INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Royal wahindoh DREW 1-1 AGAINST Bharat fc
21.03.2015 : SALGAOCAR -- 0-1
BEN : Robin singh 78'
SAL : Subrata, Khaled, Nicolau, Bikash, Gurjinder, Rocus, Zakeer, Gilbert, Sanju, Leny, Douhou.
BEN : Ralte, Rino, Osano, Johnson, Keegan, Thoi, Eugeneson, Walker, Rooney, Robin, Sunil
Bengaluru FC came away with a 0-1 win over Salgaocar FC at the Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda, Goa on Saturday to go top of the I-League table. Blues striker Robin Singh scored the only goal of the game with a header in the 79th minute in a game that was bossed by the visitors throughout.
Bengaluru Coach Ashley Westwood handed starts to returning India internationals Sunil Chhetri, Keegan Pereira, Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Singh as Bengaluru started on the front foot, stitching together meaningful passes and attacking the Salgaocar box from both flanks.
The visitors' first real chance of the game fell to skipper Chhetri who, after collecting Singh's lay off, managed to lift the ball past his marker but only to shoot inches wide of an onrushing Salgaocar 'keeper Subrata Paul's far post.
The Blues' finishing was found wanting for most parts of the first half as more shots from Lyngdoh and striker Sean Rooney failed to trouble Paul. The Salgaocar custodian's stubborn stint between the posts saw crosses from Pereira and right-back Rino Anto safely pouched or punched away on numerous occasions throughout.
Replacing Thoi Singh with Beikhokhei Beingaiccho, Westwood’s men started the second half with renewed vigour. Chhetri's attempt to break the deadlock after being put through by Singh was once again thwarted by Paul.
21.03.2015 : SALGAOCAR -- 0-1-- BENGALURU FC ( FT..)
Heading towards the closing stages, Bengaluru's persistence finally paid off as an expert cross was met with a header from the most acute of angles. Anto's floater into the box seemed to have been overcooked but for Robin, whose arrival at the far post came with a thumping header sending the ball past a hapless Paul.
However, the celebrations were brief as the home side came back with an immediate response to attack on the counter and win what seemed a controversial penalty. Salgaocar skipper Rocus Lamare's run into the Bengaluru box was met by Blues' substitute defender Lalchhuanmawia, who was harshly adjudged to have brought the midfielder down.
Bengaluru 'keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte carried forward his man-of-the-match performance from the AFC Cup game against Warriors FC earlier in the week, diving to his right and saving Gilbert Oliveira's spot-kick to protect the Blues' slender advantage.
Salgaocar's night went from bad to worse as defender Gurjinder Kumar received his second yellow and marching orders for a rash tackle on Beingaiccho with minutes left to play. Bengaluru next face Sporting Clube de Goa at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on the 31st of March.
FULL TIME Bengaluru FC beat Salgaocar 1-0
90':4 minutes of added time
Hero of the Match: Ralte
89':Yellow Card to Saran for his bad tackle
86':RED CARD to Gurjinder for his second yellow card
82':Substitution of Bengaluru FC: Saran in place of Bikash
78':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Robin's header finds the net. Rino's cross and Robin's fine header finds the net.
75':Yellow Card to Gurjinder for time wasting
74':Substitution of Bengaluru FC: Chhuantea in place of Keegan
62':Sunil's shot, Subrata save the ball
61':Bikash's shot from counter attack, straight to Ralte
60':Substitution of Salgaocar: Clifton in place of Khaled
59':Khaled's header, went wide
56':Yellow Card to Gilbert
56':Substitution of Salgaocar: Jason Vales in place of Sanju
54':Bikash's shot blocked
53':OFFSIDE, Douhou is in offside position
48':What a chance to Douhou, his shot went wide
47':Brilliant through ball of Robin to Sunil, but a good save by Subrata
46':Second half resumed
HALF TIME Score remains goalless after the end of first half
45'+1':Bikash's back heel, nearly finds the net.
45': 2 minutes of added time
38':Lyndoh's free kick, Subrata save the ball before Gilbert committed a foul against Sunil
35':Chance to Rooney, good block in defence
So far Salgaocar committed 4 fouls and Bengaluru Fc committed 5 fouls
31':Sanju's forward pass to find Khaled, but John block him well
31':Score remains still goalless
27':Keegan's cross, Robin tried aback volley, went wide
24':Shot corner of Lyndoh, Walker's wasted cross went wide.
23':Sunil's shot, blocked by Gilbert. Corner to Bengaluru FC
20':Brilliant chance to Sunil, trapped to ball from Robin's pass brilliantly but his shot inches wide
19':Gurjinder's free kick, well over the bar, before Johnson and Rino block Khaled
17':Yellow Card to Zakeer for his bad tackle to Egueneson Lyndoh.
16':OFFSIDE, Counter attack but Sunil is in offside position.
15':Low corner, cleared in defence
14':Egueneson's cross, cleared and a corner to Bengaluru FC
13':Chance to Eugeneson, shot blocked
9':Ball cleared from corner.
8':Thoi's cross, Nicolou's header cleared the ball. Corner to Bengaluru FC
7':Brilliant through of Sanju to find Khaled, good save by keeper Ralte
6':Waster free kick, cleared in defence
5':Another bad tackle of Salgaocar, this time against Robin. Free kick to Bengaluru FC
4':Salgaocar defence is alert and cleared from free kick
3':Khaled's bad tackle, free kick to Bengaluru FC
PREVIEW : SALGAOCAR TO FACE BENGALURU FC TOMORROW
Bengaluru FC resume their I-League commitments with a trip to Goa where they take on Salgaocar at the Nehru Stadium, on Saturday. The Blues are coming on the back of two successive AFC Cup games where a mixed bag of results included an away 3-1 loss to Persipura Jayapura before beating Singapore side Warriors FC 1-0 at the Kanteerava Stadium, on Tuesday.
The game marks the halfway stage in the League for Bengaluru who know a win would give them breathing space on a table that houses a stuffy top-half.
Ashley Westwood will be buoyed by the return of skipper Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Keegan Pereira - all of who missed the Blues' last two games owing to national duty. 'It's good to have the lads back. If you're missing as many as four players, it is always going to be a loss. But I'd like to give credit to the rest of the players who turned up with a good performance on Tuesday. That said, we are happy as a club to have contributed to the national team who came away with a good result. The fact that we had four players on the India team means we are doing something right,' said Westwood.
But while the reinforcements give the squad the depth it needs, Westwood says places in the starting XI will have to be fought for. 'Our bench looks a little stronger but the competition for places is still fierce. There's a minimum of 3 games in the AFC Cup and things in the League have started nearing the more serious end.'
In Salgaocar, Bengaluru have opponents who Westwood says they are familiar with. 'As far as I can recall, Salgaocar is the side we have played the most over last season and now. We've played them twice in the League last season and this year, we've played them in a pre-season friendly, the Durand Cup and the Federation Cup. It's a side we know well and one that we respect a lot. They have a good coach and are always there and about the clubs who have achieved things."
The Derrick Pereira-coached team are sitting eighth on the table with 11 points and had to dig deep to come away with a 2-1 win over Shillong Lajong after playing most of the game with a man short. Meanwhile, three points would take Bengaluru FC to the top of the table, ahead of Pune FC and Mohun Bagan who have games on Sunday.