Kochi, Nov 5 : Last years finalist Bengaluru FC continued their winning spree, as they tamed hosts Kerala Blasters, 2-1 in the fifth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawharlal Nehru International Stadium here on Monday night.
The teams scored one each in the first half, by Sunil Chhetri (17th minute) and Slavisa Stojanovic (30th minute) respectively for Bengalure and Kerala Blasters respectively.
However, an unfortunate goal by Blasters defender Nikola Krcmarevic, handed over an easy win to their rivals as well as three valuable points to their guests.
With the win, the Bengaluru climp up to the top position of the table with 13 points from five outings, while Blasters went down to sixth position with seven points from six outings.
Bengaluru hard working striker gained an early lead to his team in the 17th minute, but yellow brigadiers brought the parity through Slavisa Stojanovic in the 30th minute.
As the Blasters could be able to share points, holding 1-1 against FC Pune City, coach David James made two changes today against Bengaluru, replacing injured Mohammad Rakip with Lalruatthara and Prasanth K with Matej Poplatnik.
Though yellow fans encouraged their home team by all means, they disappointed them as they could not rose up to the situation and tasted their first defeat in the fifth edition.
On the other hand, hardworking Chhetri silenced the vociferous home fans, with a telling goal in the 17th minute. Albert Serran sent a long ball on the angle for Miku who released the ball with his first touch. The 34-year-old, who was in an offside position but wasn’t spotted by the linesman, went past Sandesh Jhingan and slotted the ball home.
However, the one goal deficit do never lose the tempo of the Kerala Blasters and even they had two golden chances to score. But failed to convert them as goals. And finally their hard work found fruit, as they succeeded in bringing the much wanted parity through Slavisa Stojanovic though a penalty kick.
Seiminlen Doungel ended up side-netting from close range as he got on the end of a low cross by Prasanth. Thereafter, Prasanth’s blinder of a shot was just about kept out by Gurpreet Sandhu.
The draw further boosted the confidence and they initiated certain moves. But nothing could be materialised.With abounded support of home fans, Kerala Blasters tried their maximum to gain an upper hand over their rivals and the most reliable strike Vineeth a golden opportunity by vesting it in the 77th minute.
However, the bad luck haunted the Blasters again, as they tasted their first defeat in the season through a self goal in the 80th minute. Lucky Bengaluru restored their lead in the 80th minute, thanks to a self goal by Nikola Krcmarevic.
And that was all and Kerala surrender lost the match as well as three valuable point. (UNI)