2019 Indian Super League winners Bengaluru FC start their season with an entertaining 2-2 draw against FC Goa. The game was end-to-end and saw multiple goals and yellow cards.
FC Goa, who ended the last season as league leaders, are trying to make their mark on the league and get their first trophy.
The first goal of the night came after Cleiton Silva headed the ball into the net in the 27th minute of the game. Bengaluru FC doubled their lead in the 57th minute via a Juanan goal.
FC Goa had the majority of the possession the whole game but couldn’t do much of it. However, the Spanish Striker Igor Angulo sought out to change this by scoring twice in 3 minutes. The Spaniard was brought in this season to replace Ferran Corominas who had scored a whopping 48 goals in 57 games for FC Goa.
FC Goa lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation playing possession-based football with the goalscorer Igor Angulo leading the line.
Bengaluru FC lined up in a dynamic 3-4-3 formation with the skipper Sunil Chhetri playing as a Left Winger.
Set-pieces and Bengaluru FC:
Bengaluru FC keeps scoring from their set-piece routines season after season. Last night both their goals came from their set-piece routines. The first goal reminded every Premier League fan of the infamous Rory Delap throw-ins from the early 2000s. Long throw-ins and headed goals – Prime Stoke City football. With the increase in set-piece coaching these types of goals are making a comeback.
FC Goa failed where Bengaluru FC flourished. The Gaurs managed to waste all their opportunities from corners and throw-ins.
Bengaluru FC might have India’s best forwards in Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, and Kuruniyan, but they failed to make their mark on the game. Chhetri was very unlike his usual self as he missed several chances to convert. Udanta Singh might have had his worst game of the season in the opener itself after managing to complete only 57% of his passes.
FC Goa did well to come back into the game. If they manage to rectify their mistakes in last night’s game going forward, they might have a Parade with the Trophy at the end of the season.
“I think after going down by two goals, it was important to change the system. I am happy because we made it 2-2, but I am not so happy because we got only one point. We played like we wanted all three points.”– FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando on the comeback.
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