The Highlanders are the first team to finish their fixtures of the season.
SC East Bengal and NorthEast United played out a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Monday. Antonio Perosevic’s 55th-minute penalty balanced Marco Sahanek’s first-half strike. SC East Bengal failed to dig themselves out from the 11th position, while NorthEast United end their 2021-22 campaign in 10th place.
Here’s how the players from both sides performed:
SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha):
Sankar Roy- 6.5
The goalkeeper couldn’t help with the goal conceded but did well to maintain the scoreline. Roy made two saves throughout the game.
Hira Mondal- 6.5
Despite getting a niggle early in the match, Mondal continued manning the right flank. He won four out of his five duels and had an exciting battle with the likes of VP Suhair.
Joyner Lourenco- 5.5
Included in the team at the last moment, Lourenco seemed decent in defence, but was culpable of losing possession a couple of times. He did make four clearances and two interceptions.
Franjo Prce- 6.0
The centre-back cleared the ball a total of six times and made one interception. The Croatian also completed four of six duels.
Naocha Singh- 6.5
The left-back had a good outing tonight. Singh made two interceptions, three tackles and won five of his seven ground duels.
Mohammed Rafique- 6.0
The seasoned player was good defensively and manned the midfield well enough. Rafique made three interceptions and won three of his six ground duels.
Sourav Das- 6.5
As usual, Das had an impressive passing accuracy of 84%. Moreover, he had two tackles and two interceptions under his belt.
Fran Sota- 7.5
The Spaniard looked his best and had an 87% passing accuracy. Sota completed five of his eight attempted long balls and won five of his eight ground duels.
Lalrinliana Hnamte – 6.5
The young midfielder had a lively game and looked threatening in attack as well. Hnamte had one strike on target, which stung the opposition goalkeeper’s gloves. Apart from that, he won seven out of 12 duels. He also made three tackles.
Naorem Mahesh Singh – 5.5
An otherwise lively performer, Naorem was unable to do much tonight. He couldn’t create many chances as none of his crosses or long balls met their target.
Antonio Perosevic – 7.5
The Croatian scored his fourth goal of the season for SC East Bengal and equalized the score against NorthEast United from the spot. Apart from the goal, he also made three key passes and won four of his five ground duels.
Marcelo Ribeiro – 5.5
The Brazilian forward barely made his presence felt in the half an hour he was on the pitch. His positioning could have been better and hence a lot of passes could not reach him.
Wahengbam Angousana – 6.0
The midfielder had a 94% passing accuracy but apart from that he couldn’t make an impact.
Adil Khan – 5.5
The defender filled in the midfield position vacated by Rafique, but did not have much to do.
Bikash Jairu – N/A
The player came on for about 10 minutes and could not affect the result.
NorthEast United (By Yash Pratap Singh)
Mirshad Michu – 7.0
He failed to keep a clean-sheet, as he couldn’t save Perosevic’s spot-kick. Other than that, he looked good as he made five saves.
Joe Zoherliana – 7.5
Won his second Hero of the Match award following a heroic performance. He moved into the attacking third on many occasions and also sent good crosses into the box. Joe made three tackles, a clearance and an interception each.
Patrick Flottmann – 6.5
He gave away a penalty which cancelled his side’s lead. Other than that, he made two clearances and interceptions each, plus a block.
Zakaria Diallo – 7.5
Was cool and composed with the ball. Diallo was excellent with his ball distributions from his own half to the opposition half. He made two interceptions, a clearance and a tackle each.
Gurjinder Kumar – 6.5
He made overlapping runs and won 100% of his aerial duels. Gurjinder recorded a clearance, a tackle and a block each. He was the fastest player on the pitch, as he recorded a speed of 30.8kmph.
Mohamed Irshad – 6.0
He was involved in the thick of things, but gave away the ball cheaply in the middle of the park very often. Covered more than 10.5kms of the ground across 90 minutes.
Pragyan Gogoi – 6.5
Gogoi looked good, as he held the ball and executed his passes well. He covered 9.3kms of the ground and completed two out of two attempted dribbles.
Marco Sahanek – 7.0
The Austrian finally scored his maiden goal for the Highlanders with a clean finish at the stroke of half-time. He completed 28 passes with an accuracy of 84% and also made an interception.
VP Suhair – 6.5
Suhair created a lot of chances, including Sahanek’s goal. He gave SC East Bengal a tough time on either flank with his pace and recorded a top speed of 30.3kmph in the process. He had a shot blocked and a one on target.
Deshorn Brown – 7.0
He was NorthEast United’s captain on the night and did a decent job. Brown completed 19 passes, with an accuracy of more than 90% and also won majority of his ground duels. He even tested the keeper once with a shot on target.
Imran Khan – 6.5
Imran was excellent with his ball distribution, as he executed a couple of interesting passes over SC East Bengal’s defence. He completed 17 passed with an accuracy of 85%, including a key pass and recorded a top speed of 30.5kmph.
Marcelinho – 6.5
He came on as a replacement for Patrick Flottmann in the 70th minute. The Brazilian looked hungry and created a few problems for SC East Bengal with his pace. He completed four passes, including a key pass.
Justin George – 6.5
Replaced Imran Khan in the 70th minute. He made a clearance and a block each and also won all of his ground duels.
Danmawia – N/A
Replaced Pragyan Gogoi for the final minutes of the game.
Gani Ahmed – N/A
Came on very late and couldn’t make much of an impact.