Bengaluru beat Kerala Blasters 4-2 in ISL

Bengaluru beat Kerala Blasters 4-2 in ISL
Match in progress between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters on Sunday.
PANAJI/BAMBOLIM, DEC 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/13/2020 12:30:37 PM IST

Bengaluru picked up crucial three points on Sunday as they beat rivals Kerala Blasters 4-2 in an Indian Super League (ISL) at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa.

Cleiton Silva (29’), Erik Paartalu (51’), Dimas Delgado (53’) and Sunil Chhetri (63’) were on target for the Blues while Rahul KP (17’) and Vicente Gomez (61’) scored for Kerala Blasters.

Carles Cuadrat made two changes to the Bengaluru lineup. Pratik Choudhary made his debut for the club replacing Rahul Bheke and Kristian Opseth returned to the starting eleven in place of Deshorn Brown.

Kibu Vicuna made four changes as Jordan Murray, Lalruatthara, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni and Jeakson Singh replaced Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro, Rohit Kumar and Nongdamba Naorem. Murray joined Hooper upfront as the coach tweaked the formation to a 4-4-2.

Jordan Murray got the first chance of the match to break the deadlock in the 14th minute when he picked up Facundo Pereyra’s pass on the right side of the box. An alert Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saved his shot at the near post. 

Blasters scored the opening goal against the run of play in the 17th minute. Dimas Delgado’s short free-kick was intercepted by Garry Hooper who covered almost the full length of the pitch starting from his own penalty box and found Rahul KP to his right who scored past Gurpreet with an excellent finish. 

Bengaluru responded with an equaliser within 12 minutes as Cleiton Silva capitalised on a howler from Ruathhara and found the back of the net. The Mizo defender failed to clear a long goal-kick from Sandhu inside his own box and Silva was quick to punish him.

The Blues were the more dominant side in the first half and created more goal scoring chances than their opponents. Blasters looked lacklustre and shaky after conceding the goal.

NE united continue unbeaten run

NorthEast United managed to grab only a point but extended their unbeaten run in the 2020/21 Indian Super League (ISL) as they played a 0-0 draw with Chennaiyin FC at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday.

With 10 points alongside ATK Mohun Bagan, NorthEast are placed second in the ISL table while Chennaiyin FC have now failed to pick up a win in their last four matches.

They made three changes to the side as Idrissa Sylla started upfront ahead of Kwesi Appiah. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin made two changes to their line-up with Anirudh Thapa among the substitutes.

The first-half was a goalless affair. Chennaiyin shaded possession but both sides lacked the cutting edge in the final third. NorthEast keeper Gurmeet Singh was called into action early on as Chennaiyin created a chance as early as the first minute.

Monday’s Match
Mumbai City 
Time: 7:30 PM

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