Javi Hernandez, the Player of the Match: "It is (the win) very important. The team comes from a very difficult season and we got the three points. Today I scored two bu t the most important thing was that we won the match."
Vinit Rai, the Odisha FC captain: "I am thankful to the coach and the whole staff of Odisha FC for trusting me. We really had a bad season last season, but luckily, this time, we started the season very early and I'm very happy that we won the game."
"Friendlies are very important because you can see your mistakes and there we learnt so many things. The foreign signings are a great thing for the club; everyone's (the foreign signings) a great addition for the club, like Aridai came in and gave us the third goal."
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Victor Mongil, the other Odisha Captain: "It is a beautiful start of the season for Odisha. I like coming back here (in India). The first rule in Odisha is to work of the defence and then go for goals and we hope to continue along those lines."
Marco Pezzaiuoli, the BFC head-coach: " It's clear (the penalty and cancellation of Cleiton's goal). Normally the referee needs to take a penalty break, but (did not) for us. I think Ibara played very well in the last game and every 2-3 days, we have games and I think Ibarra did very well in the first half and energy of Cleiton was very well in the second half."
"I had only five substitutes and we had a medical substitute. I knew I had to change King and I think Sunil is a player who can score for us anytime, so he is not a player you usually take out even if he is not playing well."
Odisha FC 3-1 Bengaluru FC
Javi's two goals and one from fellow Spaniard Aridai ensured Odisha opened the new season with a convincing win over Bengaluru FC ( READ MATCH REPORT )
90+5' GOOOOAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! Aridai cuts in from the left, twists and turns with the defender on the floor to and finish it calmly in bottom of the right corner of the net in the dying moments of the game
Odisha FC 3-1 Bengaluru FC
90+3' Odisha makes a run in the box, but Bengaluru FC marks OFC well enough to save any further damage
90' Save! Sunil Chhetri passes the ball for Cleiton Silva, who makes a run on right and his shot is save by Kamaljit, who has been a pillar today.
However, the keeper is down and looks to have picked up an injury. But he is back on his feet after assistance from physios
88' An aerial ball into the box for Chhetri as he heads the ball only for Kamaljit to catch it comfortably. He apologises to Cleiton who had made a run into the box
85' Double Substitution for Odisha as Nandha Kumar is subbed off for Sekar Isaac and Hendry Antonay is subbed off for Lalhrezuala Sailung
85' Nandha runs in from the right, beata the defender, but his cross misses every Odisha player in the box as the score remains 2-1
83' Suresh Singh crosses the ball from the right, but Kamaljit Singh was ready to take control of the ball. The Odisha keeper has been very active tonight
82' Odisha has not beaten Bengaluru in the last four clashes and if the score remains like this, it will be a fantastic opener for the ISL side in this year's campaign
80' Save! Ibara makes a run for the ball, but Kamaljit grabs the ball, hurting himself in the process
79' Brilliant play in the midfield with Jerry managing to flick the ball ball three BFC defenders as Odisha plays a on-two in the right, but nothing more comes of it
78' Alan Costa floats the ball in from the right for Ibara, while Odisha manages to head the ball away. Kamaljit, the keeper, was beaten
77' Miss! An aerial ball to Ibara is follows by a run in the OFC box. Ibara takes a shot which is blocked and it falls for Cleiton, whose shot misses the targer
73' Double substitution for Odisha FC as Isak comes on for Thoiba and Aridai replaces goal scorer Javi Hernandez
72' BFC makes a run into the Odisha box, with Danish taking a shot, which is blocked, but the return is met by Suresh, who kicks the ball miles away from the target
70' Jerry to Krasniqi and he plays a one two to come into a No.10 position, but BFC gets back possession to contain the attack
68' Ibara's pass into the box is cleared out as Bengaluru FC makes another substitution. Bruno Silva is subbed off for Iranian Iman Basafa
63' Substitution for Odisha FC! Jonathas Cristian is subbed off as Liridon Krasniqi comes on to the pitch
61' Penalty! Cleiton Silva is fouled in the box as the referee points to the spot. Chhetri steps on for the penalty and he misses! Sunil Chhetri misses the penalty!
An encroachment from Cleiton Silva after taht is cancelled by the referee as the scores remain 2-1 to Odisha FC.
59' Cleiton's free kick cleared out by Odisha as BFC start again with back passes
57' Triple substitution for Bengaluru FC. Pratik come on for King, Cleiton somes on for Udanta and Sarthak for Ashique
56' Ibara flies in the ball after a clearance from the corner, but Kamaljit catches the ball to calm things down for Odisha
54' Udanta takes a shot from the right, but Kamaljit was ready to catch the ball and take control comfortably
53' Cleiton Silva is getting ready as Bengaluru FC looks for a reply to Javi's magic in Goa
51' GOOOOOOOALLLLLL!!!! Javi's wonderful free-kick flies into the net as Odisha makes it two for Odisha.
Odisha FC 2-1 Bengaluru FC
50' Foul! Jonathas is fouled by Udanta and Odisha get a free kick in front of the box
49' Ibara is stopped in his tracks for a foul second earlier. Free kick on the other end, which is stopped after a Rodas header. Shouts for a handball while the refree is not interested
46' Corner for BFC. As the ball is flown in by Roshan, Musavu King's header whizzes past the goal
Second half begins!
Both teams get back to the dressing room with a goal each to their names. Javi and Alan Costa were the goal scorers for either side.
Odisha FC 1-1 Bengaluru FC
45+3' Chance! BFC caught napping as Javi's through ball is just missed by Jonathas
45+2' In the three added minutes in the first half, BFC slowing down the game with back passes as BFC tries to buy more time as it regroups for the second half soon.
44' Hendry Antonay marks Chhetri well to block his movement with BFC building the attack along the wings with Danish on the left
42' Substitution for BFC! Jayesh Rane is down on the ground as he is attended by physios. Danish Farooq comes on for Rane
40' Udanta Singh makes a run on the right, with his aerial cross does not reach Chhetri, who was waiting as Ibara's interception misses the target
38' Bruno Ramires has becoming the defensive pivot in the BFC defence, marking Javi well and ensuring the Spaniard does not get back to a form similar to that last season
35' Ibara gets an aerial ball, which is played in for Jayesh, but his shot misses the target, with the score remaining at 1-1
34' Suresh makes a run for BFC this time as he receives the ball from Udanta Singh, but is eventually ruled off-side
33' Back from the cooling break as Odisha goes for attack straight away, but Thoia is ruled off-side after his run from the right wing
31' Water break for the team after a free kick from BFC is headed out by the Men in white for a goal kick
28' Ashique is brought down by Antonay as BFC get a free-kick from a scoring position. The aerial ball from Roshan is just too wide for Ibara as Odisha escapes a scoring opportunity from BFC
26' Odisha is left chasing shadows as BFC plays one-touch football with Ashique finally getting hold of the ball and his shot is blocked out for a BFC corner
24' Jayesh Rane makes a forward run from the middle of the park, but his stopped in his tracks by the Odisha defence
23' Bengaluru FC back on song after the equaliser as Pezzaouili cheers his boys. Bruno fould Javi for a free-kick as BFC gets back posession of the ball and tries building an attack again
20' GOOAALLLLLLLL! Alan Costa heads the ball into the goal after a corner conceded by Hector Rodas, who made a goal line save.
Odisha FC 1-1 Bengaluru FC
19' Save! Ibara makes a run on the left and takes a shot, which is saved by Kamaljit with his fingertips
18' While BFC is enjoying more possession at 60 percent, Odisha FC has been more clinical with two shots on target so far. BFC has none
16' Odisha has Chhetri and Udanta man marked as BFC attempts a long ball for Ibara, but the ball goes past for a goal kick
13' Yellow Card! BFC's Ashique is booked for pulling Javi's shirt as he was trying to make a forward run. Its the first booking of the game.
12' Miss! Nandha was left all alone as BFC tried to run back, but Nandha's poor shot was saved comfortably by Gurpreet
10' BFC trying other options for an attack, with long balls being fed to Prince Ibara, but Odisha has marked the BFC attackers very well until now
8' BFC trying to create from the back, but Alan Costa and King's combination looks a bit shaky as Javi and Mongil make forward runs
6' Odisha makes a run from the left and the Nandha's cross is missed by every Odisha player as Bengaluru escapes a goal scoring chance for the opposition
3' GOOAALLLLLLLL!!!!!! Gurpreet's positioning was horrendous as Odisha draws first blood with Javi on the scoresheet. He scored the 19th goal of the tournament.
Odisha FC 1-0 Bengaluru FC
1' Bengaluru FC begins the match with a build up starting from Musavu King and Udanta takes it up through triangular passes, but the ball goes out for a corner.
7:31 pm: Kick off!
The players, after the National Anthem, take a knee against discrimination and take their positions for the exciting contest. Bengaluru FC starts from the right to left with Odisha FC starts from the other end.
7:15 pm: Odisha FC as well as Bengaluru FC both go into the game with a 4-3-3 formations with Sunil Chhetri just one goal away from becoming joint-highest goal scorer in the Indian Super League.
7:00pm: Half an hour to go for Kick off!
Bengaluru FC has made two changes from the squad that started in the season opener. Prince Ibara starts in place of Cleiton Silva and Roshan Singh replaces Ajith in the centre-back position.
6:45 pm: Confirmed Line-ups!
Odisha FC Starting XI: Victor Mongil, Hector Rodas, Jonathas Cristian De Jesus, Francisco Javi Hernandez, Nandha Kumar, Vinit Rai, Mawihmingthanga, Hendry Antonay, Moirangthem Thoiba Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Lalruatthara
Bengaluru FC Starting XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Alan Costa, Bruno Ramires, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Singh, Prince Ibara, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Muhammed Ashique, Musavu King, Naorem Roshan Singh
6:15 pm: Odisha FC has failed to win against the Blues in its last five clashes, with a win and a draw over the side last season. Here is what happened when the sides met in the league last season.
6:00 pm: Missed the previous match? We've got you covered with our ISL match reviews. Here's a recap of the HFC v CFC fixture.
5:45pm: Here is how we think the two teams will lineup today!!
Odisha FC Predicted XI: Kamaljit Singh, Hector Rodas, Gaurav Bora, Lalruathara, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Javi Hernandez, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Aridai Cabrera, Jonathas Cristian De Jesus
Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Alan Costa, Pratik Chaudhari, Yrondu Musavu-King, Muhammed Inayath, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Iman Basafa, Sunil Chhetri (captain), Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva
MATCH PREVIEW: ISL 2021-22: Bengaluru FC aims to build on start against Odisha
Marco Pezzaiuoli’s side won 4-2 against NorthEast United FC in its season-opener, which was marked by a controlled second-half performance after a wayward first period, made tough by an unrelenting downpour.
A fairly successful outing for winger Udanta Singh and debut goals for Jayesh Rane and Prince Ibara would have warmed the club faithful’s hearts. Cleiton Silva, continued from where he left off last season, scoring his team’s opener in clinical fashion.
But BFC’s defence was shaky, with the new centre-back pairing of Alan Costa and Yrondu Musavu-King finding the going tough. Promising winger Leon Augustine looks set for a spell on the sidelines because of an ankle injury he sustained in the game.
Up top, skipper Sunil Chhetri didn’t see much of the ball and was often isolated. BFC’s plan should be to involve him more.
“Sometimes Sunil came inside too early. He didn’t get that many balls from the central midfield. We need to improve there,” Pezzaiuoli said on match-eve.
“And also, to get him in a better position, especially on the right side, to score more goals in the box and be more like a second striker. That’s the quality he showed a few weeks ago with the Indian National team,” the coach added.
Odisha, on the other hand, will be playing its first game of the season, with new head coach Kiko Ramirez aiming to banish memories from 2020-21 when the outfit finished rock bottom.
It has a lop-sided head-to-head record against BFC to contend with, having lost five and drawn one from eight ISL encounters. It also has a brand-new roster of foreign players, but Ramirez felt that the lengthy pre-season his side had will help forge unity.
“Being together for the long pre-season was extremely important for nurturing the bond between the foreign players, the Indian players, and the staff. Within the time that we spent together, we are in a good place being together. We know it’s going to be a tough one, but we are ready,” the Spaniard said.
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