- August 18, 2023 21:15Match report
- August 18, 2023 19:57Full Time! BFC 2-2 KBFC
Mohammed Aimen scored his second goal in consecutive matches as he helped KBFC earn a point in its second Durand Cup match.
- August 18, 2023 19:5690+6’
A slow smooth build-up by Kerala Blasters has the grey-shirts all over the BFC half. But Bibiano Fernandes’ men keep the box clear of chances as the match looks to end as their second consecutive draw.
- August 18, 2023 19:5490+5’
Luna’s corner kick is headed right on target by Pritam Kotal but Amrit still comes out on top, making a save for another corner, which is finally caught by the BFC goalie.
- August 18, 2023 19:5390+4’
Bengaluru FC has all its players in its half to deny in what might just be the winning goal. Meanwhile, Justine whips in a rihght-footer on target which is punched away by Amrit.
- August 18, 2023 19:5190+2’
Luna starts another attack for the Blasters, with the Uruguayan getting the to the right flank. However, teh final cross for Ishan Pandita is overshot as the development ends as a BFC goalkick.
- August 18, 2023 19:4990’
As the match enters the second-half injury time, Gokulam Kerala would be looking at the score with joy as a draw here would seal a quarterfinal spot for the Malabarians.
- August 18, 2023 19:45RED CARD86’ KBFC down to 10 men!
Hormipam, who was already on a yellow card, fouls BFC’s forward Monirul and the referee shows him the second yellow and sends him off. KBFC is down to 10 men now.
- August 18, 2023 19:4284’ Goal! BFC 2-2 KBFC
Luna makes a run along the left flank, threads a pass through to Aimen who side-steps a marker a rattles the net with a right-footed hit.
- August 18, 2023 19:4182’
Kerala Blasters attacks on the counter with Pandita getting the ball at the edge of the box. He is surrounded by BFC defenders as he gets the ball to his right, from where he gets a cross. Pandita heads it but fails to keep it on target.
- August 18, 2023 19:3878’
Bengaluru FC tries a quick attack against the run of play with Monirul Molla barging into the box. He loses the ball after a soft touch from Pritam Kotal and goes down asking for a oenalty. The referee is not interseted at all and asks the player to get up.
- August 18, 2023 19:3677’ Double change for Bengaluru FC!
In: Lalpekhluza, Thokchom, Out: Edmund, Ricky
- August 18, 2023 19:3576’
Bengaluru FC is keeping the flanks in check as it looks to stop KBFC in its tracks, which is eyeing an equaliser and its first point in the Durand Cup 2023.
- August 18, 2023 19:3172’
Kerala Blasters attacks onthe counter with Justine getting the ball in the BFC box. he dances past a number of BFC players and cuts back to his left only to earn a corner.
- August 18, 2023 19:3070’
Kerala Blasters will be desperate to find at least an equaliser from here. The team has lost six of its first-team regulars from last season and started its domestic season with a loss to Gokulam Kerala. If the score remains this at full-time, it will be a continuation of KBFC’s poor form during its revamp for the upcoming ISL season.
- August 18, 2023 19:2667’ Change in personnel for KBFC!
In: Mohammed Aimen , Out: Danish Farooq
- August 18, 2023 19:2465’
Luna gets a long ball up the pitch for Emmanuel Justine but the Nigerian after a gental push, goes to the ground, wreathing in pain. He has struggles to continue throughout the game so far and the medical team of KBFC takes him off the field to help him get back to his feet.
- August 18, 2023 19:2263’
Edmund gets involved in a challenge after a challenge by Jeakson Singh as KBFC looks more and more desperate to find the equaliser first. It was the Blasters who had started the scoring. But now it is them who are behind.
- August 18, 2023 19:1860’
As the match trudges into the hour mark, Ishan Pandita taks the pitch for his new team, Kerala Blasters. The Indian international joined KBFC from Jamshedpur FC this summer.
- August 18, 2023 19:1455’
Another chance for Kerala! Danish gets the ball to Rahul in the BFC box, who tries a left-footed hit which misses the target by a whisker.
- August 18, 2023 19:1354’ Chance for KBFC!
Danish draws defenders towards him and released Justine to pass the ball to him. The Nigerian makes a run into the box but fails to land a shot, going down quite easily. The referee is not interseted to give a penalty.
- August 18, 2023 19:10GOAL52’ Goal! BFC 2-1 KBFC
Kerala Blasters loses the ball in the midfield and BFC attacks quickly in transition with Edmund carrying the ball along the left flank. He crosses for Ashish but Shankar intercepts. As he fails to get hold of the ball, Asish turns to deceive Sachin and shoots to score the second goal for the Blues.
- August 18, 2023 19:0850’
Kerala Blasters’ high press has forced Bengaluru FC into its own half as the grey shirts try and find a breakthrough using set-pieces. Meanwhile, Vibin tries a shot from distance for KBFC but the ball flies over the net for a goal-kick.
- August 18, 2023 19:0648’
Meanwhile, Justine is one the ground, wreathing with pain on his back. The forward, who has score two goals in consecutive games so far, however, is quickly back on his feet.
- August 18, 2023 19:0546’ Early chance for KBFC
Justine gets the ball in the BFC box but cuts back to get it to Vibin. Vibins pass to his right to Rahul KP sees the Kerala boy shoot just off-target as KBFC expresses urgency to get its lead back.
- August 18, 2023 19:03Second half begins!
Another 45 minutes for either side to deny Gokulam Kerala a clear spot in the quarterfinals. BFC gets the ball rolling but is quickly in teh back foot with KBFC starting its counter-attack.
- August 18, 2023 18:49HALFTIMEHalf-Time! BFC 1-1 KBFC
A goal a piece for Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC, with Justine and Edmund finding the net, keeps the match all square at the half-way mark in Kolkata.
- August 18, 2023 18:4845+1’
Bengaluru FC attacks on the counter with Bekey making another run on the right. He crosses for Edmund but Prabir intercepts for a corner. The resulting corner has Harsh making a run into the box, beating Prabir but his final shot lands into the gloves of Sachin Suresh.
- August 18, 2023 18:4544’
Robin Yadav takes the free-kick, which fails to find anybody in the box as Bengauluru looks to press KBFC more after the equaliser.
- August 18, 2023 18:43YELLOW CARD42’ Hormipam into the book!
Kerala Blasters looks a bit sloppy in discipline after conceding the goal and Hormipam fouls Bekey to get into the book - the first booking of the match
- August 18, 2023 18:38GOAL38’ BFC equalises! BFC 1-1 KBFC
The high-line of KBFC is punished by BFC with a long ball into the final third fpr Bekey Oram. The midfielder crosse for Edmund on his left, who shoots into the net to make it all square in Kolkata.
- August 18, 2023 18:3636’
It looks like a training regime for Kerala Blasters so far in the game, with the side constantly testing the BFC defence and getting past it on multiple occassions. The pace of the game, however, has been slower than the Kerala derby, KBFC’s previous match.
- August 18, 2023 18:3534’
KBFC is looking to shuffle its cards in attack, trying to take the long-ball approach. However, Amrit is there to get to the ball comfortably and end the attack.
- August 18, 2023 18:3231’ What’s at stake in this match?
If both the sides draw here, Gokulam Kerala would secure its qualification in the Durand Cup quarterfinals while a win for KBFC or BFC will force the contest to go into Matchday 3 to decide the group topper -- the automatic quarterfinalist.
- August 18, 2023 18:2930’
Match resumes after a brief cooling break as Sachin Suresh gets the ball rolling for KBFC.
- August 18, 2023 18:2727’
Luna whips in the corner kick but Amrit punches it out of danger as BFC looks to limit chances for Blasters to double the lead.
- August 18, 2023 18:2626’
This match would be an interseting contest for Prabir Das. He won the tournament with Bengaluru FC last season and is in action against that very side today. But as professionals, he has impressed so far with KBFC.
- August 18, 2023 18:2323’ Chance for Blasters
Quick transitions, one-two and square passes -- Kerala Blasters is dominating play with switches of play. Justine gets the ball in the BFC box and he passes it to Danish, whose shot is saved by Amrit.
- August 18, 2023 18:2121’
Bengaluru starts an attack along the left flank but its cross is intercepted and KBFC goes for an attack against the run of play. Justine marches up the pitch, beats a defender but ultimately runs out if gas as the attack fizzles out.
- August 18, 2023 18:2019’
Kerala Blasters has spotted Bengaluru’s weakness quite well, trying to exploit the right channel with overlapping runs. They try another run but the final shot is off-target
- August 18, 2023 18:13GOAL14’ Goal! KBFC scores
Kerala Blasters catches the Blues napping with Harsh threading in a pass for Justine in the BFC penalty box, which is then struck into the net with a right-footed corner by the Nigerian.
- August 18, 2023 18:1111’
Kerala Blasters goes for another attack, with Danish getting a pass to Prabir, who crosses from the right. Amrit, the BFC goalie, misses it in the air but Robin clears it away.
- August 18, 2023 18:088’ What a save by Gope!
Luna and Prabir combine on the left with the former delivering the cross from the right and Justine gets to it with his head. But Amrit Gope’s outstretched boot saves BFC as he looks to shine on his first start in the Durand Cup 2023.
- August 18, 2023 18:076’
Kerala Blasters tries an attack from the left. A cross into the centre by KBFC sees the ball fall for Danish and Luna in the centre but the former fails to find an opening past his marker, having got the ball.
- August 18, 2023 18:054’
Kerala Blasters is maintaining a very high line at the moment with Kolkata boys Prabir Das and Pritam Kotal up the pitch to try and start a counter-attack.
- August 18, 2023 18:043’ Chance for Bengaluru!
Robin delivers a long ball along the right flank for Salam Johnson, who makes a run behind Hormipam to get to the ball but his final shot is just off-target.
- August 18, 2023 18:032’ Early foul by BFC!
Danish and Justine are involved in a melee with Ricky going down in the process for BFC and getting a free-kick.
- August 18, 2023 18:00Kick Off!
Kerala Blasters gets the ball rolling and starts playing from the back with small passes. KBFC is playing from left to right while BFC starts from the other end.
- August 18, 2023 17:58Minutes to Kick-Off
Parag, the captain of Bengaluru reserves and Adrian Luna shake hands as the teams get ready for kick-off. Two changes for the Blues while Kerala Blasters have made six changes from its loss to Gokulam Kerala.
- August 18, 2023 17:55The stage is set!
Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters have been at swords end for such a long time and this match will also be a stage to see another chapter of the same. The players walk out of the tunnel. Bengaluru FC starts in blue while Kerala Blasters starts in its grey kit.
- August 18, 2023 17:16Form guide:
Defending Durand Cup champion Bengaluru FC has fielded its reserve side in the tournament this time. But it will look to find its first win as it was held to a 1-1 draw against the Indian Air Force team in its opening game of the tournament.
Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, comes into the match after a defeat to rival Gokula, Kerala in its opening game. Though the Blasters tries to pull off a comeback, it was too little too late as the match ended 4-3 in Gokulam’s favour.
- August 18, 2023 17:07Starting line-up of Bengaluru FC
- August 18, 2023 17:07Starting line-up of KBFC
- August 18, 2023 16:49MATCH PREVIEW
Bengaluru FC will look to continue its unbeaten momentum when it faces rival Kerala Blasters in its second match of the Durand Cup 2023 at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.
The Blues comes into the game after a 1-1 draw against the Indian Air Force Football team while Kerala Blasters suffered a loss in its opening fixture against Gokulam Kerala.
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