Indian Super Cup : Kingfisher East Bengal V Aizawl FC Match Recap
Laldanmawia Ralte’s last minute penalty leads East Bengal to a dramatic win over Aizawl FC in the quarter final of Hero Super Cup. East Bengal will play against the winner between Jamshedpur FC and FC Goa in the semi final on 16th April. Here we discuss about the 5 talking points of the match:
● Aizawl’s busy schedule :
Aizawl FC started their Super Cup campaign against Chennaiyin FC on a winning note on 31st March. 3 days later they played their crucial match of AFC Cup against Bengaluru FC. Today, they played their Super Cup quarter final clash against East Bengal and it’s not over yet! They’ve a match against Abahani of Bangladesh on 11th. So they’re going through a very busy schedule for what they’ve got a least amount of time for recovery.
● Hot humid weather of Bhubaneshwar :
It seemed like the hot and humid weather was the main opponent for the players to overcome. AIFF already has been criticised for organising I-League matches in the hot humid sunny afternoon. It seems like they’ve not realised their mistake. The crucial tie was played in the hot humid sunny afternoon in Bhubaneswar. The temperature of Bhubaneshwar was about 35 degree Celsius and the level of humidity was much high. That’s why the spectators didn’t lavish an enjoyable game at all. The players had a tough time too. Both the teams had to take multiple water-breaks depositing the hostile condition for a football match. The scheduling of matches at 4 PM for accommodating slot for IPL to the broadcasters is something that will not take Indian football forward.
● Boring football and misjudgement of referee:
It seemed like two teams had taken defensive tactics and wanted to reserve their energy for the 2nd half. The boring football became interesting by some misjudgement of referee. In the begining hours, Mahmood Al Amna was tripped by Alfred Jaryan in the penalty box. And it was a clear penalty which was declined by the referee. Controversial judgements were made on different occasions. And the climax moment of drama came in the last minitue of the match when Ansumana Kromah was tackled by the Aizawl goalkeeper in the penalty box. Laldanmawia Ralte’s cool finish booked the berth of semis for East Bengal.
● Lacklustre Dudu Omagbemi :
Dudu Omagbemi’s cameo role gave much joyous moments for East Bengalin the I-League. It seems like he has kept his scoring boots in Kolkata before joining the team in Bhubaneshwar. His lacklustre performance was clearly shown in the Mumbai City FC match. He was found off side in more than 5 occasions. His pale performance continued too against Aizawl FC. He missed couple of easy chances through out the match. In the dying moments, when he was substituted, he torn his shirt and hassled against the coach and the support staffs. It seems like Liberian striker Anshumana Kromah will start in the crucial semi final match ahead of Dudu.
● Huge backing from the supporters for both teams :
The pale tournament is getting colorful for the supporters. Against Mumbai City FC, East Bengal supporters travelled and gave a huge boost up which eventually made Mumbai City FC blank with their chants in the dying moments of the match. In this prestigious match, more supporters travelled for supporting their favourite team. The chants were clearly heard from the gallery which actually made the match pale match colorful. The lion share of gallery was occupied by East Bengal fans, but there were few supporters who came to cheer Aizawl FC as well. During Aizawl’s attack, it has been clearly heard.
Both the teams tried hard and at the end probably the better team got the nod. East Bengal becomes the first team to book Semi-final spot in the inaugural Indian Super Cup.