INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Bengaluru FC win 1-0 against Bharat FC at home
08.02.2014: BENGALURU FC --- ( 1-0
BEN : EUGENESON 79'
BEN :Ralte, Osano, Johnson, Walker, Thoi, Rino, Eugeneson, Beikhokhei, Robin, Chhetri, Lalchhuanmawia.
BHT :Arindam, Mehraj, Gouramangi, Ravanan, Nabi, Rajinder, Bobby, Boco, Subash, Bright, Lester
FT : Bengaluru FC win 1-0.
88': BENGALURU FC is leading 1-0.
78': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Bengaluru FC score. EUGENESON scored from a bullet shot off out side box.
70': Out of 7 corners Bengaluru EARNED 6 but unable to utilize.
66': YELLOW CARD - BFC : Bright .
63': PLAYER CHANGE - BFC : Dias in and Rajinder out.
63': PLAYER CHANGE - BEN : Vineeth in and Beikhokhei out.
63': SCORE LINE 0-0.
54': SCORE LINE 0-0.
50': SCORE LINE 0-0.
HT : SCORE LINE 0-0.
40': Still the scoreline remain 0-0.
35': Out of 3 corners Bengaluru earned 2 but unable to utilize.
31': Corner to Bharat FC.
27': YELLOW CARD - BFC : Ravanan.
25': SCORE LINE 0-0
1': Match starts.
08.02.2014: BENGALURU FC --- ( 1-0)--- BHARAT FC ( FT..)
Bengaluru FC press release : Eugeneson Lyngdoh vindicated all the spotlight he's been under with a peach of a winner in the 78th minute as Bengaluru FC beat Bharat FC 1-0 to notch their first win at home this season, on Sunday. A little ahead of the 18-yard box and with the ball at his feet Lyngdoh froze time, picked his spot and with the deftest of touches, placed it past an outstretched Arindam Bhattacharya before indulging in his jump and fist-pump celebration thatís becoming a regular feature.
The Blues endured an almost-catastrophic first minute when defender Curtis Osano's back-pass left Bharat striker Kris Bright through on goal. The Kiwi was unaware of the time he had as his first time strike went wide of the Bengaluru goal. Ashley Westwood's men regrouped and recycled the ball well in their own half to create the first chance of the game in the 18th minute with Beikhokhei Beingaichho's final cross inches away from being tapped in by Sunil Chhetri at the far post. A few minutes later, Chhetri exchanged passes with Robin Singh but his shot was straight at Bharat 'keeper Arindam Bhattacharya.
Bengaluru started the second half brighter with more structure to their game. The mistakes were fewer and the passing, fluid. Buoyed by the goal, Bengaluru went on to create a flurry of chances to put the Bharat defence on the back foot. Substitute CK Vineeth injected some much needed pace into the Blues' arsenal as his bolt down midfield moments later produced a shot that missed Bhattacharya's post by inches.
Eugeneson almost turned provider when his through ball found Chhetri past the Bharat back-line but the skipper was unable to control the ball to get a clean strike on goal. Bharat pressed hard for the equalizer but the Bengaluru defence were equal to every attack. The win moved Bengaluru to 6th position on the table as the Blues host Shillong Lajong on Saturday.
PREVIEW : BFC PRESS RELEASE : Buoyed by their first win the League and an inspired show in the AFC Champions League qualifier in Malaysia over the fortnight, Bengaluru FC will be keen to keep the momentum going on Sunday evening when they host Bharat FC at the Kanteerava Stadium.
Blues' coach Ashley Westwood brushed aside talks of a slow start to their title defence saying the mood in the camp was far from tense. "All the lads within the club know that we're a good side. They know that we play well, we train well and we've had two really good performances. We're the current League and Federation Cup champions and with regards to form it doesn't get much better than that. We're not looking into past results, we're just looking forward," said Westwood.
Bharat's trip to Bengaluru will be the club's first ever away fixture and Westwood said that his side are more concerned about their own tactics than that of the opposition. "We've seen Bharat FC play a couple of times. But, we have our own systems and we like to think that teams might be more worried about us than we are of them," said Westwood.
Bengaluru's 0-4 defeat of Royal Wahingdoh had as many as three different scorers, advertising the attack-minded squad Westwood had bred. Summer acquisition Eugeneson Lyngdoh in particular, has been the man of the moment. The midfielder has two goals in four league games and his goal straight from a corner against Johor Darul Ta'zim in the Champions League tie is still being shared all over the internet.
Bharat FC come to Bengaluru in search for their first competitive win ever. The Stuart Watkiss-coached side drew Dempo before going down to Wahingdoh but the Englishman said he's here for nothing but a win. "I think we've had quite a tough start. Dempo were definitely one of the better teams. Maybe we caught Royal Wahingdoh at the wrong time, they a great start to the season. I've been pleased with the way we've adapted over the first two games even though we haven't got that victory yet," he said. The game kicks off at 7 pm and will be telecasted live on Ten Action.