MATCH REPORT- OTHERS :: BFC | JFC | KERALA | DELHI | CHENNAI | NORTH-EAST | PUNE | MUMBAI | GOA | FB
INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE -2018-19 ( BNGALURU FC NEWS BELOW)
05.12.2018 : NORTH EAST UNITED 1-1 BENGALURU FC (FT)
NEU : Federico Gallego 64'.
BFC : Chencho Gyeltshen 90'
NORTH EAST UNITED <b><font color=red> 1-1 </b></font> BENGALURU FC
Man of the Match : Chencho Gyeltshen - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC Limitless Player : Federico Gallego - NORTH EAST
Winning pass of the match : Sunil Chhetri - BENGALURU FC Emerging player : Lalthathanga Khawlhring - NORTH EAST

NEU : Pawan Kumar , Mislav Komorski, Provat Lakra, Mato Grgic, Robert Lalthlamuana, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Redeem Tlang, Rowllin Borges, Federico Gallego, Jose Leudo, Bartholomew Ogbeche .

BFC: Gurpreet Singh, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Nishu Kumar, Udanta Singh, Xisco Hernandez, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Sunil Chhetri.

REFEREE : C.R. Srikrishna

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30.11.2018: BENGALURU FC 2-1 FC PUNE CITY (FT)
BFC : Udanta Singh 11', Rahul Bheke 88'
FCPC : Rahul Bheke 15'(OG)
BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY
Man of the Match : Rahul Bheke - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Udanta Singh - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Harmanjot Khabra - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Ashique Kuruniyan - FC PUNE CITY

BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Erik Paartalu, Harmanjot Khabra, Sunil Chhetri , Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar, Chencho Gyeltshen.
FCPC : Kamaljit, Matt Mills, Adil Khan, Jonathan Vila, Marcelo Pereira, Marko Stankovic, Ashutosh Mehta, Martin Diaz, Ashique Kuruniyan, Robin Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai.

BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> FC PUNE CITY
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC left it late to beat FC Pune City 2-1 and extended their lead at the top of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 table to five points. The Blues, who are still unbeaten this season, took the lead through a sensational goal by Udanta Singh, but an own goal from Rahul Bheke looked to have earned the visitors a valuable point. However, the right-back redeemed himself late in the match as he applied the finishing touch to grab the winner for Bengaluru.

Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat cut a happy figure at the post-match press conference. The Blues dominated the match but had to wait till the 88th minute for the winner to come. Asked if he was concerned with his team's inability to convert the many chances they created into goals, the Spaniard said, "No, I’m happy that we created that many chances. When the ball is hitting the posts, you’re doing a very good job. It’s a question of inches. No problem with that. The boys had been doing the right work because it was a very difficult game when the other team is trying to defend with a lot of people together. We try to play in the wings and we create chances. Today there were not a lot of goals but maybe with the same chances again, we can score four-five goals. You never know.”

Midfielder Dimas Delgado was moved further forward late in the match by Cuadrat and it appeared to make a real difference for Bengaluru. Cuadrat hailed the increasing influence of the Spaniard in his team and stated, "He is a very important player and we can see in every game. So, we are happy to have him in the team. You never know. We lost him in the last final and we lost the game. So, maybe there is a relation. I’m very happy with his work."

Pune slowed down the match in the second-half and defended in numbers. The Stallions' interim coach Pradyum Reddy, however, dismissed suggestions that his team were playing for a draw and said, "We weren’t playing for a draw. In the first-half, we played pretty well and we deserved to score a goal. But we also deserved to concede. At half-time, 1-1 was a fair reflection of the match. We came out in the second-half with the mindset to try and control the tempo of the game and keep it as close as possible towards the latter stage and then try to win it."

"We felt if we went all out, it would leave a lot of space which Bengaluru are very good at exploiting. The plan was not necessarily to play for a draw, but was to play for a late winner," he added.

Reddy concluded his conference by stating that mistakes by players cost Pune the match. "I’m never ever going to come and say I’m happy that we lost a game. Whenever you concede late goals, you’re obviously not happy. We knew what we needed to do against Bengaluru in terms of defensive work. When players continue to make mistakes again and again, of course, you’re not happy," he said.

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26.11.2018: BENGALURU FC 1-0 DELHI DYNAMOS (FT)
BFC : Udanta Singh 87'
Man of the Match - Nishu Kumar : BENGALURU FC
Club Award - Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player - Udanta Singh : BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match - Semboi Haokip -: BENGALURU FC
Emerging player - Lallianzuala Chhangte - DELHI

BENGALURU FC  <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> DELHI DYNAMOS
TEAM - BFC : Gurpreet Singh, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Sunil Chhetri, Rino Anto, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar, Chencho Gyeltshen.

TEAM - DD : Albino Gomes, Bikramjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Marcos Tebar, Adria Carmona, Pritam Kotal, Narayan Das, Nandhakumar Sekar, Marti Crespi, Gianni Zuiverloon, Andrija Kaludjerovic.

BENGALURU FC  <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> DELHI DYNAMOS
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC needed a late goal from Udanta Singh to beat Delhi Dynamos FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Monday. The match was Bengaluru captain Sunil Chhetri’s 150th appearance for the club and was a special occasion for the home fans assembled at the Fortress. Delhi had the better chances throughout the 90 minutes but couldn’t make them count.

The win was the Blues’ fifth victory in a row and took them to the top of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) table. Bengaluru are now three points clear of second placed FC Goa with a game in hand. For Delhi, the result summed up what has been a disappointing season so far. The Lions are bottom of the table with just four points from nine matches and are virtually out of the contention for a top four finish.

Udanta Singh scored the only goal of the match on the 87th minute. Delhi dominated the first-half and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu had to make some crucial saves to keep Bengaluru in the match. Bengaluru extended their winning streak to five matches with the victory.

The home team dominated possession in the early goings and found an opening on the ninth minute after Xisco Hernandez's brilliant long ball played Chhetri in. With the entire Sree Kanteerava Stadium holding its breath in anticipation of a Chhetri goal on his 150th appearance for Bengaluru, Delhi goalkeeper Albino Gomes made a crucial interception to disappoint the home crowd.

The away side got themselves back into the match as the half progressed and carved out a couple of half chances for themselves. Adria Carmona tested Gurpreet Singh Sandhu at the near post but his shot didn't have enough venom to worry the Bengaluru keeper.

The away team soon overcame their early jitters and was engineering some dangerous openings. Some great work by Nandhakumar Sekar down the right set up Andrija Kaludjerovic for a shot from a favourable position. The Serbian, however, missed the target and let Bengaluru off the hook. Soon after, Lallianzuala Chhangte found himself one-on-one against the keeper after beating Bengaluru's offside trap. Gurpreet made himself big to deny Chhangte and keep the score 0-0.

Gurpreet had to come to his team's rescue again a few minutes later when he stretched out a foot to keep out Nandhakumar's drive from the right. With both of Delhi's wingers, Chhangte and Nandhakumar, operating at full steam, the Bengaluru defence was constantly worried throughout the half. Delhi were the better team in the first 45 minutes but had no goals to show for it. The teams went in the break level at 0-0.

After being outplayed in the first-half, Bengaluru tried to get off the blocks fast after the restart. Chhetri’s scuffed shot from the edge of the box almost fell to Chencho Gyeltshen at the far post, but the Bhutanese international hesitated and the chance was gone.

Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat brought on Erik Paartalu in place of Rino Anto within five minutes of the second-half to try and wrestle the midfield back from the visitors. The Australian's introduction added some much-needed steel to Bengaluru's midfield and allowed Udanta and Chhetri much more freedom going forward. Delhi, however, continued to chip in at the Bengaluru defence and came close with Carmona's volley. Gurpreet was well-placed to deal with the shot.

Bengaluru's Xisco had a big chance to grab the elusive first goal of the match. Substitute Semboi Haokip set him up beautifully with a clever chip, but the Spaniard’s shot was too close to Gomes. On the other end, the Lions' wastefulness in front of the goal continued after Kaludjerovic failed to keep his header on target from five yards out. The miss would prove to be a costly one for the visitors. On the 87th minute, Udanta finally broke the deadlock with a diagonal shot from outside the box. The youngster's shot took a nick from one of Delhi's defenders and went inside the goal off the inside of the post. 1-0 to Bengaluru.

Bengaluru held on till the final whistle to ensure the victory, while Delhi were left to rue their missed chances. Bengaluru youngster Nishu Kumar was a livewire on the field tonight, popping up wherever his team needed him the most. He worked tirelessly throughout the ninety minutes and put in a shift to remember. He is tonight’s Hero of the Match.

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22.11.2018: FC GOA 1-2 BENGALURU FC (FT)
BFC :Rahul Bheke 34', Sunil Chheti 77'
FCG : Brandon Fernandes 72'

KERALA BLASTERS  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC

Man of the Match : Sunil Chhetri
Club Award : Bengaluru FC - BENGALURU FC
Limitless Player : Rahul Bheke - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Udanta Singh - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Brandon Fernandes - FC GOA


KERALA BLASTERS  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC
FCG : Hugo, Jahouh, Coronomis, Brandon, Jackichand, Nawaz, Pena, Seriton, Lenny, Fall, Ali.
BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra,Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar, Chencho Gyeltshen, Sunil Chhetri.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC relied on a late winner from Sunil Chhetri to pick up a crucial 2-1 victory over table-toppers FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Thursday. Rahul Bheke and Brandon Fernandes got on the scoresheet for Bengaluru and Goa respectively in a fiery encounter. It was a tense affair between the two sides featuring red cards for Dimas Delgado and Mohamed Ali.

At the post-match conference, a jubilant Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat spoke to the press about the important victory. “I am very happy because we know how difficult it is to win at Goa. We had a plan for the game and it was working well and then there were some circumstances that changed things. Two red cards changed everything. In the end, it was a question of the one who scores the second goal will be the one to win. We were clinical in that counter attack with Udanta Singh and Sunil Chhetri and we got the goal, so I am very happy,” he stated.

Speaking about the key absentees from the match – Miku and Erik Paartalu – Cuadrat conceded that he was not sure how long the pair will be out for. “We don’t really know for sure. It was something that happened suddenly. Miku had an ankle problem. With Erik, it was just a very unfortunate infection in the toe. He had to stop suddenly so I am not sure of the time of recovery for him,” he said.

When asked about Delgado’s red card incident, the Spaniard admitted that he was bemused with the decision but acknowledged the hard job referees face. “I made a gesture because I was shocked about the reason of the red card. But I think that the referees have a very difficult job and we have to help them. But sometimes they take the decisions because of the circumstances. So maybe in another moment of the game and without a red card for the other team, maybe he is only showing a yellow card in that situation,“ he answered.

Sergio Lobera was present from Goa’s end to answer the media’s questions. The Spaniard was disappointed with the final result and felt that his side deserved a draw on the night. “I think a draw would have been a fair result. But you know (what happens) when you commit mistakes in a game so equally balanced. Again, we conceded a goal from a corner yet again. And again, after having done all the hard yards from coming back and equalizing and having done within five minutes to concede a goal as such. A team like this will always cause damage,” Lobera remarked.

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05.11.2018 : KERALA BLASTERS 1-2 BENGALURU FC (FT)
BFC : SUNIL CHETRI(16'), SLAVISA STOJANOVIC (80'-OG)
KER : SLAVISA STOJANOVIC (29'-PEN)

KERALA BLASTERS  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC
Man of the Match : Dimas Delgado - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - BENGLURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Miku - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Lalruatthara - KERALA BALSTERS
KBFC : Naveen, Cyril, Sandesh, Nemanja, Lalruatthara; Krcmarevic, Samad, Doungel,Stojanovic, Prasanth, Vineeth.
BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul,Serran, Juanan, Nishu, Paartalu, Khabra; Udanta, Delgado, Sunil, Fedor.

REFEREE: R VENKATESH.

KERALA BLASTERS  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Bengaluru FC added to their perfect record against Kerala Blasters with a 2-1 win at the JN Stadium, in Kochi, on Monday with a Sunil Chhetri penalty and Nikola Krcmarevic own-goal on either side of a spot-kick by Slavisla Stojanovic. The win took Carles Cuadrat’s men to the summit of the Indian Super League, where they now have a two-point lead, following three successive wins away from home.

The Blues, playing with an unchanged eleven for the third straight game, shot into the lead in the 17th minute when Chhetri picked a quick pass from Miku and staved off a challenge from Sandesh Jhingan to score past Naveen Kumar. The goal however, had a hint of luck to it, as replays showed the Bengaluru skipper to be offside when he got the ball.

But Kerala had their own touch of good fortune when Nishu Kumar was deemed to have brought down Sahal Abdul Samad to hand a hosts a penalty that seemed rather soft. Slavisa Stojanovic stepped up and beat Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with a hit that took a bit of the crossbar on its way in to make it 1-1.

Earlier, a rare instance of miscommunication among the Bengaluru backline almost cost Cuadrat’s men as a ball slid in across the face of the goal wasn’t dealt with by a single white shirt. Len Doungel, who picked the pass at beyond the far post only managed to hit the outside of the goal.

The start to the second half was delayed by close to fifteen minutes after three light towers at the Stadium shut down. But the long break did little to slow down the tempo of the first half possessed. Bengaluru had a big chance a little over ten minutes into the second half only for ’keeper Kumar to come up with a fantastic save. Miku, short on space in the Kerala box, cut the ball back for Udanta Singh whose goal-bound shot took a deflection of a sliding Lalruatthara, but Kumar recovered well to get a strong hand to it.

In a bid to shake things up a little and chase the win, Cuadrat introduced Xisco Hernandez for Juanan Gonzalez. The substitution meant Rahul Bheke joining Albert Serran in the centre of defence while Harmanjot Khabra slotted in at right back. Kerala’s big chance to go ahead came in the 77th minute when Prasanth slipped CK Vineeth between the last Bengaluru line, but with only Sandhu to beat, the former Blues striker scuffed his take wide.

Bengaluru then took the lead with less than ten minutes of regulation time left to play. Substitute Xisco played it to Miku and ran into the box to receive the cut-back from the Venezuelan before taking a strike on goal, but Kumar’s save saw the ball head straight into the path of an incoming Krcmarevic, who could do little as it went back into goal off his knee.

The Blues went on to retain possession for most of what remained in regulation time as they ran the clock down to claim another win on the road.

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31.10.2018 : ATK 1-2 BENGALURU FC (FT)
ATK : KOMAL THATAL (14')- ATK
BFC : NICHOLAS FEDOR (45+2'), ERIC PAARTALU (47')

ATK  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC

Man of the Match : Erik Paartalu - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Miku - BENGLURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Nishu Kumar - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Komal Thatal - ATK

ATK : Arindam, Aiborlang, Gerson, Johnson, Lallawmawma, Pronay, Lanzarote, Komal, Santos, Balwant, Uche.
BFC : Gurprit, Rahul, Juanan, Serran, Nishu, Khabra, Paartalu, Udanta, Delgado, Sunil, Fedor
REFEREE: R.VENKATESH.


ATK  <b><font color=red> 1-2 </b></font> BENGALURU FC
90+5': FULL TIME SCORE: ATK 1-2 BENGALURU FC
90': 5 minutes added time
87': YELLOW CARD to Juanan, he blocked Santos dangerously
85': REPLACEMENT BENGALURU: Dimas out, Marcos in
84': YELLOW CARD to Pranay for rough tackle to Khabra
81': Hard luck for ATK, Gerson's header of a corner from Lanzaroute hit the post and went out
80': A series of movements by ATK, but finally the ball cleared for a corner by Juanan
78': REPLACEMENT ATK: Balwant out, Hitesh in
75': REPLACMENT ATK: Jayesh in, Komal out
74': A long pass by Lanzaroute to Balwant but Juanan cover the ball and Gurprit collects the ball
72': Khabra's cross pass cleared by Johnson before Sunil could create any danger
68'; A prompt shot by Santos of a pass from Lanzaroute saved by Gurprit
66': A move by Sunil and Khabra, but Gerson cleared the ball
63': REPLACEMENT BENGALURU FC: Nishu out, Rino in
60': Bengaluru FC dominating in the match now after scoring two goals in quick succession
55': A free kick by Lanzarote defected of Bengaluru defense, Komal's effort of the return ball went wide
53'; A cross pass from Aiborlong from the right cleared by Juanan out of the danger zone
49': Komal's effort of a pass from Santosh went over the goal line
47': GOOOOAAAALLLL.2-1...Bengaluru FC increased the lead. Paartalu's powerful shot from Nishu Kumar off a defection beat Arindam
46': Second session starts, ATK kicks off
45+4': HALF TIME SCORE: ATK 1-1 BENGALURU FC
45+2': GOOOOAAAALLLL.1-1...Bengaluru scored. Fedor's curling free kick finds the net
45+2': Fedor blocked by Gerson dangerously free kick for Bengaluru
45': 4 minutes added time
41': REPLACEMENT ATK: Uche out, Maimouni in
40': Kalu Uche is injured he is going off the field
37': A cross pass from Udanta from the right but Fedor unable to control the ball, Gerson cleared out of the danger zone
32': YELLOW CARD to Arindam for time waisting
31': A pass from Sunil to Udanta but the ball rolled over the goal line
28': A forward pass from Johnson but Balwant unable to control, ball rolled over the goal line
26': A combined move by Sunil and Fedor but cleared by Gerson
23': A cross pass from the right by Rahul but cleared by Aiborlong out of the danger zone
21': A brilliant save by Arindam, he saved a powerful header from Miku from a close range of a pass from Nishu from the left
20': A forward pass from Lanzarote to uche but he was ruled offside
17': Bengaluru playing in short passes trying tom wipe of the deficit
14': GOOOOAAALLLL. 1-0...ATK scored. Koamal Thatal scored after receiving a long pass from Everton Santos from the midfield. Komal beat Johnson and places at the far corner beating Gurprit
12': YELLOW CARD to Balwant, he pushed Khabra from behind
10': Sunil's free kick hit the human wall of ATK
9': Fedor fouled by Johnson, free kick to Bengaluru
8': A long pass from Pranay aiming towards Uche, Gurprit came out in time and cleared the ball out of the danger zone
6': A cross pass by Ricky from the left but Uche was a bit slow in reacting
4': A good combined move by Rahul and Udanta, but the ball went over the side line
1': A long run by Sunil through the left channel but blocked by Aiborlong
0': Match started, Bengaluru FC kicks off


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22.10.2018 : FC PUNE CITY 0-3 BENGALURU FC (FT..)
BFC : Sunil Chhetri 41', 43', Miku 64'.
MAN of the Match : Sunil Chhetri - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Miku - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Dimas Delgado - BENGALURU FC
Emerging player : Sahil Panwar - FC PUNE CITY

FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 0-3 </b></font> BENGALURU FC (FT..)

FCPC : Vishal Kaith, Sahil Panwar, Martin Diaz, Sarthak Golui, Matthew Mills, Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan, Marcelinho, Adil Khan, Jonathan Vila, Nikhil Poojary, Emiliano Alfaro

BFC :Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Nishu Kumar, Juanan, Alberto Serran, Rahul Bheke, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Sunil Chhetri, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Miku Fedor

REFEREE : PRANJOL BANERJEE.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : A quick-fire first-half brace from Sunil Chhetri and another powerful finish from Miku set up a majestic 3-0 win for Bengaluru FC against FC Pune City in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Monday. Bengaluru led 2-0 at the breather with Chhetri striking in the 41st and 43rd minute while Venezuelan striker Miku completed the rout in the 64th minute.

The win saw Bengaluru FC race to the top of the table with seven points and a better goal difference compared to NorthEast United FC, while Pune have just one point after three matches.

Bengaluru FC were the early aggressors and had an opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Matt Mills' poor first-touch allowed Miku to nick the ball off the defender. The Venezuelan striker dribbled into the box before curling the ball over the bar from a tight angle.

FC PUNE CITY <b><font color=red> 0-3 </b></font> BENGALURU FC (FT..)

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh used his height to great effect to keep out a dipping free-kick effort by Marcelinho. The Brazilian's stunning take looked destined to hit the top right corner of the net but the Blues custodian dived to his left to pull off a terrific save.

As the two sides stood tight at the back, clear-cut chances were hard to come by. Dimas Delgado's in-swinging corner-kick found Chhetri unmarked in the centre of the box but the striker's header was straight at the goalkeeper.

Bengaluru's best chance of the half came in the 40th minute when Udanta Singh was released down the right flank by Miku. The winger crossed perfectly for Chhetri in the centre whose effort struck agonisingly wide from close range. The Blues skipper made amends for his miss with a goal a minute later. He beat Pune's offside trap to receive Delgado's long diagonal from the right and placed a neat finish past goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to give his side the lead.

Chhetri doubled his side's lead within two minutes. Another long ball from the back was poorly cleared by the Pune defence. Miku pounced on the loose ball before releasing Chhetri into the box who skipped past Sarthak Golui's challenge to complete the move.

Soon after the restart, the visitors threatened again. Udanta intercepted a pass and lobbed the ball over the defence for Miku to chase but the striker, once he got to the byline, took too long to cross and the delay allowed Martin Diaz to slide in with a tackle.

Miku's physical prowess and persistence helped Bengaluru add their third goal in the 64th minute. A long punt forward by Albert Serran fell to Miku who outmuscled Sahil Panwar and slammed home. Pune almost came up with an immediate response at the other end. Rahul Bheke failed to clear a long ball and Diego Carlos pounced onto it before sending a ferocious attempt that struck the outside of the post and sailed out.

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07.10.2018 : BENGALURU FC 2-2 JAMSHEDPUR FC (FT)
BFC : Nishu Kumar (45'), Sunil Chetri (87')
BFC : Gaurav Mukhi(81'), Sergoi Cidoncha (90+3')

MAN of the Match : Nishu Kumar - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC - Jamshedpur FC
Limitless Player : Y. Raju - Jamshedpur FC
Winning pass of the match : Harmanjot Khabra
Emerging player : Gourav Mukhi - BENGALURU FC

BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 2-2 </b></font> JAMSHEDPUR FC

BFC : Gurpreet, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Khabra, Erik Paartalu, Udanta Singh, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri, Miku.
JFC : Subhasish, Y.Raju, Raju Gaikwad, Tiri, Bikash Jairu, Mario Arques, Memo, Jerry Mawhmingthanga, Tim Cahill, Michael Soosairaj, Sergio Cidoncha.

REFEREE : C.R.SRIKRISHNA.
GAURAV MUKHI IS THE YOUNGEST PLAYER(16YRS) EVER IN THE HISTORY OF ISL TO SCORE A GOAL
BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 2-2 </b></font> JAMSHEDPUR FC

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Late goals in Hero ISL Match 9 before the first season break, kept the audience on edge of theior seats as it set up an unforgettable night of football at the Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, with Jamshedpur FC holding Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw. Nishu Kumar's stunning volley at the stroke of half-time put the hosts ahead. Youngster Gourav Mukhi made history when he came on for Jamshedpur FC as substitute and scored on his debut to equalize. Sunil Chhetri's header in the 88th minute was cancelled out by Sergio Cidoncha's effort in added time (90+4).

Tim Cahill and Michael Soosairaj got their much-awaited debuts in the Hero ISL as Jamshedpur FC head coach Cesar Ferrando named an attacking side to take on last season's finalists. Carles Cuadrat's Blues were unchanged from their 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC. Ferrando's side started the game on the front foot but the first real threat came from the home side 12 minutes into the match. Udanta Singh's blistering pace allowed him to race past winger-turned-left-back Bikash Jairu into space on the right flank. The winger's cross, however, failed to reach Sunil Chhetri and was cleared by Tiri at the centre of the box.

Cahill looked to get in on the act by teasing a through-ball into space for Jerry Mawhmingthanga. The right-sided winger had time to pick out Soosairaj's run into the box but the youngster's cross was struck with too much force. The Men of Steel piled up the pressure as the first-half progressed but their final delivery into the box lacked clarity. Mario Arques struck a dangerous free-kick at Gurpreet Singh's goal but it sailed inches over the bar and had the goalkeeper's eyes on its trajectory all the way through.

The midfield battle was proving to be difficult to win for both teams. The forwards were kept under watch and the ball was often played into the wide areas for crosses into the box. Sunil Chhetri's clever free-kick from the right flank was aimed at Xisco Fernandez who was waiting at the edge of the box. The Spanish midfielder's sweet volley flew inches past the post and was an alarm signal for what was to come.

Two minutes later, another free-kick, earned by Miku and taken by Xisco, was headed clear initially by Tiri. The ball fell to Nishu Kumar outside the box who unleashed a stunning strike into the top left corner of the net, leaving Subhasish Chowdhury helpless and stunned. Miku was proving to be a difficult for the Jamshedpur defence. He ran in behind the defence and squared a good through-ball across the face of goal, inviting Chhetri who failed to make a connection.

Ferrando replaced defender Gaikwad with Mobashir Rahman and the midfielder almost pulled off another long-range goal. A brilliant strike from outside the box was kept out of the top right corner of the net by the outstretched hands of Gurpreet Singh. With 19 minutes left on the clock, 16-year-old forward Gourav Mukhi replaced Jerry to become the youngest ever player to make his debut in ISL. Ten minutes into his debut, the youngster produced a moment of brilliance to bring Jamshedpur back into the game.

Mukhi outmuscled Serran as he raced into the box to receive Maria Arques' chip and slotted the ball past Gurpreet Singh for the equaliser.
Just as the Blues faithful thought they were done for the day, Harmanjot Khabra's long ball into the box from the right flank was headed into the net by Sunil Chhetri to put the hosts back into the lead in the 88th minute.

However, Jamshedpur FC showed gumption as they pulled one back right at the death. Arques’s cross into the box saw Cidoncha place his effort into the far post to ensure that they pick a crucial point away from home. A hard fought draw earned today kept Jamshedpur FC unbeaten run here at the Kanteerava Stadium.


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WINNING STSRT OF BENGALURU FC..
30.09.2018. BENGALURU FC 1-0 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
BFC : NICHOLAS FEDOR (41')
MAN of the Match : Miku - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Xisco Hernandez - BENGALURU FC

Emerging player : Jerry Lalrinzuala - CHENNAIYIN FC

BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC

BFC : Gurpreet, Khabra, Serran, Juanan, Rahul, Udanta, Erik, Hernandez, Nishu Kumar, Fedor (Miku) , Chhetri
CFC : Karanjit, Calderon, Alves, Sabia, Jerry, Germanpreet, Isaac, Francis, Augusto, Nelson; Jeje.

MATCH REPORT:

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Bengaluru FC got their Hero Indian Super League campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Bengaluru, on Sunday.

In what was a repeat of last season’s final at the same venue, Miku’s 41st minute strike was enough for the Blues to overcome the visitors’ challenge. Chennaiyin FC will be disappointed as they got nothing out of this game, particularly after they were gifted two gild-edge chances to take the lead.
Bengaluru, though, were quick to get off the blocks with Eric Paartalu being gifted an excellent chance as early as the third minute. After some scrappy play in the Chennaiyin box following a throw-in by Rahul Bheke, the loose ball fell to the Australian midfielder’s feet but his snap shot was aimed straight at goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.
BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC

The visitors started to gain a foothold in the match through their quick breaks as the minutes wore on and they should have drawn first blood midway into the game. Gregory Nelson and Jeje Lalpekhlua broke at pace following an error by Bheke and Nelson’s perfectly threaded through ball left the India striker one-on-one with Gurpreet. As the Bengaluru goalkeeper rushed forward, Jeje slotted the ball for a completely unmarked Germanpreet Singh but his pass was over-hit with the Chennaiyin midfielder unable to direct it towards an empty goal.
Bengaluru were seeing plenty of the ball but failed to make it count while Chennaiyin continued to look dangerous on the break. Another Bheke mistake around the half an hour mark almost gifted Chennaiyin with a goal after his poor back-pass was intercepted by Jeje. The off-balance Chennaiyin forward had only Gurpreet to beat but lost his footing.

Gurpreet then pulled off a fine save from a long-distance effort by Germanpreet before Bengaluru took the lead against the run of play.
Xisco Hernandez won the ball following a midfield scrap and quickly released Miku behind the Chennaiyin defence with a perfectly weighted pass. The Venezuelan striker unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot which, despite being aimed at Karanjit’s near post, left the Chennaiyin goalkeeper with no chance.
The visitors came close to grabbing an equaliser straight after the interval following a long-throw into the Bengaluru box. The resulting loose ball fell to Inigo Calderon at the edge of the box whose blocked shot fell to Eli Sabia with his back to goal. The central defender’s clever backheel unfortunately was directed straight to the rival goalkeeper.

The visitors took the game to the opposition in the second period with Bengaluru looking dangerous on the break. One such break in the 72nd minute found Sunil Chhetri with some space in the Chennaiyin box but Calderon was quick to recover and deny the Bengaluru skipper the chance to put the match to bed.
Gregory threw caution to the wind in the closing stages by bringing on striker Carlos Salom for defender Mailson Alves. But while Chennaiyin threw the kitchen sink, the hosts held on to their lead for a perfect start to their campaign.

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