ISL 2020: Silva, Chhetri score in Bengaluru FC’s win over OdishaDecember 18, 2020
Cleiton Silva (79th minute) scored the decisive goal as Bengaluru FC edged out Odisha FC 2-1 win in a Hero Indian Super League match at the GMC Stadium, here on Thursday. Silva (79th minute) scored the match-winner for Bengaluru after Steven Taylor (71st) had cancelled out Sunil Chhetri’s (38th) first-half lead for the Blues, who remained unbeaten in their six matches so far this season.
Bengaluru were dominant from the start but were lucky not to fall behind early in the game. Diego Mauricio played a delightful through ball for Manuel Onwu, who managed to get the ball past Gurpreet, but his celebrations were curtailed, as the assistant referee signalled it offside.
Odisha had their moments in the game with Onwu and Jerry Mawihmingthanga creating problems for the Bengaluru defense but failed to test their opposition keeper. They failed to record a single shot on target in the first session.
Bengaluru dominated with 58 per cent possession in the first half but despite playing an attacking game, they struggled to get the ball past the Odisha defence line. They had their chance but Ashique Kuruniyan, who had a good sight at goal, shot wide.
Bengaluru finally got the breakthrough in the 38th minute and it was their skipper Chhetri, who scored. Dimas Delgado found Harmanjot Khabra who routed the attack from the right and floated a perfect cross into the box. Chhetri leapt higher than Shubham Sarangi and headed home. The goal made him the first Indian player to record 50 goals contributions in the Hero ISL – 42 goals and 8 assists.
Odisha came back stronger after the restart in search of an equaliser. They nearly scored when Sarangi bent in a delivery into the box, which fell into Gaurav Bora’s path. The defender’s shot took a deflection off a Bengaluru player forcing keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to dive at full length to push the ball away. Bengaluru nearly doubled their lead when Erik Paartalu’s shot was brilliantly saved by Arshdeep Singh.
At the other end, Odisha made it all square from a set-piece. Skipper Steven Taylor made a fine run to reach the end of Jerry’s free-kick and nodded in the equaliser. But Bengaluru were determined to regain their lead and were successful in the 79th minute
On receiving a long ball, Udanta Singh headed in for Deshorn Brown in the box. The latter played it into Silva’s path and the Brazilian did not miss from close range. Odisha went all out in search of an equaliser and got exposed at the back. Bengaluru nearly exploited this in stoppage time, but Arshdeep was on hand to save Brown’s effort.