The Blues put in a clinical performance to vanquish their rivals
Bengaluru FC outplayed Chennaiyin FC and helped themselves to a 3-0 win at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim. A brace from Udanta Singh and a penalty from Iman Basafa gave Bengaluru three goals and as many points on the night.
Chennaiyin FC missed the services of their talismanic skipper Anirudh Thapa. His absence was felt, as Chennaiyin struggled to impose themselves in midfield, something that Bengaluru did with ease. Lukasz Gikiewicz missed a sitter early on and it set the mood for the rest of the night.
The win took Bengaluru FC to within a point of their rivals and within striking distance of the playoffs spots. So, here are Khel Now’s player ratings from the game.
Bengaluru FC (by Dibyajyoti Das)
Lara Sharma – 7.0
The goalkeeper had to work hard for his clean-sheet, as he made five saves to keep the Chennaiyin FC attack at bay.
Naorem Roshan Singh – 7.0
The full-back put up a very offensive display, as he put in eight crosses and created three chances.
Pratik Chaudhari – 6.5
Worked well with his defensive partner to keep the Chennaiyin attack at bay. The defender won two duels and made three clearances.
Wungngayam Muirang – 7.5
Among the two centre-backs, Muirang looked more solid, as he made sure nothing went past him. Was subbed off in the 77th minute.
Parag Shrivas – 6.5
At times, Parag looked shaky defensively, but he made up for that with his offensive play. The full-back went forward at every chance he got and also put in eight accurate long balls.
Bruno Ramires – 7.0
The midfielder had a mixed night, as he gave the ball away in dangerous positions a few times, but also had a passing accuracy of 88%.
Suresh Wangjam – 6.5
Played the box-to-box role quite effectively. Completed 15 passes with a passing accuracy of 83%. Was subbed off in the 57th minute.
Udanta Singh – 9.0
Created havoc with his runs behind the defence. Worked really well for both the goals that he scored.
Iman Basafa – 7.5
Scored the penalty to break the deadlock and give Bengaluru the lead against Chennaiyin FC. Created one chance before being subbed off at half-time.
Prince Ibara – 6.5
Prince Ibara wasn’t as effective as he would have liked. Playing on the right wing, the 25-year old failed to put in a single cross.
Sunil Chhetri – 8.0
Sunil won the penalty for Bengaluru FC’s first goal against Chennaiyin and then set it on a plate for Udanta to score the team’s second. The forward also played the long ball in that led to the third goal.
Rohit Kumar- 6.0
Came on to replace Iman Bisafa in the second half for Bengaluru against Chennaiyin FC. Made 24 accurate passes, 19 of which came in his own half.
Damaitphang Lyngdoh- 6.0
The young Bengaluru forward attempted two shots against Chennaiyin FC, but both of them were off target.
Namgyal Bhutia -6.5
Came on to replace Muirang in the 77th minute and did well to hold the defence till the full-time whistle.
Edmund Lalrindika- 6.0
Came on for Bengaluru FC in the 82nd minute against Chennaiyin and managed to get one shot in, but unfortunately was off target. Wasn’t on the pitch enough to have any impact on the game.
Chennaiyin FC (by Kaushik Viswanath)
Debjit Majumder – 5.0
Conceding three goals on the night paints a picture of the time he endured on the pitch. Made two saves and clearances respectively. Couldn’t help but watch three shots go past him into the net.
Reagan Singh – 5.0
He had the second-most number of touches by any player on the night. Made six crosses, but couldn’t inspire anything for his side in attack. Put in a decent shift in defence though, winning two tackles and five interceptions. He completed 77% of his passes.
Mohd Sajid Dhot – 5.5
Other than this error that led to the third goal, Sajid put in a decent performance. He won two tackles, made three clearances and four interceptions respectively.
Slavko Damjanovic – 5.0
He found the going against an active Sunil Chhetri tough. Found it tough to handle his and Udanta’s movements, which led to the second goal.
Completed 84% of his passes, made two clearances and a block on the night. The fact that he didn’t even attempt a tackle shows that he wasn’t comfortable with the quality of BFC’s frontline.
Narayan Das – 5.5
Completed the most passes (48) and had the most touches by any CFC player tonight (71). He won two tackles and made two interceptions, one block and one clearance on the night.
Jerry Lalrinzuala – 5.5
He found Bengaluru’s relentless pressing tough to face on the night. Made two crosses and completed 74% of his passes. He won two of his three attempted tackles, made two clearances and one interception. Taken off in the 74th minute.
Germanpreet Singh – 5.5
Tried his best, but couldn’t bring the level of influence of Anirudh Thapa. His only shot was off target and he had 18 touches. He completed 11 of his 14 attempted passes and made one interception. He was taken off at half-time for Rahim Ali.
Edwin Vanspaul – 5.0
Won three of his five attempted tackles, but seems to have lost his attacking mojo. Really seems clueless when on the ball and struggled once again to impose himself on the game tonight. Completed 72% of his passes
Vladimir Koman – 6.0
Once again was the best player for Chennaiyin against Bengaluru FC, but couldn’t influence the team going forward. Both his shots were off target on the night.
He had the most touches of any CFC player (56) and completed 35 of his 50 attempted passes. His only other contributions were two crosses and one interception on the night. He was taken off just past the hour mark.
Mirlan Murzaev – 5.0
Showed a few creative sparks, but didn’t find any meaningful end product on the night. He created two chances and won three tackles. Taken off in the 86th minute.
Lukasz Gikiewicz – 4.5
Disappointed in the attack once again for Chennaiyin against Bengaluru FC. Fluffed an easy chance early on in the game and didn’t do much to inspire his side forward.
He was visible more on the defensive end than the attack, which speaks volumes of his performance on the night. He covered the most distance by any player on the pitch (9.7km).
Rahim Ali – 5.0
Came on at half-time for Germanpreet Singh and showed some intent to drive his side forward, but to no avail. Completed 83% of his passes and won one tackle. Didn’t attempt a single shot on the night.
Nerijus Valskis – 5.0
Came on just past the hour mark and couldn’t find a lot of support going forward. Did show some attacking intent, but never really tested the Bengaluru goalkeeper. He created two chances and completed 64% of his passes. Also made one interception.
Lallianzuala Chhangte – 5.0
He was brought on in the 74th minute and couldn’t do a lot in his 20-minute cameo. His only shot was on target and he completed 92% of his passes.
Ninthoinganba Meetei – 5.0
Came on in the 86th minute and didn’t have a lot to contribute to change the complexion of the game. Made a sparkling run towards on goal, but shot the ball straight at the keeper.
Suhail Pasha – N/A
Came in the 86th minute along with Ninthoi and didn’t have a lot to contribute to the game other than a few passes.