The Red and Golds finish the 2021-22 ISL campaign with a single win in 20 matches.

Bengaluru FC defeated SC East Bengal 1-0 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. Both sides played their final game of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season. While the Blues finish their campaign in sixth place, the Red and Gold Brigade end their hapless year at the bottom of the table. Mario Rivera made some changes to his starting XI and gave an ISL debut to Nepalese defender Ananta Tamang. On the other hand, Marco Pezzaiuoli started with a trustworthy team with their usual players.

It was BFC skipper Sunil Chhetri who wrestled debutant Tamang and scored past Suvam Sen in the 24th minute. Chhetri’s solitary goal was enough for Bengaluru FC men to get all three points, while SC East Bengal Brigade had to be content with the narrow defeat.

Here’s how both the sides played in their ultimate fixture:

SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha)

Suvam Sen (GK)- 6.5

The goalkeeper made a crucial save when he matched Sunil Chhetri’s shot, thereby keeping the scoreline to 1-0. Sen made two saves and three punches throughout the game.

Raju Gaikwad- 6.0

Tonight’s skipper made two clearances and won both his aerial duels. Otherwise, the defender had a very average outing against the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Danish Farooq on the right flank.

Ananta Tamang- 5.5

Nepalese centre-back, Ananta Tamang, couldn’t shine much on his debut in the ISL, as he was easily overpowered by an experienced Sunil Chhetri, who scored the game’s only goal. He did show glimpses of good defending with four clearances and two interceptions.

Franjo Prce- 6.0

The defender did his duties in the backline with three clearances, three interceptions and two tackles. However, his distribution was poor with 63% passing accuracy.

Naocha Singh- 6.5

Naocha had a decent performance with two clearances and six interceptions. He also won four of his eight ground duels.

Naorem Mahesh Singh- 7.0

The winger had another good game, despite not being able to score. Singh had one shot on target and played one key pass. Moreover, he performed three successful tackles and won six of his nine ground duels.

Sourav Das- 6.0

An otherwise brilliant passer of the ball, Das had a below-par passing accuracy as he could only complete three of his nine long balls. Defensively, he won two of his three aerial duels and made two clearances.

Wahengbam Angousana- 6.5

Angousana had 84% passing accuracy and had three interceptions under his belt.

Lalrinliana Hnamte- 5.5

The midfielder had an underwhelming performance tonight with a poor passing accuracy of 67%. He did have two long balls successfully meet their intended target.

Antonio Perosevic- 6.0

The Croatian’s final game in this year’s ISL was cut short due to an injury and the forward was replaced by Marcelo in the first half. Perosevic had two shots on target and almost gave the Red and Gold the lead before the side conceded. He looked lively on the counter and won four of his six ground duels as well.

Subha Ghosh- 5.5

The youngster received his first full start tonight and had a momentous opportunity in the first few minutes. Unfortunately, he couldn’t put power behind his strike. Apart from his solitary shot on target, Ghosh had one key pass.

Substitutes

Marcelo Ribeiro- 6.0

The Brazilian got much of the ball but had three shots off target. With the sole one on target, the towering forward could not change the scoreline or impact the game in any way.

Thongkhosiem Haokip- 5.5

The substitute had two key passes under his belt but lacked any attacking threat. Haokip had zero shots on target.

Songpu Singsit- 5.5

In the 30 minutes, Singsit played one key pass and won two of his three ground duels.

Adil Khan- 6.0

The seasoned player came on for the final phase of the game and won all his ground duels (3) and made a tackle.

Siddhant Shirodkar- N/A

The ISL debutant played in the final few minutes and had barely five touches. He completed all the passes played by him.

Bengaluru FC (by Uttiyo Sarkar)

Lara Sharma – 8.5

Sharma was extremely sharp under intense pressure from East Bengal. Made a heroic save to deny Perosevic in a 1v1 situation in the first half and came up with more excellent saves to preserve his side’s lead. Proved his ability as competition for Gurpreet with a Man of the Match performance.  

Namgyal Bhutia – 6.0

Bhutia was a proactive figure on the right, being smart with his assertive challenges. Made three interceptions and moved the ball forward smartly but lost steam in the second half, leading to a substitution.

Alan Costa – 7.0

The towering Brazilian stayed strong against East Bengal’s barrage of attacks, making three clearances, four interceptions and three blocks to hunt down trouble and help his side get the clean-sheet.

Yana Banana – 6.5

Plucked forward a delightful long ball to help setup Chhetri’s goal. Made eight clearances and two tackles to shove aside danger, but his lack of pace caused him some problems on occasions.

Naorem Roshan Singh – 7.0

Bengaluru FC’s breakout star of the 2021/22 season ended the campaign in bright fashion. An ever-bearing threat on the left with his electric forward runs and with his set-pieces.

Worked hard defensively, making two tackles, as many interceptions and three blocks – including a clutch block to deny East Bengal an equalizer in the first half.

Ajay Chhetri – N/R

A bit sloppy in the deeper midfield role and gave away the ball for a big East Bengal chance early on. Suffered an injury from it and was subbed before the half hour mark.

Bruno Silva – 6.5

Bruno helped BFC maintain the majority of the possession, moving the ball forward efficiently. Helped his defence with some smart defensive work, making a few vital interceptions to frustrate the opponents.

Danish Farooq – 5.5

The energetic midfielder couldn’t really dominate the midfield much, giving away the ball sloppily with some poor passes. Used his physicality to bully the opponents, but was unable to do much about their barrage of attacks.

Udanta Singh – 6.5

Tormented defenders with his slick movement and struck the bar from an excellent effort in the first half. Suffered a groin injury after that and was subbed out.

Sunil Chhetri – 8.0

Chhetri was a menace with his smart movement and embarrassed Ananta Tamang by getting the shot past him leading to the opener.

Worked hard to carve chances for himself and forced a top save from Suvam Sen after a nice move in the second half. Ends the ISL season as its second-highest goalscorer of all-time.

Cleiton Silva – 6.0

Cleiton couldn’t end his season with a goal, but created some encouraging stuff with smart link-up play and movement to open things up for his teammates.

Substitutes

Damaitphang Lyngdoh – 6.5

The youngster was an energetic figure in midfield after coming on, making a few crunching tackles and helping out his backline diligently.

Leon Augustine – 6.0

Augustine created a few bright moments with some teasing forward runs, but lacked the final product to get among the goals.

Rohit Kumar – 6.0

Helped fortify BFC’s shape in midfield after coming on, making it difficult for East Bengal to penetrate through the middle and create chances.

Parag Shrivas – 6.5

Quite assertive and diligent at the back, helping his side get the clean-sheet.

Sivasakthi Narayanan – N/R

Made a few exciting forward runs but couldn’t get any proper chances to score. 

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