Bengaluru FC began their Indian Super League campaign with a commanding 4-2 win over NorthEast United FC. A well-composed performance in the second half and some simple tactics gave the Blues the much-deserved win.
Bengaluru FC : Player Ratings
Formation: 4-3-3 which shifted into 4-2-3-1 as the game progressed
Goal-Keeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (6/10)
Defender: Ajith Kumar (6.5/10), Alan Costa (7/10), Yrondu Musavu-King (7/10), Ashique Kuruniyan(7.5/10)
Midfielders: Bruno Ramires (6.5/10), Suresh Singh Wangjam (6.5/10), Jayesh Rane (7/10)
Forwards: Udanta Singh (8/10), Cleiton Silva (7/10), Sunil Chhetri (5.5/10)
Substitutes: Pratik Chaudhari(6/10), Prince Ibara(7.5/10), Leon Augustine(1/10)
NorthEast United FC : Player Ratings
Formation: 4-3-3 which shifted into 4-4-2 as the game progressed
Goal-Keeper: Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (3/10)
Defenders: Gurjinder Kumar (6.5/10), Jestin George (6/10), Mashoor Shereef (4/10), Provat Lakra (5.5/10)
Midfielders: Khassa Camara (6/10), Hernán Santana (5.5/10), Laldanmawia Ralte (6/10)
Forwards: V.P. Suhair (6.5/10), Deshorn Brown (7/10), Mathias Coureur (6.5/10)
Substitutes: Sehnaj Singh (5/10), William Lalnunfela (6/10), Rochharzela(6/10), Tondonba Singh (5/10)
Bengaluru FC NorthEast United FC : Player of the Match
Bengaluru FC were very composed as a squad. Despite struggling with the intensity of the rain initially, the Blues played a very simple game throughout the game. Short passes and supporting runs were the only commands given. They passed around the NorthEast United FC midfield and defence.
One of the most important players for them was Udanta Singh. The tenacious forward was a major threat in the attacking half. Continous press led to more interceptions which gave him more chances to provide through balls or dribble.
The first goal was entirely Udanta’s effort. After intercepting the ball near the finals third, the young forward breezed his way past defenders. With the centre-backs indecisive about whom to mark, Silva made his way behind them. Udanta set a perfect through ball to the legs of Silva who finished the job.
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