at the Tau Devi Lal stadium here on Wednesday.
After an uneventful 30 minutes, AIFF XI scored from Shilton D'Silva header, off a curling Subodh Kumar free-kick from the halfway mark in the 32nd minute.
Jagtar Singh came on in the 69th minute for Fela and it took him just four minutes to get the insurance goal. His 73rd minute right-footer from the edge of the 18-yard box came from a ball chested down by Air India defender Dhanachandra Singh following a Lalpeklua shot.
Coach Bulpin said, “The way the team is playing, I think we can finish in the top ten. But we have to improve. There were many mispasses. We are not able to finish an attack despite creating so many chances, we have to look into that."
East Bengal win
Kolkata: East Bengal rode a defensive clanger to a 1-0 win against Salgaocar at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan here. It took them to pole position on 15 points after five rounds of I-League with an all-win record. This was Salgaocar's first loss after four wins. “I just told the boys to keep things simple at half-time. Sometimes, things don't go your way and the players get frustrated. That's what happened in the first half," East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan said after the match.