ISL FT: Bengaluru FC 2 - 0 Jamshedpur FC, Chhetri and Paartalu score

Catch all the highlights and updates of the ISL 2019-20 match between Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru FC hosts Jamshedpur FC in match 55 of the 2019-20 Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday.   -  indiansuperleague.com

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of Thursday's ISL 2019-20 match between Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC in Bengaluru.

 

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Bengaluru FC now moves to second place in the 2019-20 Indian Super League (ISL) standings with 22 points, two points behind table-topper FC Goa. However, ATK which is in third with 21 points has a game in hand, which will be against Kerala Blasters on Sunday.

Jamshedpur FC, on the other hand, stays at sixth with 13 points, two points lesser than fifth-placed Odisha FC and two points more than seventh-placed Kerala Blasters. All three teams have played the same number of games - 11.

FULL-TIME: BENGALURU FC 2 - 0 JAMSHEDPUR FC.

AND THE MATCH IS DONE AND DUSTED!!!

90+4' CLOSE!!! Bengaluru looked close to scoring a third there. Chhetri with a run forward. He had both Haokip and Dimas close to him but the Jamshedpur defence gets the ball away.

90+1' Four minutes to be added on! Erik Paartalu might have scored and assisted today but Ashique Kuruniyan is adjudged the player of the game.

88' ANOTHER CHANGE! Jamshedpur boss Iriondo in the act now. Joyner Lourenco comes in for Noe Acosta.

87' SUBSTITUTION!!! Bengaluru manager Cuadrat brings in Suresh Wangjam for Harmanjot Khabra.

85' CLOSE! Udanta with another good run forward. And he passes the ball towards Chhetri. The ball had too much on it and Chhetri couldn't reach it on time.

82' If the score stays the same, this would be Gurpreet's seventh clean sheet this season and he will be the sole leader in the goalkeeper standings. Impressive!

79' GOOD SAVE!!! Or should I say poor shot execution. Jamshedpur's Aitor Monroy with a decent long ball from midfield and Bengaluru defender Juanan totally misses it and the ball falls to Grande who takes it forward and had only Gurpreet to beat but his shot was weak and quite close to Gurpreet.

78' SUBSTITUTION!!! Sembi Haokip comes in for Ashique Kuruniyan. Bengaluru manager Carles Cuadrat deploys some fresh legs here.

75' Jamshedpur has played decent football in the second half to be honest. It has made more passes and has a better pass percentage than Bengaluru. However, Bengaluru's sharpness has put it on the frontfoot.

72' CHANCE! Once again, Udanta receives the ball close to the box and is unsure what to do. He had Chhetri on one side and Ashique on the other but he messes it up.

69' OFFSIDE!!! Ashique Kuruniyan was a little too eager to get forward and score. Chhetri with the pass and the linesman raises the flag.

67' SUBSTITUTION!!! Aniket Jadhav replaces Gourav Mukhi now. Jamshedpur coach Iriondo is looks very desperate for a goal here.

66' CLOSE! Chettri with a low cross towards Khabra whose shot isn't effective enough and goes out for a Jamshedpur goal kick.

63' SUNIL CHHETRI SCORES!!!! 2-0 BENGALURU!!! Pathetic play from the Jamshedpur goalkeeper and centre-back. Gourav Mukhi actually dispossessed Dimas in midfield and made a brilliant run towards goal. Juanan came to BFC's rescue and the counter was on. Erik Paartalu put in a long ball towards Chhetri who was the only man focussing on the ball as Subrata Paul experienced a brainfade moment. The home team's skipper coolly slotted it home after chipping it over Subrata.

60' COUNTER-ATTACK!! Udanta Singh received the ball in midfield and ran forward like a raging bull. But he didn't know what to do after getting closer to the penalty box. Jamshedpur defence tracked back well to clear the danger.

59' FREE-KICK FOR JAMSHEDPUR!! Aitor Monroy will take it as usual. And it's a poor one once again. CHANCE!!! But the rebound fell back to Monroy and his powerful shot did test Gurpreet.

56' CORNER FOR JAMSHEDPUR!!! Monroy will once again take it and it goes towards Memo whose header is blocked away by Gurpreet.

54' Looks like Bengaluru is now playing a 4-2-3-1 with Chhetri playing as the centre forward. Udanta and Ashique are playing close to each other. That's just a combination of extreme pace.

53' CHANCE!!! Udanta, Bheke and Ashique combine well on the right to create a good chance. Ashique sets up Udanta in the box and the sub's final shot goes well over the bar. He should have done better there.

50' ANOTHER EARLY SUBSTITUTION! This time it's Bengaluru's turn. Udanta Singh comes in for Manuel Onwu.

47' YELLOW CARD!!! Narender Gehlot brings down the pacy Ashique Kuruniyan to go into the referee's book.

46' SUBSTITUTION!! A change straightaway for Jamshedpur. Bikash Jairu replaces Jitendra Singh in the middle.

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

Jamshedpur FC is clearly struggling here in this ISL game. Bengaluru FC could have scored more tonight. Jamshedpur's head coach Antonio Iriondo would be looking for a turnaround from his side in the second half. On the other hand, Bengaluru's gaffer Carles Cuadrat would be a happy man. Lots to play for in the second half. Stay Tuned!

THE FIRST HALF IS DONE AND DUSTED!

45+2' Back-to-back corners for Jamshedpur. Monroy took both and both were pretty below par. AND FOUL! Amarjit Singh just brought down Dimas there. But no cards.

45' Two minutes of stoppage time to be added on! FOUL!!! And a rugby tackle by Khabra on Acosta. YELLOW CARD!! The referee books the Bengaluru midfielder. 

44' VERY GOOD CHALLENGE!! Ashique was moving forward like a bullet train and Tiri just put in a desperate sliding tackle to dispossess the Bengaluru winger. A few moments later, Jamshedpur defender Narender does well to earn a goal kick.

41' Jamshedpur's midfielders are trying to supply long balls to Mukhi, Grande and Farukh. But Bengaluru's defenders are very alert and organised, thereby avoiding any danger. 

38' CHANCE FOR JAMSHEDPUR!! It was a counter-attack by Jamshedpur and Farukh Choudhary was in on goal. But a good timely sliding tackle from Ashique Kuruniyan inside the box averts any danger.

37' CORNER FOR BENGALURU!!! Dimas takes yet another short corner. But Khabra tries to innovate and ends up losing the ball.

35' NUTMEG!! Sunil Chhetri executes a nutmeg and the Bengaluru crowd goes crazy. Jamshedpur is struggling to get into the final third here. No attacking intent whatsoever.

32' Ashique and Bheke have been the fastest players tonight when it comes to sprints. Both have breached the 31km mark.

29' INJURY!!! Dimas took the free-kick and it was directed towards Chhetri. But Subrata got to the ball before the BFC skipper. Chhetri's momentum knocked down the JFC keeper and he is extremely lucky to not be carded here. It was a kick to the thigh and Subrata Pal is fine now.

27' YELLOW CARD!!! First one of the night. Monroy is booked for bringing down Chhetri. FREE-KICK FOR BENGALURU!!

25' FOUL!!! Dimas brings down Acosta. Monroy will take the free-kick! And it's a foul against Jamshedpur now. Bengaluru keeper Gurpreet will take the kick now.

23' Khabra with a ball to Nishu Kumar and Farukh almost chases Nishu for a good 10 seconds. But the Bengaluru FC man comes out on top.

21' CHANCE!! Bheke tries to go for a cross from the right flank and it almost reached Onwu. But Jamshedpur defenders do well to clear the ball away.

18' Possession stats say Jamshedpur has done slightly better. However, Bengaluru is the only team to register shots, shots on target and corners this game so far.

15' SAVE! Gurpreet gets to the ball before an onrushing Gourav Mukhi. The initial long ball had come from Monroy.

12' THROW-IN! That was a long one from Paartalu and it falls straight to Juanan whose shot is deflected away for a corner. Dimas takes a poor corner as Jamshedpur coach Iriondo looks relieved on the sidelines.

10' CLOSE!!! Ashique just made brilliant solo run from midfield and let one fly from long. Jamshedpur keeper Subrata made a good save to deny Bengaluru a second.

8' ANOTHER CORNER FOR BFC!! Dimas Delgado takes it. AND GOALLLLL!!!!! Another Dimas assist from a set-piece. 1-0 Bengaluru!!!!! Erik Partaalu completes the proceedings with a good header towards the near post. No defender stationed at either post!

6' CORNER FOR BENGALURU! A little variation here. Khabra makes a short pass to Dimas Delgado.

4' SAVE! Ashique Kuruniyan with a attempted cross there. But it goes on target and Subrata Paul just punches it out with his outstretched arm.

2' GOOD CHALLENGE! Jamshedpur FC was moving forward with numbers there. And Erik Paartalu just executed a brilliant sliding tackle on David Grande at the edge of the box to avert the danger.

AND WE'RE UNDERWAY!

A win tonight will take Bengaluru FC to second place in the 2019-20 ISL standings, while Jamshedpur FC will move into the top four with three points in this game.

The match is about to begin!

TEAM LINEUPS:

Bengaluru FC XI: Gurpreet Singh (G), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Erik Paartalu, Harmanjot Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri (C), Manuel Onwu.

COACH: Carles Cuadrat.

Jamshedpur FC XI: Subrata Paul (G), Jitendra Singh, Tiri (C), Narender Gehlot, Memo Moura, Amarjit Singh, Aitor Monroy, Noe Acosta, Farukh Choudhary, Gourav Mukhi, David Grande.

COACH: Antonio Iriondo.

 

MATCH PREVIEW:

It took an inspired Sunil Chhetri brace to drag Bengaluru FC past FC Goa last week. It was a result that gave Bengaluru vital breathing room; defeat would have left the side five points adrift of Goa and worrying over its Indian Super League (ISL 2019-20) play-off chances. It is thus a relieved and confident BFC that will take the field on Thursday, for a meeting with Jamshedpur FC.

Chhetri has now scored seven of Bengaluru's 13 goals this season and it must worry Carles Cuadrat that the likes of Manuel Onwu and Udanta Singh have failed to contribute. The arrival of the club's new offensive signing, Deshorn Brown, has been delayed by visa issues; thus the side will depend on Chhetri again.

"It's true that Sunil is our top-scorer, but we are creating chances for everyone," said goalkeeping coach Javier Pinillos. "We are not worried because we are sure even the others will score."

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Jamshedpur began the season with a bang, winning three of its first five matches, but its form has since tailed off. Injuries to key attackers Sergio Castel and Piti have clearly hurt the side; Jamshedpur has failed to win any of its last five games. The two players are yet to recover but midfielder Noe Acosta has returned from injury.

"We are creating chances, but without Sergio Castel we are not able to finish them," said Jamshedpur coach Antonio Iriondo. "Obviously, his absence is a blow for us. Hopefully, he will be able to play from the next match.”

Bengaluru, though, will not take Jamshedpur lightly. "They have been in the top four almost all season," said Pinillos. "We can't be overconfident. We had a real tough 0-0 draw when we played them earlier this season," he added.

Cuadrat will watch this game from the gallery as he serves a one-match suspension and the Bengaluru coach will hope for an anxiety-free evening.

The match will be streamed live on Hotstar and Star Sports network from 7.30 pm.