The Juggernauts won their second match to climb to second on the table.
Tuesday’s Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 fixture almost saw a repeat of Odisha’s 6-5 win over East Bengal from the last season. After a thumping strike from Darren Sidoel, the SC East Bengal defence found themselves at the mercy of the Rodas-Javi duo who scored thrice for Odisha in the first half.
The second was run by the substitutes of both the teams. The likes of Daniel Chima Chukwu and Semboi Haokip almost salvaged a point for SC East Bengal, but Aridai Cabrera made sure Odisha FC went home with all the points. The goal-difference is the only thing that kept Kiko Ramirez’s men from the top spot on the table.
Here is an in-depth look on how the players of both teams fared on the pitch:
Odisha FC (by Dibyajyoti Das)
Kamaljit Singh- 5.0
Can’t remember him making any notable saves. All he did all night was pick the ball from the back of the net.
Could have done better to stop SC East Bengal’s second and third goals.
Was comfortable at the back, provided little going forward.
Hector Rodas- 8.0
Not very usual for a defender to get such a high rating after his team has conceded four goals. The high rating is for the two very crucial goals that he scored to help Odisha come from behind and take the lead.
Victor Mongil- 6.5
His poor clearance led to East Bengal’s first goal, but other than that the team looked solid defensively while he was on the pitch.
Vinit Rai- 7.0
Vinit had a brilliant day in the middle of the park. He completed the most passes in the match.
Moirangthem Thoiba- 6.5
Provided good support to Rai and Krasniqi.
Liridon Krasniqi- 7.5
This man was everywhere. Looked very comfortable on the ball and dominated the midfield.
Nandha Kumar- 5.5
Was subbed off in the first half most likely because of a knock that he took. Didn’t have much of an impact while on the pitch.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga- 7.5
The Odisha FC winger was very lively throughout the match and was a handful for the SC East Bengal defence.
Javi Hernandez- 9.0
Another brilliant performance from the Spaniard, as he provided two assists and scored a goal directly from a corner kick.
Isak Vanlalruatfela- 7.5
The winger was very lively after he came on to replace Nandha Kumar. Got a goal to show for it.
Aridai Cabrera- 8.5
Another brilliant performance from the forward after coming off the bench, scoring two goals.
Jonathas – 7.5
Provided brilliant support to Cabrera upfront and also provided a brilliant back heel assist for Cabrera’s second goal.
Despite coming on late in the second half, the midfielder made his mark on the game by providing an assist.
Gaurav Bora- 5.5
It is safe to say Odisha looked much more secure defensively before he was subbed on. Conceded the penalty for East Bengal’s fourth goal.
SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha)
Shuvam Sen- 5.0
East Bengal’s second goalkeeper was left quite helpless against the clinical strikes from Ramirez’s men.
Hira Mondal- 6.5
One of the better performers for SC East Bengal. Quite a solid performance in the first half. He had four clearances and three interceptions throughout the match. The left-back also made some important tackles.
Franjo Prce- 5.5
The Croatian centre-back had a half-decent performance. He was poor in possession, losing it around 13 times in the 60 minutes he was on the pitch.
Raju Gaikwad- 5.5
The defender was culpable during the Odisha set-pieces, which led to the first half goals. He couldn’t mark the towering Rodas, who scored a brace of headers.
Joyner Lourenco- 5.5
The right-back felt more comfortable in this position, as compared to last match’s right wing-back. He was defensively compact, especially in the air, winning three aerial duels.
Bikash Jairu- 5.5
The midfielder combined well with Hira Mondal in the left channel and put in a good shift. Three of his eight crosses met the target and he had more than 80% accuracy in his passes.
Mohammed Rafique- 6.0
The seasoned ppayer was comfortable playing in the middle of the park, pinging long balls into the wings. He also registered an assist with his accurate ball in for Haokip in the second half.
Amir Dervisevic- 5.5
The Slovenian giant couldn’t work his magic this time around. A lot of passes from his foot went astray in the first half. His four attempts at a cross met no result. The midfielder almost cost a goal with a poor giveaway.
Darren Sidoel- 6.5
Despite being a midfielder by trade, he was partnering Perosevic upfront. He was efficient in pressing when needed, winning three out five ground duels. His blistering strike gave his team the lead.
Naorem Singh- 5.5
The winger showed glimpses of promise, completing his only attempted dribble. He had two shots off target on the night, resulting in an underwhelming outing for him.
Antonio Perosevic- 5.5
The Croatian forward hardly had any impact for SC East Bengal in the proceedings against Odisha FC. His passing accuracy (58 %) was below average and he couldn’t create any chances for his teammates.
Tomislav Mrcela- N/A
He couldn’t better the team’s defence and had little effect on the game. He was able to clear the ball aerially thrice, but one of his mistakes led to a goal.
Adil Khan- N/A
Same goes for the Indian defender. He passed the ball quite accurately, but was part of a wide-open back four.
Semboi Haokip- 6.5
The substitute pulled one back for the Red and Gold. The forward looked quite lively, and was important to revive his team’s fightback.
Daniel Chima- 7.0
In the 30 minutes he played, the Nigerian striker scored two quick-fire goals. He made his presence felt and was a constant threat for Odisha’s centre-backs. His movement in the box was commendable, which saw the 30-year-old open his account this season.
Amarjit Singh- N/A
The midfielder did not make any positive impact during his short time on the pitch. A rash tackle on his behalf gave the free-kick that resulted in Odisha’s fourth of the evening.