January 24, 2021

Odisha FC 1-2 Bengaluru FC: Review, ratings and reaction as the blues fight their way past Odisha

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Odisha FC 1-2 Bengaluru FC: Review, ratings and reactions as the Blues fight their way...

Odisha FC 1-2 Bengaluru FC: Review, ratings and reactions as the Blues fight their way past Odisha – originally published on Sportslens.com

The Indian Super League matchday seven started with a fascinating duel between 10th place Odisha FC and 4th place Bengaluru FC. Stuart Baxter's side were still looking for their first win of the season and only had one point in their pockets while the Blues held their unbeaten record.

An important clash was about to take place, and here's what we made it of:

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (6.5), Harmanjot Khabra (7), Pratik Chaudhari (6), Juanan (6.5), Ashique Kuruniyan (7), Suresh Singh Wangjam (7), Erik Paartalu (6.5), Dimas Delgado ( 8 * ), Cleiton Silva (7.5), Kristian Opseth (4.5), Sunil Chhetri (7.5)

Subs: ] Fran González (5), Udanta Singh (6), Amay Morajkar (5) Deshorn Brown (6), Thongkhosiem Haokip (N. / A)

Sunil Chhetri

If you Googled the word "evergreen", Sunil Chhetri should definitely come up.

The now 36-year-old striker shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to work extremely hard for the cause of his team. Tonight he opened the scoring with a header and shaped the defense of Odisha FC. He even had to take on the left-back role for a few minutes when Ashique left, and he was brilliant there too.

The Indian captain required 30 touches To create 2 chances, you win 2/3 of his dogfights and score with his only shot on goal.

Another clinical achievement.

What this means:

Bengaluru FC thankfully moves up to 3rd place in the table to Deshorn Brown's first ISL assistant, while Odisha FC remains in 10th place. Sunil Chhetri's goal means he will be the first Indian to score 50 goals in ISL history with 42 goals and eight assists.

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Report

Benagluru FC had a good chance of scoring early when Erik Paartalu's deflected cross hit Kristian Opseth on the edge of the six-yard box, but it shimmered wide. Then Paartalu glanced at it himself in the fifth minute when it let fly from a distance, but only missed it.

The Blues continued to look good and had another presentable opportunity in the 7th minute when the ball broke for Dimas Delgado at the edge of the box but he threw it well over the bar.

Odisha began to re-enter the game after this, and they hit the net in the 9th minute when Diego Maurício sent Marcel Onwu through, but his strike was ruled out for a marginal offside call. A minute later, Onwu shot a brilliant ball across the box for Maurício, who simply couldn't reach it for a simple tap-in.

Bengaluru finally broke the dead end in the 38th minute when Harmanjot Khabra selected Sunil Chhetri with a cross and Indian captain Shubham Sarangi overtook to bring his header home.

Odisha had some big chances in the 61st minute when Shubham Sarangi delivered a low cross to Gaurav Bora, whose first shot was blocked by a crowd and his follow-up deflected by Gurpreet Singh and later pushed away by Sandhu .

Seven minutes later, Udanta Singh stepped onto the right flank and threw a ball to Erik Paartalu from the edge of the box, but Arshdeep Singh took his first attempt well.

However, it was Odisha FC who equalized in the 71st minute when Steven Taylor was unmarked at the far post by Jerry Mawihmingthanga's free kick and pushed him home.

Just eight minutes later, Cleiton Silva restored Bengaluru's leadership when he smashed Deshorn Brown's discharge house.

Bengaluru FC has achieved another decisive victory.

ODISHA FC

Key Talking Point

The pressure is really high

With just one point out of five games, Odisha FC knew they had to start winning soon.

The Kalinga Warriors were under some pressure early on but may have felt a little hurt when assistant referee Diego Maurício disallowed a target for a controversial offside call. Odisha failed to win the fight in midfield, however, and they had scored a goal at break when Bengaluru was able to control the pace of the game.

The home side looked much livelier in the second half, however, as they started pushing more men forward and found some joy on the wings, especially after Bengaluru moved to a back-three. They threatened a lot more set pieces and eventually equalized with a free kick. However, they couldn't make it tight and had to admit defeat again to undo their good work.

Despite another good performance, FC Odisha lost again. The lack of points and wins certainly means that some pressure is building around Stuart Baxter.

Player ratings

Arshdeep Singh (6), Shubham Sarangi (5), Steven Taylor (6.5), Jacob Tratt (5.5), Hendry Antonay (5th) ), Vinit Rai (5.5), Gaurav Bora (5), Cole Alexander (6), Jerry Mawihmingthanga ( 6.5 * ), Manuel Onwu (5.5), Diego Maurício (6)

Subs: ] Nanda Kumar (5), Marcelinho (5)

BENGALURU FC

Key Talking Point

The streak continues

Bengaluru FC had won two of their last three games, so things looked good for them – and they got even better today.

The Blues started the first half on a positive note, which opened a number of good scoring chances in the first 10 minutes, but did not score any of them. After that, they had to endure a number of chances for their opponents, but then they began to control the game and Dimas Delgado played a deeper role in midfield. Everything went smoothly for the rest of the half, especially after Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring.

They would have wished for an easy second half to see victory, but it all went out the window when Ashique Kuruniyan went out injured. This forced Carles Cuadrat to move to a back-three and his team lost a lot of attacking momentum on the left flank. This eventually allowed Odisha to equalize. That seemed to stimulate Bengaluru, however, as they made positive changes and quickly took the lead.

With this they secured another big victory with three points.

Player ratings

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (6.5), Harmanjot Khabra (7), Pratik Chaudhari (6), Juanan (6.5), Ashique Kuruniyan (7 ), Suresh Singh Wangjam (7), Erik Paartalu (6.5), Dimas Delgado ( 8 * ), Cleiton Silva (7.5), Kristian Opseth (4.5 ), Sunil Chhetri (7.5)

Subs: Fran González (5), Udanta Singh (6), Amay Morajkar (5) Deshorn Brown (6), Thongkhosiem Haokip (N / A)

Sunil Chhetri

If you google the word "evergreen", Sunil Chhetri's name should come up.

The now 36-year-old striker shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to work extremely hard for his team's cause. Tonight he opened the scoring with a header and shaped the defense of Odisha FC. He even had to take on the left-back role for a few minutes when Ashique left, and he was brilliant there too.