ISL 2021-22, CFC 2-4 BFC Highlights: Bengaluru makes a brilliant comeback to secure comprehensive win

ISL 2021-22, CFC vs BFC Score: Follow the highlights of the Indian super league match between Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC from the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco Da Gama.

Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of this evening's Chennaiyin FC vs Bengaluru FC clash being played at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa. This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you pre-match buildup and live updates from the ISL match.

That was all for the night. We will be back with live ISL action next year as the league resumes on January 2 with a double-header. Till then, thanks for tuning in and take very good care of yourselves.

Updated Points Table: ISL 2021-22 Points Table: Bengaluru climbs to eighth with second win this season

Post-Match Comments:

Naorem Roshan Singh, Hero of the Match: "I am very grateful to win this game and we have to continue this momentum in the upcoming games. We can take one game at a time and we hope we can go forward."

Bozidar Bandovic, Head Coach, Chennaiyin FC: "The boys gave everything,. we could have had four goals in the first 30 minutes. We did well most of the time in the game, but it is disappointing to lose and I cannot say much, but we need to go ahead and look forward to the next game. We need to improve. We need to show more character. We learn and if we play like this, we can have a result. We win as a team and we lose as a team."

Marco Pezzaiuoli, Head Coach, Bengaluru FC: "I think we had a good mentality. We made some changes and we dominated the game and I think we deserve to win the game. Also, the opponent was a good team - it was a good fight, a tactical fight and we are happy that we won the game. I think the next game is against East Bengal and we will prepare for it (from) tomorrow."

Cleiton Silva, Forward, Bengaluru FC: "Its is kind of relief for everybody, because we have been playing good for the last two games and we have not had the best result, but the three points was really good to have."

Match Report: ISL 2021-22: Bengaluru beats Chennaiyin 4-2 in a much needed win

Full-Time

Chennaiyin FC 2-4 Bengaluru FC

90+3' As it stands, if CFC loses this match, it will stay sixth on the table, while Bengaluru FC will climb two positions on the table to eighth, registering its first win since its first win this season, which came in its the first match of the season.

88' Sunil Chhetri makes a run and releases Silva and then the passes the ball for Cleiton, but Damjanovic is there to ward off the BFC forward and Kaith takes control of the ball ot end the attack

86' Save! BFC attacks on the break, with Udanta taking the ball on the right and then passes it to Cleiton, who shoots on target and Kaith is there to save it, keeping the margin to two goals for now

84' Substitution for BFC! In: Rohit Kumar, Out: Bruno Ramires

83' Chennaiyin FC tries to create something from the set piece and flies in a cross that is headed out of danger by Alan Costa as BFC enjoys a comfortable lead at the moment.

81' Shot! Sunil Chhetri is provided an aerial ball, which he tries to hit on the volley, but misses the target as the ball flies miles away from goal

80' Chennaiyin FC looks to have slowed down a bit and as we speak, Danish Farroq gets into the book for his challenge on Jerry.

74' GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! An awful error from Kaith which gifts BFC another goal from the set piece as Bengaluru FC doubles its lead now with Pratik, another super-sub in the score sheet.

CFC 2-4 BFC

70' GOOOOAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Textbook counter attacking from BFC, as Udanta Singh takes control of the ball on the right side of the box and finishes in style with his right foot on his second touch

CFC 2-3 BFC

68' A corner kick for BFC is headed down from the left, but eventually Thapa kicks the ball away from the CFC box to end any attempts from the set-piece

64' Triple substitution for BFC! Out: Ashique, Ibara and Jayesh, In: Pratik, Sunil Chhetri and Farooq

61' A cross for Gikiewicz is intercepted by Gurpreet as CFC shower waves of attacks, one after the other on a struggling BFC, which is planning to make changes in its squad to improve things

59' Chance! Murzaev receives the ball in the box, but fails to launch a shot, controls it and passes to Edwin, who shoots off target

57' Yellow Card! Suresh Singh's elbow hits Koman and the referee takes the yellow card out of his pocket for the Indian midfielder

56' Substitution for CFC! Edwin Vanspaul is subbed on to replace Germanpreet Singh

55' CFC dispossess BFC of the ball and Thapa, Rahim and Murzaev run in a triangle, but fail t oget the ball through as the ball is cleared out of danger

53' BFC gets a free kick close to the box from a scoring position. Cleiton tries to scocre with a right-footed curler, but fails to get the ball curl enough to dip close to the goal and the ball flies off target

49' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!Murzaev passes the ball for Rahim ali and this time, his shot is touched by Gurpreet, but he fails to keep it outside the goal as CFC draws level

CFC 2-2 BFC

48' BFC tries another goal from the set-piece as Alan Costa jumps to get another header and gets its, but fails to hit on target as the ball flies over the goal

Second Half Begins!

Half-Time

Chennaiyin FC 1-2 Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC regrouped and began on the attack after the cooling break and got over the early goal with its lead coming from a goalkeeping error from Vishal Kaith to finish the first half at 2-1 in its favour.

45+2' Ibara and Silva attack on the break, but Ibara's cross is just too long as the opportunity gets over as the CFC defence tracks back. Ashique has earned a booking all this while for a challenge close to the CFC box.

43' GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Kaith's error allows Alan Costa to put the ball into the net with his shoulder to put BFC up front

CFC 1-2 BFC

39' GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!! Cleiton Silva scores from the spot to make it all square for BFC. Jerry's hand ball at the edge of the box is punished heavily as the slender lead is compromised as Silva puts the ball in the right bottom corner, with the goalkeeper on the other side

CFC 1-BFC

37' If it remains like this till full-time, Chennaiyin Fc will be in the top four. But just as we speak, Jayesh Rane sprints into the box and takes a shot, which is cleared away

35' Udanta and Suresh pair up to progress the ball forward and as Ibara chases the ball, but Damjanovic keeps the ball out of a possible corner and the ball goes out for a throw in only

32' As the match resumes after the cooling break, BFC looks much better as Ibara makes a run along the left, passes it to Ashique, who takes another shot off-target

Cooling Break!

30' Shot! Udanta crosses the ball into the baox, which falls for Ibara, but since he was not at a position to attack, he passes to Suresh, who shoots, but the ball is miles wide.

26' Substitution! Ajith has been replaced by Udanta Singh as Pezzaiuoli looks for solutions in a match where his team has gone behind before five minutes after kick-off

26' Save! A set piece attempt from BFC as Ibara heads the ball into goal, but Kaith is there to save it as CFC continues to enjoy the slender lead

24' Foul! Murzaev tries to make another forward run, but he is brought down by Ajith as the referee awards a free kick to CFC. Anirudh Thapa takes the free-kick, which is headed out of danger by Bruno

21' Another Save for BFC! CFC march forward, receives the ball along the left side of the midifield and goes for goal right away, but Gurpreet saves again to keep the score just 1-0. Poor defending from Bengaluru

20' Miss! BFC's floating corner kick is received by Parag, who made a run behing Koman, who was caught ball-watching. But he fails to land a shot, as the ball flies out for a goal kick

17' Save! Murzaev receives the ball close to the midfield and goes on the attack, passes it to Rahim on the left and he cuts in to the right and shoots, which is saved by Gurpreet

14' Shot! Rahim tries to a Liston Colaco today from outside the box, but the ball doesn't dip and flies off target

13' Yellow Card! Ibara goes down in the box after a pass from Cleiton Silva, who had dribbled across Damjanovic to deliver the pass, and Ibara goes down without much contact and the referee books him for diving

10' Bengaluru FC to build an attack with a back pass which Sandhu passes to the left, but CFC intercepts in its own half to earn a throw in

7' Bengaluru FC tries to go on attack, but Borysiuk and Damjanovic keep the attackers at bay as BFC remains on the backfoot for now

4' GOOOOOAALLLLLLLL!!!!! Murzaev makes a run along the left, cuts in right, beats the BFC defence and finishes beautifully to put CFC in front

CFC 1-0 BFC

2' Damjanovic clears the ball away from Ibara who was chasing the ball along the right and the ball goes back into the BFC half

7:31 pm: Kick-off!

7:28 pm: The players are out on the field. Chennaiyin FC, in its blue home kit, starts from right to left, while Bengaluru FC, in white, starts from the other end.

7:15 pm: HEAD-TO-HEAD - The two sides have met nine times and it is Bengaluru FC that has emerged victorious more number of times (4), while Chennaiyin FC has won thrice and the match has been drawn twice, including the last meeting.

7:00 pm: Two changes for Bengaluru FC from its last match as Naorem Roshan Singh and Jayesh Rane come in for Udanta Singh and Farooq Bhat.

Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, has made just one change in the front from its 3-0 loss to Kerala Blasters, wherein Rahim Ali has replaced Lallianzuala Chhangte.

6:45 pm: Chennaiyin FC has won only one, drawn two and lost as many while Bengaluru FC has lost three of its last five games and drawn the other two, with the former earning five points and the latter earning just two, in their last five fixtures.

6:33 pm: Confirmed Line-ups:

Chennaiyin FC Starting XI: Vishal Kaith (GK), Ariel Borysiuk, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Vladimir Koman, Reagan Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mirlan Murzaev, Rahim Ali

Bengaluru FC Starting XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Ajith Kamaraj, Alan Costa, Parag Shrivas, Naorem Roshan Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Bruno Silva, Jayesh Rane, Suresh Singh, Prince Ibara, Cleiton Silva

6:15 pm: Here's what happened when both teams met the last time!!

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6:00 pm: Here's how we think the two sides could line up today!!

Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI: Vishal Kaith (GK), Ariel Borysiuk, Slavko Damjanovic, Narayan Das, Vladimir Koman, Reagan Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Vaspaul, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mirlan Murzaev, Lallianzuala Chhangte

Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Ajith Kumar, Alan Costa, Parag Shrivas, Naorem Roshan Singh, Bruno Edgar, Jayesh Rane, Danish Farooq Bhat, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva, Ashique Kuruniyan

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MATCH PREVIEW: Chennaiyin FC aims victory against struggling Bengaluru

Chennaiyin FC will look to return to winning ways against a struggling Bengaluru FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Thursday.

The Bozidar Bandovic-coached side has 11 points from seven matches and has won just one of its last five games. It is also coming off a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Kerala Blasters.

But it should certainly fancy its chances against a BFC side that has won just once this season, the opening match against NorthEast United FC.

Talisman Sunil Chhetri has been woefully out of form and has started the last two matches on the bench.

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That BFC drew both those matches – against ATK Mohun Bagan (3-3) and Jamshedpur FC (0-0) – adds to the intrigue, for it was the first time this campaign Marco Pezzaiuoli’s outfit went two matches without losing,

“Sunil is a professional and knows very well how to deal with these situations,” Pezzaiuoli said on Wednesday, about the tough decision of benching the club captain. “[But] he works extremely hard, and I see the luck coming back in training. It’s only a matter of time before it comes back in the games as well.”

READ: ISL 2021-22 Points Table

Even as Chennaiyin looks to capitalise against a faltering BFC, armed with the best defensive record in the ISL this season, having conceded just seven goals thus far, it needs to sort out its attack. The side has scored a paltry six goals, four fewer than bottom-placed SC East Bengal.

“Of course, we’re missing the goals. [But] on Thursday, we’ll be better,” insisted Bandovic. “I believe in this team, and most of the games, we did very well with the offence. They need to just repeat things they did before.”

Both Chennaiyin and BFC are well-rested, having played their last games more than a week ago. If the break and the Christmas cheer manage to infuse some much-needed zest into their performances, it will be a welcome change.

Where to watch?

You can watch the Bengaluru FC vs SC East Bengal match live at 7:30 PM on the Star Network (SD and HD). It will also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar and JioTV.