Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bengaluru FC’s unbeaten run at home come to an end

The African striker duo of the Kolkata giant East Bengal, James Moga and Edeh Chiddi scored a goal in each half to hand Bengaluru FC their first ever home loss in I-League.  

Coach Ashley was a disappointed man today - his team conceded a poor goal as early as 17th minute of the game. New joinee Soram Poirei was fielded today owing to first choice custodian Pawan Kumar’s groin injury. Coach chose Poirei ahead of the other keeper Bruno Colaco because of his I-league experience and better physique (remember KEB was playing with two heavily build strikers). However, the former Pune FC, Shillong Lajong, and Pailan Arrows keeper messed up the situation by coming outside the penalty, and forwarding James Moga dribbled past him to put the ball into the empty net. 
Despite this loss, Bengaluru FC continued to lead the points table with 27 points from 14 matches. 

Second goal came in the 79th minute of the match, Chidi received the ball in the left side of the box and made no mistake as his left footer from an acute angle was too good for Porei to seal the three points for the visitors. 
East Bengal is the only team so far to beat Bengaluru FC in both the legs.  In the first leg at Kalyani, East Bengal had won the match with an identical score line. 

East Bengal defense really proved to be the main difference between the two teams. Skipper Harmanjot Singh Khabra, who was also awarded the man of the match, stood tall along with the central defenders Raju Gaikwad and Gurwinder Singh as the Red and Gold brigade managed to keep the dangerous striking duo of Sean Rooney and Sunil Chhetri at bay. 

Bengaluru FC might consider themselves unlucky when the powerful shot of Sean Rooney and Siam Hangal hit the cross bar in a few occasions. 

On the other hand, James Moga and Chidi made the most of whatever opportunities they got up front. Bengaluru FC defense really missed the services of John Johnson, who was suspended for the game after he had picked up four yellow cards in the league so far. Without Johnson, the Bengaluru defense was caught napping at more than one occasion.