ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC: Machado Scores Twice as Bengaluru vs NorthEast Match Ends 2-2

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC: Spoils shared at the Fatorda Stadium as Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC match ends 2-2.

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21:59 (IST)

That brings us to the end of the live blog of the match number 21 of the Indian Super League season 7. We hope to see you tomorrow again. 

21:48 (IST)

The stats at the end of a tantalising match indicate that Bengaluru FC were the better side of the night. They had more possession, they played almost the double number of passes and they had the most number of shots on goal as well but they failed to bag all three points. It only shows how compact the Gerard Nus-led NorthEast United FC is. With this result, NEUFC rise to the second spot and BFC to the fourth spot.

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21:24 (IST)

FULL TIME

BFC 2-2 NEUFC

Spoils shared at the Fatorda Stadium as Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC match ends 2-2. This means both teams remain unbeaten. 

21:23 (IST)

90+ 1 | Ashutosh Mehta denies Sunil Chhetri a chance to score the winner

21:20 (IST)

FOUR MINUTES ADDED

90' | The officials have decided to add four minutes to the eventful second half

21:19 (IST)

BFC CHANGE

88' | Rahul Bheke OUT, Semboi Haokip IN

21:15 (IST)

Chhetri's free-kick just over

85' | Sunil Chhetri shoots from the edge of the box but his effort is just over the bar

21:13 (IST)

NEUFC SURVIVE

81' | A flurry of chances from inside the box for BFC but NEUFC survive

21:08 (IST)

NEUFC equalise

GOAL!!!

78' | NEUFC equalise, Luis Machado with his second goal of the night. Sylla plays a forward pass, Machado beats Juanan with his pace he then composes himself inside the box and slots it past Gurpreet. Game on!

21:02 (IST)

NEUFC DOUBLE CHANGE

72' | Gerard Nus reacts to the goal with a double change, Provat Lakra and Britto PM IN; Gurjinder Kumar and Suhair Vadakkepeedika OUT

21:00 (IST)

BFC TAKE THE LEAD

BFC 2-1 NEUFC

70' | Udanta fires Bengaluru ahead. Chhetri header towards the middle of the box is not dealt with by the NEUFC defenders. Udanta was running into meet. Udanta's first time shot gets a touch of Gurmeet but he can't stop it from creeping into the net.

20:58 (IST)

GURMEET WITH A TOP TOP SAVE

64' | Gurmeet makes a brilliant save to deny  Kristian Opseth. Brazilian Cleiton Silva puts in a cross from the right flank. Kristian Opseth directs his diving kick on target. Gurmeet flies to his right and saves the ball. 

20:56 (IST)

BFC Chance

62' | Bengaluru fail to go ahead! Khabra floats in a cross towards the far post, Opseth misses but Dimas runs in behind the Norwegian and connects but his header is too weak, Gurmeet with an easy save

20:49 (IST)

NEUFC Change

60' | Kwesi Appiah OFF, Idrissa Sylla ON

20:46 (IST)

It has been a wonderful outing for Bengaluru FC left-back Ashique Kuruniyan so far. Most of the BFC chances have come from his flank

20:44 (IST)

NEUFC Double Change

51' | Rochharzela and Lalrempuia Fanai OUT; Ninthoinganba Meetei and Lalengmawia IN

20:41 (IST)

GURPREET TO THE RESCUE

51' | Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with a world-class save off Appiah's diving header 

20:39 (IST)

NEUFC Survives

46' | Lady luck is with Gurjinder it seems. The NEUFC custodian plays a lazy pass to Dylan Fox but Cleiton Silva outfoxes him. He intercepts it and shoots but his his shot is wide off target.

20:36 (IST)

SECOND HALF BEGINS

46' | The second 45 begins, Bengaluru FC have introduced Kristian Opseth, he replaces Deshwn Brown in the middle.

20:34 (IST)

The stats show that Bengaluru FC have seen more of the ball with 62% possession. They have played almost double the number of passes 

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20:21 (IST)

Half-time!

BFC -1
NEUFC -1

1-1 at the end of the first 45 minutes. It took less than 15 minutes for both the teams to open their account tonight, first, it was NorthEast United courtesy, Luis Machado, then Bengaluru FC  equalised just nine minutes later through Juanan. 

20:18 (IST)

THREE MINUTES ADDED

45' | The officials have decided to add three minutes 

20:17 (IST)

Gurpreet punches away Machado's shot

44' | Luis Machado targets the goal from the freekick which he won on the left side of the pitch but Gurpreet Singh Sandhu punches it away without any fuss

20:14 (IST)

Camara saves NEUFC

42' |  Khassa Camara successfully tracks Sunil Chhetri's run from the edge of the box and prevents a goal scoring opportunity.

20:12 (IST)

Yellow Card for NEUFC

36' | NorthEast United FC's Gurjinder is booked for a foul on Khabra

20:10 (IST)

OFFSIDE

34' | Ashique Kuruniyan has been a headache for NorthEast defenders tonight. Now, he stole the ball from Camara plays one-two with brown but fails to beat the offside trap. However, his shot was wide. 

20:03 (IST)

NEUFC Yellow Card

32' | Rochharzela is in the referee's book

20:02 (IST)

BFC almost Take the lead

26' | Khabra shoots just wide. A quick throw from Sunil and Krurniayn was set free, he runs inside the box and sets up Khabra with a cutback. But Khabra shoots it wide

19:59 (IST)

First Yellow of the match

22' |  Rahul Bheke is in the referee's book for a rough tackle on Kwesi Appiah

19:57 (IST)

BFC CHANCE

19' | A superb run from Ashique Kuruniyan from inside his own half. He reaches the edge of the box and drills in a low shot but Gurmeet saves it with fingertips.

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC: Machado Scores Twice as Bengaluru vs NorthEast Match Ends 2-2

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC: Spoils shared at the Fatorda Stadium as Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC match ends 2-2. The Highlanders took the lead inside four minutes when Rocharela's shot deflected off his teammate Luis Machado into the back of the net. Bengaluru equalised just nine minutes later when the NEUFC defense failed to deal with Rahul Bheke's long throw and BFC defender Juanan smashed the loose ball into the goal as the match remained tied at the break. It was Bengaluru FC who took the lead this time on the 70th minuted mark when Udanta Singh slotted in a ball past NEUFC goalkeeper following a defensive error from Dylan Fox. However, Gerard Nus' side took just eight minutes to find an equaliser when Luis Machado outran Juanan and took control of Sylla's pass to slot it past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Both teams got chances to get the equaliser however they failed to convert as the match ended with the score of 2-2.

The match should be an interesting battle as Bengaluru are known for their defensive structure while NorthEast United FC have also displayed brilliant organisation all around the pitch this season. The Blues are yet to score from open play while the Highlanders have scored in every game they have played so far.

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Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat knows his team is in for a tough match, but stated that he had all the confidence in his team's abilities. "It's going to be a very tactical match because they are a very well-organised team," he said. "In three games, we have two clean sheets. I think we are showing a lot of consistency in defence. We look like a very well-organised team."

"During my time as Bengaluru coach, we have only lost one time against Chennai, we have never lost against Goa. What I mean is that it's very clear that we are a very consistent team with a clear plan. It's very difficult to play against us. At the same time, we know that we have room for improvement and that is what we are trying to do," Cuadrat said.

NEUFC coach Gerard Nus too is planning to play to his team's strengths and will not change the way they play on Tuesday. "There are things that are principal to our style that we will not change because we believe in those. There are things that we will have to take into consideration regarding the opponents. So obviously it's a mix," he said.

NEUFC have never beaten their opponents in the league stage before and on current form, this is a great opportunity for Nus to set that record straight. But he is not underestimating his opponents despite their less-than-stellar start to the season. "The truth is that Bengaluru won the title two years ago. They were in the playoffs last season. That tells you already how good they are. They're a massive side. I'm really concerned about the game tomorrow because we did not have a long time to prepare. We played two days ago. But it doesn't matter. That's the way it is and we are going to fight from the first minute till the last," he said.

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