Bengaluru showed an encouraging display to come back from a goal down to win 3-1 away at Balewadi Stadium, to hand FC Pune City their third consecutive home loss. The hosts got their tactics horribly wrong after Baljit Sahni’s red card as they failed miserably to hold off a relentless Bengaluru.
Bengaluru get things going in the second-half, again
Despite being one of the more exciting teams in the ISL, Bengaluru
Skipper Sunil Chhetri had got on the end of a lofted ball before Pune’s charging keeper, showing tremendous pace, and slotted it home before the referee called it a handball. The move was completely against the run of play as Pune enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession throughout the
However, to everyone’s surprise, Albert Roca decided to go stick with the same eleven in the second-half and the same tactics, which did the trick as they came back from a goal to win. This isn’t the first time that Bengaluru have come back stronger in the latter half of a game. Their opening game against Mumbai and later against Goa also saw Bengaluru coming to life in the second-half.
Have Bengaluru found a chink in Pune’s armour
This brings us to the second talking point of the game. After a first-half that saw everything going for Pune and the hosts leading by a goal
Bengaluru kept a high defence line in the second-half preventing Bengaluru from reaching the 30-yard box on most occasions, unlike the first-half, while the attacking trio of Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, and Miku creating ruckus up front. The possession was overturned soon with Bengaluru raining in crosses and all of a sudden, Pune’s brilliant passing went out of the window.
Though Baljit Sahni’s silly foul and the red-card that followed it, helped Bengaluru massively, Pune would have hardly escaped Bengaluru’s onslaught anyway. Even before the sent-off, Pune looked on shaky grounds and on the brink of conceding goals.
Without a doubt, Sunil Chhetri has been Bengaluru’s key man in the comeback. Since the first-half, which saw his brilliant solo effort being denied by the official, the
However, he looked like a man on a mission today, crossing acres of grounds with his unparalleled stamina and having an effective passing accuracy of 61% under despite being under constant pressure by the Pune defenders. He had 3 shots on target with one going in but the way he was making spaces to build up his shot looked amazing at the time.
Though Pune’s constant defence rendered his crosses ineffective, Chhetri’s will to make things happen up front, no matter the scoreline, will need to be a huge asset for Bengaluru if they are to make history in their maiden ISL campaign.
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