Schattorie proud of East Bengal effort

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East Bengal found themselves 1-0 up in the 22nd minute when striker Baldeep Singh headed home. With the score remaining 1-0 at half-time, Balestier were still very much in the game, but Singaporean side would not have luck on their side as defender Nurullah Hussein deflected the ball into his own net in the 71st minute to double East Bengal's advantage.

Things went from bad to worse just four minutes later when East Bengal's Nigerian substitute Ranti Martins sealed the deal with a clinical finish. 

While Schattorie was pleased to have won his first game of the tournament, he added that keeping a clean sheet made the victory that much sweeter. 

"I am happy that we won and kept a clean sheet," he told the official AFC website. "I am very proud of the level we played; you can see that with our fitness level if we had played against a team like Kitchee they could have killed us."

Meanwhile, Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic admitted that his side had been outplayed by East Bengal and even went as far as saying that their play reached a new low.

"East Bengal were the better team, I don’t want to give any excuses; we could not keep possession when we won the ball," he said. "This was our worst match of the season."