Bengaluru FC edged Odisha FC 2-1 at the Indian Super League (ISL), in a match where the Blues had to score the winning goal after a brilliant Steven Taylor equalizer. Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri had opened the scoring earlier, after rising to a brilliant cross by Harmanjot Khabra and heading it in.
Here is how the players fared in today's match.
Odisha FC Player Ratings
Arshdeep Singh - 6.5/10
Arsdheep Singh single-handedly kept Odisha FC in the game till the time Bengaluru FC eventually got the winning goal. Had it not been for the two goals conceded, he would have been rated even higher.
Shubham Sarangi - 5.5/10
Sarangi had been in a good run of form before this match. But today's match proved to be a reality check for the youngster in terms of the progress he still has to make. He was out-jumped by Indian captain Sunil Chhetri for Bengaluru FC's first goal. He will definitely need to learn as time passes.
Steven Taylor - 7/10
The true leader of the Odisha FC defence, Steven Taylor equalized to give his team a sliver of hope. He was active in defence throughout and probably deserved more from the match.
Jacob Tratt - 6.5/10
Along with Taylor, Tratt was positioned at the right places at the right time. He has a tendency to switch off from time to time, which he will need to work on.
Hendry Antonay - 6/10
Antonay has reached a consistent level of performances for Odisha FC. But he must now bring more precision into his game.
Gaurav Bora - 6/10
To make up for his lack of pace, Gaurav Bora must learn to read the game one step ahead of his opponents. If he doesn't do that, he will spend games chasing runners in the midfield, which was the case today.
Vinit Rai - 6.5/10
Probably the best Indian player on the day for Odisha FC, Vinit Rai was tireless in his display. It's important for Odisha FC to keep him fit for the rest of the campaign.
Cole Alexander - 7/10
Alexander has bite in his tackles and zing in his passing. He was a menacing presence for the Bengaluru FC midfielders today.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga - 6/10
Jerry provided the assist for Steven Taylor's equalizer, but did not do much for the rest of the game to have any further impact.
Manuel Onwu - 6/10
Onwu was unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside when the score was still 0-0. The match might have been different if the correct call was made on that occasion.
Diego Mauricio - 6/10
Mauricio provided the assist for Onwu's goal that was not given. But overall, he had a lacklustre night by his own standards.
Marcelinho - 4.5/10
There is something different with Marcelinho this season. He does not look like his usual self. After he was brought on, he rarely occupied advanced positions from where he could impact the game.
Bengaluru FC Player Ratings
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - 6/10
There was nothing eye-catching by the India No. 1 today, apart from his usual composed performance. He could not have done anything about Taylor's equalizer. Apart from that, he had a solid game.
Pratik Choudhary - 6.5/10
Choudhary comes across as an unassuming defender at first glance. But if one observes him closely, the value he brings to the team is evident. He was confident in one-on-one situations and made life difficult for Diego Mauricio.
Juanan - 6.5/10
Juanan cleared his lines when required, and led the rest of the defence well.
Harmanjot Khabra - 7/10
Khabra played like the veteran he is and provided the cross for Sunil Chhetri's opener. Today he had one of the best performances of the current ISL season.
Suresh Wangjam - 7/10
Wangjam has a base level of performance that he simply does not compromise on from game to game. He was excellent in both defence and attack on the day.
Erik Paartalu - 6/10
Paartalu seemed slightly sluggish and off the pace today. The Bengaluru FC full-backs often had to fill in as cover during transitional play.
Dimas Delgado - 6/10
Like Paartalu, Dimas too seemed a little slow on the pitch. It may be due to the hectic schedule that teams are being subjected to this ISL season.
Cleiton Silva - 7.5/10
The Brazilian creates goals, as well as scores them for Bengaluru FC on a regular basis. His winning goal today came as a result of him being at the right place, at the right time.
Ashique Kuruniyan - 7/10
Ashique's long-legged drives forward with the ball on the left flank cannot be missed. He was excellent in the left-sided wing-back role once again today.
Kristian Opseth - 5.5/10
Opseth has the likes of Deshorn Brown challenging for a starting spot. He did not do enough today to prove that he deserves to keep his place.
Sunil Chhetri - 7.5/10
Even when Sunil Chhetri is seemingly out of form, he scores more than most players. He showed excellent technique to rise above Shubham Sarangi and power his header into the goal. He led the overall attack brilliantly.Published 17 Dec 2020, 23:33 IST