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Indian Player Ratings: Lenny Rodrigues shines for Bengaluru, Mandar Rao Desai the lone star for Goa

Written by: Srinivasan

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The Blues eased to a 2-0 win over Sergio Lobera's side and booked a place in the semi-finals of the ISL in their debut season.

Albert Roca's side earned themselves a spot in the semi-finals of ISL 2017-18 thanks to 2 goals from Edu Garcia and Dimas Delgado. In a game that saw Roca rest a host of regulars with an eye on the AFC Cup games to come, the Blues put up an assured performance against Sergio Lobera's side who share a penchant to play the same brand of football as Roca. 

Watch: ATK 2-2 Kerala Blasters highlights

 

Bengaluru FC

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu- 6.5

The India custodian was often tested with crosses from the wings, but was on hand to deal with them comfortably. Pulled off a full length diving save in the first half to stop the opposition from scoring.  

Rahul Bheke- 7.0  

Playing at right back in place of the rested Harmanjot Khabra, the defender was solid in possession and was always on hand to deny a rampaging Mandar Rao Desai from causing damage on the wing.  

Lenny Rodrigues- 7.5

Watch: Keegan Pereira contributing to the ATK attack

The former Goa midfielder was tasked with retaining possession considering that FC Goa were also cut from the same cloth as Bengaluru in terms of sticking to their possession game. The former Churchill medio shielded his back 4 with aplomb and kept his team ticking with his passing. 

Nishu Kumar- 6.5

The left back was given another shot at impressing Roca for the left-back slot and did an impressive job dealing with Mandar and Lanzarote as the 2 Goa wingers exchanged flanks frequently. Was on hand to provide an overlap to Chhetri's runs on the left flank. 

Sunil Chhetri- 6.5

The Captain had a relatively quiet evening, but never stopped running or trying to make things happen. His final ball when Bengaluru counter-attacked was found wanting on a few occasions but he would be happy with a victory that moves his team into the semi-finals. 

Shamboi Haokip- 6.0

Playing in the stead of an injured Miku, the striker got into a few good scoring positions and even created the chance that opposition goalkeeper Naveen Kumar saved leading to the corner that led to Edu's goal. Was not able to pose much of a threat in the second half for his namesake Boithang. 

Substitutes

Boithang Haokip- 5.5

Came on for Shamboi Haokip 20 mins before time and provided more solidity to the backline as Roca aimed to seal the game.

Daniel Lalhimpuia- 5.5

Brought on for Chhetri 2 mins before full time and barely had time to influence proceedings in the game.

Subashish Bose- 4.0

Part of a successive substitution by Roca for Nishu Kumar and helped close out the game.


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FC Goa 

Naveen Kumar- 5.5

Pulled off many a save but his distribution from goalkicks were poor as their attempts to play out from the back often resulted in gifting possession to Bengaluru.

Mohamed Ali- 6.0

Showed some moments of real calm when dealing with a rampaging Bengaluru attack. However, he was part of a backline that was pressed off the ball when they attempted to play out from the back from goalkicks. 

Seriton Fernandes- 5.5

Saw plenty of forays forward and put in a few teasing crosses to test Gurpreet, but this resulted in him leaving his flank open for Chhetri and Nishu to exploit.

Narayan Das- 5.0

Was tasked with dealing with Edu Garcia, a different breed of player as compared to a pacier Udanta. The Spaniard was often seen cutting inside with ease and influenced play from Das's flank. Replaced by Chinglansena Singh 12 minutes before full time. 

Mandar Rao Desai- 7.0

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The former Blue was impressive with his direct running and dribbling skills. Only a solid Rahul Bheke and John Johnson prevented Mandar from causing maximum damage on the flanks, a key feature of Lobera's system. 

Manvir Singh- 6.0

Got into good positions behind the Bengaluru backline but the service that he was due to receive was either poor or too close to the Gurpreet.

Substitutes

Chinglansena Singh- 4.0

Brought on as a damage control exercise by Lobera and helped extinguish a few Bengaluru attacks.

Pronay Halder- 4.5

With the security of an extra defender, Lobera brought on Halder to atleast knick a goal from their hosts, but Halder was unable to express himself during the few minutes that were remaining. 

Published: Sat Feb 10, 2018 02:23 PM IST

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