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  • 6 December 2013
  • • 15:30
  • • Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama, Goa
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  • Sunil Chhetri is undoubtedly the "most valuable player" of the evening
  • FULL TIME: Churchill Brothers SC 1-3 Bengaluru FC
  • 90' + 5'
    Shahen shoots wide and that's full time
  • 90' + 5'
    Bengaluru are in a relaxed mood to defend against a rather ineffective Red Machines
  • 90' + 4'
    A mispass by Thoi goes to Balmuchu who clears the ball away
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Robin Singh
  • 90' + 2'
    Ouch there! Al Sebai gets a boot across the side of his face while Robin Singh was trying to win the ball
  • 90'
    Three minutes added time
  • 89'
    ROBIN SINGH!!!! He shoots it wide with just the keeper to beat from a solo run
  • 88'
    A sweet sight of trickery by Menyongar to take the ball away from Shahen
  • 86'
    A well-deserved applause for the India skipper who scored a brace
  • 85'
    SubstitutionSunil Chhetri Karan Sawhney
  • 84'
    Am I off-side? Chhetri looks shocked to see the flag raised up against him as Robin Singh's cross itself took a while until he moved out from behind the line of the defense
  • 83'
    SubstitutionDharmaraj Ravanan Sanjay Balmuchu
  • 83'
    What would you make of Churchill's tactical changes today?
  • 82'
    In short, it was a very short spell of resurrection for Churchill Brothers in this game
  • 81'
    That was a little too selfish of Robin now, to try his luck from about 35 yards out to a pass by Rino Anto instead of releasing Thoi Singh on the right wing
  • 80'
    ROBIN SINGH!!! Shoots wide from inside the box
  • 77'
    Goal Sunil Chhetri
    GOOAALLL!!! Caldeira receives a pass by Fanai and gives the ball to Chhetri who moved a couple yards closer to the target before finding the back of the net
  • 74'
    Goal Balwant Singh
    GOOAALLL!!! The home fans can cheer a bit as Balwant makes space for himself and sends a right footer past the guards of Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Pawan Kumar after being played in by Shabana
  • 72'
    Quite a few tactical changes
  • 70'
    SubstitutionSean Rooney Robin Singh
  • 70'
    SubstitutionAlesh Sawant Anthony Pereira
  • 68'
    SubstitutionThangjam Singh Balwant Singh
  • 68'
    Can this attacking move by the home side pay any dividends as Balwant Singh got a goal and an assist in the last match?
  • 66'
    Ever so since they are going to continue as the bottom-placed team until the next week
  • 65'
    So was that just a rare relief when Churchill Brothers got their first win of the season in 10 matches last week?
  • 64'
    Goal Sunil Chhetri
    GOAAALLL GOOALLL!!! Sunil Chhetri side tapped a Thoi Singh cross from the right to make it 2-0
  • 61'
    Johnson puts in a good tackle on Shahen while in another move Shabana claims for a penalty
  • 60'
    Churchill aren't making the best of their set-pieces while Bengaluru need to create better chances for an equaliser
  • 59'
    Yellow Card S.Siam Hanghal
  • 57'
    Shabana shoots well wide of the target but a fan over here feels that the Egyptian missed by only a few inches
  • 55'
    Good tackle by Ravanan to prevent Hanghal from receiving a slick back-heel pass in the Churchill box by Thoi Singh
  • 53'
    Shahen tries a blind back-heel into the Bengaluru defense
  • 51'
    Rooney hence joins the top scorers - Duffy, Josimar and Glen - with seven goals
  • 50'
    Goal Sean Rooney
    GOAAALLL!!! Sean Rooney rises the highest to place Sunil Chhetri's cross from the left past Arindam at the left corner
  • 50'
    That has to be a sort of a LOL moment as Churchill goalie Arindam panicked after the ref almost put the whistle in his mouth and hurriedly took the goal kick
  • 48'
    Menyongar has been comparatively quiet in the first half. Will he come ailve in these 45 minutes?
  • 46'
    Churchill Brothers kick us away with the second half now. Will someone score?
  • HALF-TIME: Churchill Brothers SC 0-0 Bengaluru FC
  • 45'
    One minute added time
  • 44'
    SubstitutionBeikhokhei Beingaichho Darren Caldeira
  • 44'
    Beingaichho wasn't looking bad on the ground, but he appears to be applying some ice on his calf muscle. So it must be a change due to injury
  • 43'
    Finally someone takes a shot. Who else but Lenny! - on the side netting
  • 41'
    No danger from the resultant set-piece
  • 40'
    SARAN!!! He had a good opportunity to shoot at goal but Fanai forced a deflection that results in a Churchill corner
  • 38'
    Both teams made to work quite hard for their respective sides
  • 35'
    And a shot in desperation by Micky Fernandes that goes skywards
  • 35'
    Lenny? Was that him who crossed a simple delivery to opponent player Hanghal? It was, but maybe the India international has been over-worked after the national team duty?
  • 34'
    Not very productive possession by the defending champions
  • 33'
    Churchill are still trying to get a strong hold in the midfield despite seeing more of the ball
  • 29'
    Saran has gotten the better of Chhetri twice in as many minutes in the midfield but yet unable to trouble the Bengaluru defense
  • 27'
    Shabana dusts himself and takes it himself, but hits it on the wall
  • 26'
    Shabana is brought down just outside the box for a Churchill free-kick
  • 25'
    RISKY!!! Osano cuts the ball right in between Shahen and Saran with nobody other than his keeper behind him
  • 24'
    Siam Hanghal with some brialliant piece of dribbling past a couple of red shirts including Denzil Franco, finds Beingaichho, but the latter wasn't able to control the ball and another chance wasted
  • 22'
    Shahen comes close again, and this time the ball is swept away his feet by Pawan, after a pass was played in by Shabana
  • 20'
    SHAHEN!!! A lovely turn by the Syrian striker from a pass by Saran Singh to get past Osano, but he shot wide with only Bengaluru goalkeeper Pawan Kumar to beat
  • 18'
    Only one close call in the match so far - Rooney's free-kick that came off the post in the 14th minute
  • 16'
    Rooney's shot off Beingaichho's flag-kick lands at the feet of Chhetri who is off-side
  • 15'
    Bengaluru meanwhile have a corner
  • 15'
    Amazing how Chhetri outjumps Denzil Franco to win the aerial duel
  • 14'
    Bengaluru free-kick....ROONEY!!!! Hits the right post
  • 12'
    The men in the red shirts are looking more dangerous everytime they move in attack but are found looking for options for the final move while Yumnam eventually shoots wide
  • 11'
    Bengaluru FC have been rather wasteful in their moves so far as Thoi Singh sends another cross wide
  • 10'
    A few clashes in the air and Micky Fernandes has to be lifted out for treatment
  • 8'
    Thoi Singh on the right....but he flicks the ball wide from inside the box
  • 7'
    Bengaluru center-back John Johnson leading an attack nd changes direction, but Thoi Singh puts it straight through to the rival goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya
  • 6'
    The Red Machines are apparently looking better in the shady part of the pitch on the right flank here today
  • 4'
    Week touch by Rooney in the midfield and Lenny takes the forward with Shahen...who wastes the move by giving the ball away in the opponent's box while attempting to find team-mate Saran
  • 3'
    Churchill launch a counter as Sawant is marked in the area by Johnson
  • 2'
    Shot away by Beingaichho, but wide...so the visitors have the first go here, at the sunny Duler stadium
  • 1'
    We're finally underway
  • There seems to be a momentary delay in the kick-off. Could happen any time now...so stay tuned
  • Bengaluru FC subs: Manju, Vishal, Robin, Caldeira, Sawhney, Bruno (gk), Mani
  • Churchill Brothers subs: Thapa (gk), Balmuchu, Balwant, Jaison, Anthony Pereira, Satish, Richard Costa
  • Bengaluru FC XI: Pawan (gk), Osano, Johnson, Rooney, Menyongar, Chhetri (c), Thoi, Anto, Beingaichho, Hanghal, Fanai
  • Churchill Brothers XI: Al Sebai, Shahen, Micky, Denzil, Ravanan (c), Shabana, Saran, Alesh, Lenny, Yumnam, Arindam (gk)
  • We've got the line-ups with us...
  • Skipper Sunil Chhetri would face his former club with whom he won the league last season while fellow striker Robin Singh’s work rate has been impressive in the last two games that he has started. Strengthening Bengaluru FC’s potent strike force is the return of the club's top scorer Sean Rooney who has recovered completely from the calf strain that kept him out of the Salgaocar game
  • Ashley Westwood’s side, who are riding high after consecutive wins against Salgaocar FC and Shillong Lajong, return to Goa for a second time in less than two weeks
  • Midfielder Micky Fernandes will be available for selection after serving his suspension while the new foreigners - Abdelhamid Shabana, Yasser Shahen and Naser Al Sebai - will be expected to put in a top performance against the southern outfit, Bengaluru FC
  • Churchill Brothers SC will take to field knowing that they cannot afford any more slip ups. Having changed their set of foreign players, they looked a revamped outfit in their last tie against Sporting Clube de Goa which they won 3-2
  • Having registered their first full points in the season last week, the Goan outfit will look to continue in the same vein
  • It's Churchill Brothers SC vs Bengaluru FC in a round 13 I-League clash. Good afternoon. I'm your host, Anselm Noronha.