Bengaluru and Pune City plays out draw in the battle of the High Flyers: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Pune City  |  1 Year Ago

Bengaluru and Pune played out a hard fought draw in the Kanteerava stadium in an eventful game that ended 1-1. The visitors opened the scoring through Goloui in the 23rd minute and the Eagles brought parity with their top scorer Miku finding the net in the 74th minute. The Stallions looked comfortable in the first half absorbing the intense pressure and counter attacking with ease but the hosts turned it on in the second half to finish the match in ascendance. With this stalemate FC Pune City is slowly but steadily crawling up towards the Top-4 mark with 29 points in 16 matches. Bengaluru on the other hand are already through to the knockouts and are enjoying the top spot with 34 points in their debut season.  

Spoilt stars berate referee, trend continues

Marcelinho was at the receiving end of some tackles through out the match but the star forward picked up a card for his very first foul in the match in 33rd minute. Two minutes later Alfaro was booked and Marcelinho berated the referee, venting his frustrations and going toe to toe with the match official. Marcelinho's angry coach Ranko ironically played the peace maker to prevent his captain from getting sent off. Last night  it was Lanzarote complaining and at times mocking the officials and today it was the turn of yet another star of the tournament to set the wrong example for the kids watching the game. Miku was pushing around the referee when a penalty call went against his team. Irrespective of your reputation and performance on the pitch, the players should learn to respect the referee's decision and get on with the game. This trend of berating the match officials without remorse should be punished or it could seriously undermine, even worse affect the referee's performance in big games. 

Squad depth the biggest asset of Bengaluru

The unforgiving list of fixtures are finally coming to the end for the side from South. It is safe to say the former I league champions have come unscathed in their litmus test. Though the performance on the night was far from inspiring they still managed to control the game without Edu or Erik in the centre of the park. Dimas has come to his own and gives a serious selection headache for Roca for the knockout stages of the tournament. Toni Dovale is another option for the Bengaluru gaffer. They controlled the midfield but could not find a way past a packed Pune defence in the first half. They turned up with better second half performance and will consider themselves unlucky for not picking up the win. 


Underrated Pune's attacking unit deserve the praise

Goa and Bengaluru have hogged the limelight in terms of being attacking units. The Stallions have quietly built a lethal trio of their own. Marcelinho, Alfaro and Diego are a handful to any defence. Though the Stallions had very little possession in the first half they made it count by counter attacking and finishing the half chance that fell their way. Marcelinho leads the league assists chart and has 8 goals to go along with it. The stalwart can play in multiple positions as per the requirement of his team. Diego is working tirelessly while Alfaro is making sure they make every half chance count. They are a well drilled side with three extremely talented attackers who go about doing their business under the radar. It is no wonder that the substitution of Alfaro and Carlos left Marcelinho isolated resulting in Bengaluru dominance in the second half. 


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