Goa, April 18: FC Goa and Bengaluru FC will know they have to be at their best when they meet in the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) here on Tuesday. In the other clash, Jamshedpur will be looking to avoid complacency when they take on Chennaiyin FC at the Benaulim Ground.
Goa underlined their intentions with a 1-0 victory over Chennaiyin FC in the opening match of the inaugural league, and the score did not do their performance justice. The team led by Deggie Cardozo showed better cohesion than Chennaiyin with Brison Fernandes, Mevan Dias and goalscorer Jovial Dias all impressing.
Goa kept the ball very well and exploited the spaces behind the Chennaiyin defense most of the time.
Bengaluru, meanwhile, beat Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) 2-0 and looked like a well-oiled machine for most of the tie. Sivasakthi Narayanan, part of the Blues’ Hero Indian Super League team, made incisive runs up front and combined well with Huidrom Thoi Singh, with Damaitphang Lyngdoh pulling the strings.
Defender Robin Yadav also impressed, showing strength and a good sense of positioning at the back along with Nammgyal Bhutia adding meat with his ISL experience.
Later in the day, table leaders Jamshedpur will start as favorites against Chennaiyin, but coach Indranil Chakraborty will know his charges must keep their feet on the ground against a team sore from their first loss.
Jamshedpur cruised to a 3-0 victory over Mumbai City FC, Piyush Thakuri scoring a brace as Sorokhaibam Meitei added to the tally. It was a purposeful performance as the Red Miners set the pace early on. Not too long ago, the senior team achieved their first League Shield victory thanks to a seven-game winning streak, and the younger counterparts will want to join that streak, for which they are well on their way.
Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, will have to roll up their socks to give a better account of themselves. The Marina Machans looked out of their minds against Goa with only Suhail Pasha and, to some extent, Johnson Mathews sporting the role. The defense needs to act together as a unit and coach Cleofas Alex will have his duty cut on Tuesday.