Kolkata: East Bengal defeated city rival Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in the ONGC Cup National Football League here on Thursday.

After being 0-1 down in the first half, Mohammedan Sporting, yet to get over the five-goal shock from Dempo in Goa, showed enough grit to get the equaliser in the 52nd minute with Habibur Rahman heading in a cross by Bijen Singh.

But its joy was short-lived as East Bengal regained the lead after six minutes through Bonisse Ambani.

East Bengal forward Asim Biswas headed home a floating cross from teammate Debabrata Roy in the 33rd minute to begin its quest for the second straight win after beating HAL 3-1 at Bangalore. PTI

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