Quess East Bengal 1-1 Real Kashmir : 5 Talking Points
Last Updated 7:12 PM 5th December 2019 .
Quess East Bengal FC had to settle with just a point in the I-League opener as Real Kashmir FC held their fort to a 1-1 draw to frustrate the 12 thousand odd crowd at the Kalyani Stadium on Wednesday.
Lack of finishing
The Red & Gold brigade had 16 attempts but failed to grab the winner against a deep lying Real Kashmir side. Spanish forward Marcos de la Espada even though grabbed the equaliser in the 75th minute, failed to convert 4 chances which should have been put in, increasing the agony among the fans.
Juan Mera is a “gem”
The East Bengal fans were up for a treat as Spanish left-footed midfielder Juan Mera Gonzalez mesmerized the crowd with his slick dribblings and runs through the Real Kashmir midfield. He assisted Marcos for the equaliser after grabbing on to a flick from Colado in the left wing and putting in a perfectly measured low cross for Marcos to tap-in. He was deservingly awarded the Man of the Match award even though Quess East Bengal failed to take home all 3 points.
Non existent Right wing
The Right wing: Pintu Mahata and Kamalpreet Singh were neutralised by David Robertson and his men for all of the game until 65 mins when both were subbed off for Samad Ali Mallick and Abhijit Sarkar.
The first half Kamalpreet and Pintu failed to keep the wing busy and lost possession more than often which caused East Bengal attacks to break down. It was only until both were subbed off and Samad came on, the right wing became active and the fans could see the game being stretched.
Marti Crespí is a leader
The Red & Gold defence under the leadership of Marti Crespi was steady throughout except for the one “slip” by Kassim which led to the goal for Real Kashmir.
Crespí was seen coming forward with the ball time and again to initiate attacks in the second half as Real Kashmir FC lay deep to protect their lead. Crespí did marshall the defence against the two foreign attacking threat quite well as Real Kashmir hardly created chances in the game except for the goal.
Set piece wastage
Coach Alejandro Menendez surely have been missing the service of Lalrindika Ralte on the set piece routines as East Bengal failed to capitalise on the numerous freekicks and corners they got in the game.
Jaime Colado wasted more than a couple freekicks as he failed to clear the first man most of the times. In crunch games like these, set pieces do wins you the matches as Quess East Bengal FC did the last time around.