Player Ratings: India 7 - 6 (5-4 on pen) Cameroon

The Nehru Cup 2012 final has been played between The Blue Tigers and The Local Lions and looks at how each player fared...

 Player  Rating  Performance
Subrata Paul  2.5 Subrata Paul was outstanding. He couldn't have done anything with the goals that his side conceded but had a major part to play in damage limitation. He wasn't shy at all coming off his line. He collected crosses and corners comfortably and had excellent understanding with his backline. Although, he had a very poor penalty showdown as he let in four goals without even coming close to saving them.
Nirmal Chettri  1.5 Nirmal Chettri was in the starting line today up as he didn't feature in the last two games because of an injury. He was evidently India's weakest link in defense and was continuously beaten by the dangerous Joseph Momasso. He failed to jump in time Kingue Mpondo for Cameroon's second goal. He pulled his hamstring in the second half for which he was replaced by Denzil Franco.
Raju Gaikwad  2.5 It was Raju Gaikwad's weak header which landed at the feet of Thierry Makon who volleyed it past Subrata Paul. There were a couple of defense impasse on his part but he also made that up with some excellent last ditched challenges.
Gouramangi Moirangthem  3 Gouramangi Moirangthem was rock solid in defense. He got two easy chances to score from and he capitalised on one of them. He did very well to contain the pair of Bertin and Merime.
Syed Nabi
(Top of the match)
 4 Syed Nabi is unquestionably our Top of the Match. Ashu Tambe who has scourged opposition left backs throughout the tournament was on the receiving end this time. Syed Nabi was very quick to shut out all avenues for crosses and made some excellent tackles to stop the build up play.
Lenny Rodrigues  3 Lenny Rodrigues was the other star performer for India. He was impressive throughout the game as he didn't give an iota of space to the Cameroon midfielders. He forced them to put the ball out of play or make mis-placed passes on countless ocassions. He was also responsible for triggering many attacks by The Blue Tigers.
Mehtab Hossain

3 Mehtab Hossain who was working in correlation with Lenny Rodrigues cut out several Cameroon attacks. His interceptions and man marking were the highlights of his performance and he found Sunil Chhetri who had made the overlapping run before he was brought down for the penalty.
Sanju Pradhan  1.5 Sanju Pradhan would not want to remember his own performance in the Finals. He did play in a good cross early on which couldn't be capitalised by Sunil Chhetri but for most of the part he was shut out by Jean Patrick Abouna. He was substituted for Robin Singh in the second half.
Clifford Miranda
 2.5 Clifford Miranda definitely improved his performance from the previous games. Not only did he venture forward with some good overlapping runs but was very good in assisting Syed Nabi defensively.
Francis Fernandes 2 Francis Fernandes' performance was not convincing. He genuinely showed an effort to do something but was continuously beaten by his markers. He had a few good moments which he should have capitalised on.
Sunil Chhetri 3 Sunil Chhetri was again the man for the big occasion. He rose well several times to beat the Cameroonian defenders and eased past Meyoupu which put him one on one with the goalkeeper where he was brought down inside the penalty box. He kept a cool head from the penalty equalising for the Blue Tigers.
Robin Singh  2 Robin Singh injected new life into the Indian squad after coming. He was fresh on the scene and made some excellent run down the wings. He was trying to dictate play but there was no real threat from his build-up.
Denzil Franco  2.5 Denzil Franco stood his ground well after coming on. With the right flank not working for Cameroon because of Syed Nabi, Denzil Franco made sure that they didn't have an opening from the left as well. He contained the pair of Abouna and Momasso well after coming and made a few breath-taking tackles.


 Player Rating  Performance
Ngome Lawrence  1.5 Lawrence who was a spectator throughout the tournament was kept busy in the first half. He wasn't confident in collecting the ball from Clifford Miranda's free kick which led to the goal. He had to be substituted immediately after conceding because of a clash with the goalscorer Gourmangi Singh.
Paul Kingue  2 Paul Kingue had lost his marker Gourmangi Singh which resulted in the opening goal of the match. He wasn't seen venturing forward as he would do in the earlier games but otherwise had a strong defensive performance.
Meyoupo Stephane  1.5 Meyoupo Stephane was supposed to be the pivot of the Cameroon defense. He completely mis-timed his jump for India's first goal and was later on beaten easily by Sunil Chhetri which forced the keeper to concede the penalty.
Moundi Gustave  2 Moundi Gustave was deployed as the holding midfielder. In the first half, he found it difficult to mark the Indian forwards but did come out strongly in a couple of ocassions.
Jean Patrick Abouna 2 Jean Patrick Abouna was deployed at the left-back position. The formation didnt allow Abouna to make those frequent overlapping runs but defensively he was strong and didn't give Sanju Pradhan any space to move about.
Makon Thierry 3 Thierry Makon was the best player for Cameroon in the first half. His blistering pace made him beat several Indian players and equalised for his squad from an excellent volley outside the box. He also assisted for Mpondo's header from the corner. However, he took the last penalty which hit the bar and made India champions of the Nehru Cup.
Kingue Mpondo

 2.5 Kingue Mpondo continued his good run of form in the tournament. He put Cameroon infront for the first time with a blistering header past Subrata Paul. He had a good game defensively and playing behind Thierry Makon he assisted in triggering a few good Cameroonian attacks.
Ashu Tambe  1.5 Ashu Tambe did not have any impact in the game. He was continuously marked by Syed Nabi and could not get past him. His only contribution came from the spot-kick which he was successful in converting.
Joseph Momasso 2 Joseph Momasso tormented Nirmal Chettri down the left flank and eased past him several times. He put in a couple of decent crosses which the Indian defenders responded to. However, he was shut out by Denzil Franco who replaced Nirmal Chettri at the right-back position.
Ebanga Bertin 1.5 Ebanga Bertin had a horrible game as he hardly saw any of the ball. He was substituted late in the second half as he was continuously closed down by the Indian center-backs.
Kologny Merime
(Flop of the match)
1.5 Kologny Merime had a very silent game by his standards. He is our Flop of the Match as he missed a couple of easy chances in the first half. He had to be substituted at the one hour mark as his contribution couldn't materialise into anything effective.
Nkessi Hosea 1.5 Nkessi Hosea replaced the injured Ngome Lawrence in the first half. He had an average performance which included taking the ball from the feet of Sunil Chhetri in the first one on one situation but conceded the penalty from the second.
Charles Eloundou 2 Charles Eloundou is always used by Cameroon as a power substitute. But today the Indians marked him well and most of his efforts went in vain.
Ousmila Baba 1.5 Ousmila Baba came on late in the second half but stayed mostly on the backfoot. He could have put the game to bed with a strike from inside the penalty box in the first half of extra time but made a complete mess of it.

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