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You Shall Not Pass!!! Said Gurpreet To The Highlanders

Sabari Jagannathan  |  ISL-5  |  2 Months Ago

India has had several brilliant goalkeepers, but they never really had a Gurpreet Singh Sandhu before. Hailing from Mohali, this towering custodian made immense grounds from being a bench warmer to the best custodian India has ever begotten. Bengaluru like ever, blazing the trail, roped him in from Staebaek FC and his return to his nation couldn’t have been better.


A night which saw Bengaluru dishing out a rare lacklustre performance against a soaring North-East United, also witnessed the giant in Gurpreet unhinged. As the indomitable Highlanders came back consistently at the Blues, hunting for their equalizer, Gurpreet stood tall and weathered the storm, laced with Paartalu, Serran and Juanan’s combined efforts.


Two set-pieces saw Bengaluru eke out a victory which never really was for the Blues to win. The North-East striking force was too strong and the Bengaluru FC defenders had to commit countless fouls to keep the team buoyed until Chencho Gyltshen tucked home the winner from close range.


An early free-kick saw Bengaluru surging ahead, courtesy of an own goal from Komorski, who couldn’t keep the ball out in front of a persistent Bengaluru striking force. Udanta Singh carved a million dollar pass for the advancing Serran and Komorski steered the ball into his own net.


Frederico Gallego pulled the magic out of his hat when he raced past Juanan to slip the ball between the legs of an advancing Gurpreet to restore parity.


Chencho Gyltshen managed to restore the lead for the Blues as he dived forward to tuck the ball home after Juanan managed to put the ball down for the Bhutanese sensation to score.


Despite coming within inches of scoring, Ogbeche couldn’t get the better of Gurpreet in a one on one situation and the latter pulled off a stunning save from the rebound.


Despite putting up a lukewarm display, Bengaluru got lucky with North-East, thanks to their custodian. 


North-East United has come a long way from being merely reduced to minnows to previous editions. The troika of Bartholomew Ogbeche, Frederico Gallego and Redeem Tlang has propelled the team’s ambitions to surge ahead to the playoffs. Only if their defence can plug the necessary leaks, The Highlanders will be a treat to watch.



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