Kerala Blasters vs Mumbai City FC: Player Ratings

Monday, 4 December 2017|Vineeth Krishnan
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The Kerala Blasters settled for a 1-1 draw with the visiting Mumbai City FC in a game that had plenty of chances, particularly for the hosts. While the Blasters were wasteful in front of goal, Mumbai created just two meaningful chances, one with which they hit the post and the second with which they scored.

 

Manager Ratings:

Rene Meulensteen: 7

There is not much the coach can do when his players just don’t seem to want to score. After a rather insipid performance against Jamshedpur, Meulensteen got the reaction he wanted from his team who got off to blistering starts in either half. If they should’ve scored three in the first, they could’ve scored two in the second, but they didn’t. Pressed into changes with players going off injured, there wasn’t much he could do to alter things from the bench even as the tide was turning against his team.

Alexandre Guimaraes: 7

His team got away with it a little bit with the Blasters running riot for 20 minute spells in either half. However, the Costa Rican got a strong response from his team and the equalizer was well deserved for their second half showing.

 

Player Ratings:

Home Team: Blasters

GK: Paul Rachubka: 6

Could not have done anything about the goal. Got a little lucky with Everton’s shot that cannoned straight back into his hands off the post.

LB: Lalruatthara: 7

One of the truly consistent Blasters players over the three games. Switched to right back for the second half and was solid on both flanks. It was telling that Mumbai’s goal came down the flank he vacated after Rino went off injured.

CB: Sandesh Jhingan: 5

Presented Everton with the chance which Rachubka deflected onto the post and was slow to react to Balwant’s run into the box for the goal.

CB: Nemanja Pesic: 5

The usually dependable Serb looked jittery right from the off and was pulled out of position far too easily for the goal.

RB: Rino Anto: 7

Lasted only one half and had to go off with an aggravation of a groin injury he had been carrying. Made some decent overlapping runs and his cross for Sifneos’goal could not have been more accurate.

LM: CK Vineeth: 5

Vineeth was having his best game of the season so far until he picked up a red card which will rule him out of a crucial away tie at Goa. The second yellow, which was for simulation, further sullied his night which had by then been petering out after a bright start. While he did really well to hold off his man, turn and get a strong shot at goal in the first half, presented with a gilt-edged one in the second, he blazed over.

CM: Arata Izumi: 5

Did well in the first half when his side had a lot of possession but could not stop Mumbai’s midfielders from assuming control as the match wore on.

CM: Dimitar Berbatov: 7

Given a roaming brief by Meulensteen, Berbatov’s through ball played in Rino to set up the goal. He created other chances as well, most notably for Jackichand with an inch-perfect lob. Tackled back well on the rare occasions he lost the ball.

RM: Jackichand Singh: 5

Did a lot of good things on the wing and combined well with Rino. However, his shocking miss in front of goal and a general lack of composure in the final third (this is an India international lest we forget) let his team down.

CAM: Courage Pekuson: 4

Another one who had a game to forget. At times Pekuson seemed to have forgotten which team he was playing for. Such was the regularity with which he played bad passes which were easily intercepted by the  Mumbai players. In front of goal, he shot when he should pass and passed (badly) when he should have shot.

ST: Markos Sifneos: 7

One of the few bright spots for the Blasters. Sifneos was a constant thorn in Mumbai’s side and not just because of his goal. Used his pace to good effect, intelligently pressing high up the pitch.

Substitutes:

LB: Pritam Singh: 5 (on 45th minute)

The goal came down his flank. The Blasters lost a lot of attacking thrust when Rino made way at the break and Pritam came on.

CM: Siam Hanghal: 5 (on 64th minute)

While he was a slight improvement on Jackichand on the night, Hanghal could have won the game late on when Arindam cleared straight to him after good pressing by Hume. His heavy touch summed up his and the Blasters’night.

ST: Iain Hume: 5 (on 71st minute)

A lot of industry, not quite matched by performance.

 

Away Team: Mumbai City FC

GK: Amrinder Singh: 6

Had a shaky game but did well on the few occasions he was called on to make a save. Mostly watched the Blasters do his job for him by shooting high and wide.

LB: Abinash Ruidas: 5

While Rino was on the pitch, Ruidas had a forgettable outing. Improved quite a lot, much like most of his team, in the second half.

CB: Lucian Goian: 6

A strong showing from the skipper who had to deal with a lot of pressure throughout the game.

CB: Mehrajuddin Wadoo: 6

Calm and composed on the ball, Wadoo did not do too much wrong.

RB: Davinder Singh: 6

Picked up an early yellow and had a shaky start on his return from injury. Showed his class as the night wore on.

LW: Balwant Singh: 7

Given the license to roam infield, Balwant was influential throughout, at the heart of most good moves by the visitor. Showed a great turn of pace to make the ground up and score the equalizer.

CM: Gerson: 7

Bossed the midfield, particularly in the second half. A big reason for Mumbai’s unit holding together and fighting their way back into the game.

CM: Sehnaj Singh: 6

A perfect companion in midfield for Gerson. Once he got into the swing of the game, he looked quite a capable player.

RW: Everton: 7

The clearest attacking outlet for Mumbai throughout, he was extremely unlucky to see his shot palmed onto the post by Rachubka. It was fitting that he assisted Balwant’s goal.

CF: Achille Emana: 7

Strong, commanding and near impossible to get off the ball. He was a constant menace throughout, causing the previously solid Jhingan-Pesic duo quite a lot of problems. Slipped in Everton to set up the goal.

ST: Rafale Jorda: 6

The Spaniard was not given much room and didn’t really receive much of the ball to show his skills. Still, he occupied the centre halfs well and held the ball up, allowing his team to get further up the pitch.

Substitutes:

Thiago dos Santos: 6 (on in the 73rd minute)

Lively since his introduction for Jorda, gave a different option down the wings with Emana pushing up.

Sanju Pradhan: NA (on in the 91st minute)

Marcio Rozario: NA (on in the 94th minute)

Both of these were essentially substitutions to take time off the clock.