Goals from Sean Rooney, Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh ensured that Bengaluru FC picked up a 3-0 win over Kingfisher East Bengal. Apart from picking up their first win over East Bengal, the Blues now find themselves in second place, one point behind Mohun Bagan.
CK Vineeth kept his place in the starting XI following his recent purple patch. Sunil Chhetri was handed a start following his brace against Maziya in the AFC Cup.
Elco Schattorie decided to field old horses Mehtab Hossain and Deepak Mandal. Dudu Omagbemi and Ranti Martins once again were paired up in attack.
East Bengal dominate posession; Bengaluru FC open scoring
The battle royale got off to a rather indifferent start. With Bengaluru FC looking to play the long ball and East Bengal looking to make the short passes, chances were a rarity in the opening minutes. Sunil Chhetri had the first chance of the match on the half hour mark. A feeble shot from the Bengaluru FC skipper saw his shot blocked by East Bengal custodian Abhijit Mondal.
Sean Rooney (32) opened the scoring with a magnificent volley off a set piece. A series of horrendous mistakes from the East Bengal defence saw a wonderful volley rocket past Mondal to open the scoring.
The ‘Total Football’ tactics from the Green and Gold brigade failed miserably as they failed to unlock the solid Bengaluru FC defensive unit. Thus, the first half concluded with the Blues firmly in the lead 1-0.
Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh seal the deal
Bringing on the dynamic Cavin Lobo did little to improve the attacking unit of East Bengal. While the passing and switching was the order of the day for the away side, the Blues opted for a more direct style of play. CK Vineeth and the newly introduced Robin Singh succeeded in creating problems for the East Bengal defence.
Having been waived offside the first time, Sunil Chhetri found the net the second time around. A lovely freekick from Euegeneson Lyngdoh saw the Bengaluru FC skipper net only his second goal of the season. The second goal had indeed knocked the stuffing out of the East Bengal side.
Substitute Udanta Singh made an instant impact as the likes of Dudu Omagbemi and Harmanjot Khabra dropped back into defence. The final goal came three minutes from time courtesy of a Robin Singh special. Yet another defensive howler from Raju Gaikwad and Abhijit Mondal ensured that Robin finally had a goal against his old club.
Apart from witnessing their rapid rise into second place, Westwood will be pleased with the ‘complete’ performance of his players. Thee virtuoso performance has now seen the Blues break the jinx and finally beat East Bengal.
Lalthuammawia Ralte was adjudged the man of the match.