And while there was yet more VAR debate after this draw it was clear that this was a missed opportunity for Manchester United and obvious that Liverpool have the spirit, at least, to go all the way in the Premier League title race. United would argue they had to.
While Mohammedan SC sit atop the league table with 19 points off 10 matches, East Bengal are fourth with 17 points in nine matches, and both the teams will be looking to bag a win to strengthen their grip on the CFL table as the historic competition nears its final stage.
The matches between Kolkata giants have been an exciting affair always and it promises to be the same when the two teams take to the field on Thursday. Kouassi scores.
Mohammedan producing a scare here against East Bengal as they pull one back late. This game is all to play for now as Mohammedan look to bounce back. East Bengal Mohammedan.
Ralte took a corner for East Bengal but no goal threat on that for Mohammedan, who have a huge task at hands to overcome a two-goal deficit in the game. East Bengal need to hold on for ten more minutes and extra time.
Marcos Espada capitalises on a cross and scores for East Bengal to extend his side's lead to East Bengal are cruising towards a comfortable win here. What could have possibly gone wrong for Mohammedan SC?
A red card and now Colado calmly slots the penalty to hand East Bengal the lead. Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC's Saiful has received a red card for handling the ball.
The moves have come off so far but that final pass to unlock the defense has been missing.
Can EB take the lead before the half-time? The possession game is back with occasional switch to wingers. The main focus remains on central possession play and MSC are doing well so far. Meanwhile, EB break into a quick counter-attack and send a shot just over the bar.
Mohammedan SC equalise with an own goal by Borja Gomez! Kareem curled a free-kick and Borja wanted to head it clear but the ball went straight inside the net after deflecting off Borja. Satyam had a brilliant chance to score but miscued his shot to send it over the bar.
The match has a nice tempo to it despite the heavy rain and it is going to be an exciting affair. What a goal by Pintu Mahata as East Bengal take early lead!
Ronaldo Oliviera sends a lofted cross and Pintu scored a sensational diving header to give his team the lead. He then pulls off a Kylian Mbappe celebration.
Huge moment. A Mohammedan SC defender slipper while dealing with an aerial ball and the ball was on the feet of Pintu Mahata, but he chose to go wide and his cross was really poor.
He should have done well there. The midfield looks energetic in the first few minutes and it will be very interesting to see how they play during the course of 90 minutes.
EB have already entered MSC's final third a few times in this first few minutes.