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IFA Shield: East Bengal 0-1 Crystal Palace

29 February 2016


Crystal Palace qualified for the semi-finals of the IFA U19 Shield by beating East Bengal 1-0 in their final group game.

The game's crucial goal came from Francis Baptiste 25 minutes into the second half which was his fifth of the competition, leaving him as joint top scorer in the competition so far.

The Eagles dominated the majority of proceedings though and East Bengal goalkeeper Amit Biswas was the busier of the two goalkeepers during the contest and made a string of good stops to repel the Eagles' attack, but his resistance was finally broken when Baptiste netted again.

East Bengal were reduced to 10 men late on when Rahul Ghosh was shown a red card.

The Eagles will now play AIFF Elite Academy in the final four, who are the elite academy for Indian players in the country and who won the under-19 league last season. They topped their group by winning all four of the matches and rattled in 17 goals in the process, hitting four three times and finishing off with a 5-2 win.

That game will take place on Thursday 3rd March at the Barasat Stadium in Kolkata, kicking-off at 9am GMT.

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