Bengaluru FC finally ended their eight-match winless streak when they defeated SC East Bengal by 2-0 in the 80th match of the Hero Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday. Cleiton Silva scored in the 11th minute for the Blues as the Brazilian scored a perfect goal.
Subsequently, just before the half-time whistle, Bengaluru FC doubled their lead. Paras Srivas took the shot but the ball hit the post and then ricocheted off SC East Bengal goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar’s legs to go into the net.
Bengaluru FC head coach Naushad Moosa heaped praise on his players and stated that they showed all the aggression.
“I am very happy for the players and the way that they gave their best. They were fighting till the last whistle. It was very nice to see that aggression,” said Moosa.
While talking about his match plan, Moosa said: “Our plan was to stay more compact and go on the counter-attack in the first half. We needed to utilize whatever opportunities we got in the first half. We were lucky that we got the two goals.”
Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC talisman Suni Chhetri was awarded the Hero of the Match award for his brilliant performance. Moosa added that playing Chhetri paid off.
“The problem with Bengaluru this season was the lack of a proper number 9. The left-wing was getting exposed a lot as well. My main focus was to find someone to hold the ball upfront. Getting Sunil there really worked for us.”
On the other hand, SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler gave credit to the opposition for outplaying them.
Bengaluru FC will next face Chennaiyin FC at the Fatorda Stadium on the 5th of February at the Fatorda Stadium whereas SC East Bengal will lock horns against Jamshedpur FC on the 7th of February at the same venue.