Bengaluru FC 0-0 Mohun Bagan : Katsumi's Disallowed Goal Sparks Controversy
Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in the 14th Round of the 2016/17 I-League at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore, on Saturday.
The home team made a solitary change to the side that drew 1-1 against Chennai City FC, with Mandar Rao Dessai making way for Eugeneson Lyngdoh. The Mariners, meanwhile, made two changes to the side that shared the spoils against Mumbai FC. Shilton Paul replaced the injured Debjit Majumder, while Jeje Lalpekhlua was relegated to the bench in favour of Darryl Duffy.
Both the teams started with a cautious approach, knowing the importance and intensity of the big game. The game's first chance of the game fell to Sunil Chhetri, but his free kick after Eugeneson was fouled went way over. Bagan probed forward from their wings, but Sony Norde's cross after beating two men was easily grasped by Arindam Bhattacharya.
Soon after, Darryl Duffy had Arindam testing again. The Scottish striker bent a neat effort from outside of the box, but Arindam was equally aware of the danger and parried it behind.
The former Bagan man was called into action soon again. Yusa Katsumi's delightful right-wing free-kick was met by a rising Balwant Singh, but Arindam, with absolutely no right to save that, denied the Mariner's forward.
The Blues, with their possession play, attempted to hurt the Mariners. And one such slick play between Daniel Lalhlimpuia and Chhetri brought Eugeneson into play, who's brilliant curling effort was whiskers away from the goal. The first half ended 0-0.
Albert Roca's side came out as the brighter side in the second half and dominated the same till the final whistle.
And they were left fuming soon after the second half resumed. A long ball over the defence was too out of Pritam Kotal's reach, who's trailing keg caught Chhetri. The captain and the fans alike were furious as the Bagan right back was fortunate to continue on the pitch.
Another of the Blues' forays saw Daniel get a sight of goal. The teenage striker did well to skip past a man in the box from the right-hand side. With just the goalkeeper to beat, his shot was expertly blocked by a tenacious Sehnaj Singh. The game's biggest talking point came soon after the hour mark.
Udanta Singh broke down the right in the counter but was stopped in his tracks by a Subhasish Bose. The referee played on, but came back to show the left back a red card; a harsh decision on the Mariners and the 21-year-old himself.
With a man's advantage, Bengaluru dominated possession and started asking Sanjoy Sen's side questions. Their best chance of the game came 15 minutes from time. The duo of Daniel and Chhetri, who have been combining telepathically well of late, conjured up a move that gave the Blues' captain a sight of goal. But Chhetri hit the side netting, summing up their poor return in front of goal.
Bagan, who resorted to safeguarding their goal, pulled a goal back at the death. However, the goal was disallowed as the referee felt that Katsumi had handled the ball, with the Japanese earning a yellow card for the same.
Late into the game, Juanan and Vineeth had also efforts on goal, but Paul in the Bagan goal was far from tested as the game ended 0-0.
Hero Of The Match: Arindam Bhattacharya
FeverPitch's Man Of The Match: Anas Edathodika.