Marcos de la Espadas 75th-minute strike helped Kolkata giants East Bengal hold Real Kashmir FC to a 1-1 draw in their I-League encounter in Kalyani, West Bengal on Wednesday.
Although East Bengal enjoyed 64 percent possession over the course of the match, Real Kashmir held their nerves to earn a point from the game.
After Gnohere Krizo put the Kashmir-based side in the drivers seat in the 33rd minute, De La Espada heeled in the equaliser in the 75th minute to provide East Bengal supporters with some much-needed respite.
From the start, the hosts looked fluent, passing the ball swiftly and going forward with intent. They won the first free-kick of the match but a poor delivery by Juan Mera Gonzales was easily cleared by the RKFC defence line.
The final pass was a problem for the hosts who attacked from both the flanks but failed to land the crosses on the intended target as the away side dealt with it well.
However, against the run of play, Real Kashmir caught East Bengal defence napping as Krizo gave his side the lead in the 33rd minute with a stupendous strike from outside the box.
The home side responded well to conceding the first goal and came close to equalising from a corner...