A goalless draw within the title-decider towards Kerala Blasters meant Bengaluru FC had been topped champions of the inaugural version of the Reliance Basis Growth League (RFDL), however the outcome proved to be a good reflection of how evenly matched each groups had been. Each groups will now signify India within the NextGen Cup to happen within the UK later this 12 months.
Bengaluru needed to keep away from defeat towards Kerala to clinch the crown, and over 90 minutes on the packed Benaulim Floor right here, the Blues managed to carry their rivals who completed with 16 factors from their seven video games. Bengaluru ended their marketing campaign as the one unbeaten aspect within the RFDL with 19 factors.
“I wish to thank Reliance for this glorious platform. All of the groups had been very aggressive. This match actually helped us get some aggressive video games for us to grasp the extent of the gamers. It’s additionally platform for even the coaches,” Bengaluru FC coach Naushad Moosa mentioned after the sport.
“I wish to congratulate Kerala, the way in which they performed. They had been the very best staff. I’m pleased with the boys, the way in which they performed all through the match,” he added.
Bengaluru skipper Namgyal Bhutia mentioned: “That is our first trophy after two years. I’m very comfortable for the staff. This match has helped us develop as a unit. We’re very excited to qualify for the NextGen Cup. We are going to attempt to do effectively there additionally.”
Kerala Blasters coach Tomasz Tchorz praised his staff for present, additionally stressing that tournaments just like the RFDL assist gamers get extra recreation time.
“We performed very effectively, dominated the opponent, and created loads of probabilities. We had been the very best staff and we had the very best gamers. Bengaluru are staff too,” mentioned the Polish coach.
“Tournaments like these assist in getting extra recreation time for the gamers.”
The sport received off to a cagey begin with each groups holding possession for giant components.
Mohammed Aimen got here closest to scoring early on for Kerala, his shot coming off the put up after goalkeeper Sharon had made cease.
Damaitphang Lyngdoh had Bengaluru’s finest probability of the primary half, however his try from the sting of the field following a counter-attack got here off the crossbar.
Jagdeep Singh was Blues’ saviour within the second interval, clearing Aimen’s effort off the road after Vincy Barretto had skipped previous substitute goalkeeper Dipesh Chauhan to arrange the striker.
Bengaluru striker Rahul Raju, with seven targets to his title, received the Golden Boot award for scoring probably the most variety of targets whereas midfielder Bekey Oram was handed the Golden Ball award for being the participant of the match. Kerala’s Sachin Suresh received the Golden Glove for his exploits beneath the bar, holding six clear sheets.