ISL 2021-22 Highlights, Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC: Javier Hernandez scored in the 3rd and 51st minute and Aridai Suarez added the third in added time as Odisha FC as Alan Costa equalised in the 21st for Bengaluru FC in their opening match of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday. Read More
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FULL TIME! Javier Hernandez’s two goals and Aridai Suarez added the third as OFC beat BFC!
FULL-TIME | #OFCBFC@javih89's brace and @AridaiCabrera7’s extra-time strike helps @OdishaFC clinch three points, winning their first match against @bengalurufc in the #HeroISL.#LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/C6DNUabhOT
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 24, 2021
90′ – GOAL! Aridai Suarez seals it surely for Odisha FC!
90′ – Save! Sunil Chhetri slips in Cleiton Silva but Odisha FC keeper Kamaljit Singh races out and foils the attack by putting his body on the line.
85′ – Odisha FC make another double change.
Nandhakumar Sekar and Hendry Antonay come off as Isaac Chhakchhuak and Lalhrezuala Sailung are brouht on.
73′- Changes! Javier Hernandez and Thoiba Singh are brought off as Isak Vanlalruatfela and Aridai Suarez come on.
67′ – Bruno Silva is brought off as he sits down on the ground and Iman Basafa is on in his place for Bengaluru FC.
63′ – Change for Odisha FC! Liridon Krasniqi is brought on in place of Jonathas Cristian amidst the confusion of the goal-or-no-goal.
62′ – Not a Goal! Sunil Chhetri missed the penalty as Cleiton Silva slotted in the rebound. The referee disallows the goal for encroachment.
62' What's going on here! Chhetri's take is saved and Cleiton follows up on the rebound to slot home, but the referee's assistant's raised his flag and handed Odisha a free-kick. 2-1. #OFCBFC #WeAreBFC
— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) November 24, 2021
57′ – Changes for Bengaluru FC as Udanta Singh, Yrondu Musavu-King and Ashique Kuruniyan are off and on come Cleiton Silva, Pratik Chowdhary and Sarthak Golui.
51′ – GOAL! Javier Hernandez scores his second and Odisha get their lead back. What a free kick from the edge of the box on the left-flank. Javier Hernandez’s boot kisses the ball and posts it into the top corner as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had no chance.
51' @javih89 scores his second of the evening. He nails the free-kick and gives OFC the lead.
— Odisha FC (@OdishaFC) November 24, 2021
48′ – Chance! Odisha FC’s Hector Ramirez gets a free header but his effort is not well directed…
The attack came from a fould that was given almost 4-5 mseconds late after Bengaluru had raced down the wings on their own attack.
HALF TIME! Bengaluru FC’s Alan Costa cancelled out Javier Hernandez’s opener for Odisha FC at the break.
43′ – BFC change! Jayesh Rane is injured and Danish Farooq is brought on in his place…
38′ – Attack and counter-attack! Good pacey play from both teams. As Odisha FC’s Nandhakumar Sekar races down the left only to lose it in the BFC third as Udanta Singh gets it and attacks. He runs down the right and his cross is cleared.
21′ – GOAL! Alan Costa gets Bengaluru FC level!
The Brazilian defender was the highest with his jumps and powered his header past the keeper and into the net. BFC were on the attack for the last five minutes and their offensive pressure paid off.
19′ – Shot! What a strike from Prince Ibara and an equal save from Kamaljit Singh.
13′ – Yellow Card! Bengaluru FC’s Ashique Kuruniyan is the first to go into the referee’s book after he pulled back an attacker to stop a counter-attack.
12′ – Chance! What a chance for Nandhakumar Sekar to get Odisha 2 goals up.. but his shot is straight at Gurpreet Sandhu.
3′ – GOAL! Javier Hernandez gives Odisha FC the lead with a mistake from Bengaluru FC.
BFC keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu makes a mistake as ran out to clear a long ball into the penalty box but his clearance is not good enough. It falls to straight to Javier Hernandez, who lifts it into an empty goal.
— Odisha FC (@OdishaFC) November 24, 2021
KICK-OFF! Odisha FC and Bengaluru FC get us underway at the Tilak Maidan Stadium!
Odisha FC have appointed a new coach in the face of Kiko Ramirez for the upcoming season. The Spaniard has the experience of coaching in the Polish top flight with Wisla Krakow.
Bengaluru FC, on the other hand, won their first match of the ISL 2021-22 against NorthEast United FC. The club is up and running under their manager Marco Pezzaiuoli. The German was the technical director of Eintracht Frankfurt before coming to India.
With both teams looking to put out an improved performance compared to last season, the two coaches will feel a win would be vital in this game if they are to establish their credentials as a semi-final contender.
The Kalinga Warriors finished in eleventh place last season after securing 12 points in 20 matches. The club won only two games and lost 12. This season would be about lifting the club to at least a mid-table finish if not more.
In the last five pre-season practice matches, the club won three, drew one and lost one. They had begun their pre-season camp in early September.
Odisha FC failed to register a single win in the three matches that they played at Tilak Maidan Stadium last season. The club lost two and drew one. Their opponents have also more or less fared the same.
Bengaluru FC played four matches out of which they only won one. The club drew two and lost one.
In the ISL 2020-21 Odisha FC conceded the most number of goals, with 16 goals from set pieces and 28 from open play. The club struggled to cope up with both set pieces and open play situations. They have conceded more goals in both the situations than any other team in the league.
The Blues defeated NorthEast United FC 4-2 in their last outing. They have had a dream start to their season. Now the task would be to build on it and carry the momentum forward.
Bengaluru FC played five matches in the pre-season, out of which they won two, lost two and drew one. Some of the youngsters from the squad were also involved in the Durand Cup.