I-League 2017: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan Player Ratings
Mohun Bagan hosted East Bengal for the first I-League derby of the season. Both the teams came into the game being level on points and both the Kolkata giants went for the win. It was a historic game of sorts, given it's the first derby to be hosted at the Salt Lake Stadium, after the arena was renovated for the recently concluded FIFA U17 World Cup.
Mohun Bagan started the game in a positive manner they had more shots in the first 15 minutes, but East Bengal looked dangerous when they attacked through the flanks.
In the end, Mohun Bagan managed to get the win with a first-half goal from defender Kingsley, as they surged three points ahead of their arch-rivals. On that note, let's take a look at how the players fared in the match.
Shilton Paul (7.5): Shilton had a brilliant game and made some fine saves to ensure Mohun Bagan kept the clean sheet.
Kingsley (8.5): Kingsley scored the first goal of the game and he was solid in during the first half. He also kept the Plaza in check and made sure that the Trinidadian striker didn’t have much space.
Kinshuk (7): Kinshuk had a good game. He worked hard to keep the likes of Amna and Plaza at bay. He also made some crucial clearances.
Ricky (5.5): Ricky had an average game. He looked brilliant at times, but was often beaten by the likes of Chullova and Danmawia.
Bagui(5.5): Arijit was playing his first big I-League game and looked nervous. He also had a tough time keeping the likes of Brandon in check
Naro Hari Shrestha (5): Was on the pitch for just 28minutes. He was seldom seen with the ball at his feet.
Yuta Kinowaki (8.5): Probably the best Bagan player. Yuta did a brilliant job in keeping Katsumi and Amna quiet.
Raynier Fernandes (8): Raynier had a good game. He tackled the likes of Amna, Bazzou and Katsumi without fear.
Sony Norde (7.5): Sony kept the East Bengal defence and midfield occupied with his brilliant runs and passes. He often cut in from the flanks and created space for the likes of Kromah and Dicka
Kromah (6.5): He had the role of creating an unwanted nuisance in the East Bengal half as he was seen going down easily and getting under the skin of the opposition.
Aser Dipanda (6): Dipanda wasn’t at his best today. He went down easily and looked out of place a lot.
Sk. Faiaz (6): Faiaz was much better than Naro Hari and kept the liked of Deepak occupied in defense.
Shilton (6.5): Shilton was bought on to shut shop in the midfield and he did his job perfectly.