ISL 2020-21 Highlights BFC vs OFC: Bengaluru's winless run continues, Paartalu earns draw with Odisha

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Erik Paartalu

Bengaluru FC's Erik Paartalu celebrates scoring the equaliser against Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) on Sunday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 highlights/ blog of the Bengaluru FC vs Odisha FC clash being played at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday.

That brings us to the end of our ISL coverage for the day. We will be back tomorrow when Chennaiyin FC takes on table-topper Mumbai City FC [PREVIEW]. Until then, it's goodnight from us!

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Bengaluru FC coach Naushad Moosa: "It was very simply just to play attacking football and to try to keep the ball. The first goal really got into the players and they struggled in the first half. They were much better in the second half and created lot of scoring opportunities.

"That would be our main concern. Today's game it was very important that we get those three points. It was one crazy game. Now the only thing is to try and work with our juniors and give them more opportunities and prepare them for the fututre."

[On BFC's play-off chances]: "The thing is we still don't want to give up, we have seven games in hand. Only Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan are clear, all the other teams are close. Winning today's game would have taken us up there. We don't want to give up and want to keep fighting. We will give chance to young players. We really need to think about it and see how we can give them more playing time."

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Odisha FC coach Start Baxter:"Both teams did not perform to their full ability. I don't think Bengaluru FC played as well as they wanted to and neither did we. We had a couple of chances when we counter pressed and from 1v1s and they had chances from sett plays. The 1-1 is logical result. The way it turned out, we were so close to a result and are disappointed with the draw.

Winning will give us the confidence, the draws won't. When they score from a set piece at the end, you get angry and not confidence. I think we got to have a good strong result. We've played better than tonight and lost."

[On not making subs till the 88th minute]: "I didn't make any changes basically because they were so dangerous in set plays and we had our best players on the field."

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Bengaluru FC earns a point as it plays out a 1-1 draw with Odisha FC. Diego Mauricio's eighth minute strike, Odisha's fastest goal of the season, put the Kalinga Warriors ahead but Erik Paartalu struck in the 82nd minute to ensure his side took away at least a point.

Bengaluru had a string of chances towards the death but failed to capitalise as its winless run now extends to seven games.

 

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FULL-TIME! Odisha FC 1 - 1 Bengaluru FC

90+3' Opseth's miserable campaign continues. Bheke's long throw-in presents an opportunity as Chhetri nods the ball for Opseth at the far post. The Norwegian has just the 'keeper to beat but fluffs the chance from five yards out.

90+1' Augustin blazes down the right flank and is taken out by Alexander. The Odisha midfielder is booked for the challenge and will miss the next game owing to accumulation of cards.

90' End to end action here! Gurpreet makes a stunning save to keep out Jerry's close range attempt. Jerry has been fantastic today. Four minutes to be added on.

89' First change for Odisha FC - Nandha Kumar comes on for Daniel.

88' Close, very close! Cleiton's backward header loops just over the goal. Arshdeep was in no position to make a save there.

86' Chhetri misses a golden chance at the other end! He chests down a lob in the box and gets into a fantastic position, but blasts his shot beyond the crossbar.

85' How has that not gone in!?! Mauricio flicks it fore Daniel in the box and he beats his marker to have a crack at goal but his shot clips the upright.

82' EQUALISER! Paartalu gets Bengaluru back on level terms. Cleiton's in-swinging corner is nodded home by Paartalu. Another goal from a set-piece for Bengaluru - their fourth in seven games.

81' Chhetri takes a short corner and Cleiton tries to sneak it into the near post but its deflected for another corner.

79' Onwu becomes the third Odisha player to be shown a yellow card today.

77' Some wily plays sees Daniel streak into the box, but his cross is poor. Time for a water break!

75' Paartalu makes room for himself and lets one rip from distance....straight into Arshdeep's gloves.

73' Another chance goes begging for Bengaluru. Cleiton finds Opseth in the box but the Norwegian's touch lets him down and the chance is squandered.

70' Three corners in quick succession for Odisha FC! The side has scored 7/13 goals from set-pieces this season.

68' Second change of the evening for Bengaluru FC as Leon Augustin comes on for Udanta.

68' Cleitoooooon, how close was that!?! The Brazilian takes the free-kick and it whizzes past the top corner. Bengaluru getting closer and closer here.

66' A rare blip from Arshdeep nearly costs Odisha dearly! He races off his line to catch the ball from a cross but can't gather it. The ball falls to Opseth, who can't take advantage. The play ends in Alexander brining down Chhetri at the edge of the box.

63' Too much pace on that one. Udanta bombs down the right flank and attempts to find Opseth in the box but his cross is a tad too powerful.

60' SAVED! Onwu plays a phenomenal defence-splitting pass to release Jerry and the youngster's grounded strike is parried away by Gurpreet.

58' Just wide! Bheke drills a fine cross from the and Fran leaps above his marker to win the header but fails to find the target.

55' Nervous moments for the Bengaluru defence. Jerry plays a two teasing crosses into the box in quick succession and both are hastily cleared.

Bengaluru FC

Action from the ISL 2020-21 clash between Bengaluru FC and Odisha FC.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

52' That's a phenomenal save from Arshdeep! Udanta nods Cleiton's cross towards Opseth at the far post. Bora gets ahead of the Norwegian and tries to clear it, but ends up heading it towards his own goal. Arshdeep makes an acrobatic save to keep it out of the goal.

49' Second booking in as many minutes for Odisha FC as Tratt is booked for diving in the opposition box.

48' Opseth fires a powerful swerving free-kick but it's not enough to beat Arsheep. The Norwegian striker has made 12 appearances this season but is yet to find the back of the net.

47' First booking of the game as Vinit goes into the ref's book for a tackle from behind on Cleiton. Free-kick opportunity for Bengaluru!

46' Bengaluru FC interim head coach Naushad Moosa makes the first change of the evening as Kristian Opseth replaces Amay.

46' KICK OFF! And the second half gets underway.

Diego Mauricio's eighth minute strike sees Odisha FC hold a 1-0 lead over Bengaluru FC going into the interval. Bengaluru recovered well from the initial jolt and created a few decent chances through Cleiton and Suresh, but found no way past Odisha 'keeper Arshdeep. Another 45 minutes of football to look forward to, stay tuned!

 

45+3' HALF-TIME.

45+2' Bengaluru attacks on the counter and Suresh threads a fine ball it to release Udanta down the right...but the pass it a tad too powerful and Arshdeep collects the ball.

45' The fourth official signals for three minutes to be added on.

42' Arshdeep has made 36 saves so far in ISL 2020-21, the fifth-most in the league.

41' Arshdeep called into action again! Bheke gets a powerful header off Cleiton's corner and Arshdeep makes a sharp dive to his right to clear the danger.

38' Crucial save from Arshdeep! Paartalu has a crack at goal with a left-footed strike on the turn, but the Odisha 'keeper is up to the task.

36' In case you missed it, Jamshedpur FC ended its three-match losing run by playing out a goalless draw with Hyderabd FC. More on that here -  ISL 2020-21: Jamshedpur arrests losing streak in insipid goalless draw with Hyderabad

34' Stunning ball from Gurpreet. He plays a great punt for Bheke on the right flank, who's first touch is sets him up beatifully. His cross is cleared for a corner, the second one Bengaluru has won in as many minutes.

30' Water break. We've seen time and again that goals are scored right after this little break...  

28' Mauricio seems to be really enjoying his time out in the middle. He plays another cheeky pass to find Onwu. These two, much like Cleiton and Suresh, have formed a fine partnership so far.

26' Bengaluru seeing more of the ball now and looking a lot more organised after that early jolt.

23' Promising move. Some excellent build up play sees Suresh whip in a ball into the box and Cleiton heads it on the run but can't find the target. This Cleiton-Suresh partnership looks very promising for Bengaluru.

20' That's a rare sight. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu misplaces a goal-kick and gifts Odisha FC a throw-in inside his own half.

19' Well-worked set-piece from Bengaluru. Parag floats in a looping cross from the left and Bheke gets at the end of it, but his header sails past the goal.

17' Exciting bit of play. Mauricio plays a lovely backheel pass for Onwu and the Spaniard finds Jerry on the right. Jerry fluffs his lines though, sending his cross into the stands.

15' Bengaluru dominated proceedings in the opening minutes but now has to play catch-up. Bengaluru is unbeaten against Odisha thus far.

12' Chance for Bengaluru! Udanta flashes a cross from the left across the face of goal, but it's a tad too quick for the onrushing Chhetri.

11' This is also Manuel Onwu's first goal-scoring contribution at Odisha FC.

10' Mauricio's fantastic season continues as he now has seven goals to his name - the third-most in ISL 2020-21.

8' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAL! Mauricio opens the scoring! Excellent work from Jerry to create the chance. The youngster take a quick free-kick to find Onwu on the right, who plays a superb cross for Mauricio to finish at the far post.

5' Strong start from Bengaluru. Couple of promising moves in the attacking third with Cleiton, Suresh and Chhetri combining well.

3' Cleiton and Suresh exchange passes before the latter has a go at goal. It's a low strike and Arshdeep has it covered.

1' KICK OFF!

7:25pm: The players are out in the centre. Former champion Bengaluru in its blue home kits, Odisha in all whites.

7:20pm: Odisha FC has managed only one win in 12 games this season and has never won a game at the Fatorda Stadium. Can the Kalinga Warriors script a new tale today?

Diego Mauricio

Diego Mauricio has been a massive source of joy in Odisha FC's otherwise disappointing ISL 2020-21 campaign. The Brazilian is the side's leading scorer with six goals.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

7:10pm: Bengaluru FC has struggled in attack, managing only three goals in its last six games. Interestingly, skipper Sunil Chhetri opened his season's tally at the GMC Stadium in the reverse fixture.

Cleiton Silva

Cleiton Silva is Bengaluru FC's joint top-scorer this season with four goals to his name. Can the Brazilian get on the score-sheet tonight?   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

7pm: Podcast: From coaching changes and how they are impacting the side to a certain rant from one of the biggest names in the league, the last week in ISL action has been dramatic to the say the very least. Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad are joined by The Hindu's N Sudarshan to discuss the best and worst of the week of ISL action gone by. Listen in to the latest episode of The Full Time Show:

6:55pm: Jamshedpur FC has ended its three-match losing streak by playing out a goalless draw with Hyderabd FC. Match highlights here - JFC vs HFC

Arshdeep Singh

Odisha FC 'keeper Arshdeep Singh has managed only one clean sheet in the nine games he has played this season.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:45pm: Bengaluru FC is unchanged its previous clash against Kerala Blasters, which it lost 2-1. Just the one change for Odisha FC as Newcastle legend Steven Taylor returns to the XI after missing the previous game due to suspension.

Fran Gonzalez

Bengaluru FC's Fran Gonzalez looking sharp with that fresh cut.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

 

6:30pm: TEAM NEWS!

Bengaluru FC XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Parag Srivas, Amay Morajkar, Francisco Gonzalez, Erik Paartalu, Suresh Wangjam, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Cleiton Silva

Odisha FC XI: Arshdeep Singh, Steven Taylor, Gaurav Bora, Rakesh Pradhan, Jacob Tratt, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Vinit Rai, Cole Alexander, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Diego Mauricio, Manuel Onwu

6:20pm: Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC are locked at 0-0 and there's a little over 15 minutes left in the clash taking place at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. You can follow that game live here - ISL LIVE| JFC vs HFC Live: Rehnesh makes crucial saves to keep it Jamshedpur FC 0-0 Hyderabad FC

6:15pm: Mumbai City FC has coasted in the Indian Super League, remaining unbeaten since its opening day loss. One of the side's key stars, Rowllin Borges, has been the main wrecker-in-chief for the table-topper. The 28-year-old is our pick of player of the fortnight - ISL Player of the Fortnight: Rowllin Borges, Mumbai City's wrecker-in-chief

Rowllin Borges has hardly misplaced a pass during his team’s victories in 2021. He made life miserable for Kerala Blasters (above), Bengaluru FC and ATKMB forwards with his timely interceptions and tackles as well.   -  ISL / Sportzpics

 

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

Bengaluru FC predicted XI

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Parag Srivas, Juanan, Fran Gonzalez, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Suresh Wangjam, Sunil Chhetri, Cleiton Silva, Udanta Singh

Odisha FC predicted XI

Arshdeep Singh, Hendry Antonay, Steven Taylor, Gaurav Bora, Jacob Tratt, Shubham Sarangi, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Vinit Rai, Cole Alexander, Diego Mauricio, Manuel Onwu

Podcast: From coaching changes and how they are impacting the side to a certain rant from one of the biggest names in the league, the last week in ISL action has been dramatic to the say the very least. Shyam Vasudevan and Aashin Prasad are joined by The Hindu's N Sudarshan to discuss the best and worst of the week of ISL action gone by. Listen in to The Full Time Show:

Follow Sportstar's full coverage (Latest news, Interviews, Features, Points table, Quiz, Videos) of ISL 2020-21.

The seventh edition of the Indian Super League got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020: Points Table

MATCH PREVIEW:

Two sides desperate for a win will go toe-to-toe at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Sunday. Bengaluru FC (BFC) is on a six-match winless streak – the longest in its short ISL history – that has left the team in eighth place on 13 points from 12 matches, while Odisha FC has tasted victory just once all season and is rooted to the bottom on seven points.

On paper, it seems like the ideal opportunity for BFC to snap its wretched run and recover from the dispiriting 2-1 loss it suffered against Kerala Blasters on Wednesday. But leading into the match, it is Odisha which has better form, with two draws and a win (over Kerala) in its last four games.

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"[Kerala result] was really disappointing,” said BFC interim coach Naushad Moosa, who is still looking for his first win. “Silly defensive errors cost us. Now it is do or die…all [eight] games are important. The points table is going against us, but we have to look ahead. Players know how important every game is.”

Moosa said there were a few positives in the Kerala match, like forward Udanta Singh showing flashes of his old self and BFC Academy product Amay Morajkar coming up with a confident show in the mid-field. But he will have to do without Harmanjot Khabra for the second match running as he nurses a hamstring strain.

“We just need to win one game and get back that confidence,” Moosa said. “Maybe it is the next game and the dynamic will change. Top-4 is still possible. All teams are very close. We have to be careful and not concede easy goals.”

On the other hand, Odisha boss Stuart Baxter is confident of building on his outfit’s encouraging recent form. “We had chances to beat bigger clubs like ATK [Mohun Bagan] but to do that against anybody we have to defend well, take our chances and play our own game,” the Brit said on match-eve. “If we do that with quality, we can run everybody close.”

While Diego Mauricio, who has scored six of Odisha’s 12 goals, is the side’s trump card, Baxter, whose team has the second-worst defensive record having conceded 19 goals, saw green shoots in the way his wards dealt with Hyderabad’s onslaught last Tuesday. Left-back Rakesh Pradhan, on loan from NorthEast United FC, made his debut and had a hand in Cole Alexander’s fine goal too.

“Pradhan made a confident debut; he got forward and his natural left foot helped us,” said Baxter. “We have been best when we tried to make a few changes. We’ll look at the energy levels of the players and make a decision. But we don't want to make a lot of changes. The team that we’ve been putting together has been coming together [well].”

ISL 2020-21 will be televised live at 5 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.