The Kolkata Giants East Bengal made it to the semis of the prestigious Durand Cup beating atinder yet hard to beat Bengaluru FC with 2-0 on the score board. The game came out with well composed competition between the two that lead to an end to end match in the heavenly atmposphere of Yuvabharati Krirangan. Here are the major talking points from today’s match.
East Bengal lacked vehemently in the attacking third
East Bengal started the game with some early miss in the 11th minute as Patra, the BFC goalie came out of his spot leaving a vacant net. Colado was brought down by BFC left back rewarding an indirect free kick to the Red and Golds which Dika failed to turn fruit as they continuously lacked in the attacking third. The home side tried to build up the game from the midfield but failed to add the minimum pace that could have brought the BFC defenders into trouble. Jaime Santos Colado was the only target man in the offence for East Bengal but the Spaniard seems to be not fully fit to add the glitter in the offence that he has been known for. Haokip the newly signed forward from BFC also failed to be an ideal striker as his off the ball movements were quite dull and insufficient to add any sharpness to the offence for East Bengal until Bidyasagar came in the fourth quarter and scored the equalizer on the 59th minute.
Bengaluru FC came out with a tinder yet swift composure in the team
On the other hand the tender BFC team seemed very impressive as they turned the show up with their terrific moves. Leon Augastine made a good run along the right flank on the 18th minute creating a cross for Bengaluru FC’s number seven Edmund Lalrindika who hit the ball straight to the cross bar but Ajay Chettri seemed to be an ace man with nerves on the field as he stroked it perfectly to turn the rebound into fruit making the latest ISL champions take lead from the first half of the game. Naorem Singh, Lalrindika and Wanjam Suresh came out with an added pace all through the game that made the BFC attack so sharp and fatal keeping the East Bengal defence always on toes.
Bidyashagar the ultimate target man for East Bengal
Bidyashagar seems to be the ultimate replacement for departing Indian striker Jobby Justin as he has turned to be the perfect target man for the Kolkata giants. The 21year old striker has now scored as many as five goals in the Durand Cup as his latest came today from a solo run in the 74th minute from the midfield that ultimately earned East Bengal a hardly fought win against the BFC. Bidyashagar came in from the East Bengal academy and have turned to be a super sub for East Bengal in the prestigious Durand Cup as he scored before against Army Red in the 90th minute. He also scored a brace against JFC reserves in the previous match.
Naushad Moosa has surely made a competitive squad defying all odds
The BFC captain caught eyes due to his swift move along the left flanks making a lot of chances that the blues failed to turn sweet along with him the BFC defender Sairuatakima who came out as a good stopper creating some hurdle for the Kolkata giants Initially. Overall the BFC squad seemed to be a good opponent that can turn gallant if they evolve in future. Naushad Moosa thus created a compatible young squad just in a week which proved quite hard to beat for East Bengal.
Over defensiveness took the match away from BFC
The game got away from Bengaluru in the second half as they opted for extra cover in the defence. Thus the pace became low in the attack making things easier for the Kolkata giants to come back with the equalizer. Though Aditya Patra came out with some great saves but it was too late as the nail in the coffin was already struck by the brace from Bidyashagar.