ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC: NEUFC vs Bengaluru Match Ends 1-1

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC: Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC share spoil as the match number 56 of the Indian Super League season 7 ends in a 1-1 draw.

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21:41 (IST)

Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC share spoil as the match number 56 of the Indian Super League season 7 ends in a 1-1 draw. NEUFC took the lead in the match through Luis Machado as he slotted home from close range. The Highlanders could have scored more but they failed to convert their chances, as they went into the break with a one-goal lead. After the break, Bengaluru took just four minutes to equalise as Rahul Bheke scored from just outside the box. The goal spurred Bengaluru as they kept on testing the NEUFC custodian, however, they failed to make the most of the opportunities they got. As a result, the match ended 1-1 and Bengaluru snapped their losing streak.

21:25 (IST)

FULL-TIME

NEUFC 1-1 BFC

The Highlanders and the Blues share points as the match ends in a stalemate.

21:23 (IST)

90' | Five minutes added to the half

21:21 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

NEUFC Change

87' | Suhair Vadakkepeedika OUT, Mashoor Shereef IN

21:20 (IST)

87' | Cleiton gets a loose ball outside the box and he decides to shoot from there. His effort is just over.

21:19 (IST)

BFC Chance

83' | Bheke nearly gets his second of the night. Dimas' corner from the right finds Bheke in the centre of the box but his shot goes over the bar.

21:17 (IST)

81' | Leon Augustin is involved right away. He plays a pass to Dimas Delgado to his left who in turn puts in a cross to the far post but his cross was gobbled up by Gurmeet.

21:15 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

BFC Change

80' | Leon Augustin IN, Opseth OUT

21:08 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

BFC Change

74' | Harmanjot Khabra OUT, Amay Morajkar IN

21:07 (IST)

Good Save By Gurpreet

73' | Gallego went for goal from the free-kick and he almost got the reward only for Gurpreet to pull off a good diving save. NEUFC won the free-kick after Dimas fouled Gallego on the left side of the field. However, the BFC player somehow managed to escape a yellow despite throwing his hand in the air and arguing with the ref.

21:05 (IST)

Chhetri Inches Away

69' | Dimas floats in a ball from the corner-kick towards the far post, Chhetri was there to head that in, but the ball was few inches higher for the BFc skipper.

21:03 (IST)

66' | Ninthoi is involved right away. He curls in a dangerous cross that is headed away for a corner by Khabra.

20:58 (IST)

62' | Suhair VP plays a cross from the left flank to Chhara on right. He controls it with his head but could not test Gurpreet there as Parag Srivas forces him back.

20:55 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

NEUFC Change

65' | Chhara OUT, Ninthoi IN

20:47 (IST)

59' | Sunil Chhetri almost head it into his own net

20:45 (IST)

55' | Bengaluru are finding their feet back in the game now after the goal. There are creating more chances now and look much more confident.

20:39 (IST)

GOAL

Bengaluru Equalise

50' | Rahul Bheke equalises for the Blues, Gurmeet with a howler there for NEUFC. Rahul tried his luck from the edge of the box, Gurmeet, the NEUFC 'keeper completely misjudged the line as the ball founc the back of the net.

20:37 (IST)

NEUFC Chance

47' | Luis Machado could have doubled NEUFC's lead there but the flag was raised by the assistant referee. Replays show, he was onside.

20:34 (IST)

SECOND-HALF

46' | Action resumes at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, can Bengaluru FC make a comeback here?

20:22 (IST)

That's Luis Machado's third goal against Bengaluru FC

20:20 (IST)

HALF-TIME

NEUFC 1-0 BFC

The Highlanders head into the break with their noses in front, thanks to a goal from their Portuguese winger Luis Machado.

20:19 (IST)

Big Save Denies BFC  

47' | Gurpreet makes a goalline save from Cleiton Silva's volley to deny Bengaluru FC their equaliser.

20:17 (IST)

42' | Parag Srivas, who has been one of the better players for the Blues tonight tried his luck from distance there but his effort goes over the bar. 

20:16 (IST)

39' | Bengaluru is seeing most of the ball and they are creating chances, however, either they are lacking that killer pass or the final touch in the opposition box.

20:08 (IST)

NEUFC Should Have Scored

34' | Chhara played a teasing ball from the right-hand side of the box across the BFC backline, all Suhair had to do was get a good connection to it. Which he failed to do from a close range. 

20:07 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

BFC Player Booked

29' | Erik Paartalu becomes the first player to be booked tonight. 

20:05 (IST)

BFC Chance

32' | Bengaluru almost got the equaliser there. Parag played a very good ball in the middle from the left flank however, none of the BFC player could get a touch to it.

19:59 (IST)

GOAL

NorthEast United Take The Lead

27' | Luis Machado has opened the scoring. Gallego after winning the ball almost in the middle of the park dashed forward and looked to try his luck from the edge of the box, however, he miscued that. The ball disected the BFC defenders and fell for Machado and the Protuguese made no mistake there. 

19:57 (IST)

20' | Bengaluru have seen more of the ball so far in the match.

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19:55 (IST)

16' | Good play from Parag Srivas who is playing his second ISL game. He plays a 1-2 with Hamranjot Khabra and then lays a low cross for Opseth. However, Fox was there to clear any danger. 

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC: NEUFC vs Bengaluru Match Ends 1-1

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC:  Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC share spoil as the match number 56 of the Indian Super League season 7 ends in a 1-1 draw. NEUFC took the lead in the match through Luis Machado as he slotted home from close range. The Highlanders could have scored more but they failed to convert their chances, as they went into the break with a one-goal lead. After the break, Bengaluru took just four minutes to equalise as Rahul Bheke scored from just outside the box. The goal spurred Bengaluru as they kept on testing the NEUFC custodian, however, they failed to make the most of the opportunities they got. As a result, the match ended 1-1 and Bengaluru snapped their losing streak.

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Both the sides started strong, maintaining their place in the top four before a bad run of results saw them slide down the table.

The Highlanders find themselves a point adrift of sixth-placed Bengaluru who have accumulated 12 points. Both teams have conceded more goals than they have scored and while Bengaluru have lost four games on the trot, NEUFC are winless in six while suffering three losses. The last time the two sides met, NEUFC fought back to earn a 2-2 draw, despite trailing by two goals. And NorthEast assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew, who will be filling in for the suspended Gerard Nus, hopes the Guwahati-based team can turn the corner and start afresh.

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"The main thing is that we not only focus on the negatives but the positives also," he said. "Tomorrow is our first game of the second leg of the season and it's a new day, a new beginning for us. I'm sure that the players and the team as a whole can give a good performance tomorrow."

BFC interim coach Naushad Moosa, who took over from Carles Cuadrat before the game against SC East Bengal, couldn't help the side arrest their slump, suffering a 0-1 defeat. But one positive from the game for Moosa was getting his idea across to his players. "Before the game (against East Bengal), the message was not to worry about the result," he said.

"No matter what happens, we come out with the feeling that we gave our 100%. Of course, winning is important. But in the last match, the most important thing was for them to have faith in me in the way we want to play." Moosa felt the match against the Highlanders will give 'The Blues' a better assessment of themselves.

"I have been watching NorthEast, they are not a bad team. They are a team that fights back. We cannot be relaxed," said Moosa. "Our players are aware of their roles and how important this match is going to be for us to understand where we stand in the league. We have 10 games in hand, and maybe for a good start (for the rest of the tournament), let's try to win the game against NorthEast.

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