Last time referee Pratap Singh and Saji Kurian ensure that a penalty is given against Bagan when the ball hit Surkumar. This was enough to take two points from Bagan. Today referee Costa went one step ahead and canceled a clean goal of Chidi Edeh to ensure Bagan loses two more points. This show, that was seen in Fed Cup final continues to entertain Indian Football referees fraternity.
It all started when Jose Barreto was pulled down near the Pune FC box – and referee gave foul against Barreto. This happened two more time when Barreto was hit from behind and fouls were awarded against him. At one time one thought a foul in PuneFC box was enough for awarding penalty against Bagan. Bagan was lucky tht referee Costa did not opt for the same.
Bagan suffered a setback mush before the game with no Ashim, Muritala, Manish, Souvik, Mohanraj in the list for various reasons. With practically no central midfielder – Bagan failed to control the central midfield.
But a rock solid defense made sure all Pune attacks were foiled. However Pune did test Bagan defense and once the ball hit the cross bar even.
Deepak was rightly adjudged as the Man of the Match.