Bengaluru FC were keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat against Chennaiyin FC in the previous game. With the crowd backing them, they started well but, just like the previous clash, Jamshedpur FC had the last laugh with a dramatic winner in the 90th minute of play.
Trindade Goncalves kept his cool to convert a late penalty to give Jamshedpur full points for only the second time in this league and hand Bengaluru FC their third defeat in seven matches. Despite the defeat, Bengaluru FC (12 points) continue to be placed second on the table behind FC Goa, who now have two matches in hand and can open a gap at the top of the table. Jamshedpur have nine points from six matches, the same as FC Pune City.
The fierce battle seemed destined for a draw after both teams went close in either half but took a dramatic turn in the final minute of play. Substitute Sameehg Doutie made his trademark run towards the goal with the ball ahead of him and was tripped from behind by Rahul Bheke. The referee promptly awarded a penalty in the final minute which Trindade converted by showing nerves of steel.
It was a dramatic end to a match which could have gone either way in the 90 minutes of play. Jamshedpur, for instance, went close twice in quick succession in the 54th and 61st minutes. At first, Kervens Belfort had a golden opportunity to give his team the lead but goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh made a super save when his outstretched legs kept the close-range attempt away.
Seven minutes later, Belfort played a delightful through ball for Jerry Mawhmingthanga, leaving the Bengaluru defence in tatters, but Jerry’s effort missed the target by a whisker.
20.12.2017: NORTH EAST UNITED 0-2 MUMBAI CITY (FT)
MCFC : Balwant Singh 34', 68'
Club Award : Mumbai City FC
The Swift Moment of the Match : Balwant Singh - MUMBAI
Winning Pass of the Match: Achille Emana - MUMBAI
Emerging Player of the Match: Davinder Singh - MUMBAI
Fittest Player of the Match : Marcinho - NORTH EAST
Hero of the Match : Gerson Vieira - MUMBAI
NEU: Ravi Kumar, Sambinha, Nirmal Chettri, Jose Goncalves, Reagan Singh, Seiminlen Doungel, Rowllin Borges, Marcinho, Halicharan Narzary, Martin Diaz, Luis Alfonso.
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Gerson Vieira, Raju Gaikwad, Lucian Goian, Davinder Singh, Abinash Ruidas, Thiago Santos, Sanju Pradhan, Everton Santos, Achille Emana, Balwant Singh.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : A brace from Balwant Singh, both goals set up by Achille Emana, propelled Mumbai City FC to a 2-0 win over NorthEast United FC in Guwahati on Wednesday. The win took Mumbai into the top four of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table, and banished the memories of a disappointing 0-1 loss against ATK at home.
The first goal was a howler as NorthEast's goalkeeper, Ravi Kumar, ran out of his area to challenge Balwant, with the Indian simply having to arrange it past him into a gaping goal from outside the box. The Indian looked as surprised as did all the fans, but it was his precision that eventually counted.
Mumbai City put the result out of doubt with a second goal in the 68th minute. A lapse in concentration from Rowllin Borges allowed Emana into a dangerous area from where he squared the ball for Balwant. With an open goal awaiting him for the second time in the match, he made no mistake whatsoever.
The goal came minutes after Balwant had missed a chance from close range. Emana was the man at it again, but his cross was headed over from yards away in an inexplicable miss.
17.12.17: BENGALURU FC 1-2 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
CFC : Jeje Lalpekhlua 5'., Dhanpal Ganesh 88'
BFC : Sunil Chhetri 85'.
Club Award : CHENNAIYIN FC
Swift Moment of the Match : Dhanpal Ganesh - CHENNAIYIN FC
Winning Pass of the Match :Rene Mihelic - CHENNAIYIN FC
Fittest Player of the Match : Sunil Chhetri - BENGALURU
Emerging Player Award : Nishu Kumar - BENGALURU FC
Man of the Match : Mailson Alves- CHENNAIYIN FC
BFC : Gurpreet Singh, Rahul Bheke, John Johnson, Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Khabra, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Garcia, Dimas Delgado, Toni Dovale, Sunil Chhetri, Miku.
CFC : Karanjit Singh, Mailson Alves, Henrique Sereno, Inigo Calderon, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Raphael Augusto, Francisco Fernandes, Jude Nworuh, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
MATCH REPORT: ISL MEDIA RELEASE - Dhanpal Ganesh’s dramatic winner, with just two minutes remaining at that, silenced the Fortress as Chennaiyin FC put it past hosts Bengaluru FC 2-1 in a sixth-round clash of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday.
In a match that was billed as a ‘Southern Derby’ with both coaches making it clear there was added motivation to win this one, Jeje Lalpekhlua provided Chennaiyin FC with the lead in the fifth minute.
It stayed that way till the end of the first half but Bengaluru FC, who have scored most of their goals in the second session, got the equaliser in the 85th minute. With five minutes still left to be played, Bengaluru FC fancied their chances of even securing the winner but the much-celebrated match-winner came at the other end as Ganesh headed home in the 88th minute.
It was a dramatic end to an invigorating clash that took them to 12 points from six matches, the same as Bengaluru FC and FC Goa, who have a match in hand. Chennaiyin FC, however, are placed third with an inferior goal average.
Chennaiyin FC won’t mind that, particularly because this victory comes after their loss in Mumbai. John Gregory’s side put up a commendable team performance, although it was a great defensive display from players like captain Henrique Sereno, Mailson Alves, Inigo Calderon and Dhanpal Ganesh which helped them hand Bengaluru FC their first defeat at home this season.
Chennaiyin FC were also helped by an early goal, scored by their top Indian goal-scorer, Jeje. It came in slightly lucky circumstances as Lenny Rodrigues's clearance deflected off Chhetri and landed right in front of Jeje who did well to slam it past goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca made six changes to his side as he rested Juanan, Subhasish Bose, Udanta Singh, Erik Paartalu and Braulio Nobrega along with goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte and it showed in their performance as they could not impose themselves on the opposition. Even their highest goalscorer, Miku, who scored in the last four matches, was kept quiet throughout.
It was only in the second session that Bengaluru showed more urgency, and with Udanta on the field, chances came thick and fast. Captain Chhetri missed from close range early in the second half but more than made up for that miss with a superb equaliser in the 85th minute. Left unmarked, Chhetri simply picked up a pass from Toni Dovale and gave Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh no chance with his half-volley.
Chhetri appeared to have rescued a crucial point and saved Bengaluru's proud home record at the Fortress. However, Dhanpal Ganesh silenced the crowd in the 88th minute when he rose high to meet a corner from Rene Mihelic.
16.12.2017: DELHI DYNAMOS 1-5 FC GOA - FT
DD: Kalu Uche 61'
FCG: Ferran Corominas 45'+1', Manuel Lanzarote 45'+2', Pritam 84'(OG), Adrian 85', Manuel 87'
The Club Award - FC Goa
The Swift Moment of the Match - Romeo Fernandes : FC GOA
The Winning Pass of the Match - Ferran Corominas : FC GOA
The Fittest Player of the Match - Mandar Rao Dessai : FC GOA
Emerging Player - Narayan Das : FC GOA
Man of the Match - Manuel Arana. : FC GOA
DD: Sukhadev, Pritam, Rowilson, Cichero, Timothy, Vinit, Paulinho, Lumu, Romeo, Guyon, Kalu.
FCG: Kattimani, Seriton, Bruno, Ali, Narayan, Ahmed, Edu, Brandon, Manuel, Mandar, Ferran
FULL TIME SCORE: DELHI DYNAMOS 1-5 FC GOA
87':Arana this time gets his name in the score sheet.
85':Adrian scored from Arana's fine cross.
84':Pritam scored an own goal.
65':Second yellow and RED for Cichero.
61':Kalu Uche nets his second goal of the season to reduce the margin.
HALF TIME SCORE: DELHI DYNAMOS 0-2 FC GOA
45'+2':Manuel Lanzarote increased the lead within a minute.
45'+1':Ferran Corominas scored for FC Goa.
45' Yellow to Jeroen Lumu.
31':Paulinho Dias's volley from outside the box, hits the post.
10':Mandar hits the cross bar from Lanza's fine pass.
6':Yellow for Cichero
15.12.2017: KERALA BLASTERS 1-0 N.E.UNITED (FT)
KER : Vineeth CK 24'
CLUB AWARD : KERALA BLASTERS.
Swift Moment of the Match : CK Vineeth - KERALA
Winning Pass of the Match : Rino Anto - KERALA
Fittest Player of the Match : Nirmal Chettri - NORTH EAST
Emerging Player of the Match : Lalruatthara - NORTH EAST
Man of the Match : Wes Brown : NORTH EAST.
KEB : TP Rehenesh, Sambinha, Nirmal Chettri, Jose Goncalves, Seiminlen Doungel, Marcinho, Halicharan Narzary, Reagan Singh, Rowllin Borges, Martin Diaz, Danilo Lopes.
NEU : Paul Rachubka, Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, Wes Brown, CK Vineeth, Siam Hanghal, Jackichand Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Mark Sifneos, Rino Anto, Lalruatthara, Courage Pekuson.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Kerala Blasters FC huffed and puffed their way to a one-goal victory over 10-man NorthEast United FC for their first win in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) this season at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Friday.
CK Vineeth, returning from suspension, scored the only goal of the match in the 24th minute as Kerala Blasters maintained their record of never losing to NorthEast United in four years.
The hosts were in an advantageous position for the entire second session as NorthEast goalkeeper TP Rehenesh was sent off with a straight red card in the 43rd minute. NorthEast could never recover from that blow, although they could not be faulted for lack of effort.
Although Vineeth got the goal that mattered, the Hero of the match was debutant Wes Brown. The former Manchester United defender played his first match for Kerala Blasters and showed what they were missing all along. His solid performance in front of the back four was the key to Kerala’s first win this season.
It were NorthEast though who started stronger and with some good fortune could have even taken the lead. Striker Marcinho was a constant threat for the visitors and struck a good understanding with Martin Diaz.
Kerala calmed nerves for the hosts in the 24th minute with a gem of a strike from star man Vineeth. Captain Sandesh Jhingan released Rino Anto on the right with a long ball and Anto, with plenty of space ahead of him, made a superb run forward. He then played an inch-perfect cross inside the NorthEast goalmouth where Vineeth stunned everyone with a flying header.
There was a way back for the visitors but they needed to keep calm. In the 43rd minute, the match took a dramatic turn when Rehenesh was red-carded. From a quick counter-attack, the inspirational Courage Pekuson picked out Mark Sifneos with a through ball and goalkeeper Rehenesh mistimed his jump, catching Sifneos’s legs, instead of the ball.
Once the referee flashed the red card at Rehenesh, they were left with a mountain to climb. With the numerical advantage, Kerala always enjoyed the upper hand and it was the upright that thwarted them in the 57th minute when Lalruatthara’s close range shot seemed good enough for the second goal.
NorthEast had to rely mostly on counter attacks and they came close to securing an unlikely equaliser with just three minutes left to be played. A corner-kick from substitute Odair Fortes saw Danilo Lopes rise high to head, but the ball sailed agonisingly wide with nobody on hand to tap it home.
14.12.2017: FC PUNE CITY 1-3 BENGALURU FC (FT..)
FCP : Adil Khan 35'.
BFC ; Nicolas Flores 64', 78', Sunil Chhetri 90'
CLUB AWARD : Bengaluru FC
Swift moment of the Match :Miku- BENGALURU
Winning Pass of the Match : Issac - PUNE
Fittest Player of the Match : Udanta Singh- BENGALURU
Emerging Player : Issac - PUNE
Man of the Match : Miku -Bengaluru
FCP : Vishal Kaith, Sarthak Golui, Rafael Lopez, Gurtej Singh, Adil Khan, Marcos Tebar, Jonatan Lucca, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Diego Carlos, Baljit Sahni, Emiliano Alfaro.
BFC : Lalthuammawia Ralte, Subhasish Bose, Harmanjot Khabra, Juanan, Rahul Bheke, Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Miku, Braulio Nobrega, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC secured their position at the top of the table in the Hero Indian Super League after fighting back from a goal down to edge past 10-man FC Pune City 3-1 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Thursday.
Adil Khan put FC Pune City in the lead in the 35th minute, and the home team looked to be the better side in the first 45 minutes. The match, however, turned on its head in the second session after Pune defender Baljit Singh was sent off for a second yellow card in the 56th minute.
The hero, once again, for Bengaluru FC was Venezuelan forward Miku who scored two goals, in the 64th and 78th minutes of the game, while Sunil Chhetri hammered the final nail in the last minute of play. Bengaluru FC have now opened up a three-point lead at the top of the table. They have 12 points from five matches.
The ISL debutants didn’t look entirely convincing in the first session as they gave away the ball cheaply and looked fragile at the back. The defensive line was making uncharacteristic mistakes, giving Pune a clear look at the goal.
Bengaluru had just one shot on goal in the first session, although Sunil Chhetri had the ball in the back of the net but his attempt was ruled out for handball.
Pune, who had top scorer Marcelinho on the bench, surged ahead in the 35th minute, thanks to some brilliant work from Isaac Vanmalsawma. Midfielder Marcos Tebar kick-started the attack and found Isaac on the left. Isaac crossed the ball into the heart of the Bengaluru defence where nobody saw Adil burst from nowhere and finish with a super diving effort.
Bengaluru FC have scored seven of their 10 goals in the second session. Understandably they attacked with vigour in the second half and were helped by the sending off of Baljit, the second time in as many matches that Pune had a player red-carded. This time the red card came too early and Pune found it tough to defend thereafter.
Bengaluru’s equaliser came in the 64th minute through Miku, their highest goal scorer. Chhetri moved in from the left and saw Edu Garcia overlapping. He rolled the ball swiftly and the Spaniard simply pulled it back for Miku to finish from close range.
Miku scored his, and the team’s, second goal in the 78th minute with another exquisite finish after Garcia’s attempt was blocked by a rival defender. Chhetri then made the best use of Pune’s tired legs as he ran to meet a through-ball from Toni Dovale and calmly lifted it over the on-rushing goalkeeper, deep into added time. Ends
10.12.2017: MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
MCF : Achille Edzimbi (PEN) 60'
Club Award : Mumbai City FC
Swift Moment of the Match : Amrinder Singh - MUMBAI
The Winning Pass of the Match : Rene Mihelic - CHENNAIYIN
Fittest Player of the Match :Jude Nworuh - CHENNAIYIN
Emerging Player of the Match : Jerry Lalrinzuala. - CHENNNAIYIN <
Man of the Match Award : Achille Emana - MUMBAI
MCFC :Amrinder Singh, Gerson Vieira, Everton Santos, Rafa Jorda, Achille Emana, Balwant Singh, Lucian Goian, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Sehnaj Singh, Davinder Singh, Abinash Ruidas.
CFC:Karanjit Singh, Henrique Sereno, Jude Nworuh, Rene Mihelic, Thoi Singh, Inigo Calderon, Anirudh Thapa, Dhanpal Ganesh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mohammed Rafi, Mailson Alves.
10.12.2017: JAMSHEDPUR FC 0-1 PUNE CITY FC (FT)
FCP : Adil Khan 30'.
RED CARD : L. Fanai - FC Pune
The Club Award : FC Pune City
The Swift Moment : Adil Khan - PUNE
Winning Pass of the Match : Marcelo Pereira - PUNE
Fittest Player of the Match : Bikash Jairu - JFC
The Emerging Player of the Match : Souvik Chakrabarti - JFC
Man of the Match Award : Marcos Tebar - PUNE
JFC : Subrata Paul, Andre Bikey, Tiri, Shouvik Ghosh, Trindade Goncalves, Mehtab Hossain, Siddharth Singh, Bikash Jairu, Memo, Souvik Chakrabarti, Izu Azuka.
FCP : Vishal Kaith, Gurtej Singh, Rafael Lopez, Adil Khan, Marcos Tebar, Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelo Pereira, Sarthak Golui, Diego Carlos, L. Fanai, Isaac Vanmalsawma.
09.12 : FC GOA 5-2 KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
KRB : MARK SIFENOS (7'), JACKICHAND SINGH (30')
FCG : MANUAL NANZAROTE (9',18'), CORO (48', 51', 55')
FC GOA : Kattimani, Seriton, Bruno, Ali, Narayan, Ed Bedia, Jahouh, Lanzarote, Brandon, Mandar and Coro.
KERALA BLASTERS : Rachubka, Rino, Jhingan, Lakic-Pesic, Ruathara, Arata, Berbatov, Meitei, Jackichand, Pekuson and Sifneos.
REFEREE : C.R.SRIKRISHNA
Club Award - FC Goa
Swift Moment of the Match - Ferran Corominas - FCG
Winning Pass of the Match - Ahmed Jahouh - FCG
Fittest Player of the Match - Jackichand Singh - KERALA
Emerging Player of the Match - Brandon Fernandes - FCG
Man of the Match - Ferran Corominas - FCG
ISL PRESS RELEASE : FC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 5-2 in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Fatorda Stadium on Saturday to join Bengaluru FC at the top of the table. Like newcomers Bengaluru, Goa have nine points but an inferior goal difference.
Mark Sifneos opened the scoring on the night for visitors but Ferran Corominas’s second successive hat-trick in the Hero ISL took the game away from Kerala Blasters. Manuel Lanzarote also continued his good form for Goa by scoring two goals. Jackichand Singh was the only other Kerala player to get on the scoresheet
Kerala Blasters had an unfortunate start to the game. The visitors’ marquee player Dimitar Berbatov had to be taken off due injury in the fourth minute of the game. But that didn't seem to have any effect on Rene Muelesteen's side who opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Jackichand Singh's pinpoint cross into the box from the right wing found Mark Sifneos. The Dutch striker's shot crept under FC Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani into the goal.
Manuel Lanzarote levelled the score for Goa with a side-footed volley two minutes later. The Spanish import then handed the home side the lead in the 18th minute of the game. Some sloppy play at the back by Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Paul Rachubka gave Lanzarote an opportunity to have a go at the goal and he obliged with some style and precision.
FC Goa, however, couldn't hold on to the lead for long. Jackichand Singh equalised for Kerala at the half-hour mark after some one-touch play on the edge of the box between him and Milan Singh opened up Goa's defence. Both sides went in the half-time with the scoreboard reading 2-2.
In the second half, it was the Coro show. Having scored a hat-trick in the previous game, FC Goa's Spanish forward followed that up with another hat-trick in just seven minutes to take the game away from Kerala Blasters.
Just three minutes into the second half, Ahmed Jahouh’s through ball put Coro clear on goal, and the in-form striker slid past Rachubka to restore Goa's lead. Two minutes later, Kerala's defence was opened up again thanks to a similar move. This time, Pekuson put the ball through and Coro lifted in over the goalkeeper to double the home side's lead.
Muelesteen's side looked shell-shocked and their defence was breached again in the 55th minute. Lanzarote’s low cross from the right was turned in by Coro who duly completed his hat-trick.
The visitors tried to get back into the game but couldn't find a way.