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Ratings: Sunil Chhetri scores as Kerala Blasters forfeit playoff game

Published at :March 4, 2023 at 5:40 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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(Courtesy : ISL Media)

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The head coach of the Kochi-based side advised his players to leave the pitch.

Bengaluru FC beats Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 in the first ISL 2022-23 playoff match at the Kanteerava Outdoor stadium in Bengaluru. Sunil Chettri scored the winning goal through a freekick from a few yards outside the penalty box in the extra time. Both teams had equal opportunities in the first 90 minutes but failed to convert them into a goal.

The match ended in controversy with the Kerala Blasters coach Ivan Vukomanovic taking his players off the pitch before the end of full-time. Ivan wasn't happy with the free-kick goal and argued with the referees eventually making his way off along with the players. Bengaluru FC will take on Mumbai City FC in the semifinals.

Bengaluru FC (by M Sudharshan)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - 6.5

Made one crucial save and wasn't involved in one clearance. Overall had a good game maintaining a clean sheet.

Jovanovic - 6.5

Jovanovic had a decent game and made three solid clearances. He was substituted in the 80th minute for Alan Costa.

Sandesh Jhingan - 6.5

The former Kerala Blasters defender was solid in the centre-back making six clearances. 

Prabir Das - 6.5

Prabir put in a few important crosses in the first half and made a tackle and clearance each. 

Bruno Ramires - 7.0

Bruno was solid in the defensive midfield position. The Brazilian had a passing accuracy of 79 per cent and was involved in two clearances. 

Roshan Singh - 6.5

Roshan had a good game and made 50 touches. He was involved in two tackles and one clearance. 

Rohit Kumar - 7.0

Made his presence everywhere on the pitch putting in three tackles and one interception. Rohit had a passing accuracy of 78 per cent.

Suresh Wangjam - 6.5

Did not have much work to do in the final third but made his presence felt in a few crucial tackles. 

Javi Hernandez - 7.0

Javi Hernandez had two shots off-target and created two goal-scoring opportunities. 

Sivasakthi - 6.0

Couldnt create any major impact in the final third and was involved in two tackles in the defence.

Roy Krishna - 7.0

Had two shots on target and one shot off target. Created many opportunities in the attacking areas but failed to convert any.

Substitutions

Sunil Chhetri - 7.5

Scores the winning goal in the extra time after coming in as a substitute for Sivavsakthi.

Alan Costa - 6.5

Did not have much work to do and was involved in two clearances.

Kerala Blasters FC (by Waseem Zaidi)

Prabhsukhan Gill (GK) - 7.0

Prabhsukhan Gill was unlucky to concede the goal from the free kick as he was out of his position while setting the wall. He was solid otherwise and made three saves to keep KBFC in the game.

Nishu Kumar - 6.5

Nishu Kumar started ahead of Ayush Adhikari and later shifted to the left-back position. He kept a close watch on Roshan Singh and made five clearances in the match.

Victor Mongil - 5.5

Victor Mongil got the nod ahead of Hormipam Ruivah due to his experience. He had 82 touches on the ball and had 96% passing accuracy, keeping the ball moving from the back. He also put in six tackles and made five clearances.

Marko Leskovic - 6.5

The centre-back was solid in denying BFC forwards time in the goalmouth area. He marked Roy Krishna closely and made two clearances and blocks each.

Jessel Carneiro - 7.0

The skipper was having a decent game until going off with an injury late in the second half. He had four blocks and two clearances until that point.

Vibin Mohanan - 7.5

The youngster was one of the best performers for the Yellow Army. His work rate and effort were noteworthy. He finished the game with 90% passing accuracy as well.

Jeakson Singh - 6.0

Jeakson Singh had his hands full in keeping Javi Hernandez silent. He was decent with the ball too, creating two chances and finishing with a 91% passing success rate.

Adrian Luna - 5.5

Adrian Luna had a slow start to the game but slowly got more involved in the attack. He had four attempts on goal but could not direct any of them on target; a disappointing performance overall from the star midfielder.

Rahul KP - 6.5

Rahul KP worked hard to create scoring chances for his team. He created one chance and delivered three crosses for his teammates in the box.

Danish Farooq - 6.0

The Kerala Blasters midfielder started in an advanced position and took one shot on the goal that went off-target.

Dimitrios Diamantakos - 7.0

The striker was marked closely by the BFC defence and did not receive any breathing space to influence the game. He had only one shot on target, a header from Ayush Adhikari’s cross.

Substitutions

Ayush Adhikari - 7.0

Ayush Adhikari was a brilliant substitution, who saw a lot of the ball in the right-back position. He delivered a decent cross for Diamantakos and combined well with his teammates down the flank to create chances.

Sahal Abdul Samad - 6.0

Sahal was rusty in his performance. The midfielder could not help the team find a goal and had one shot that went off-target.

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