A 10-man Bengaluru FC withstood a spirited challenge from Jamshedpur FC before emerging 2-1 winner in a Group-A league match of the Durand Cup, at the Kishore Bharati Stadium here on Wednesday.
Bengaluru started well and created the first scoring opportunity in the first minute. But the goal remained elusive as midfielder Danish Farooq failed to produce the desired finish.
Facing a team of spirited young boys from the reserve side of JFC, Bengaluru took some time to find its rhythm. The former Indian Super League (ISL) champion finally opened the scoring from a set-piece situation in the 23rd minute when the Indian captain Sunil Chhetri nodded home a corner from new signing Prabir Das.
The change of ends saw the arrival of the team’s another priced signing Roy Krishna, who soon combined with Chhetri to produce the insurance goal for Bengaluru in the 56th minute.
The second goal was a fine outcome of top class football as Krishna played a dummy on a Parag Shrivas floater to allow Chhetri unchallenged access inside the Jamshedpur box. The latter then complimented with a perfect cross that Krishna had no problem in slotting home.
BFC suffered a setback after seeing its newly signed left-back Hira Mondal collecting his second booking of the match following a rash foul on Jamshedpur midfielder Hijam Lenin Singh near the hour mark.
JFC used the opportunity to pull one back as Rishi volleyed home a finely set free-kick from Vikash Singh in the 61st minute. Jamshedpur tried hard to find the equaliser but the Bengaluru defence held strong to ensure the win.
Odisha thrashes NorthEast United 6-0
Odisha FC came out with a strong showing to down ISL rival NorthEast United FC by half a dozen goals (6-0) at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
With coach Josep Gombau returning for his second stint with Odisha FC, the club went into attack mode against an opposition that primarily fielded its reserve players.
Odhisa FC enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 lead in the opening half with Jerry Mawihmingthanga scoring twice and Nandhakumar Sekar adding one.
Odisha doubled the lead after the break with goals from Isak, Diego Mauricio and Thoiba Singh, who scored once each in the last 10 minutes of the action.
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