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Kerala Blasters v Bengaluru Match Report, 6/11/18

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S. Stojanović (30 pen)
S. Chhetri (17)
N. Krčmarević (80 og)
Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium
ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC end Kerala Blasters' unbeaten run
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Bengaluru FC make it three wins from as many games against Kerala Blasters to reach the top of the ISL table...

Bengaluru FC continued their fine form against Kerala Blasters as they beat the Yellow Army 2-1 at the Jawaharlal  Nehru Stadium, Kochi on Monday.

Sunil Chhetri handed Bengaluru the lead in the 17th minute but Slavisa Stojanovic restored parity at the half-hour mark. Nikola Krcmarevic's unfortunate own goal in the 80th confirmed full points for the Blues.

David James made two changes in the Kerala Blasters starting XI which managed a 1-1 draw against FC Pune City last Friday. Injured Mohammad Rakip was replaced by Lalruatthara and Prasanth K came in place of Matej Poplatnik. Carles Cuadrat, on the other hand, did not feel the need to disturb Bengaluru’s winning combination.

Vineeth got an opportunity to score against his former side as early as in the third minute of the match. Stojanovic sent a through ball for Prasanth down the right flank who squared the ball for an unmarked Vineeth inside the box. The winger, in ample space, saw his effort go wide.

Chhetri silenced the home fans by breaking the deadlock in the 17th minute from a well-coordinated move. 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. 

After conceding the goal, Kerala got two very good opportunities to equalize. 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 hosts finally restored parity in the match in the 30th minute from Slavisa Stojanovic’s penalty goal. Nishu Kumar fouled Sahal Samad inside the penalty box and gave away a cheap penalty. Stojanovic slotted the ball home from the spot-kick as Gurpreet went the wrong way.

Bengaluru FC started the second half on the front foot. Udanta came close to give his side the lead in the 56th minute but was denied by Naveen Kumar. Gurpreet found Miku inside the penalty box who squared the ball for Udanta. The winger’s deflected effort was just about kept out by Naveen in goal.

Vineeth squandered an easy chance in the 77th minute after receiving a through ball from Prasanth. However, the former Bengaluru FC striker failed to find the back of the net.

Bengaluru restored their lead in the 80th minute via Nikola Krcmarevic’s own goal. Xisco fed Miku with a through ball inside box who in turn squared the ball back to him. Xisco pulled the trigger but Naveen did well to save it from a close range. Unfortunately, the rebound got deflected off Krcmarevic’s chest and went inside the goal.

The visitors sealed full points yet again against their Southern rivals and move to the top of the ISL table with 13 points from five matches. Kerala, on the other hand, remain on the sixth position with seven points from six matches.