The Blues failed to notch a win over the Bangladeshi giants on in the Group D on Saturday afternoon.

Marco Pezzaiuoli’s Bengaluru FC side bowed out of the reckoning in the group stages of the AFC Cup 2021, following a goalless draw against Bashundhara Kings on Saturday. The result meant the Blues are in the third position in Group D with one point, while Bashundhara climbed to the top with four points, ahead of ATK Mohun Bagan, who play later on Saturday night.

Khel Now takes a look at how each of the Bengaluru FC players performed against Bashundhara Kings, in this article right here. Read on.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK) – 6.0

The Bengaluru FC custodian was largely untroubled in goal except for an awkward one handed save in the first half from a shot from Bashundhara Kings’ Fernandes. The 29-year old was a key figure in his side’s build up from the back approach, given that he made only one accurate long pass into the opposition half.

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Roshan Singh: 5.0

The midfielder played as a left-back and had a tough outing against the Bangladeshi side’s players, especially the rampant Fernandes. He did not offer much of an attacking threat – given that he made only seven passes into the opposition half. Pezzaiuoli replaced him at the hour mark with Ajith Kumar.

Yrondu Musavu-King: 6.0

The Gabonese center-half had a few nervy moments where he misplaced a few passes that could have proved costly for his side. Recovered his composure and organized the defence with fellow foreign recruit Alan Costa. He also used his strength well to plant a well-directed header towards the Kings’ goal. 

Alan Costa: 7.0

A dominant presence at the back for the Blues as his partnership with Musavu-King was one of the highlights of the game. His reading of the game was crucial for the Blues as he made six clearances within his own penalty area.

Parag Shrivas: 5.5

The right back did not have a productive outing as he was expected to be the outlet for a highly narrow midfield. The Bangladeshis expertly stifled that side of the pitch and rendered his contribution ineffective. Pezzaiuoli replaced him with Sarthak Golui at half time.

Danish Farooq: 6.0

The 25-year old played at the base of the Bengaluru FC midfield and a huge portion of the Blues’ build up play against Bashundhara Kings was routed through him. Had a 67% pass success rate and set the tempo for his team. However, he was unable to influence proceedings at the attacking end of the pitch.

Suresh Wangjam: 6.0

The all-action midfielder had a relatively quiet game and spent a large portion of the game performing defensive duties and covering for Shrivas. His 20 passes into the opposition third of the pitch led the Blues to create some key goal scoring positions which, however, did not result in a goal.

Jayesh Rane: 7.0

The midfielder was one of Bengaluru’s bright spots as he tried actively to spur his side into life. He worked the goalkeeper on a solitary occasion but did not give up in trying to work the inside channels between the center-halves and full-backs. 

Bidyashagar Singh: 5.0

The wide forward did not have the desired effect in troubling the opposition defence as much as his coach would have wanted. Had a single shot and was replaced at the hour mark by Leon Augustine.

Cleiton Silva: 6.0

The Brazilian was his usual self. The Bengaluru FC forward tried to find spaces between the Bashundhara Kings’ center-backs as much as he could. He was denied the service he would have thrived on as the Kings blocked off the wide spaces effectively. Managed to work the goalkeeper on two occasions. 

Sunil Chhetri: 6.5

The captain had a disappointing time on the pitch and was lucky to play the full 90-minutes. Managed to get only 20% of his shots on target. A performance that he would definitely want to introspect on.

Substitutes

Ajith Kumar: 5.5

Did not influence proceedings much, during the half-hour in which he was present on the pitch.

Sarthak Golui: 6.0

Relatively stable defensively, compared to Shrivas but was unable to affect proceedings as expected. 

Leon Augustine: 5.0

Did not add the required bite to the attack as was expected of him.

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