ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, SC East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC: BFC Finally Taste Win as They Beat SCEB

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, SC East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC: Parag's volley deflects into the goal off Debjit. Cleiton Silva gives Bengaluru FC the lead early on. Full Time:- SCEB 0-2 BFC

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22:00 (IST)

ISL POINTS TABLE

The 2-0 win helped Bengaluru FC climb up to the sixth spot in the points table while SC East Bengal remained in the 10th place.

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21:52 (IST)

Bengaluru FC Interim Head Coach Naushad Moosa After the Game

"Very important three points. The way the team played, each and every player gave their heart out, very proud of them. They weren't worried about the result today and went out and played.

"It was the same thing like last five minutes, we switched off. Today everyone was focussed till the 90 minutes and they were really going out and helping each other. There was a lot of communication and covered the gaps.

"If you see the game, the way everyone gave their 100 per cent. Even in the dressing room at half time, everyone was positive and I could see happy faces. The way everyone was motivating each other, that really worked for us."

21:49 (IST)

SC East Bengal Head Coach Robbie Fowler After the Game

"Very tough game, probably our worst game. They showed a lot more fight. Some players never had their usual games. Bright, we can totally forgive him, there are somethings that are more important.

"It's incredibly difficult now even if it's mathematically possible (making it to the playoffs). They had a plan. As much as we huffed and puffed, they stifled us. They stopped us from playing. Sometimes you have to credit the opposition as they made it very difficult for us.

"We do take a game at a time. It's not up to me to go on the pitch and play so it's up to the players to go on and put on a performance. We have had two more coming in and every player is fighting for the future of the club."

21:45 (IST)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu After the Match

"Thank you for reminding me that we got a clean sheet after 11 games. I am very happy and I think the team deserves it after what we have gone through in the last few games. This will help us in the next games.

"We had a plan to play against East Bengal with such a system, trying to hit behind the defenders. Getting a goal with the goalkeeper's long ball is a great feeling.

"Fortunately I have been in situations like this. Even in Norway, we struggled and I have been through these situations. Sunil bhai and Udanta have not been in that situation for the seven years at this club. But me having that experience, I try to keep things going."

21:41 (IST)

Hero of the Match Sunil Chhetri After the Game

"Feel really happy and satisfied, calm. I think we worked really hard. One message from the staff was not to take pressure and just take it as a game. We fought like a team and finally, ya, feels good to get the three points.

"I don't want to get into the circle again, that's why we were under so much pressure. The fact that we have been in playoffs always. We will just look at the next Chennaiyin game. We have to recover and go for it in the next game.

"The most important thing is to recover well. It wasn't easy because East Bengal are a decent side. We've got to be fresh for the next game."

21:36 (IST)

Full-time Stats

A terrible game for SC East Bengal in terms of shots - a total of three shots with none on target.

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21:33 (IST)

FULL TIME

The two goals from the first half proved to be enough for Bengaluru FC to end their winless run. They get a win after going eight games without that 'feeling'. SC East Bengal had so much more of the ball but struggled to be effective in the final third and didn't trouble Bengaluru FC much. There was this urgency in Bengaluru FC to get the win today as players put in a lot of effort. Ultimately, a Cleiton Silva goal and Debjit Majumder's unforutunate own goal gave them the win.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

21:30 (IST)

90+6' | Rahul Bheke and Anthony Pilkington get into a tussle, which eventually leads to a lot of BFC and SCEB players getting involved. Eventually Bheke and Pilkington are booked.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

21:16 (IST)

Chhetri Hits Crossbar

85' | OFF THR CROSSBAR! Sunil Chhetri with a brilliant strike but he is denied by the woodwork. A mistake from Narayan and Chhetri gets around him to get to the ball and go for the thumping strike.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

21:11 (IST)

81' | SC East Bengal are trying to go forward a lot but there's a sea of white shirts in front of them and they aren't getting creative enough to trouble Bengaluru FC at the back.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

21:02 (IST)

72' | Pilkington gets to the end a straight pass from the back and cuts it back in the middle but there's no one in the box to make use of it. That's the loss of a half-chance by SC East Bengal.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

20:54 (IST)

64' | SC East Bengal are getting unlucky with a few decisions here. The referee is not helping even as they are themselves struggling to create much in the final third.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

20:45 (IST)

55' | Jacques Maghoma gets into a good spot as he runs up the BFC defender. As Gurpreet comes forward to collect the ball, he spills it and barges into Maghoma but the referee has ruled it a foul on Gurpreet.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

20:37 (IST)

SC EAST BENGAL SUBSTITUTIONS

46' | Jacques Maghoma comes on for Daniel Fox and Harmanpreet makes way for Rana Gharami.

55' | Yumnam Singh replaces Wahengbam.

71' | Milan Singh comes on for Ajay Chhetri. Matti Steinmann makes way for Pilkington.

20:35 (IST)

2ND HALF UNDERWAY

The second half begins with Bengaluru FC leading 2-0 and SC East Bengal make a couple of changes in their line-up. This one's a climb for SCEB!

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

20:34 (IST)

SCEB-BFC 2nd Half Comparison

Bengaluru FC have scored 11 goals in the second half this season compared to seven by SC East Bengal. However, their percentage of the goals scored is exactly the same. SCEB have also conceded more in the second 45 minutes than BFC.

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20:28 (IST)

Half-time Stats

SC East Bengal have had 60 per cent of ball possession but not a single shot on target. BFC, on the other hand, had taken nine shots, one of which was on target and was the Cleiton Silva goal.

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20:24 (IST)

HALF TIME

Bengaluru FC have not had a lot of the ball this half but whenever they have, they have converted those half chances. BFC look a lot more clear with their ideas and are moving the ball forward well. SC East Bengal have had a lot of the ball but no decisiveness and clear-cut opportunities in the final third. Cleiton Silva put BFC ahead early on and just before half time, it was an unfortunate own goal that increased their lead.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

20:18 (IST)

BFC GET FORTUNATE 2-0 LEAD

45' | GOAL! Unfortunate own goal from Debjit Majumder. Udanta Singh with a little trickery puts the ball on the right for Rahul Bheke on the overlapping run. Bheke puts in a beautiful cross towards the far post and Parag opens himself up to create space for himself and volleys it into the post. The ball then deflects off Debjit to go into the back of the net. Unfortunate for Debjit, who had no fault in this one.

SC East Bengal 0-2 Bengaluru FC

20:17 (IST)

44' | Holloway is brought down by Fran Gonzalez in a promising position but the referee doesn't give them a free kick. It's been frustrating for SCEB.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

20:12 (IST)

41' | Augustin perhaps took a knock, which led to that change just before half time. He was limping as he was replaced by Parag.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

20:11 (IST)

BENGALURU FC SUBSTITUTIONS

41' | Parag Srivas comes on for Leon Augustin.

89' | Cleiton Silva makes way for Xisco Hernandez.

20:05 (IST)

31' | The ball is cleared off the BFC corner and into the path of Matti Steinmann, who is running up the pitch on the left when Rahul Bheke wraps around his arms from behind and brings him down. The referee only gives a free kick and the SCEB bench is frustrated. That should have been a yellow for Bheke!

SC East Bengal 0-0 Bengaluru FC

20:00 (IST)

29' | SCEB have an attack in the BFC box and Suresh makes a brilliant clearance picking out Udanta's run on the right for a counter-attack. Chhetri and SIlva make the run in the middle but Udanta's attempted pass is blocked by Narayan Das.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

19:52 (IST)

20' | SC East Bengal earn a free kick at the edge of the box and Bright's free kick is on target but it hits the wall and goes out for the corner. Off the corner, Danny Fox's header goes out for a goal kick.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

19:49 (IST)

19' | SC East Bengal have seen a lot of the ball in these initial minutes but Bengaluru FC have made their one chance count. Or pehaps even created that one with Chhetri beating Neville in the air.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

19:44 (IST)

CLEITON PUTS BFC 1-0 UP

12' | GOAL! Cleiton Silva gives Bengaluru FC the lead. Sunil Chhetri does extremely well to rise high against Scott Neville to head the long ball into the path of Cleiton Silva, who takes a sweet first touch and hits it home.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

19:38 (IST)

6' | Great chance for SCEB! Bright does extremely well to stay on foot amid a swarm of BFC defenders and puts the ball for Harmanpreet in the middle, but the youngster is outmuscled by Ajith.

7' | Off the corner, Gurpreet gets around SCEB and his own player to try and get to the ball but spills it. It is somehow deemed to be a foul on him.

SC East Bengal 0-0 Bengaluru FC

19:36 (IST)

3' | Good start for Bengaluru FC as an early chance falls their way. That should be a boost for them!

SC East Bengal 0-0 Bengaluru FC

19:30 (IST)

KICK-OFF

We are underway at the Tilak Maidan with both SC East Bengal and Bengaluru FC in a do-or-die situation.

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, SC East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC: BFC Finally Taste Win as They Beat SCEB

ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC HIGHLIGHTS: Bengaluru FC beat 2-0 against SC East Bengal to end their winless run in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 during Match No.80 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa on Tuesday. It was an all-round performance from Bengaluru FC and one like a team as they climbed up to the sixth spot in the points table. Sunil Chhetri did very well to get around the East Bengal defence and go for goal but his strike hit the crossbar. It's been an energetic start to the second half. Despite SCEB having most of the ball, Rahul Bheke runs up the right and whips in a good cross towards the far post, where Parag hits the post only for the ball to deflect in off Debjit. SC East Bengal have had more of the ball but they can't get anything substantial in the final third to trouble BFC a lot. Cleiton Silva puts Bengaluru FC in the lead with a sweet finish.

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East Bengal registered a surprising 1-0 win over Bengaluru FC in their previous meeting, which was played on January 9. Matti Steinmann had scored in the 20th minute and that remained the only goal to be scored in the match. Bengaluru FC had more shots overall and the higher number of five shots on target as well but East Bengal found the back of the net in one of their three on-target shots.

The inability to convert chances has cost SCEB points lately. They have netted just 12 goals all season, which is the second-lowest tally in the league. SCEB are currently four points away from fourth spot but coach Robbie Fowler believes his side is still in the race, despite the position they find themselves in. "The results will dictate that obviously (whether we make it to the playoffs). We go into games wanting to get the results and we'll keep trying until it is mathematically impossible to get into the top four. At the minute, it is (possible), but the results may dictate that," said Fowler.

Similar to SCEB, Bengaluru have also been on a lean patch. They have been winless in their last 8 matches, having lost 5 of those. Conceding goals has been a problem for BFC, who have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 matches. They have conceded 19 goals so far, with only Odisha and Kerala conceding more. So far this season, the Blues have dropped 9 points from winning positions. They were close to securing a win in the last game before throwing away a two-goal lead to Hyderabad in a 2-2 draw. They will have their task cut out against SCEB, with both Erik Paartalu and Juanan set to miss the game. BFC interim coach Naushad Moosa acknowledged the mood in the camp has been uneasy, given the recent run of results but that his side are still in the playoff races is keeping him positive.

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