ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC: Puitea, Rahul KP Score as Kerala Beat Bengaluru 2-1

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC: Rahul KP scores right at the death as Kerala Blasters come from behind to beat Bengaluru FC 2-1.

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21:43 (IST)

Kerala Blasters come from behind to beat Bengaluru FC 2-1. The Blues took the lead on the 24th minute of the match as Cleiton Silva scored with an acrobatic finish. Both the teams got chances to score but failed to make most of their chances. Then in the second half, substitute Lalthathanga Khawlhring scored the equaliser for KBFC on the 73rd minute of the match after the BFC defence failed to clear a ball after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu went down while saving a powerful shot from Gary Hooper. Then right at the death, Kerala Blasters got the decisive goal as Rahul KP slotted it past Gurpreet following a fast counter-attack. It was against the run of play as BFC almost scored in the other half of the field. With this win, Kerala topple SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League points table and remain level on points with Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC who have 13 points each but lead KBFC on the virtue of better goal difference.

21:27 (IST)

FULL-TIME

Kerala Blasters knick it right at the death as they beat Bengaluru FC 2-1

21:25 (IST)

GOAL

Kerala Take the Lead

90+4' | Rahul KP with the potential winner

21:20 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

Double Change for BFC

86' | Udanta Singh, Francisco Gonzalez IN ; Kristian Opseth, Pratik Chaudhari OUT

21:19 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

KBFC Change

85' | Sahal Abdul Samad OUT, Seityasen Singh IN

21:18 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

BFC Change

80' | Suresh Wangjam OUT, Leon Augustin IN

21:17 (IST)

79' |  A brilliant ball is played for Rahul KP on the left, his first touch is brilliant as he is through on goal. But while shooting instead of getting a touch with his his boots, his shin bone gets the connection.

21:05 (IST)

GOAL

Kerala With the Equaliser

73' | Lalthathanga Khawlhring pulls Kerala back on level terms after a finish from a close range.Gurpreet made a good save off Gary Hooper's powerful strike. Hooper's shot hit him right on the body and he went down after that. The ball however, remained in play as a cross was drilled in from the right towards the near post. There was a mix-up there aand the ball fell for Lalthathanga Khawlhring and he smashed it in.

21:03 (IST)

64' | Bengaluru win a free-kick near the corner quadrant after Sandeep Singh conceded a foul for KBFC. Cleiton Silva takes this one as well. But Albino comes forward and clears it away.

21:01 (IST)

60' | Kerala Blasters are still in the game, they have created a few chances but they haven't been able to make the most of them. Bengaluru too have had chances to increase their lead but, they haven't had any luck in front of the goal.

20:53 (IST)

55' | Amay Morajkar tries to shoot from outside the box but his effort is blocked by Sandeep Singh

20:49 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

Juanan is Booked

53' | Bengaluru FC defender Juanan is the first player to be booked tonight. He is booked for a tackle that looked rash. He got the ball fair and square but his trailing leg took down substitute Khawlhring. The referee initially books Paartalu but then made amends by booking Juanan.

20:45 (IST)

50' | Erik Paartalu tries his luck from distance but it is nowhere near the goal.

20:43 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

KBFC Make Forced Change

45' | Jordan Murray OUT, Lalthathanga Khawlhring IN

20:38 (IST)

46' | It is Kerala who have a crack at the goal first in the second half. Although it was not really a shot on target but Rahul KP got into a dangerous position and drilled in a low cross. However, it was not a problem that Gurpreet couldn't deal with.

20:36 (IST)

SECOND-HALF

46'| Action Resumes at the GMC Stadium, Bengaluru lead Kerala by a solitary goal. Can KBFC find their way back into the match? Let's see...

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20:21 (IST)

HALF-TIME

An end-to-end 45 minutes comes to an end, Bengaluru find themselves ahead courtesy a Cleiton Silva goal.

20:20 (IST)

45+1 |  Sunil Chettri tries to go towards the right-hand side of the goalkeeper but Albino Gomes dived enough to punch it away.

20:18 (IST)

45' | Free-kick in a dangerous area after Costa fouls Sunil Chhetri.

20:18 (IST)

42' | Reaction save by Gurpreet keeps Bengaluru ahead. A ball was floated in from the left flank of the field towards the 6-yards box, BFC defenders were there to deal with the ball and the KBFC attackers. However, the ball hit a BFC player's head and went goalwards, Gurpreet tried to punch that away but the ball ricocheted off another BFC player and went towards Gurpreet again. This time he manages to cath the ball.

20:15 (IST)

41' | A brilliant ball played in from the back and Udanta receives it with poise and then tries to shoot it with his other foot but luckily for KBFC a defender was there to deal with it.

20:13 (IST)

Cleiton Silva made sure he celebrated his 4th goal of the season in style.

20:09 (IST)

34' | Good session of play for Bengaluru there, Udanta has been a different player tonight. He works his way inside the box and then tries whip in a cross across the face of the goal but there's no one to tap the ball in.

20:05 (IST)

29' | KBFC have a free kick in a good position! Sandeep Singh dummies the defender in front of him and tries to go past him but is fouled. This is a good chance for KBFC

19:57 (IST)

GOAL

Bengaluru Take the Lead

24' | Cleiton Silva has broken the deadlock. From a long throw-in from the right side towards the box, Cleiton scored with a half-scissor kick. Costa should have done better there

19:57 (IST)

22' | Sahal Abdul Samad intercepts a pass and he is through on the left. He dashes into the box but then takes a touch too many. He looks to take a shot from a narrow angle but the defender with him makes a superb tackle and it is an easy save for Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

19:56 (IST)

17 ' | Gary Hooper receives the ball just outside the BFC box. He looks to square it off for the man on the right but it hits a defender and lobs nicely for him. He takes a shot from inside the box on the left but blasts it over.

19:56 (IST)

15' | Costa Nhamoinesu almost gave Kerala Blasters the lead there but his header goes over the goalpost. 

19:52 (IST)

11' | Udanta Singh is first to the loose ball outside the box on the right. He takes a shot but it goes over.

19:52 (IST)

5' | Erik Partaalu after exchanging a few quick passes, moves towards the KBFC box and shoots his shoot is not on target 

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC: Puitea, Rahul KP Score as Kerala Beat Bengaluru 2-1

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Kerala Blasters vs Bengaluru FC: Kerala Blasters come from behind to beat Bengaluru FC 2-1. The Blues took the lead on the 24th minute of the match as Cleiton Silva scored with an acrobatic finish. Both the teams got chances to score but failed to make most of their chances. Then in the second half, substitute Lalthathanga Khawlhring scored the equaliser for KBFC on the 73rd minute of the match after the BFC defence failed to clear a ball after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu went down while saving a powerful shot from Gary Hooper. Then right at the death, Kerala Blasters got the decisive goal as Rahul KP slotted it past Gurpreet following a fast counter-attack. It was against the run of play as BFC almost scored in the other half of the field. With this win, Kerala topple SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League points table and remain level on points with Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC who have 13 points each but lead KBFC on the virtue of better goal difference.

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During a normal season, this fixture would have been one of the most heated clashes in the league due to the passionate rivalry between the two sets of fans. Whether it be at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi or the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, supporters of both sides would have thronged to the stands in numbers.

However, no fans will be present at the GMC Stadium, when the two sides take on each other. But the sheer importance of the fixture for two teams desperately trying to turn their season around means that match will not without on-field firework.

For Bengaluru the match will be about snapping a five-match winless run that saw them lose four games. Bengaluru interim coach Naushad Moosa, will also be counting on his team to improve at the back as they have not kept a clean sheet in eight games.

They have already conceded more in the league (16) than they did in the whole of last season. "There is a lot of positivity in the camp now," said Moosa.

"We got a good 5-6 days for training. We worked on what all things were not going our way. Hopefully, we'll play a better game tomorrow." Moosa will be without influential mid-fielder Dimas Delgado, who flew back to Spain due to a family emergency.

However, he was confident that Bengaluru had enough in the tank to cope without Delgado. "He was an important part of our team, no doubt about it," said Moosa. "But this is what football is all about. It is not that we don't have good players we have quality players."

On the other hand, Kerala will also be looking to put behind them the disappointment of conceding an injury-time equaliser to SC East Bengal.

This inability to hold leads has been a recurring feature of Kerala's season so far — they have lost ten points after scoring the first goal, the most by any team in the league. "Bengaluru FC are a good team, they have got good players," said Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna.

"The circumstances are different but we are preparing for the game as we do every game, and trying to improve the offensive part of the team and the strategic dimensions." Vicuna, though, has a number of issues to sort out.

His team has conceded the most goals (20) this season and the joint-most number of penalties (5). Only SCEB has conceded more goals than them in the second half.

"The team, I think, is performing better," said Vicuna. "We have to keep going, work better and harder every day and the team is going to be much better."

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