AFC Cup: Al Orouba trash East Bengal

Yemen's Al Orouba drubbed East Bengal Club 4-1 in a Group B match to keep their hopes in reaching the AFC Cup pre-quarterfinals alive, while the red-and-gold lost their fifth group match in a row.

Al Orouba knew defeat or even a draw at the Prince Mohammad International Stadium in Amman could end their campaign, Abdellah Yahya and Yasser Al Gabr added to Duke's first half double after the break to ensure Al Orouba remain in the picture heading into the final Matchday in a fortnight's time.

East Bengal only could strike late through Brazilian substitute Edmilson Marques Pardal, who beat Al Orouba goalkeeper Muaadh Abdulkhaleq from inside the box and it was the only consolation for the Kolkata giants on another frustrating AFC Cup night.

A disappointed East Bengal coach Trevor Morgan said, "The better side won today as our opponents had a good performance while we were not lucky in defence and we conceded four goals, including two goals in the first half, which ended the game early."

"We conceded goals from free-kicks and from different chances as the marking was not good from our side. Our defence was not at its best and we paid for that," Trevor added.

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