Calcutta: Prayag United SC’s Costa Rican recruit Carlos Hernandez is playing with fire. On Friday, the temperamental yet classy player drew coach Eelco Schattorie’s ire after losing his cool.
Schattorie replaced an under-performing Carlos at the halftime during United SC’s 1-1 draw against Salgaocar SC at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Speaking after the match, Schattorie said: “Carlos was absolutely static on the field and is not 100 per cent fit. So, I decided to change him.”
About Carlos’ attitude, Schattorie said: “Latin Americans are generally emotional… He has to control their emotions. I will speak with him once he settles down.”
A fuming Carlos refused to seat on the bench and came to the Media Centre straightaway. An official later said that a substituted player cannot leave the field without referee’s permission.
Talking about the match, Bello Rasaq scored the equaliser to help a lacklustre United SC eke out a draw. Augustin Fernandes scored for the Goan side four minutes from half-time.
United SC lost points in their home match because of the dismal performance of the midfielders. Salgaocar could have taken the lead in the 16th minute but Sean Rooney’s first touch was so bad that the opportunity was wasted.
They had to wait till the 41st minute to go into the lead when an unmarked Augustin headed home a Randeep Singh corner. Struck by the reverse, United SC regrouped. It was in the 58th minute that they levelled the score.
Fulganco Cardozo fouled Deepak Mondal just outside the box and Bello calmly stepped up to net the ball from the free-kick despite Salgaocar ’keeper Karanjit Singh getting a hand to it.
In another match, Narayan Das scored the solitary goal in the 54th minute to help Pailan Arrows defeat Sporting Clube de Goa at the Nehru Stadium, in Fatorda.
Arrows are now placed fifth with 11 points from seven matches while Sporting Clube remained on ninth position with seven points.