ISL 2020-21: Bengaluru FC win their 2nd game of the season with a big victory over Kerala Blasters 4-2
This article originally appeared in News18.com
Bengaluru FC came away with three points after a 4-2 win over Kerala Blasters in Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 – Game 27. The teams were tied 1-1 at the break with Rahul KP (17 ′) Giving Kerala Blasters a surprise lead canceled by Cleiton Silva (29 ′). The second half saw four goals scored in 14 minutes. Erik Paartalu (51 ′) and Dimas Delgado (53 ′) scored successively to give Bengaluru FC a break but Jordan Murray (61 ′) gave the visiting team some hope. Sunil Chhetri (65 ′) put the game to rest with a good head.
ISL Points Table 2020-21 (after game # 27)
Bengaluru started off stronger than their previous displays with Sunil Chhetri and Kristian Opseth showing confidence and flair every time they stepped on the ball. But it was Kerala that got the first shot on target. Facundo Pereyra, with great vision, spotted Jordan Murray with a deep ball, opening up the Blues’ defense. Murray took a throw-in and shot on goal, but Bengaluru’s Gurpreet Singh Sandhu produced a diving save to deny Kerala the lead.
Kerala finally capitalized in the 17th minute of a counterattack. Gary Hooper intercepted a Bengaluru free kick and had a nice run into opposing territory and set up Rahul KP. The youngster made contact before piercing Gurpreet with a low shot.
Bengaluru responded in the 29th minute when Cleiton Silva took advantage of a defensive error. Lalruatthara timed his clearance poorly after Nishu Kumar directed a long ball into his own penalty area. Silva passed the ball past Albino Gomes.
Shortly after the restart, Bengaluru received a penalty but Chhetri failed to score after Gomes read it correctly.
Bengaluru’s response was instantaneous, scoring twice in as many minutes. Silva generated the movement by finding Ashique Kuruniyan on the left. Paartalu, who was not marked in the box, returned Ashique’s cross. Then, Opseth set up Dimas Delgado, after Lalruatthara gave possession on the cheap. Delgado made no mistake
Kerala managed to pull one off in the 61st minute. Pereyra’s cross was on the money, reaching Vicente Gomes who sent the ball to Murray. The Australian found the net with a fine touch.
The home side restored their two-goal lead and this time it was Chhetri who put his name on the scoresheet. The India international made amends for his earlier penalty failure and managed a cross from Harmanjot Khabra.