The equaliser helped Sunil Chhetri to become the all-time joint top-scorer of the ISL with 48 goals.
After trailing at the end of the first half, Bengaluru FC made a comeback against FC Goa to force the Gaurs to share spoils on Sunday evening. The first goal of the game came in the 40th minute from FC Goa when Dylan Fox headed the ball home from Jorge Ortiz’s cross. However, on the 62nd minute, Sunil Chhetri restored parity with a header.
The euqliser helped Chhetri to become the all-time joint top-scorer of the Indian Super League along with Ferran Corominas with 48 goals. The Bengaluru FC skipper had the chance to add one more for the Blues but luck didn’t favour him as his shot in the final minutes of the game hit the woodwork and Goa held on for a point.
Let’s find out how did the players from both sides performed on Sunday night.
Bengaluru FC (By Riddhiman Sarkar)
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 6.0
Vigilant outing from the towering Indian custodian as he weathered an early head-injury scare from Edu Bedia’s set-piece in the first half. Made one high claim and one save as he did not allow any other goals apart from Dylan Fox’s opener.
Roshan Singh – 7.0
Showed his set-piece prowess early on as he swerved in a beautiful shot on goal but it grazed the side-netting. His second delivery a few moments later was narrowly blasted over by Iman Bassafa. Made eight tackles and attempted two shots on goal.
Wungngayam Muirang- 6.0
Not very prominent at the heart of defense but not completely inactive either. Made four interceptions as he made way for Parag Srivas in the 57th minute.
Pratik Chaudhari- 6.0
Kept Bengaluru’s defense in fighting shape throughout the game. Registered one tackle and one interception.
Ashique Kuruniyan – 6.5
The wingback fulfilled his defensive duties equally well as his offensive ones. Came off for Damait in the 93rd minute after registering 51 touches on the ball.
Iman Basafa – 5.5
Had the opportunity to give Bengaluru FC the lead against FC Goa from a set-piece situation, but couldn’t hit his strike cleanly. Got a yellow card a few moments later for impeding on a free-kick. Went off at half-time for Suresh Singh after he lost possession seven times.
Bruno Ramires – 5.5
Left Dylan Fox with acres of space behind him as he headed in Goa’s opener. Lost possession a staggering 15 times as he looked to be shaky in an otherwise energetic Bengaluru team.
Danish Farooq – 6.0
Tried his best in a box-to-box role but was not very influential. Won only three out of seven of his ground duels as he was brought off for Rohit Kumar in the 81st minute.
Prince Ibara – 7.0
Played as the target man with his hold-up play but found himself isolated too often. Got his reward when he set up Chhetri for the equaliser. Came off for Udanta in the 81st minute after completing 82% of his passes.
Cleiton Silva – 6.5
Dangerous from the get-go as he forced Dheeraj into a save in the opening 10 minutes. Attempted another acrobatic side-volley which went in vain. Apart from a few energetic runs, Silva had only 38 touches on the ball and managed only two shots on goal.
Sunil Chhetri – 7.0
The Blues’ captain displayed great linkup play throughout the game as he kept Bengaluru’s attack flowing. Got Bengaluru’s equalizer with a well-placed header from a difficult angle. Chhetri was fouled three times as he almost snatched a fairytale finish for his team with a wondrous shot but it rattled the crossbar.
Suresh Singh – 6.0
Had an 86% passing accuracy but only got 16 touches overall. Kept the game flowing but was not decisive.
Rohit Kumar – 6.0
Conceded a yellow card for a foul on Leander. Almost helped to set up Bengaluru’s winner with intelligent play and had only managed to get seven touches on the ball.
Parag Srivas – 6.0
Kept the opposition at bay with two clearances and one interception.
Udanta Singh- 6.0
The winger had too little time to make an impact as he only managed five touches on the ball and completed two of his three passes.
Damaitphyang Lyngdoh- N/A
Made his debut late in the game. Made two touches and completed his only pass of the evening.
FC Goa (by Sattyik Sarkar)
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (GK) – 6.5
Could have done better regarding the goal he conceded. The youngster made two saves in the game.
Anwar Ali – 6.5
Made two clearances, two interceptions and one block. Won the solitary ground duel and both the aerial duels he contested. Delivered a key pass and registered an accurate cross. Tried his luck from distance in the first half but it went wide. Was successful in the only dribbling attempt made. Lost possession 19 times.
Dylan Fox – 7.0
Broke the deadlock on the 40th minute. Registered a clearance and an interception to his name. Won three out of four aerial duels. Lost possession 11 times.
Aibanbha Dohling – 7.0
Was rock solid at the back. Made six clearances, two interceptions and a tackle. Won three out six ground duels and two out of four aerial duels. Lost possession 16 times and was fouled twice.
Seriton Fernandes – 6.0
Played well on Sunday evening but more is expected of him. Enjoyed a passing accuracy of 81%. Was successful in the solitary dribbling attempt. Registered a 100% accuracy in ground duels (2) and won one aerial duel. He also made a crucial block and a tackle.
Edu Bedia – 6.5
Delivered two key passes and enjoyed a passing accuracy of 83%. Failed to register an accurate cross but delivered eight out of 10 long balls. Won four ground and two aerial duels. He also made a clearance and an interception each.
Alberto Noguera – 6.5
Enjoyed a passing accuracy of 87% and made a shot on target. He also registered four ground duels, committed a tackle while making one interception and clearance each. The FC Goa attacking midfielder Lost possession seven times against Bengaluru FC.
Glan Martins – N/A
Martins was subbed early in the first half due to an injury.
Saviour Gama – 5.5
It was not his night. Failed to register an accurate cross or a long ball. Won five out of 11 ground duels. Was successful in one dribbling attempt out of two. Committed four tackles and made an interception. Lost possession 17 times and gave away two fouls.
Devendra Murgaonkar – 6.5
Delivered a key pass. His solitary cross and both the long balls were accurate. Was fouled twice and trapped offside once.
Jorge Ortiz – 7.0
Made the assist for Fox’s opener and delivered three key passes. All his long balls were accurate and 50% of his crosses were successful. Won eight ground and one aerial duels.
Princeton Rebello – 6.5
Enjoyed a passing accuracy of 83% and was impressive in aerial passes. He registered three ground duels but failed to win any aerial challenges. Made four clearances, two interceptions and one block.
Sanson Pereira – 6.0
Enjoyed a passing accuracy of 100% in the short time he was on the pitch. Failed to win ground duels. Gave away a foul.
Brandon Fernandes – 6.0
Came on late in the second-half. Played for the first time this season after returning from an injury. Three of his five passes were successful. Won the solitary ground duel.
Leander D’Cunha – 6.0
Won one out of two ground duels. Came on late so didn’t have much to contribute. Was fouled once.