The game marked the Red & Gold Brigade’s first victory of the ongoing league campaign.

In a disappointing outcome for FC Goa, SC East Bengal finally registered their first win of the ongoing 2021-22 season on Wednesday night. Naorem Mahesh Singh’s brilliant brace proved to be enough to give SC East Bengal all three points. On the other hand, Alberto Noguera scored the only goal for FC Goa in the 37th minute.

The Gaurs had the majority of the possession in the game and were more accurate in their passing, but the Kolkata-based outfit’s defence stood tall to guide the side to the win. In Mario Rivera’s first game in charge, SC East Bengal looked highly improved in their build-up play and attack in the final third, something that was lacking till now.

Let’s take a look at how did players from both sides performed on Wednesday night.

FC Goa (by JN Balraj)

Dheeraj Singh (GK) – 5.0

The youngster had a day to forget on Wedneseday night. He registered a high claim to his name and was not very effective otherwise.

Leander D’Cunha – 5.5

The defender failed to impress after he made a return to the starting XI. Leander registered one interception and won two ground duels. However, he was good on the ball with 44 passes.

Anwar Ali – 7.0

The youngster led the backline and produced yet another good performance. If we leave out the one error which led to the goal, he was solid throughout the game. He won nine duels, made two tackles with an interception and played 62 passes with 94% accuracy.

Aibanbha Dohling – 6.5

Dohling impressed with his three crucial interceptions and one clearance. He also played seven long balls and won three aerial duels.

Alexander Romario – 6.0

The midfielder played one key pass and attempted two crosses. He also registered three tackles defensively, before he was taken off.

Glan Martins – 6.0

Martins was keeping the ball in his own half for the majority of times and was not his usual self in proving defence splitting passes.

Edu Bedia – 6.5

The Gaurs’ skipper registered 105 touches on the ball and was everywhere on the pitch. He played four key passes and attempted 14 long balls as well. An industrious display.

Makan Winkle Chote – 5.0

The speedster got out of position easily and didn’t help defensively. He made 34 passes and completed one dribble before coming off.

Alberto Noguera – 7.0

The playmaker put in another good shift in the middle of the park and scored the only goal for FC Goa. He played two key passes and three long balls. Defensively, his error led to a goal and made mere one tackle.

Jorge Ortiz – 7.0

Probably the best player for his side, Ortiz delivered four crosses and played as many key passes. He also won eight ground duels and created a big chance.

Airam Cabrera – 4.5

Airam Cabrera is yet to fill the prestigious shoes of FC Goa’s previous strikers. The Spaniard registered a single shot on target before being replaced by Devendra Murgaonkar.

Substitutes

Redeem Tlang – 5.5

Tlang looked eager to impress against SC East Bengal. He played 16 passes, completed one dribble and won two ground duels.

Saviour Gama – 5.5

The wing-back managed to get only 25 minutes in the game. He registered 13 passes and attempted one cross. Apart from that, he failed to create any lasting impact on the game.

Devendra Murgaonkar – 6.0

Another FC Goa youngster, Murgaonkar looked good in the limited minutes he got. He combined well with his teammates and played a key pass.

Princeton Rebello – N/A

Princeton was brought in too late to create an impact in the game.

SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha)

Arindam Bhattacharya (GK) – 6.5

It was another solid performance from the custodian as he registered three saves and two clearances in the game. Bhattacharya also made a few accurate long balls, which helped in spreading the game around the pitch.

Amarjit Singh Kiyam – 7.5

The midfielder is slowly making the right-back position his own. With a staggering 81% passing accuracy from the right flank, he made six tackles and won seven of his 10 ground duels.

Adil Khan – 7.0

Adil continues to be a force of nature in the SC East Bengal backline. He made seven clearances, two interceptions and won all of his duels.

Franjo Prce – 7.0

On his return from injury, the Croatian excelled in his defensive duties. Prce made six clearances and blocked three shots. He fared well and developed a decent partnership with Khan.

Ankit Mukherjee – 6.5

Mukherjee played as the right-back against FC Goa and performed well by registering five interceptions, three tackles and four clearances.

Darren Sidoel – 6.5

The Dutchman was once again in the fold after a long time and did well on his comeback. He won three of his six duels and made three successful tackles.

Sourav Das – 6.5

The midfielder delivered a passing masterclass with a 88% accuracy. He made two clearances and was pivotal in keeping the likes of Edu Bedia at bay.

Wahengbam Angousana – 6.5

Playing on the left side of the midfield, Angousana made two interceptions and as many tackles. He also won five of his eight ground duels.

Naorem Mahesh Singh – 8.5

It was by far his best performance in a Red & Gold shirt this season. Singh’s maiden brace helped SC East Bengal get their first win of the campaign. He was also effective in defending with two interceptions and four successful ground duels.

Thongkhosiem Haokip – 6.0

He was a decent strike partner upfront with Mahesh in the frontlines. Semboi kept up the pressure against the FC Goa defence and was always snapping at their heels. He won 10 out of a total 18 duels throughout the match.

Mohammed Rafique – 6.0

The SC East Bengal captain for the game, Rafique was subbed off at halftime. He had a decent outing and tried helping his team in the attack. He won three out of his six duels and had a 67% passing accuracy.

Substitutes:

Raju Gaikwad – 6.0

The defender was excellent in his passing (80%) in the second half, and helped the team maintain the lead.

Balwant Singh – 6.0

The forward did well to attract the defenders and create space for his teammates. He looked impressive in winning both aerial and ground duels (four out of nine).

Jackichand Singh- N/A

The forward was on the pitch for a short time and could not have much of an impact in the game.

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