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The conclusion to the adventurous game has ended Bengaluru FC’s all hopes of securing a playoffs spot. In contrast, FC Goa have now reached to the third spot in the points tally, and are now unbeaten in last 12 games.
FULL-TIME: It is shades of Orange on a Blue-Blue day. Because it is Bengaluru FC 1, FC Goa 2.
[90′] ONCE AGAIN SANDHU TO THE RESCUE! The Indian goalkeeper has kept the Blues in game with back to back brilliant saves. The first save cleared off Ishan Pandita’s shot, resulting in corner. Following the corner, FC Goa once again tried burying the game with Ali’s header but that was pushed out as well! Although how far will Super Sandhu’s saves take Bengaluru? We have 7 more minutes to find out!
[87′] ANOTHER SUBSTITUTION. However, it’s for Bengaluru FC. Xisco OFF, Edmund ON.
[84′] TRIPLE SUBSTITUTION for FC Goa. Redeem, Angulo, and Martins OFF. Amarjit, Pandita, and Rebello come ON.
[79′] YELLOW CARD for Dimas Delgado. Bengaluru FC midfielder is cautioned for a rough slide tackle challenge.
[73′] SUBSTITUTION for FC Goa. Fernandes OFF, Ali ON.
[72′] FC Goa have managed to get hold of possession in last few minutes. The side have tried to break through Bengaluru FC defence to get the 2-goal cushion again, but in vain.
[68′] SUBSTITUTION for Bengaluru FC. Bheke OFF, Pratik ON.
[65′] SUBSTITUTION for FC Goa. Jesuraj OFF, Devendra ON.
[63′] SUBSTITUTION for Bengaluru FC. Udanta Singh OFF, Dimas Delgado ON.
[60′] YELLOW CARD for Alexander Jesuraj. FC Goa winger is shown yellow after he brings down Bengaluru FC winger Kuruniyan from behind.
[55′] MISS! That will come back to haunt. Igor Angulo could have got his second but misses the chance as his hesitant finish fails to find the target. Move started from left flank in the central region as full-back launches a long ball for the Spaniard to chase. The striker gets to ball but is confused if he is offside, and thus finishes nervously. Chance wasted.
[50′] Bengaluru FC start the second half with seriousness as they are dominating the ball possession. They are getting better of FC Goa on occasions, but failing to find that final ball that will put them in 1v1 situation or give them a goal scoring opportunity.
SECOND-HALF: FC Goa kick-off the second half at Fatorda. They are in Orange, playing from left to right.
Stay tuned with us as we will get back to you for the coverage of the second-half!
While it is FC Goa who lead the drama at Fatorda on break, it will be naive to rule out twists that might follow. Bengaluru have been the second best on scoreline, but lead the race when it comes to taking more shots and creating opportunities. They have had 10 shots, but failed to capitalize. Moreover, the Blues are also the master of set-pieces, something that might scare Gaurs, who have conceded 15 from these occasions.
HALF-TIME: Referee signals the end of stoppage time and blows his whistle for the break. The Gaurs lead the game at half-time with goals from Angulo and Tlang. So, it is Bengaluru FC 1, FC Goa 2.
[45′] Will FC Goa go down the tunnel with their lead intact? We have 2 more minutes to find out.
[40′] End to end stuff. Following the flurry of goals, both sides are now transitioning as fast as possible to catch another off guard. However, both the defenses are now active and avoiding the threats cleverly.
[33′] GOOAAALL!! Suresh Wangjam gets one back! The Blues have shown that they are right into this fight. Suresh Wangjam, El Torito pulls off a world class goal to show their spirit. It was a through ball from Cleiton Silva that finds Indian youngster making a run at the left flank. Midfielder runs away with ball towards the near post and then curls a beauty leaving Dheeraj Singh glued to the spot. Assist – Cleiton Silva. Bengaluru FC 1, FC Goa 2.
[30′] Drinks break. Bengaluru FC try to hit back after conceding their second, but manage to get only corner out of the attempt. Cleiton Silva’s corner fails to find any men in blue, and is easily cleared by the Gaurs. So far, it has been a forgetful performance from Bengaluru FC defence, and they need to be tighter.
[23′] ANOTHER GOAL!! This time it is Redeem Tlang. FC Goa have doubled the trouble for the Blues with one more goal within 3 minutes. Once again, Bengaluru FC defence is found sleeping at the back and a cross is not cleared properly. The loose ball falls to Jesurah, who squares it to Tlang, and Indian buries it at the first time. Assist- Alexander Jesuraj. Bengaluru FC 0, FC Goa 1.
[20′] GOOAAAL!!! Igor Angulo. The game takes a twist as high-pressing Bengaluru suffer the taste of their own medicine. It all starts from Erik Paartalu. The midfielder loses ball near his own box under pressure from Goa players, and Angulo is quick to pounce upon the loose ball. The Spaniard has all the time in the world and he calmly slots the ball past Gurpreet. Bengaluru FC 0, FC Goa 1.
[18′] YELLOW CARD for Ashique Kuruniyan. Bengaluru FC forward is the first player to get in referee’s books as he was late to the ball and stepped on Saviour Gama’s feet.
[15′] FC Goa are finally getting the much-needed ball possession now. The men in orange are playing their passes fast and successfully neutralizing Bengaluru’s press. This in turn, is also letting win more set-pieces now.
[10′] The Blues are not giving the Gaurs breathing space to utilize their creativity. Moosa’s men are playing high-press football to win possession as soon as they lose it. This has also seen them winning more set-piece opportunities till now.
[5′] Bengaluru FC comes CLOSE! It was going to be another one from throw-in for the Blues. However, Seriton Fernandes makes a goal line clearance to deny Chhetri led-man. Bengaluru have already scored 4 goals from throw-ins this season.
KICK-OFF: Bengaluru get us underway at Fatorda Stadium. They are in their traditional Blue, playing from left to right.
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Bengaluru FC Playing XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Erik Paartalu, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Cleiton Silva, Suresh Wangjam, Parag Srivas, Francisco Gonzalez.
FC Goa Playing XI: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Ivan Gonzalez, Alberto Noguera, James Donachie, Alexander Jesuraj, Igor Angulo, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Redeem Tlang, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins.
Welcome to another exciting clash of Indian Football League. Today we have Bengaluru going up against FC Goa in the penultimate match day of the league stage. So, will the Blues end their season on a high note, or will it be the Gaurs to cement a playoff spot.