Odisha FC Stages Thrilling Comeback to Defeat Bengaluru FC 3-2

In a pulsating encounter in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24, Odisha FC secured a sensational 3-2 victory over Bengaluru FC at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The match witnessed significant milestones, with Sunil Chhetri inching closer to becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in the ISL, notching his 58th goal. However, Odisha FC, under the guidance of coach Lobera, demonstrated their resilience by staging an impressive comeback.

Chhetri’s Goal-Scoring Feat

Sunil Chhetri, a legendary figure in Indian football, displayed his goal-scoring prowess early in the game. In the eighth minute, he expertly navigated his way past his marker and Odisha goalkeeper Amrinder Singh to find the back of the net, tallying his 58th strike in the league. Chhetri now stands just five goals behind Bartholomew Ogbeche, the current record holder with 63 goals.

Lobera’s Defensive Discipline Challenge

Coach Lobera, known for instilling strong defensive discipline in his teams across three ISL tenures, faced a different challenge this season. Prior to this match, his teams had conceded an average of 1.2 goals per game in the 83 matches he had managed. However, Odisha FC had struggled defensively this campaign, and Bengaluru’s Keziah Veendorp capitalized on their vulnerability. Veendorp’s perfectly placed through ball enabled Ryan Williams to double Bengaluru’s lead in the 18th minute.

Odisha’s Resilient Fightback

Despite the early setback, Odisha FC exhibited resilience and fought back to reduce the deficit. Jerry Mawihmingthanga, who has been elevating his playing style under Lobera’s guidance, provided an excellent assist to Lalthathanga Khawlhring, who scored in the 23rd minute.

Isak Vanlalruatfela, who had come close to opening his goal account on multiple occasions in previous matches, finally found the net just before halftime. A well-constructed offensive move, led by former Mumbai City FC winger Goddard, set up Isak for the equalizer.

Ranawade’s Moment of Brilliance

While collective team efforts contributed to the captivating comeback, it was fullback Amey Ranawade who seized the spotlight. In the 60th minute, Ranawade received the ball at an acute angle and unleashed a remarkable shot that eluded Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, sealing Odisha’s thrilling comeback win.

Key Performer – Isak Vanlalruatfela (Odisha FC)

Isak Vanlalruatfela repaid Coach Lobera’s trust in him with a stellar performance. He completed the full 90 minutes, created three goal-scoring chances, delivered four crosses, and scored the crucial equalizer for the home side.

Upcoming Matches

Odisha FC is set to host NorthEast United FC on November 3. While Bengaluru FC will face Hyderabad FC on the following day, seeking to rebound from this thrilling encounter.

Brief Scores

Odisha FC 3 (L. Khawlhring 23′, I. Vanlalruatfela 45’, A. Ranawade 60′) – 2 Bengaluru FC (S. Chhetri 8′, R. Williams 18′)

The ISL 2023-24 season continues to provide enthralling matches. And Odisha FC’s remarkable comeback serves as a testament to their resilience and determination in the league.

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