Classy Bengaluru power past Delhi

Classy Bengaluru power past Delhi

Bengaluru FC had shown glimpses of their abilities in their opening game last week. On Sunday, they added more flair and goals to their package as they decimated Delhi Dynamos 4-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Sree Kanteerava stadium.

Goals from Erik Paartalu (24th, 45th minutes), Lenny Rodrigues (57th minute) and Miku (87th minute) struck the goals for Bengaluru while the Dynamos got their only goal from a penalty conversion by Kalu Uche in the 86th minute.

Despite a dominant show against Mumbai City FC last week, head coach Albert Roca was far from impressed by what he had seen. To some, it felt like an arrogant claim by the Spaniard but the ones who turned up at the Sree Kanteerava saw what Roca meant.

Against Mumbai, though Bengaluru controlled the match, they were disappointing in the attacking third with the forwards struggling to get any substance from the numerous moves. But on Sunday, the attackers too joined the party as Roca's men took their game a notch higher.

Bengaluru chose to crowd the midfield with winger Edu Garcia drifting in to add to the numbers in the middle while Rodrigues was given the freedom to push ahead and cramp the Dynamos side. Bengaluru ensured that their opponents were busy sorting out the midfield puzzle, while Udanta Singh made the most of his pace to create openings through the channels.

Midway through the opening half, the Manipuri made the most of a knock-down by Harmanjot Khabra to float in a juicy cross for Sunil Chhetri. Unfortunately, the ball landed at an awkward height for the skipper and the chance went begging.

That barely mattered as minutes later, Bengaluru began their scoring spree which eventually culminated in a rout. Paartalu was the first to get his name on the scoresheet, heading in after Khabra directed an Edu Garcia free-kick towards the goal.

Though restricted to defending for long, Dynamos too created a few chances. None of the openings, however, resulted in something substantial for the Delhi side.

Bengaluru then doubled their advantage at the half-time mark. Once again it was the six-foot-four-inches tall Paartalu who rose high to nod in another Garcia take, this time from a corner.

The second half was no different with Bengaluru calling the shots. Close to the hour mark, Udanta made the most of a Chhetri cross-field pass to test Albino Gomes in the Dynamos goal. Though the goalkeeper saved the first effort, he had no answer when Rodrigues pounced on the rebound to make it 3-0.

Before the final whistle, the Dynamos got a goal back with Uche firing in from the penalty spot, but that didn't alter the narrative as Miku added another one for Bengaluru to complete the rout.

Pune City win

In Kolkata, Marcelo Pereira (Marcelinho) spoilt ATK's first home match of the season, scoring two goals in FC Pune City's 4-1 rout of the two-time champions.

Marcelinho scored in the 13th and 60th minutes while Rohit Kumar and Emiliano Alfaro netted the other two.

After Pune took the lead, Bipin Singh equalised for ATK in the 50th minute but they had no answer to the Pune's attacks from then on.

 

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