It’s not typically you state that regardless of the defeat, it was the coach of the shedding aspect who impressed. Such was the case when FC Pune Metropolis went down 1-Three to Bengaluru FC on Thursday night.
Amongst all of the groups who’ve performed Bengaluru FC thus far, the Serbian’s crew managed to stifle them. NorthEast United did that to an extent within the final recreation however they couldn’t threaten sufficient whereas FC Goa nearly survived with Bengaluru taking place to 10-men with greater than half the sport left.
Though he was compelled to sacrifice Marcelinho resulting from fever, Jonatan Lucca put in a commendable shift and alongside Adil Khan and Marcos Tebar, the trio stored an in depth verify on Bengaluru’s midfield who might hardly create any likelihood in anyway.
Tebar, particularly, was the best as he closed down the Bengaluru gamers with Dimas Delgado and Eric Paartalu not having the ability to exert themselves.
The ploy of enjoying an additional striker in Braulio Nobrega with a view to benefit from the inexperienced Pune defence didn’t fetch any rewards, a minimum of within the first half. Udanta Singh was non-existent and Miku didn’t see a lot of the ball.
Sunil Chhetri, in contrast to himself, too gave the ball away within the opening 45 minutes however did handle to search out the again of the web solely to be wrongly booked for having dealt with the ball. That was the one piece of notable motion from the guests within the first half.
Within the second half too, it was the Orange and Purple brigade who began the higher of the 2 sides. Credit score should go to Vishal Kaith who switched play inside a matter of seconds as he relayed the ball to Emiliano Alfaro. The Uruguayan discovered Diego Carlos and the Brazilian wasted the chance to double the lead with a poor shot which didn’t even take a look at Lalthuammawia Ralte in aim.
Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca acknowledged that the sport modified its course following the 56th minute sending-off of Baljit Sahni. The makeshift left-back first dedicated a poor foul on Udanta within the closing phases of the primary half earlier than lunging on Braulio after the break.
Credit score to the referee who performed the benefit to the guests solely to cease the sport thereafter and provides him marching orders. Apparently, Sahni was later seen within the VIP stand alongside his household later within the recreation – one thing which you’d by no means see elsewhere on this planet!
Thereafter, it was a case a method visitors. Bengaluru FC camped themselves contained in the Pune half and created many alternatives. Miku, being the deadly aim scorer that he’s, capitalized on the errors and added two extra to his identify.
Popovic later expressed his disappointment with Kean Lewis for not doing sufficient on the sector. The likes of Ashique Kuruniyan and Lewis didn’t do sufficient to justify their choice and doubtless that highlights the poor squad depth in Pune. They don’t have a second selection left again and the one they’d in Harpreet Singh wasn’t even named on the bench.
Bengaluru survived a scare late within the recreation when Harmanjot Khabra was deemed to have pushed Tebar contained in the field in what ought to have been a penalty.
Nevertheless, the refereeing, identical to in Chhetri’s first half aim, has been sub-standard throughout the season.
Popovic would return to the drafting board and take positives from their first half show. For Roca, Miku’s brilliance gained them a tie however a reason behind concern was the way through which they misplaced each aerial duel to Pune.