FEDERATION CUP FOOTBALL CUTTACK - 2017
BENGALURU FC REACH IN THE FINAL TO FACE MOHUN BAGAN
14.5.17 (SF1) :AIZAWL FC 0-1 BENGALURU FC - (FT)
BFC : Watson (Pen 8')
MOM : Watson - Bengaluru FC.
AFC :Albino, Chullova,L.Ruthara, Kingsley, Z.Ralte, Brandon, Alfred, D.Mawia, Jayesh, Al AMna, Beton Kamo.
BFC : Amrinder, Sandesh, Johnson, Salam Ranjan, Khabra, Juan, Lenny, Watson, Alwyn, Lyndoh, Vineeth.
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Amrinder Singh saved a penalty in the last minute of additional time (90+7) to dump Aizawl FC out of the Federation Cup and send Bengaluru FC to the final after Cameron Watson scored from the spot in the 8th minute in a dramatic semifinal at the Barabati Stadium, in Cuttack, on Sunday.
With captain Sunil Chhetri ruled out of the tournament with a muscle injury, Roca handed CK Vineeth a start as striker ahead of Len Doungel while Eugeneson Lyngdoh returned to side after a suspension and was drafted out wide. The Blues started on the offense with shots from Vineeth and Lyngdoh saved by Gomes before a tackle from Kingsley Eze on Alwyn George prompted referee to point to the spot in the 8th minute. Watson, stepping up in the absence of Chhetri, made no mistake as he slotted past Albino Gomes to score his first goal for the Blues and give Roca’s side an early lead.
Bengaluru pushed forward and almost found a second when Alwyn sent Vineeth through on goal but Kingsley recovered to make the tackle before the Blues’ number 31 could get a shot away. The Blues’ best chance of the half came from Watson once again. The Australian curved a shot past the Aizawl defence only to see it cannon back into play off the post for Lyngdoh’s effort on the rebound to find its way into the hands of Gomes.
Roca brought in Cornell Glen for Vineeth a little beyond the hour mark and the No.9 was a handful for the Aizawl defence who found his strength tough to deal with. Infusing a little pace, the Blues then brought on Udanta Singh for Lyngdoh and the youngster always looked a threat on the counter.
Glen came close in the 89th minute when after being picked out by a pass from Harmanjot Khabra, he lost his man with a feint only to see his curled effort with the left roll wide.The Blues were made to deal with drama at the end when Jhingan’s foul on Bayi Kamo prompted the referee to award Aizawl a penalty in the seventh minute of added time. Chullova stepped up to take the spot-kick but Amrinder guessed right to make the save in what was the very last action of the game.
Building on a compact showing against Bagan, the Blues’ three-man defence with the two wing-backs in support, were on top of their game. John Johnson, who wore the captain’s armband, was at his clinical best, keeping Kamo out of the game. The Blues will face Mohun Bagan in the final, following the Mariners' 2-0 semifinal win over East Bengal. The summit clash will be played at the Barabati Stadium, on 21 May.
12.05.2017 : DSK 2-3 SHILLONG LAJONG - FT.
SLFC : Alen Deory 49', Reedem 68', Samuela 90+2'
DSK : Holicharan 62', 86'
MOM : Samuel Lalmuanpuia - Shillong Lajong
DSK : Subrata, Rocky, Mcfall, S.Kima, Sajid, Rohit, M. Thanga, , Vanlal, Quero, L. Zueala, Kim.
SLFC : Vishal, Shadap, aibor, Sana, Pritam, Yuta, Issac, Reedem, Samuela, Reupert, Deory
11.05.2017 : CHURCHILL BROS. 1-3 CHENNAI CITY- 90'.
CCFC : D.Ganesh 18', Edwin 62', Charles 79'
CB : Brandon - Pen 82'
CCFC : Shibinlal, Eche, Charles, D. Ravanan, Abhishek, D. Ganesh, Darren, Zakir, Celemente, Nandkumar.
CB : Naveen, Adil, Sheriton, Rowilson, Anthoney, Richard, C.Lyndoh, Bektur, Brandon, Kareem, Agogo.
10.05.2017 : DSK SHVAJIANS 2-0 BENGALURU (FT)
DSK: Juan Quero brace (71’, 76’)
MOM : Juan Quero -DSK
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC were made to pay for missed chances as a Juan Quero brace (71’, 76’) consigned Albert Roca’s men to a 2-0 defeat against DSK Shivajians at the Barabati Stadium, in Cuttack, Odisha, on Wednesday. Bengaluru were handed a boost ahead of the game as John Johnson was named in an unchanged starting line-up from the game against Lajong, in which the defender had to be substituted after picking up a thigh injury.
Refusing to let DSK settle down and gain a foothold of any sort, Bengaluru were relentless in attack, forcing the side from Pune to throw numbers in defence. The Blues were denied what looked good to be a lead when Johnson’s header from Cameron Watson’s corner was cleared off the goal line with Subrata Paul beaten in the 20th minute.
Paul then played saviour in the 37th minute, denying Udanta with a fantastic save. Picked out by Watson, Nishu Kumar sent in a ball that Udanta connected sweetly only to see Paul keep it out. But despite Bengaluru’s dominance, it was DSK who grabbed the lead in 71st minute when Quero sent Lalthuammawia Ralte the wrong way from the spot after the Blues ’keeper was adjudged to have brought Lallianzuala Chhangte down in the box. Roca, who introduced CK Vineeth for Daniel, soon threw in Cornell Glen for defender Juanan Gonzalez.
But Quero then doubled DSK’s lead just five minutes later, curling in a free-kick around a two-man Bengaluru wall as Roca’s men threw numbers in attack with fifteen minutes to play for. Shots from Vineeth and Glen blazed over the bar before Nishu’s dart and cross into the area found an unmarked but off-balance Udanta. The Blues’ best chance of the half saw a strike from Chhetri in the dying moments palmed away by an acrobatic save from Paul as Roca’s men were made to rue missed chances.
Bengaluru next face Mohun Bagan in their final Group B game at the same venue on Friday.
09.05.2017 : CHURCHILL BROTHERS 1-2 AIZAWL FC (FT.)
AFC : Lalram Chullova - Pen 23', Z. Ralte 90'
CB : Agogo Kromah - Pen 84'
AFC : Albino, Chullova, Z. Ralte, Kingsley, Ruatthara, Alfred, Danmawia, Jayesh, Al Amna, Brandon, Kamo.
CB : Naveen, Rowilson, Kinan, Adil, Sheriton, Richard Costa, Surchandra, Brandon, Bektur, C.Lyndoh, Aggogo.
08.05.2017 : BENGALURU FC 3-2 SHILLONG LAJONG (FT)
BFC : Udanta Singh 36', E. Lyndoh 47', Aibor (74' og).
SLFC : Yuta 72', Samue Lalampuia 85'
SLFC : Vishal, Aibor, Nimdorjee, Samuel, Chinglensana, Rocus, Redeem, Alen, Yuta, Bipin, Dicka.
BFC : L Ralte, Nishu, Johnson, Sandesh, Khabra, Daniel, Eugeneson, Watson, Udanta, Sunil
FT : Bengaluru FC win their first game 3-2 over Shillong Lajong.
85': GOOOoAAALLL 3-2. Samuel score from Spot kick.
84': Penalty to Lajong as Salam ranjan fouled Samuel in box.
74': GOOOoAAALLL 3-1. Aibor score own goal ehen clearing a ball.
72': GOOOoAAALLL 2-1. Yuta scored for Lajong. BFC 2-1 SLFC
50': BFC 2-0 SLFC
47': GOAALLLLLLLLL 2-0 to Bengaluru through Khabra's cross and Lyndoh's header
46': Match srats - 2nd half.
HT: SCORE: BFC 1-0 SLFC
36': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Bengaluru FC. Udanta singh scored as his shot deflected from Nimdorjee Tamang and went to net.
32': CHANCE to BFC as Sunil's header deflected from Keeper and Khabra's rebound shot went out.
5': 20 yards punch of Reedem of SLFC went out.
3': Corner for Bengaluru FC, Watson's kick but no score as the header of Sandesh hits the cross bar.
2': In recent ended I-League Matches, Bengaluru FC won both home and away against Shillong by 3-0 and 2-0.
1': Match Starts.
PREVIEW : Albert Roca asked his Bengaluru FC side to brush aside the hurdles of a packed schedule and humid weather conditions and train their focus on chasing Federation Cup glory as the Blues open their campaign with a clash against Shillong Lajong at the Barabati Stadium, on Monday.
Stacked alongside reigning champions Mohun Bagan, DSK Shivajians and Lajong in Group B, Bengaluru have been building an impressive momentum ahead of the competition that guarantees the winner a slot in the AFC Cup. “We ended the League season on a good note and except the blip in Dhaka, we’ve done well in the AFC Cup too where our fate is firmly in our hands. Surely, the Federation Cup will be a whole new ball game but we’ve been doing things correctly and if we can manage the situation of the schedule and the heat, we should be alright,” said Roca on the eve of the game.
The Blues have been buoyed by the arrival of striker Cornell Glen who joined the squad in Cuttack after a week of working on his fitness in Bengaluru. Incidentally, Glen has previously turned out for Lajong and Bagan and it needs to be seen the role Roca hands him in the tournament.
Bengaluru, who did the double over Lajong in the League this season, have faced the side from the hills just once in this competition previously and came away 1-0 winners on their way to lifting the title in 2016. “We’ve beaten Lajong twice this season but this competition a clean slate for everyone and the margin for error is very less. Two good weeks of football and you could be representing the country in Asia which is going to give belief to every team in this competition. It’s going to boil down to how clinically we take our chances,” added Roca.
Two sides from each group of the Federation Cup qualify for the semifinals while the Blues will have an extra game to play as they face Mohun Bagan in an AFC Cup Group clash on the 17th.
07.05.2017 : AIZAWL FC 3-2 CHENNAI CITY (FT)
CCFC : Charles 14', Eduwin 39'
AFC: Al Amna 53', Laldanmawia 62', DANMAWIA 80'
AFC : Albino, Kingsley, Z. Ralte, Al Amna, Jayesh, L.Ralte, L.Kima, Jaryan, Lalram, Kamo, Lalthara.
CCF : Karanjit, Eche, Debabrata, Charles, Edwin, D. Ravanan, Abhishek, D. Ganesh, Soosai Raj, Z. Mundrappa, Nandkumar.
AIZAWL FC COME FROM TWO GOALS DOWN TO DEFEAT CHENNAI CITY FC 3-2
AIFF PRESS RELEASE: Recently crowned Hero I-League Champions Aizawl FC came from two goals down to register an impressive 3-2 win against Chennai City FC at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha on Sunday (May 07, 2017) in the 38th edition of the ongoing Hero Federation Cup.
Goals by Charles de Souza (13’) and Edwin Sydney (39’) in the first half left the Champions of India reeling, but an inspired second half performance including strikes from Al-Amna (53’) and L. Ralte (62’, 81’) led the Champions of India to top of Group A with three points.
The attacking intent from Chennai City FC was clear in the opening minutes that the Southern outfit will not sit back and defend against the Champions. Edwin Sydeny’s shot in the early minutes struck the woodwork giving a clear intention of Soundaranjan’s Team.
It was not long before Chennai City FC took the lead in the 13th minute when Charles de Souza bundled home his chance from inside the box. An early goal stunned Aizawl FC and they sat deep in attempt to soak pressure from their opponents, hence resulting in the match being restricted to the midfield.
Chennai City FC tried to break Aizawl FC’s well organized midfield and defence line but the opponents kept a tight shape. In the 39th minute however, things changed. Aizawl FC failed to maintain their neat line and tight defence shape and Edwin Sydeny slipped through the gaps, only to side foot the ball into the back of the net. Chennai City FC led 2-0 at the halfway point against the Champions of India.
The Champions of India struck back and in fashion. In the 53rd minute Al-Amna bombarded into the Chennai City FC box and released a first time shot from a cutback pass to reduce Aizawl FC’s deficit to make the scoreline read 2-1. Nine minutes later, doing the impossible yet again, Aizawl FC equalized proceedings as Laldanmawia Ralte’s header off a Jayesh Rane crossed left the opposition custodian bewildered, ending in the back of the net.
With the proceedings equalized and tempo on their side, Aizawl FC fostered chances to take the lead. Ralte scored again in the 81st minute to hand Aizawl FC the lead as the Champions of India came from two goals down to register an impressive comeback and snatch the match from the jaws of defeat as the full-time scoreline read 3-2 in Aizawl FC’s favour.