Top and Flop: East Bengal 3-1 Pune FC

Goal takes a look at who topped and who flopped as East Bengal eased past Pune FC at the Salt Lake Stadium
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: Ryuji Sueoka 

The Japanese was finally back to being the very best as his full array of skills was on display at the Salt Lake Stadium. Slick passing, great on the ball and in times show boating while on the ball, Sueoka was on full throttle for almost the entire duration. It was his wicked ball to the far post that allowed Chidi to open the scoring while he beat the offside trap and showed selflessness in front of goal by picking out Lalrindika Ralte when he could have gone on the goal easily himself. He made the East Bengal midfield tick and was a force to reckon with.

FLOP: Srikanth Ramu

The full back was taken for a ride by Edeh Chidi who often drifted to his side. He was responsible for letting in the first goal as he failed to intercept Sueoka's cross and then could not stop Chidi from turning. He was easily sold a dummy by Lobo for the third goal as he set up lalrindika Ralte for the shot.

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