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ISL: Javi Hernandez Stars in Odisha FC’s 3-1 Victory Over Bengaluru FC

Goa, Nov 24:  Odisha FC got off the mark in style as The Kalinga Warriors ousted Bengaluru FC by 3-1 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday.Also Read – OFC vs BFC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Football Hints Hero ISL: Captain, Vice-Captain, Playing 11s For Today’s Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC at Tilak Maidan Stadium at 7:30 PM IST November 24 Wednesday

Former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder, Javi Hernandez scored a brace while new signing Aridai Cabrera scored the third-goal to round-off a memorable victory. On the other hand, Brazilian defender Alan Costa scored the only goal for the Blues as captain Sunil Chhetri missed a glorious opportunity from the spot-kick. Also Read – ISL Today Match Report: Vladimir Koman’s Penalty Helps Chennaiyin FC Steal Win Against Hyderabad FC

Bengaluru left Cleiton Silva on the bench while young Roshan Singh was given a run out at right back. Odisha lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Kiko Ramirez’s Spanish influence evident. Also Read – ISL Today Match Report: Igor Angulo’s Brace Powers Mumbai City FC to 3-0 Win Versus FC Goa

It was a horrible start for India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who ventured out of his box in an attempt to clear a long punt from his counterpart Kamaljit Singh. A comedy of errors ensued as his mistimed clearance fell right for Javi Hernandez who lobbed the ball over the keeper and defenders into the net for Odisha to draw first blood.

Shell-shocked Bengaluru was still picking up the pieces after the opener when Jonathas, Odisha’s high-profile signing in the summer found Nandhakumar Sekar with a one-two but the latter squandered the opportunity with a tame shot in the 12th minute.

Odisha captain Hector Rodas had nodded the ball out for a corner kick which Roshan swung in from his left foot. Brazilian defender Alan Costa made use of his towering physique to rise the highest and head the ball into the net for the equaliser.

The former champions looked comfortable after their goal as the Odisha defence, led by Rodas was tested on multiple occasions before half time but remained unscathed.

Five minutes into the second half, Jonathas was brought down by Udanta Singh on the edge of the box. Javi’s left foot freekick left the entire Bengaluru wall for dead, as the Bhubaneswar side restored the lead.

Cleiton Silva was called upon and won a penalty at the hour mark. Sunil Chhetri stepped up only to be denied by the keeper but the follow-through, which was netted by Cleiton, was disallowed as he encroached the box before the shot was taken.

Bengaluru kept on pressing for an equaliser but that was not to be. Striker Prince Ibarra sliced a cross from Alan Costa over the bar as Sunil Chhetri struggled to mark his presence in the Odisha box.

It was then Spanish Aridai Suarez who piled on more misery on the Blues in the final minutes of the match with clinical strides and a deft touch to find the back of the net to seal the match for Odisha FC.

Odisha, who finished bottom last season, started their campaign with an encouraging victory while Bengaluru, who have 3 points from two games, would like to go to the drawing board and focus on their defense.

(With Inputs From IANS)

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