The Red and Gold Brigade are officially out of top four contention.
It was another bad day at the office for SC East Bengal, as they went down fighting against some moments of individual brilliance shown by Odisha FC players. This win saw the Juggernauts go up to the sixth position and now they are one point off the top four. On the other hand, SCEB remain in 10th and now officially cannot make it into a playoffs position.
Odisha FC took the lead in the 23rd minute when a simple pass from Javi Hernandez found a well-placed, unmarked Jonathas de Jesus, who slotted the ball into the back of the net. After almost 40 minutes of efforts and persistence, Mario Rivera’s men got one back through Antonio Perosevic’s calm finish. However, Odisha got the lead once again, thanks to the link-up play of the Javi-Jonathas duo. SC East Bengal tried until the final whistle, but Odisha FC held on to continue their winning streak against the Red and Golds.
Let’s see how the players from both sides fared tonight:
SC East Bengal (by Rajdeep Saha)
Sankar Roy – 5.5
Coming in for Arindam Bhattacharya, Roy did not have much to do against Odisha FC, as poor defending and an unlucky deflection defined SC East Bengal’s shortcomings tonight. He made two saves and one smart punch throughout the game.
Naocha Singh – 5.5
He had four tackles under his belt, but had a poor passing accuracy of 69%.
Adil Khan – 5.5
The defender had a poor display, as he was culpable of below-par man-marking which led to Odisha’s first goal. He did make four clearances and three interceptions, but lost the ball a total of 14 times.
Franjo Prce – 6.0
The centre-back had an average performance, but his brilliant assist for Perosevic’s goal certainly makes for his highlight on the night. Other than that, he had three clearances and two interceptions.
Hira Mondal – 7.5
Another consistent performance from the left-back saw him make six out of eight successful duels. He also blocked two shots and made an outstanding clearance off the line, towards the end of the match.
Naorem Mahesh Singh – 6.0
The winger did not contribute much going forward, but had a good passing accuracy of 80%. Moreover, he made four tackles and won six out of 11 ground duels.
Sourav Das – 6.5
The midfielder had an impressive 85% passing accuracy, which includes two accurate long balls. Defensively, he made two tackles and had success in three of his four duels.
Darren Sidoel – 6.0
Played as a third centre-back at times during the match and made two clearances. He had an 86% passing accuracy and was almost on the scoresheet with another brilliant free-kick, which skimmed over the crossbar.
Wahengbam Angousana – 6.0
The midfielder had a decent display with 74% passing accuracy and won three of his six ground duels.
Antonio Perosevic- 6.5
Scored SC East Bengal’s sole goal tonight and was lively going forward. He made two key passes throughout the game and won four of his six aerial duels.
Marcelo Ribeiro – 6.0
The Brazilian had three key passes and one shot on target. He also helped his team defensively with two clearances.
Raj Gaikwad – 5.5
Apart from an 80% passing accuracy in the half an hour he played, he could muster one successful aerial duel.
Amarjit Singh – 7.0
He came on and gave his all to help his team in any capacity possible. Apart from two successful long balls, he completed all eight of his duels and also made five tackles.
Fran Sota – 6.0
The Spaniard only had two long balls meet their target and a 63% passing accuracy in total.
Mohammed Rafique – N/A
Came on in the last 10 minutes and couldn’t make much of an impact.
Lalrinliana Hnamte- N/A
The same goes for him, as he was subbed on for the last 5-6 minutes.
Odisha FC (By Abinash Sahu)
Arshdeep Singh (GK) – 6.5
The Juggernauts’ custodian conceded once. There was not much threat from the opposition, but he struggled in aerial balls.
Lalruatthara – 6.5
The 27-year-old, though he stayed on the pitch till the full-time, was unable to produce a commanding performance. He attempted many passes, but didn’t seem to have a noticeable accuracy.
Victor Mongil – 7.0
The skipper had 86% pass accuracy, but he was not that effective in one-on-one tackles. He quietly disappeared during the second half.
Gaurav Bora – 7.5
Bora took on the opponent thrice and came out on top every single time. He had a good passing accuracy.
Sahil Panwar – 7.0
Effective in the first half, but was quite overshadowed in the last quarter. He won some ground duels, but struggled for aerial balls. Was booked in the 88th minute.
Issac Vanmalsawma – 7.5
100% successful dribbles, some accurate long balls and a couple of lethal crosses; the 25-year-old justified his role as a central defensive midfielder for Kino Sanchez’s men. He also won two fouls for his team.
Paul Ramfangzauva – 7.0
He was very accurate with long balls, but committed four fouls that definitely generated some danger from set-pieces. But, he was impressive in aerial balls and was seen dribbling past the opposition quite effortlessly.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga – 7.0
With a 91% passing accuracy and some important tackles, Jerry showcased his passion for the colours he is wearing. But, his lack of contribution on the scoresheet earns him a few less points.
Javi Hernandez – 8.5
A regular day at the office for the Spaniard. Pulled a goal and an assist out of the hat to secure three important points for his outfit. A 100% shot accuracy and 83% pass accuracy was simply phenomenal.
Aridai Cabrera – 6.5
Aridai was seemingly frustrated when the coach subbed him off just three minutes past the hour mark. But, except winning one tackle and dribbling twice past Hira Mondal, he didn’t have a significant impact on the game.
Jonathas de Jesus – 8.5
A goal and an assist, but a bit less defensive presence as always. A 69% pass accuracy is definitely not expected from an impactful player like Jonathas.
Redeem Tlang – 6.5
The newest member of the camp had more defensive presence than attacking, which his tactician would definitely be proud of. He won some remarkable ground duels and proved to be a stalwart for his team.
Liridon Krasniqi – 6.0
Krasniqi had a 95% accuracy in passing. He conceded some unnecessary fouls that could have been expensive for his side.
Hendry Antonay – N/A
Came on late in stoppage time and did not have any impact.
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