Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of this evening's Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Goa.
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Post-match quotes -
Bengaluru FC coach Marco Pezzaiuoli: "It's good for your confidence when you win the first game. It was not a perfect performance but still gives us confidence. We will take it game to game. We want to go to the playoffs of course, but it is important to be present in every game and have good games.
"Our ball possession was not good today and the defence needs to improve, but we scored four goals. We have a good offensive squad. We played the second half very well. We can improve our defending, but the team did very well in offence."
NorthEast United manager Khalid Jamil : "It was a disappointing performance, we need to work hard for a positive result next game. Defensively we did not work good today, marking was not up to the mark. They played well. This is what we lacked today."
Bengaluru FC goal-scorer Jayesh Rane: "It was a good game for me, but I felt I gave away easy balls at the start. Scoring the goal gave me a lot of confidence. I need to focus more on keeping the ball. I will get better in the games to come. We have to win as many games as we can and get to the playoffs, that's our main aim."
Bengaluru FC dominated the second half with a convincing 4-2 win over NorthEast United FC with goals from Cleiton Silva, Jayesh Rane and Prince Ibara. Here's the match report -
90+4' Miss! Deshorn Brown makes a one-two, but misses his footing as Gurpreet takes control of the ball. He hardly has had to do much in the second half
90+2' Yet another pass into the box from BFC but Camara makes a crucial block to stop any further development. The ball after a free kick, finally lands in the hands for Subhasish
89' Ajith goes down as the conditions induce more injuries. The match has not been as thrilling in the second half as it was in the first, with just one goal by Ibara
88' An aerial pass from the BFC midfield is guided back to Subhasish as NEUFC look to stop any further attack from the Men in Blue
86' Substitution for Northeast United FC! Tondongba is subbed on for Jestin
83' NEUFC strike on the other end as Brown and Coureur pair up for an attack, but Gurpreet makes a crucial save, with the return header flying past the woodwork
81' GOOOAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Prince Ibara makes a run, dribbes past the NEUFC defense and makes it four for BFC as the Blues increase the lead further
Bengaluru FC 4-2 Northeast United
78' Substitution for BFC! Cleiton Silva is subbed off for Iranian Iman Basafa as Bengaluru FC looks to maintain and build on to its slender lead
76' Ibarra makes a run from the right and floats in the ball for Chhetri as he tries to meet it with his head, but is injured in the process. He gets back on his feet quickly
74' Ibarra gets the ball with a run from the right, but the referee is flagged off-side
73' Save! Subhasish makes a crucial save as Cleiton Silva fails to beat the bengali goalkeeper and NEUFC captain
72' Miss! Coureur got the ball in front of the goal, as he acknowledged the pass with a very poor shot
71' Substitution! Leon who just came in is forced off with an injury as the Blues make another substitution . Ibara comes on for Leon.
68' Bruno Ramires who is back on his feet gets together with Coureur as the referee stops play for a quick free-kick
67' Yellow Card for Gurjinder for his trash challenge as NorthEast United looks to be lacking discipline
64' Double Substitution for both sides!
For BFC, Pratik is subbed on for King and Leon is subbed on for Udanta. For NEUFC, Rochharzela and William are subbed on for Ralte and Suhair
62' Injury! Bruno Ramires injures himself during a clearanace as the BFC medical team assists the Brazilian
61' BFC has 64 percent of possession to 36 percent for NEUFC as BFC misses a through ball which could have been another scoring chance
58' Mashoor is subbed off for Sehnaj Khalid looks for options to try to make a comeback
55' Yellow Card! Suhair is penalized as he brings down Udanta. BFC get a free kick, which finally stops to Jayesh and the shot is blocked out for a throw-in
54' Shot! Jayesh Rane tries to for the goal with a right footed curler, which misses the target comfortably.
53' NEUFC has scored 36 percent of its goals from set pieces, but this time it goes out for a goal kick
52' A long throw aimed at Brown, which is headed away for a corner by King.
50' Mashoor makes another mistake and almost allows Cleiton in, but the defense eventually clears away the ball
48' This time Sunil Chhetri takes a shot after a counter attack by the Blues, but Subhasish comes to the rescue yet again. Bengaluru FC finally playing the way it is used to.
47' Udanta is brought down as the referee gives a foul from a scoring position. Cleiton Silva takes the free-kick, but the shot on target is caught comfortably by Subhasish
Second Half Begins!
Five goals in the first half as both teams walk back to their dressing rooms. The scoreline : Bengaluru FC 3-2 NorthEast United FC
45+1' Yellow Card! Cleiton Silva' high boot is penalized with a yellow card as he gets the first booking of the match
45' Udanta fails to control the ball in the NEUFC box and the ball goes out for a goal kick. Three minutes added!
42' GOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLL!!!! Jayesh Rane's right footed bullet of a shot gives BFC a lead finally. From the right he takes the shot from the edge of the box to score the goal.
Bengaluru FC 3-2 NorthEast United FC
41' Brown got another chance as he was fed the ball from the right, but he could not just get control of the ball
40' Suhair goes to down again at the edge of the box, but the referee is not interested. The ball is passed on for the BFC wings, but is just too much for Sunil Chhetri
39' Brilliant tackle by Mashoor as BFC is denied any further chance to score at the edge of the box. The referee allows the play to go on
36' SHOT! Coureur takes another shot which is gobbled up by Gurpreet.
36' An aerial ball for Udanta is just to ofar as the ball rolls out for a goal kick. Chhetri has looked quiet so far
35' The game has slowed down a bit for now as Bengaluru go for goals again, but Udanta is stopped in his tracks as the ball is passed back to the BFC defense
31' Match begins again! Alan Costa's aerial ball cleared as Suhiair is brought down for another foul
30' Time for a water break, to pause and digest the storm that just passed - four goals in 30 minutes.
29' Bengaluru FC get the ball back in action with Cleiton Silva aiming for a corner and Mashoor's failed clearance gives it to him, which one is headed away as Subhasish gets the ball rolling with a goal kick
26' Another goal! A cross from Suhair gives Coureur the ball who finishes off in style
Bengaluru FC 2-2 NorthEast United FC
22' GOOOAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! Its an own goal from after an attempt from the Ashique is shot back by centre back Mashoor Shereef to give BFC a lead
Bengaluru FC 2-1 NorthEast United FC
19' Suhair brought down on the left, but the referee is not interested and gets up to eventually gets a cross in which is missed by the Mauritanian forward with the scores remaining level
17' GOOOOAALLLLLL!!!! Brown equalises for NEUFC with a brilliant counter attack
Bengaluru FC 1-1 NorthEast United FC
16' Camara dribbles into the BFC box and takes a shot, which is blocked and NorthEast United continues to look for an equaliser
14' GOOOAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Cleiton draws first blood with an Udanta Singh pass as BFC takes the lead
Bengaluru FC 1-0 NorthEast United FC
13' A mispass in the midfield gives the ball to BFC, who try to build an ttack on the left wing, but the ball goes out for a goal kick
11' NEUFC must be missing its midfield magician Gallego, who assisted the highest number of goals for the team last season.
9' Another shot from NEUFC though a long ranger, which does not cause any trouble whatsoever.
8' Chance! Another shot from Deshorn Brown with the ball missing the target. That is his second attempt in the game and as many are for NorthEast United FC. Bengaluru has stayed silent so far.
6' Jamil continues shouting forward pass as Bengaluru gets corralled at the back
5' Alan Costa messes up the passing and is brought down as the referee blows for a foul. Bengaluru's defense is looking shaky initially
3' Northeast United pressing high, but Jayesh Rane and the Bengaluru FC defense is working well to keep the attackers at bay
1' Chance! Deshorn Brown's attempt was not far away. Northeast United straight into business from the word go.
7:33pm: Kick off!
It is still pouring down in Goa as the sides takes their positions. Bengaluru FC, in blue, starts from left to right with NorthEast United, in all whites, starting from the other end.
7:25pm: Bengaluru FC starts with a 4-2-3-1 Cleiton on the front and Chhetri and Udanta on either side of the wing.
Northeast United, on the other hand, starts in a typical 4-3-3 formation with the former Bengaluru FC man Deshorn Brown leading the attack.
7:20pm: Just 10 minutes to go for Kick-off!
Sunil Chhetri eyeing an ISL record. Jamil eyeing a better ISL winning streak and NorthEast United looking for its first win in over two years. Let the games begin as both sides gear up as the warm up finished.
7:10pm: It is a rainy evening in Goa and it will be interesting how the surface affects the play in the second ISL fixture of the new campaign.
Both the teams have arrived at the stadium as the stage is set for an exciting contest.
6:50pm: Khalid Jamil took charge of the NorthEast United FC mid-season last year and led the side to a 10-match-unbeaten strike, before losing out in the semi-finals.
With the Indian manager in charge of the side from the beginning of the season, NorthEast United will look to better its record this time around from the very beginning.
6:35pm: Confirmed Line-Ups:
Bengaluru FC Starting XI:
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Ajith, Alan Costa, Musavu King, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Wangjam, Jayesh Rane, Bruno Ramires, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva
NorthEast United FC Starting XI:
Subhasish Roy, Provat Lakra, Jestin George, Mashoor Shereef, Gurjinder Kumar, Hernan Santana, Khassa Camara, Suhair, Laldanmawia Ralte, Deshorn Brown, Mathias Coureur
6:15pm : The last time the teams met, both sides shared a point each with goals from Machado and Bheke. Interestingly, both are absent from their sides respectively this season.
6pm: Here's how we think the two sides could line-up today -
Bengaluru FC XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Alan Costa, Musavu King, Sarthak Golui, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Wangjam, Jayesh Rane, Bruno Ramires, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva
NorthEast United FC Predicted XI: Subhasish Roy, Provat Lakra, Patrick Flottmann, Hernan Santana, Gurjinder Kumar, Sehnaj Singh, Imran Khan, Federico Gallego, Rochharzela, Mathias Coureur, VP. Suhair
5:45 pm: Sunil Chhetri eyes history!
The Indian striker has 47 goals in 94 appearances for Bengaluru FC, one goal away from Coro, ISL's highest goal scorer of all time. A couple of goals today will take him to the top. The Blues will look to bring the best out of foreigners as Chhetri spearheads the offense.
5:30 pm:A couple of hours to go for the second match of the new season of the Indian Super League!
Northeast United has won just once in its last 10 matches against Bengaluru FC, with the win coming two-and-a-half years ago in March 2019.
Bengaluru, on the other hand has failed to beat the side in its last two matches, with both finishing as draws.
MATCH PREVIEW: Bengaluru FC looks to start new season on a high -
Bengaluru FC will look to put two seasons of disappointment behind as it begins its 2021-22 Indian Super League campaign against NorthEast United FC at Bambolim in Goa on Saturday.
Last season was especially hard, as the club finished seventh, largely playing uninspiring and one-dimensional football. Unsurprisingly Marco Pezzaiuoli, the new head coach, has made “playing a better kind of football” his target.
“We have tried different systems in the pre-season and we are prepared to play all systems,” the Germany-born Italian said in the lead-up. “But the principles are the same. Two strikers or three strikers, with the ball, or without, the transitions etc.”
“In the last two friendly games, we were good. We created chances. We had just nine players in the pre-season initially. Then the national team players went away. Some came back sick.
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These are not problems per se, but they don't help us be at the highest level. We are at 75% may be. I think we are prepared.”
The squad has changed significantly. Four first-choice starters in defenders Rahul Bheke and Juanan, and midfielders Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartalu have moved on. The foreign-player roster, except for Cleiton Silva, is brand new.
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The side will thus revolve once again around Sunil Chhetri. The 37-year-old forward is still fit as a fiddle, but he will need much more support from his fellow attackers than last year.
Udanta Singh, once marked out for great things, has plateaued, and will be keenly watched. So will the role of Congolese striker Prince Ibara, as BFC looks to recapture its once ferocious firepower upfront.
NEUFC, however, is no pushover. The Khalid Jamil-coached side finished third last season and has managed to hold on to its most creative player in Federico Gallego.
The addition of Hernan Santana, a defensive mainstay in the title-winning Mumbai City FC side last season, will also help.
But the absence of Lalengmawia ‘Apuia’, will be felt, with the midfielder moving to Mumbai after an outstanding 2021-22 campaign. Hard work is something Jamil swears by. He will need all of it and more from his wards.
“Expectations are going to be high this season so we have to do well,” Jamil said, on match-eve. “Against Bengaluru FC, we need a good start. Defensively we have to be strong, attacking-wise we have to be sharp. And we must play as a team to help each other.”
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