The point did no favours to either side on the night.
The game began in a sloppy manner for both Bengaluru FC and SC East Bengal. However, the latter managed to yet again capitalize on a set-piece, in the 28th minute. In other words, a goal from former Blue, Thongkosiem Haokip meant Renedy Singh’s side going into half-time with the lead. However, two changes in Sunil Chhetri (for Jayesh Rane) and Pratik Chaudhari (for Parag Shrivas) at the break led to a much better display by Bengaluru FC in the second half — eventually leading to Sourav Das’ own-goal in the 55th minute from Naorem Roshan Singh’s cross. Overall, it led to an undesirable result for both sides.
On that note, here are the ratings for this game:
Bengaluru FC (by Ujyant Ramesh)
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu- 5.5
Made a sloppy clearance in the ninth minute getting his palm on the ball. Apart from that, he virtually had nothing much to do except for a vital punch from a corner in the 92nd minute.
Udanta Singh- 7.5
Started as a right-back in place of Ajith Kumar, with Ashique being pushed upfront on the left flank yet again. However, he obviously moved upfront multiple times — especially in the second half; delivering some brilliant crosses to his attackers.
Parag Shrivas- 6.0
Alternated as a centre-back and right-back with a fluctuating backline in the first half and was fairly decent in his duties. However, he was substituted by Pratik Chaudhari after the first half.
Alan Costa- 7.5
Was solid in defence and had one of his best performances for the side tonight. Completed the most passes (86) and won the most duels (11) in the game.
Naorem Roshan Singh- 7.5
Had a “mixed” performance so to speak. Conceded the foul leading to Semboi Haokip’s opener in the 28th minute. Later, redeemed himself with a cross in the 55th minute leading to Sourav Das’ own-goal.
Suresh Singh Wangjam- 5.5
Mistimed a pass to Bruno Ramires in the 12th minute, but was lucky as Naorem Mahesh Singh slipped at the edge of the box — failing to capitalize on his mistake. Felt like the weakest link in midfield and was hence substituted eventually in the 81st minute.
Bruno Ramires- 7.0
The Brazilian was extremely active in the midfield with 68 passes and 12 long balls. Also had one chance in the fourth minute from Roshan’s free-kick, but he headed it above the crossbar.
Jayesh Rane- 6.5
Had a decent performance in the midfield, wherein he made multiple recoveries, passes and efforts to make runs into the box.
Basically tried to setup some fast breaks and executed them well. However, he was brought off at half-time to be replaced by Sunil Chhetri.
Ashique Kuruniyan- 6.0
Played upfront as a left forward but similar to the previous game (against Chennaiyin FC), he didn’t have a great performance on the flank, making only one accurate pass out of his four and losing multiple duels.
Cleiton Silva- 6.0
Delivered a great curler in the 36th minute, however it was headed just off target by his fellow Brazilian Alan Costa. Apart from these set-piece duties as usual though, he wasn’t as impactful as he’s been so far in the season.
Prince Ibara- 6.0
Won a free-kick in the second minute with a great sprint, but the Blues couldn’t really capitalize on it despite a good effort from Roshan and Ramires. Apart from that, he was a bit sloppy in the final third, losing balls at the last moment or being caught offside at times.
Sunil Chhetri- 6.5
Came on in place of Jayesh Rane at half-time. Had a shot on target in the 71st minute from Udanta’s ball, but was denied by a brilliant Hira Mondal clearance — who was perfectly positioned beside ‘keeper Arindam Bhattacharya.
Pratik Chaudhari- 6.5
Also came on at half-time — in place of Parag Shrivas.
Danish Farooq- N/A
Replaced Suresh Wangjam in the 81st minute.
Sivasakthi Naryanan- N/A
Came on as a late substitution in the 91st minute in place of Ashique Kuruniyan.
SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha)
Arindam Bhattacharya (GK)- 6.0
The skipper didn’t have much to do, and couldn’t have dealt with the own-goal. He made one save from inside the box and made a silly foul to earn a yellow card.
Joyner Lourenco- 7.0
The right-back was solid and stood his ground against the likes of Ashique. He had two clearances under his belt and won two out of three ground duels.
Tomislav Mrcela- 6.5
The Australian was solid alongside Adil Khan. He cleared the ball twice and was successful in winning most of his aerial duels (three out of four). Mrcela also had an impressive 75% passing accuracy.
Adil Khan- 8.0
The centre-back earned his first start of the season and was tremendous in the backline. Adil made a mammoth six clearances, three tackles and was successful in all his ground duels (4).
Hira Mondal- 7.5
The youngster had another brilliant outing. He intercepted the ball three times and blocked two shots, including the one from Sunil Chhetri that was heading for the goal. The Left-back was solid against the speed of Udanta Singh.
Sourav Das- 5.5
The holding midfielder was unlucky tonight as the ball grazed him for Bengaluru’s equalizer. Apart from this aberration, he won four out of six ground duels and passed the ball with a 75% accuracy.
Naorem Mahesh Singh- 5.5
The midfielder was deployed on the right side but looked to struggle on that channel. Physically, he couldn’t keep up with the Bengaluru players. He just had one interception and 60% passing accuracy before he was subbed at half-time.
Wahengbam Angousana- 7.0
His pinpoint cross was the provider for SCEB’s only goal. He was instrumental in winning his ground duels (three out of three) and passed the ball around with a decent accuracy (71%).
Semboi Haokip- 7.0
The sole goalscorer for the Red and Gold. Haokip maintained a steady stream of pressure on the Bengaluru backline, making two clearances and an interception.
Lalrinliana Hnamte- 6.0
The midfielder was defensively solid, but couldn’t create much going forward. He successfully tackled four times and made two interceptions.
Daniel Chima- 6.0
The Nigerian couldn’t add to his season’s tally, but made sure he pressed the opposition players down. Chima excelled in hold up and tried to create spaces for his teammates. Looked quite lonely upfront and was called offside twice.
Bikash Jairu- N/A
He was subbed on at the 90th minute and hence couldn’t make a difference to the outcome.
Amarjit Singh- 6.5
He came on in the second half and was a physical presence throughout. He won most of his ground duels and tackled four times.
Ankit Mukherjee- 5.5
The substitute couldn’t make an impact in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch. Apart from receiving a booking, he helped the team cross the finish line with a point.