Bangalore's return to the I-League scene was glittered with some scintillating performances and one disappointing performance in particular...Welcome to Goal's new I-League feature: Top and Flop. For every game, a candidate will be put forward, as chosen by Goal, who deserves recognition for achieving something special. It won't necessarily be the best player in the league - but whoever we nominate will have done something amazing. In the same vein, we will also name a player whose performance wasn’t up to the mark on the given day and eventually came to hurt his side.
|TOP: MALEMNGAMBA MEETEI
The former HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) winger gave a splendid performance down the wings. He was crisp with his passes and innovative with his movement. He stretched the Mohun Bagan full backs allowing others to exploit spaces. His neat footwork and tricks down the wings led the Bagan defenders into making frustrated tackles, thus winning many free-kicks for his team. The former Salgaocar man's crossing was also creditable, though the finishing from Sean Rooney could have been better on many occasions. Meetei was also adjudged Man of the Match at the end of the game and when asked on what he would like to say about the fans at the stadium, the winger simply bent low with his hands facing the air and saluted each stand!
| FLOP: KATSUMI YUSA
The Japanese attacker seemed like the most vibrant Mohun Bagan player but failed to deliver when his manager wanted him most. Yusa hit the cross bar twice from positions which should have been scored easily and also missed a penalty, much to the delight of the home fans. The former ONGC player got involved in many dirty time wasting tricks throughout the game, pushing the ball back every time BFC won a free-kick, arguing unnecessarily with the referee and throwing tantrums every time a player physically out-muscled him. The Bengaluru FC fans booed and whistled on every touch of his.
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