ISL 2017: Match 38, Kerala Blasters FC vs FC Pune City - Player Ratings
Match number 38 saw Kerala Blasters FC welcome high flying FC Pune City to the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Kochi. The match was a high octane one with an end to end stuff in each half.
The points were shared in the end after Mark Sifneos cancelled Marcelinho's first-half strike.
The game ended in 1-1 draw.
Here are the players' ratings for the match -
Kerala Blasters FC
Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (8.5/10)
The Kerala Blasters goalie had an exceptional day in front of the goal. Chowdhary made crucial saves in both the halves, denying Jonatan Lucca and Marcelinho. Even though Marcelinho broke the deadlock with a solo effort, he made 5 saves throughout the game and had a good game overall
Rino Anto (8/10)
The defender put in another solid shift for KBFC displaying why is he a potential star for the Indian team in the future. The number 8 was not intimidated by the opposition forwards and had 77% passing accuracy in the final third, the second highest amongst all the players involved in the game
Sandesh Jhingan (7.5/10)
S Jhingan had an ordinary game. The defender had nothing to offer offensively and was decent at the back. The number 21 made a crucial block which was his only contribution throughout the game.
Wes Brown (7.5/10)
The former Manchester United player started at centre back alongside Jhigan today. Like Jhigan, Wes Brown too had an ordinary game. Brown failed to prevent Marcelinho from scoring in the first half. Brown attempted 6 aerial duels, none of which were successful, he will be expecting to perform better in the next game.
L Lalruatthara (7/10)
Lalruatthara's presence in today's game was not felt at all. As compared to his fellow wing-back Rino Anto, he was nowhere seen in the final third. He lacked composure on the ball and was often caught off guard by opposition players. A disappointing performance from Lalruatthara today.
Siam Hangal (7.5/10)
The number 19 had a disappointing day in the field today. Hangal was not as influential in midfield as expected. Hangal's major contribution in the game came in terms of tackles, he made 3 successful tackles throughout the game.
Jackichand Singh (8/10)
J Singh had a better game than fellow midfielders Hangal and K Kerizon. the number 20 was often seen penetrating the Pune back line, creating goal scoring opportunities. Singh attempted 6 crosses, 3 of which were successful. He also made 9 recoveries throughout the game.
Dimitar Berbatov (7/10)
The former Manchester United player had perhaps the dullest performance amongst all the KBFC players. He was substituted and replaced by Kizito Kerizon at the halftime after an uninspiring first half. His only contribution was 3 successful takes out of 5 attempted.
Courage Pekuson (8.5/10)
Pekuson had a midfield masterclass today. After consistently threatening the FC Pune City defence for 70 minutes, Pekuson found space and assisted Mark Sifeneos' goal which was the equaliser. Pekuson had 77% passing accuracy in the final third, the second most amongst all players.
Mark Sifneos (9/10)
The number 29 proved yet again why he is a vital cog in the KBFC lineup. Sifneos was constantly attempting shots throughout the game, he had 5 shots with 2 on target. Mark finally broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute after coming agonisingly close earlier in the game.
Iain Hume (8/10)
The number 10 had numerous chances to equalise in the first half but poor finishing cost him, dear. Hume was at the receiving end of some great chances created by Pekuson and Sifneos but just wasn't able to find the back of the net. He, however, kept the pressure up which led to Sifneos' equaliser.
Kizito Kerizon (7.5/10)
The midfielder was brought on for Berbatov after a lacklustre display by the latter. Kerizon was successful in creating a handful of chances but his only contribution to the game was completing 3 successful take-on out of 5.
Samuel Shadap (-)
S Shadap was brought on for Rino Anto in the 84th minute. Shadap was able to prevent conceding a late goal and did the job for which he was brought on.