Pankaj Moula and Philip Adjah netted for Bhawanipore FC of their 2-Zero win over FC Bengaluru United within the I-League qualifiers.
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- Last Updated: October 8, 2020, 10:22 PM IST
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Sanitation tunnels, temperature checks and socially distant pre-match routines have been in place on the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata as stay sporting motion returned to Indian shores for the primary time for the reason that lockdown, with soccer main the way in which — transferring ahead collectively. The first match of the I-League Qualifiers 2020, noticed Bhawanipore FC placed on a masterclass in counter-attacking soccer as they registered a 2-Zero win over an industrious FC Bengaluru United on Thursday.
The match was performed beneath distinctive circumstances with no followers, water breaks in every half and 5 substitutions obtainable to coaches beneath the brand new COVID-19 protocols. However, that did little to discourage the gamers who put in a passionate show treating followers to their first style of stay sporting motion in India for the reason that lockdown.
Bhawanipore FC head coach Shankarlal Chakraborty confirmed his tactical acumen, beginning with a three-man defence which withstood a brilliant begin by FC Bengaluru United. Richard Hood’s workforce put their opponents beneath stress with good motion across the penalty field however have been unable to search out that closing contact to point out for all their effort.
The first clear-cut alternative fell to FC Bengaluru United within the 21st minute when Bhawanipore custodian Shilton Paul got here flying off his line to punch clear a nook however couldn’t join cleanly. However, Bengaluru didn’t punish the error as Azharuddin Mallick, with little or no time to react, was solely in a position to head over the bar.
Paul didn’t let that minor mishap faze him although as he commanded his field impressively, maintaining the Bengaluru forwards at bay with a string of spectacular collections.
FC Bengaluru continued to press for the opener however a lot towards the run of play, Bhawanipore broke the impasse within the closing minute of the first-half added time. Ghanian ahead Philip Adjah was despatched by means of on objective and his shot was solely parried onto the ft of an onrushing Pankaj Moula, who was at hand to faucet within the rebound.
As anticipated, FC Bengaluru United got here out all weapons blazing within the second half however have been met by a well-drilled Bhawanipore defence.
With Bengaluru committing males ahead, Bhawanipore doubled their lead within the 60th minute with a lightning-quick counter-attack. Altamash Sayed picked up the ball simply outdoors his penalty field and performed an extended ball searching for Adjah. The Ghanian saved Bengaluru skipper Rana Gharami at bay after which thumped a strong volley proper throughout the face of objective, leaving the keeper no likelihood because the ball bounced in off the far publish.
Bhawanipore then employed a strong low-block and defended in numbers limiting Bengaluru to only one shot on track within the second half, ending the sport with a well-deserved clear sheet.
After the match, Bhawanipore Head Coach Sankarlal Chakraborty mentioned, “The opposition played well and could have scored too but our defensive game was good and we made the most of our chances. Our discipline and defensive organization was the decisive factor. We hope to improve and build on this for the future matches.”
FC Bengaluru United Head Coach Richard Hood acknowledged, “We weren’t very careful on the counter attacks and we need to sort out how we are going to play the remaining games in terms of how we organize our defence in the opposition half. It’s not all doom and gloom, and we look forward to the next game and the two after that.”
The win provides Bhawanipore three factors and places them on high of the five-team desk, a place they might hope to keep up of their quest for I-League qualification. They subsequent tackle Garhwal FC on October 14, 2020. FC Bengaluru United will look to place some factors on the board as they too face Garhwal of their subsequent outing, scheduled for October 11.