Friday, 31 October 2014

VIDEO: FC Pune City 1-2 Kerala Blasters FC - Match Highlights!

In last nights Indian Super League encounter, FC Pune City suffered a 1-2 loss to Kerala Blasters FC at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. Here a clip of all the goals.


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bengaluru FC beat Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 to begin Durand Cup challenge with a win!

Summer signing Eugeneson Lyngdoh scored in style on his Bengaluru FC debut as the I-League champions began their 127th Durand Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Mohammedan Sporting Club at the Raia Sports Complex in Goa on Thursday. Lyngdoh's goal in the 38th minute came after skipper Sunil Chhetri was at his opportunistic best to give the Blues a lead as early as in the sixth minute.

While the final score suggested a game in which Bengaluru FC managed to just edge out Mohammedan Sporting, the truth was far from it. Ashley Westwood started with Robin Singh up front with Chhetri and Beikhokhei Beingaichho while Josh Walker led the midfield duties with Thoi Singh and Lyngdoh in tow. The Durand Cup rule of a team being allowed to field a maximum of two foreigners on the pitch meant the central defensive duties were shared by John Johnson and N.S. Manju.

Clearly a far more organised side than Mohammedan Sporting, Bengaluru FC got things together in the 6th minute when Chhetri was at hand to pounce on a mistake from defender Lal Daniela who failed to control a simple pass from fellow centre-back Gaur Naskar. Stealing the ball from Daniela, Chhetri sped into the box and fired past an understandably upset Arnab Das Sharma in goal.

Bengaluru FC should have had a few more before the half but poor choices and wayward finishing in the box let them down. But if the Blues' first was opportunistic, the second was a perfectly orchestrated counter. Dealing with a Mohammedan Sporting corner, Keegan Pereira picked out Beingaichho on the right who exchanged a quick one-two with Chhetri before playing it back to him. The skipper put Thoi Singh through and his cross was met by Lyngdoh whose acrobatic volley was placed to perfection.

"It was a great feeling to get the chance to start. But to get off the mark in my first game was something I had wished for all the while. It was an extraordinary and an exciting feeling to say the least," said Lyngdoh.

Westwood rung in a change at half-time, introducing Udanta Singh for Beingaichho and on the hour mark, brought on Sean Rooney and C.K. Vineeth for Chhetri and Josh Walker. The changes didn't waste time causing Mohammedan Sporting problems and Udanta may well have had a hattrick on debut. The youngster was a livewire down the right, taking out defenders with his pace and skill but he wished his finishing on the given day would have been better.

Bengaluru FC seemed to be cruising till Alfred Jayran pulled one back for Mohammedan Sporting in the 68th minute. Receiving the ball on top of the box, Jayran chopped Lyngdoh before picking his corner to score. Robin Singh could have put the game to bed on a couple of occasions and his best chance came in added time where, after being put through by quick Keegan throw in, he did well to turn a defender. But his attempt to pick a spot and place home was awry.

Bengaluru FC did survive some anxious moments but had enough to see out the game. Westwood's team play Goa side Sesa Football Academy in their final group fixture on November 3.

2014/15 German Cup: Draw out for the Pre-Quarterfinals!

The draw for the pre-quarterfinals of the 2014/15 German Cup (DFB Pokal) was held yesterday night after the Round of 32 matches were played on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

The draw was carried out in the ARD Sportschau Club. This time the draw was carried out by television news presenter Judith Rakers under the watchful eyes of German Junior national team coach Horst Hrubesch.

Defending champions Bayern Munich host second division side Eintracht Braunschweig, while while 2012 champions Borussia Dortmund have to travel to third division side Dynamo Dresden, who have beaten Revier rivals FC Schalke 04 and VfL Bochum in the first couple of rounds.

The matches will be played on March 3/4, 2015.


PRE-QUARTERFINALS

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 1.FC Kaiserslautern
Kickers Offenbach - Borussia Mönchengladbach
FC Bayern München - Eintracht Braunschweig
VfR Aalen - 1899 Hoffenheim
RB Leipzig - VfL Wolfsburg
DSC Arminia Bielefeld - SV Werder Bremen
SC Freiburg - 1.FC Köln
Dynamo Dresden - Borussia Dortmund

Salgaocar FC's Under-19 boys reach Gandhilanj Cup semifinals!

Salgaocar FC's Under-19 team progressed to the semifinals of the invitational Gandhilanj Cup 2014 being played at Gandhilanj in Kolhapur after beating local first division side Bal Gopal, Kolhapur 5-4 via the tie-breaker in the quarterfinals. The teams were tied after 90 minutes with neither team able to break the deadlock.

Naro Hari, Harmanjot Singh, Samuel Costa, Raja Rawat and Jason Barbosa kept their cool to convert from the spot for the Greens, whilst goalkeeper Albino Gomes pulled off a splendid save from the fourth penalty to earn Salgaocar a well-deserved victory and a place in the semifinals which shall be played later today.

The match kicked-off at 1.30pm and was played under extremely hot and humid conditions with the ball mostly confined to the midfield.

VIDEO: Delhi Dynamos FC 0-0 North East United FC - Match Highlights!

In last nights Indian Super League encounter, Delhi Dynamos FC and North East United FC played out a goalless draw at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.