Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.
That was all in this ISL fixture.
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Bengaluru FC 1-1 FC Goa
90+3' Substitution for BFC! Damait is subbed on for Ashique
90+2' Off the post! Bengaluru Fc tries to attack on the counter, with Sunil Chhetri shooting from a Cleiton Silva pass. Unfortunately, the ball hits the woodwork and is cleared away. What a chance!
90' This time, the ball is headed away out of danger and goa tries to go on attack, but Princeton Rebello is stopped in his tracks along the right
89' BFC tries to cross the ball close to the go al, but Aiban heads the ball away for another corner kick on the other side.
87' Bedia takes the free kick into the BFC penalty box, but Bengaluru heads the ball away from danger and as Brandon tries to chase the ball along the right, the BFC defence tracks back to contain any further development
83' Double Substitution for FC Goa! Brandon Fernandes and Leander D'Cunha are subbed on for Devendra Murgaonkar and Seriton Fernandes
81' Double Substitution for BFC! Rohit Kumar and Udanta Singh replace Danish Farooq and Prince Ibara
80' Devendra tries to chase the ball in front of the BFC box, but fails to make enough ground as the scores remain level after goals from Sunil Chhetri and Dylan Fox
75' Yellow Cards! Naorem Roshan and Prince Ibara both get a yellow card each and we head into a cooling break
73' Bengaluru has all four men at the back as Goa tries to penetrate the BFC defence. Noguera's pass was missed by Bedia a few minutes ago in front of the box and BFC is not ready to give such a chance away again
70' Save! Naorem makes a run into the final third and goes for goal, but Dheeraj makes a brilliant save to keep the score 1-1
67' Another Injury for Goa as Saviour Gama is carried off on a stretcher with Sanson Pereira replacing him. It is the second such injury for Goa, with Glan Martins off in the first half
61' GOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!! Sunil Chhetri scores with his head to equalise for BFC. With the goal, Chhetri becomes the joint-highest goalscorer in ISL, with 48 goals
BFC 1-1 FCG
57' Substitution for BFC! Parag Shrivas replaces Muirang and a long shot that follows has Cleiton Silva shooting it right away, which whizzes past the target narrowly
56' Two consecutive free kicks for BFC and neither caused any trouble for FC Goa as the ball was cleared away
54' Foul! Two players, one each from BFC and FCG, namely Devendra Murgaonkar and Muirang get together and eventually get on their feet
51' BFC tries to go on attack, but Dheeraj fists the ball away initially and then Danish's shot flies off target
48' Goa looks more solid in its defence as early on in the second half and Ortiz tries to get the ball into attack, only to see it get cleared by the BFC defence.
Second Half Begins! Iman Basafa has been replaced by Suresh as Pezzaiuoli looks for a more fluid midfield.
Bengaluru FC 0-1 FC Goa
A late goal by FC Goa from the set-piece saw the Gaurs go in front, though Bengaluru FC remained the more attacking team in the first half.
Derrick Pereira's side has been more clinical and has deservedly got a goal to its name.
45' Goa has found a different level of confidence, which reflects in its play now. BFC, which looked to be relaxed in the last ten odd minutes, has been caught completely off-guard to go behind
41' GOOOOOOOAAALLLLLLLL!!!! Fox doesn't miss on the second time as he scores from the set piece as Ortiz delivers the ball from the left
BFC 0-1 FCG
40' Another chance! Goa finally getting in tune as Bedia floats in the ball form a free kick, but Dylan Fox fails to keep the ball on target
36' Chance! Ortiz floats the ball into the box for Bedia, but his header is off-target, as he throws away a golden opportunity to put the Gaurs in front
35' Bengaluru FC is keeping Goa, well at bay as BFC continues to march forward. Dheeraj has been better on the other end, than he is on other days
33' As the match resumes after the break, Goa gets a free-kick, but the attempt goes out for a throw in, which is eventually cleared.
31' Time for a colling break!
30' Thirty minutes into the match with FCG not able to launch a single shot on target. Bengaluru FC has had five shots in total with one on target so far.
26' Goa's free kick by Edu Bedia is fisted away by Gurpreet, but he injures himself in the process and the referee gives an off-side in BFC's favour to end the attack
22' Off-Target! Danish and Ibara pair up to knock on Goa's defence again and Danish, after getting the ball back, goes for goes from outside the box with a disastrous shot in the circumstances
20' Chance! Naorem's free kick falls for Iman in the FCG box, but his overhead kick is off-target and the score remains 0-0
18' Ortiz gets the ball on the right, but Ashique marks him well enough to force a goal kick for BFC
16' Side Netting! Naorem goes for goal from the free kick for BFC and it was whiskers away as the ball hits the side-net
11' Injury Tourble. Glan Martins looks to be in some trouble as Princeton Rebello is busy listening to the assistant coach, ready to come on. Glan Martins is carried off the field on a stretcher. Clearly not a pleasant sight for football!
10' Shot! Saviour Gama gets a delicious cross from the left, but his poor shot is off target
7' No penalty! Danish makes a run in the midfield and passes the ball for Cleiton as Edu Bedia rushes to mark him. Silva goes down claiming a penalty, but the referee gives an off-side n favour of Goa
5' Chance! BFC makes a run with Ibara making a run along the right and passes it for Cleiton who shoots, but the shot it finally saved by Dheeraj
3' Edu Bedia goes for the ball and Cleiton Silva goes to the ground after the challenge. The referee is not interested to stop play and he does not give a foul
2' Bengaluru FC is pressing high with Naorem Roshan trying to make runs through channels from the back, but Goa is trying to keep the gaps closed
7:30 pm: Kick off!
Bengaluru FC, in blue, starts from the right to left, while FC Goa, in white, starts from the other end.
7:20 pm: Bengaluru FC has decided to stick to its 4-3-3 formation, while FC Goa starts with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Murgaonlar and Ortiz leading the attack.
7:00 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD - Bengaluru FC and FC Goa have met 10 times in the past, with Bengaluru FC winning five times and the Gaurs winning thrice. Two of the 10 matches have ended in draws.
6:32 pm: Starting Line-ups are out!
Bengaluru FC Starting XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Naorem Roshan Singh, Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang, Ashique Kuruniyan, Iman Basafa, Bruno Ramires, Danish Farooq Bhat, Sunil Chhetri, Cleiton Silva, Prince Ibara
FC Goa Starting XI: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Seriton Fernandes, Dylan Fox, Saviour Gama, Anwar Ali, Aiban Dohling, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz, Devendra Murgaonkar
6:15 pm: Here is what happened when the two sides met the last time in the Indian Super League.
6:00 pm: Here's how we think the two sides would line up for the match:
Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Naorem Roshan Singh, Pratik Chaudhari, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Singh, Bruno Ramires, Danish Farooq Bhat, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Prince Ibara
FC Goa Predicted XI: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Saviour Gama, Leander D’Cunha, Anwar Ali, Aiban Dohling, Alexander Jesuraj, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz, Airam Cabrera
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Two teams experiencing a varied run of form yet running neck-to-neck on the points table will face off when Bengaluru FC take on FC Goa in the Indian Super League here on Sunday.
Bengaluru FC arrives into the clash on the back of a five-match unbeaten run. After being pushed to second-bottom, the Blues commenced a turnaround mid-December, which sees them now eighth on the table. A win against FC Goa could take them to 16 points and two places higher.
The Blues have adopted an entertaining brand of football lately, rubber-stamped by their 3-0 win against defending champions Mumbai City FC in the last outing.
Marco Pezzaiuoli has been buoyed by Prince Ibara's newfound goalscoring form. His physicality, strength and aerial ability make Bengaluru FC dangerous from set-piece situations. He has scored two goals off corners this season. Three of the four goals scored by the Congolese striker have been headers.
Full-back Roshan Singh is having a breakout season as well. The 22-year-old already has five assists to his name. He requires one more to become the highest Indian assist-provider in a single Hero ISL season. Interestingly, three of Ibara's four goals have come off Roshan's assists.
The last time these two sides met, FC Goa nicked the game 2-1 at the same venue. Bengaluru head coach Pezzaiuoli is confident of negating a repeat.
"We have learnt from our mistakes from the first game. We have now got some good momentum and our players are motivated to do well," said the tactician.
FC Goa head coach Derrick Pereira had praise for Bengaluru FC.
"They have changed their formation and playing style. They will be a tough side to beat." The Gaurs have not been experiencing the best of results on the field. They failed to win their last two games - both against opponents placed lower on the league table.
Gifting SC East Bengal its first win of the season midweek only rubbed salt onto its wounds.
FC Goa has played 12 games, winning only three. It is placed ninth on the table with 13 points in its kitty.
"It is true that things have not been going according to plan but we are now going into the games with a different mindset. I believe miracles happen," Pereira said, still hoping to make the semi-finals.
Lack of bite in the final third has been FC Goa's, Achilles Heel. It has the lowest goal conversion rate out of all teams (7.6%). However, it has attempted the most shots so far (184) and the second-most shots/match (15.33) this season.
( via PTI )
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