It was Match Day 9 in Hero ISL 2020-21, and Bengaluru FC was up against Hyderabad for their 2nd game of the season. Given the history of the club, Bengaluru FC were mostly unsaid favorites for the match for many, but on the other hand, a new look Hyderabad side who managed to keep a clean sheet in their first game, which was their first-ever Clean Sheet in the Indian Super League was surely not going to allow BFC a cakewalk.
After a hard-fought 90 minutes though, neither team could be separated, as both teams had to settle for 1 point each. Though, without a doubt, it can be said that Hyderabad was the better side on the night, but was sent on to the back foot by their fortune as they had to sub off two of their key players Joel Chianese and Luis Sastre due to early injuries in the first half of the game itself, which could have possibly have earned Hyderabad 3 points had both the players continued the game.
While few players had a good time in the game, at the same time there were question marks on a few who were expected to deliver. Let’s have a look at the ratings of the players who featured in the match.
A poor display of football from Bengaluru FC, especially in attack results in their 2nd Draw in a row. Bengaluru FC so far has been nowhere near the standards which they themselves had set, with many question marks raised on Carles Cuadrat and his tactics. With wasteful long balls, and miss-passes along with failed set-piece tactics, Bengaluru FC messed up their plans which cost them more points.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 8/10:
As expected from the man, the Great Wall of India did not fail to deliver for his club as he stood tall under the BFC Goal. A match-turning save from a set-piece situation, he earned his team 1 hard-fought point along with another clean-sheet to his name.
Harmanjyot Khabra – 6.5/10:
A consistent performer in defense for Bengaluru had a hard night in match day 9, with not much contributions in attack but a decent defensive display.
Fran Glez – 7/10:
The man who has been brought on from last season’s I-League Champions Mohun Bagan, to replace Albert Serran was good at the back for Bengaluru, bur surely more was expected from him given the fact that he is also known for his ability to score goals upfront.
Juanan – 7/10:
This man was probably the most crucial player in defense for Bengaluru, controlling the game from the back and leading the defense to keep a clean sheet and win 1 vital point from a game which went ‘not so well’ for Benglauru.
Udanta Singh – 5.5/10:
It was a very average performance from “the Flash” as they like to call him, as he failed to deliver quality into the box and also did not cause any threat to the Hyderabad defense.
Suresh Wangjam – 7/10:
Suresh has been a stand-out performer in the Bengaluru midfield since the ending phases of last season and worked his socks off in this game too. Consistency is something we like to see and Suresh has been ever so consistent for his team.
Erik Partaalu – 6.5/10:
The Big Australian is always a presence to be felt when he’s on the pitch but did not have the best of nights this time around as he managed to defend well but could not make major contributions in the attack.
Ashique Kuruniyan – 6/10:
Playing at left-back Ashique can be given a bit of credit, being off his natural position, but is surely not an excuse to cover the fact that everyone would be wanting quality runs down the left and pinpoint crosses into the box from the number 22, which never really happened in today’s game.
Cleiton Silva – 6.5/10:
The man who scored the first goal for Bengaluru this season had a decent game. But this was something he would not be proud of because eventually playing at a forward position, he could not have enough contributions to help his team towards a victory.
Opseth – 5/10:
Opseth is one man you probably would be looking up to in search of goals, but the tall striker has only been catching eyes with his height and not his footwork yet. For whatsoever reasons, he failed to cause any sort of trouble for the Hyderabad Defenders.
Sunil Chhetri – 6.5/10:
Sunil was very silent in the game but that’s all you could expect when India’s number 1 and World’s 2nd highest active International goalscorer is made to play on the left central midfield zone of the pitch. Sunil, on pen and paper, was supposed to play on the wings but was mostly in his own half to the left and central zones of the midfield. He surely did justice to the role he had been given, but that is not what we would expect from someone like Sunil Chhetri.
SUBSTITUTES: Rahul Bheke 6/10, Dimas Delgado – 6/10, Deshorn Brown – 6.5/10, Leon Augustine – not rated.