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AFC Cup 2018 : Transport United vs Bengaluru FC, 5 Talking Points

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:43 IST

ISL leaders Bengaluru FC couldn't find the net as they now face the uncomfortable task of having to defeat Transport United in order to advance to the Playoff-round of this year's AFC Cup.

While the Blues were solid at the back during their goalless draw with Bhutan's champions, they may live to regret their wasteful finishing, as they now have all to play for in the second leg at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

While some players impressed during the match, there are also negatives to take away, as we look at the five main talking points of the game.


#1 Lalthuammawia Ralte - The Captain

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Ralte performed excellently

Blues head coach Albert Roca dropped Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and chose Lalthuammawia Ralte as the first-choice goalkeeper for the match, he even appointed him as the captain of the side.

With Ralte being demoted to the bench after the arrival of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu prior to the start of the ISL, this promotion to the first team was a big chance for him to prove himself and he certainly did

With a clean sheet to his name, Ralte was one of the many standout performers for the Blues in the game.

Ralte was dropped from the main squad after the arrival of Amrinder Singh in the previous season as well, after being between the posts for Bengaluru in their initial years. The goalkeeper has always been consistent in his outings and his biggest revelation was when he was chosen above Singh in the historic AFC Cup Final in 2016.

With such performances, Lalthuammawia Ralte will always remain a trustworthy backup to use during potential goalkeeping problems for the Blues.

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Published 24 Jan 2018, 07:20 IST
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