East Bengal kept Arrows at bay in the fixture of talent - The Talking Points

Rajat Dhamija  |  Kingfisher East Bengal  |  1 Year Ago

After a long extinction of five years, the Bengali supergiants Kingfisher East Bengal FC have travelled to the capital to play their next I-League fixture versus the AIFF Developmental club Arrows. The Khalid Jamil led side maintained their dominance throughout the match to claim all-three points on the road. More than anything, it was Katsumi Yusa’s 17th minute masterpiece which gathered all praises, before the Brazilian Edu Ferreira clinched Man of the Match.


Here are the Four Talking Points from the match: 

East Bengal’s relentless pressing

Talk about East Bengal, the first thing that hits your mind is the brilliant display of football. Two goals in the first 20 minutes through Al Amna and Katsumi Yusa followed by the merciless pressing to keep the Arrows at bay was the most expected point of the match. One could easily guess the level of perseverance when Arrows were restricted to just one instance inside East Bengal’s box.

Arrows were targeted, but fell short

Matos’ boys took Khalid Jamil by surprise when his strategy to play short balls in the midfield was well decrypted and played  to create many chances for the hosts. The biggest ogpurtunity came in the second half when a brilliant run by Aniket was fouled by Salam Ranjan Singh to eventually devoid Arrows’ first chance of hitting into the play. Nongdamba and the U-22 player Edmund Lalrindika combined well to give the strike strength, which was missing in Matos’ Indian Arrows.

Katsumi Yusa — The Best player in the I-League by miles

If there’s any player who was better than the rest in the match was the Japanese magician Katsumi Yusa. The Jersey I-League footballer of the month had most touches besides scoring a spectacular goal for his side. From skills to immense handwork, Katsumi has once again proved why East Bengal played their true card by singing him from the arch-rivals.


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