INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Pune FC lost 0-2 to Bengaluru FC at home.
21.04.2015 : PUNE FC -- 0-2
BFC : Shankar 1', Vineeth CK 44'
MOM : Shankar SAMPINGIRAJ - BFC
PFC : Amrinder, Munmun, Luciano, Anas, Ralte, Lalrempuia, Arata, Nikhil, Lalramluaha, Sueoka, Haokip.
BFC : Ralte, Anto, Curtis, Johnson, Walker, Lyngdoh, Shankar, Beikhokhei, Lalchhuanmawia, Vineeth, Rooney,
PFC Press Release : Pune FC went down fighting 0-2 to Bengaluru FC in an I-League Round-18 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Tuesday. First half strikes from Shankar Sampangiraj (1st minute) and CK Vineeth (44th) handed Pune FC their second consecutive loss at home. The fourth loss of the season also meant Pune FC (23 pts) dropped down to the 4th place in the standings as Bengaluru FC (25 pts) moved up to third. Going into the game, Pune FC Coach Karim Bencherifa made four changes handing starts to Nikhil Kadam, Lalramluaha Hmar, Zohmingliana Ralte and Thongkhosiem Haokip.
FULL TIME Bengaluru FC beat Pune FC 2-0 to get 3rd place in the table
90'+1':Sunil's effort went wide. CLOSE ONE
90':3 minutes added time
89':Foul against Udanta in a very good position
89':Players Change in Bengaluru Fc: Thoi Singh in place of Sankar
87':Hero of the Match: SANKAR SAMPINGIRAJ
86':Score remains still goalless
84':Free kick cleared and a corner to Bengaluru FC
83':Foul against Sunil, free kick to Bengaluru FC. Yellow Card to Lalramluaha.
81':Sueoka's pass from goalline, deflected and cleared in defence.
78':Chance to Prakash from Arata's pass, but his shot straight to keeper Ralte. Fine Save by Ralte
75':Edgar's free kick, but foul against Ralte. Both the Ralte of two team looks injured and receiving treatment
74':Players Change in Bengaluru FC: Udanta in place of goalscorer Vineeth
73':Lalramluaha's long cross, cleared in defence
71':Players Change in Pune FC: Prakash in place of Haokip
70':Edgar's shot from Sueoka's pass, went wide
68':Chettri's pass to Chhuantea and his cross to Sankar. But Sankar's header inches wide
67':Set piece cleared and another corner to Bengaluru FC
66':Luciano committed a foul, Free kick to Bengaluru FC in a very good position.
65':One to one chance to Lyndoh from Sunil's pass but a fine save by Amrinder.
63':Ball cleared from corner
62':Puia's long ranger from 30 yards, deflected and a corner to Pune FC
61':Puia's header from Edgar's cross, went wide
59':Srikanth Ramu tried a long ranger from 25 yards, ball just went wide
58':Rino committed a foul against munmun, free kick to Pune FC
57':Edgar's through to find Sueoka, went wide
First half in going on in U-19 I League between Hindustan FC and United SC. Score remains goalless still
55':Players Change in Bengaluru FC: Sunil in place of Rooney
48':Brilliant try by Edgar, his volley went wide.
46':Players Change in Pune FC: Edgar in place of Nikhil
46':Players Change in Pune FC: Srikanth in place of Ralte
46':Second Half resumed
HT : SCORE LINE : PFC 0-2 BFC
45': 2 minute added time.
44': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to Bengaluru FC. Vineeth scored off Bekhokhei's final pass.
38': Free kick to Pune but BFC keeper well saved Nikhil's free kick.
35': Chance to BFC, Roony's cross and Shankar's header missed the target from close.
30': STAT- KFC: In first leg Pune FC beat Bengaluru FC 3-1 while in Fed Cup Bengaluru Fc beat Pune 2-1. This is the 3rd encounter in 2015 between the two.
28': Attack of Bengaluru again, Bekhokhei's effort well blocked by India u-23 keeper Amrinder.
24': Attack of Pune, Nikhil's shot blocked in BFC box.
22': In U-19 I-league Match Chanmari FC vs Mohun Bagan score is 1-1 now.
20': Still Pune FC is trailing 0-1 to defending champions Bengaluru FC.
17': Attack of Pune but Haokip's header went over the cross bar.
7': Corner to BFC, Lyndoh's corner kick cleared by Pune GK-Amrinder.
5': Free kick to PFC, Nikhil's free kick went to Ralte's hand.
1': GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL 1-0 to Bengaluru FC. Shankar scored from Vinith's pass.
1': Match starts.
0': 6 Players are playing in Fune FC who are their own Academy product.
Pune FC had the worst possible start to the game conceding in the very first minute. A quick move on the left straight from kick off had Eugeneson Lyngdoh cross in to attacker Shankar who flicked it into the goal from close range in front of Pune FC keeper Amrinder Singh. Having conceded early on, Pune FC tried to settle in and push up. However, some poor touches in the final third let them down on multiple occasions. Finally at the quarter hour mark, Pune FC created a close chance with defender Munmun Lugun floating in a cross from the left flank. The ball sailed across the goal to Lalrempuia Fanai at the far post, but the youngster's powerful header went way wide.
A minute later, Nikhil skipped past a host of defenders from the left and set up Arata Izumi outside the box. However, the midfielder's powerful shot was blocked by the Bengaluru FC defense. Pune FC began dominating the proceedings and had a flurry of attacks. In the 24th minute, Pune FC almost pulled level. Nikhil played a quick one-two with playmaker Ryuji Sueoka outside the box to get clear inside the box. The youngster tried to round off the rival keeper and slot home but his effort was blocked by Lalthuammawia Ralte.
21.04.2015 : PUNE FC -- 0-2-- BENGALURU FC ( FT )
While Bengaluru FC attacked on counters, Pune FC continued to push up and created chance after chance. In the 35th minute, defender Zohmingliana Ralte's dangerous cross in from the right was met well by Haokip but the header lacked direction. As the first half came to an end, Bengaluru FC capitalised on a defensive lapse and increased their lead. Winger Vineeth combined with Beikhokhei Beingaichho on the right and blasted home from inside the box to give the visitors a 2-0 lead going into the breather.
Coach Bencherifa made a double change at the start of the second half bringing in Srikanth Ramu and Edgar Marcelino in place of Anas Edathodika and Nikhil Kadam. Edgar had an immediate impact as his acrobatic attempt two minutes in went just over the horizontal as Pune FC increased the pressure on their rivals. While Bengaluru FC opted to move forward on counter attacks, Pune FC created moves from the midfield but were falling short in the final third. Around the hour mark, Pune FC had a couple of close chances. First defender Srikanth cut in from the right flank and let fly from distance but his effort sailed just wide. Minutes later, Haokip managed to get a header on Edgar's chipped cross from the right only for it to go wide.
At the other end, Bengaluru FC went close but Lyngdoh who got into the clear inside the box was denied in a one-on-one situation by Amrinder Singh with a brilliant save. Into the final quarter, substitute Prakash Thorat, on for Haokip, had a brilliant chance to pull one back for Pune FC. The Pune-born striker got clear into the box with some quick feet but blasted his effort straight into the keeper from close range. Both sides created a few chances in the final ten minutes but found it hard to penetrate into the box. In the dying minutes of the game, Pune FC had one last chance when Edgar set up Prakash with a brilliant through ball down the middle only for the rival keeper to rush out and intercept as the game ended 0-2 in favour of the visitors.
BFC PREVIEW RELEASE : Ashley Westwood said he expects nothing short of a game at full throttle when Bengaluru FC take on Pune FC at the Balewadi Stadium, in Pune, on Tuesday. Sitting fourth on the table with a point and a game behind Pune, Bengaluru will look to notch their first win in the city as the race to the title picks up pace.
The Blues are unbeaten in six games across competitions and while some results may not have gone his team's way, Westwood is pleased with the performances being dished out. "We are looking forward to the game against Pune and like I've said at most press conferences before a game, we are in good form. We've never seen a bad patch at the club which is a testament of the effort the boys are putting in. As for Tuesday, Pune will feel they have a chance just like us and I expect a good game that will see both teams go full throttle at each other," said the gaffer on the eve of the game.
Bengaluru come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Warriors FC in the AFC Cup that saw the Blues put on a commanding show in Singapore. Pune, meanwhile, are fresh from a 2-1 win over Dempo in Goa. However, both teams will be without key players owing to suspensions. His injury time sending off against Mumbai FC means Robin Singh won't have any part to play on Tuesday while striker Darko Nikac and midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh will be missing in action for the hosts.
Quizzed whether Robin's absence will be a major setback given the form the striker has been going through (4 goals in five games), Westwood begged to differ. "We have a suspension in Robin but as do Pune FC. However, I don't see that as a negative for us because it is a great opportunity for someone else to step up and prove a point."
Both teams will also look at the game as the best possible chance to catch up with leaders Mohun Bagan who conceded twice in four minutes against Royal Wahingdoh and in going down 3-2, suffered their first defeat of the season.
Bengaluru and Pune met early in the season in Bengaluru where Pune came away 3-1 winners and Westwood said the boys will do all they can to reverse the result. "Looking back on the game, we had an off day. But even in having an off day, we had far more possession, passes and shots on goal than them - 17 to their 4 to be precise. And on Tuesday, we will be doing our best to reverse the result knowing Pune will be coming for the win too. It's all set up for a thrilling encounter," said Westwood.