It was a goalfeast between the two sides at the GMC Athletic Stadium on Saturday.

Bengaluru FC began their Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season with a 4-2 win over NorthEast United on Saturday night. Cleiton Silva scored the Blues’ opening goal in the 14th minute but Deshorn Brown equalised for the Highlanders three minutes later.

NorthEast United defender Mashoor Shereef turned villain as he scored an own goal in the 22nd minute. Meanwhile, Mathias Coureur restored parity in the 25th minute for the Highlanders.

Jayesh Rane and debutant Prince Ibara found themselves on the scoresheet next as Bengaluru FC sealed their maiden win of the season against NorthEast United. Let’s find out how did the players from both sides performed on Saturday night.

Bengaluru FC (by Ujyant Ramesh)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK) – 6.0

Was his usual self. Didn’t really have much to do except for a few regular saves and rushes outside the box.

Ajith Kumar – 6.0

Ajith wasn’t at his best on the flanks in terms of pace and had a poor first half. But overall, he had a decent performance considering the second half.

Alan Costa – 6.5

Costa was probably the weakest link in Bengaluru’s defence. Picked up a yellow card in the 66th minute. However, he redeemed himself with a chip assist for their fourth goal.

Yrondu Musavu-King – 7.0

Alongside Alan Costa, in the initial 10 minutes or so, the duo had a decent start as centre-back pair. However, King couldn’t really reach out to block Deshorn Brown’s strike. He completed 64 passes; the most in the match.

Ashique Kuruniyan – 6.0

Initiated Bengaluru’s second goal with his long strike from outside the box. Not as effective as his usual self apart from that.

Bruno Ramires – 6.5

Picked up a knee injury in the 61st minute but was impactful throughout the game from the midfield.

Suresh Wangjam – 6.0

A decent performance from the 21-year-old. Won the most duels in the match.

Udanta Singh – 7.0

Initially got an assist for the first goal. However, he couldn’t really time and power his passes/crosses later on.

Jayesh Rane – 7.5

Was the most agile player on the pitch. Comfortably finished into the left side of the net – after picking up Cleiton’s pass intelligently.

Sunil Chhetri – 6.0

Wasn’t really at his best or as impactful as his usual self.

Cleiton Silva – 8.5

Opened the goalscoring with a calm and composed finish inside the box. Also assisted the third goal and was the Blues’ best forward against the Highlanders.

Substitutes

Pratik Chaudhari – 6.5

Came on in place of Udanta. Moved the ball around well.

Leon Augustine – N/A

Came on for Udanta Singh. However, he was quickly replaced by Prince Ibara after picking up an injury.

Prince Ibara – 7.5

Made his ISL debut. Scored within four minutes with a sublime finish.

Iman Basafa – 6.5

Another debutant for the Blues. Came on to replace Cleiton Silva on the 76th minute.

ISL 2021-22 M2 Highlights: Bengaluru FC Vs NorthEast United

NorthEast United FC (by Yash Pratap Singh)

Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (GK) – 5.0

The seasoned custodian had a tough time between the sticks as he conceded four goals. Regardless, he pulled off a few important saves in such difficult conditions.

Provat Lakra – 5.5

Provat made a few mistakes here and there in form a few misplaced passes and wrong clearances. But he also set up VP Suhair to provide the assist for NorthEast’s first goal.

Jestin George – 5.0

The youngster had a tough outing on his ISL debut. His mistake early in the first half resulted in Bengaluru’s opening goal.

Mashoor Shereef – 5.0

Mashoor had a night to forget as he scored an own goal for the Highlanders. He made some important clearances, but overall his mistakes cost NorthEast heavily.

Gurjinder Singh – 5.5

The left-back was tested and could not live up to the expectations. Gurjinder left a lot of a space behind every time he moved forward, which helped Bengaluru FC create more chances.

Hernan Santana – 6.0

The Spaniard started the match in the middle of the park, but then shifted to the back line after Mashoor was subbed off. He created a few chances and also made important defensive contributions.

Khassa Camara – 6.0

The Mauritania international held the midfield together and also made important contributions on both ends of the pitch.

Laldanmawia – 5.5

Danmawia began the match in the midfield and couldn’t make much impact. However, he showed good signs after he was shifted to the wings.

VP Suhair – 8.0

He was NorthEast United’s best player on the pitch. Suhair created both the goals for the Highlanders and was a livewire on the left flank.

Mathias Coureur – 7.0

The 33-year-old looked unsettled at first, but found his rhythm quickly. He scored on his league debut with a cool and calm finish against Gurpreet. Mathias also dropped deep to link-up between the midfield and Deshorn Brown.

Deshorn Brown – 7.5

The Jamaican set the stage on fire against his former side. Brown opened the scoring for a NorthEast with a sublime finish. Brown tested Gurpreet quite a few times with his pace and power.

Substitutes:

Sehnaj Singh – 4.5

The midfielder replaced Mashoor in the team. He committed a few silly fouls and was also booked.

Rochharzela – 4.5

Chhara replaced Suhair and was slotted in on left flank. As he came in late, he could not do much to help his team.

William Lalnunfela – 4.0

The forward came in to replace Danmawia on the pitch. He couldn’t make his presence felt as NorthEast ended up on the losing side.

Tondonba Singh – N/A

Singh came in and replaced Gurjinder, who had a very bad outing. He was subbed in very late and couldn’t make his presence felt.

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