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BEN vs KER Match Result - ISL 2019-20
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Kerala Blasters
S. Chhetri 55'
PEEP! PEEP! PEEP! Bengaluru FC win the game 1-0 courtesy of a goal in the 55th minute by Sunil Chhetri. Their unbeaten run in home from last season extends to 16 matches and Kerala Blasters are the latest victim. They move to the second spot in the points table level on points with Jamshedpur and stay unbeaten in the sixth edition of ISL. Till then, this is Abhishek Kundu saying goodbye. Do stay tuned to Sportskeeda to get the latest ISL and Indian football updates. 
90+4' Augusto is fouled near the touchline by Rahul KP and that should be it. Bengaluru will take all the time to wind down the clock. 
90+3' Semboi Haokip goes past his marker in the right wing and he finds Chhetri on the centre of the box. But, his shot is blocked. 
90+2' Sahal Abdul Samad with another mazy run this time taking off Dimas Delgado. He gives the ball to Rahul KP on the right wing and he lays it off square for Raphael Messi Bouli who blasts the ball into the back of the net. But, the assistant had raised the flag before. 
90+1' Edmund tries to wriggle his way through the Kerala Blasters defense but Jeakson Singh comes from behind and sweeps the ball off his feet. 
90' 4 Minutes added on. 
89' Bengaluru FC make their substitution. Ogbeche guides Udanta off the pitch.

OFF- Udanta Singh
ON- Edmund Lalrindika
88' Mohammed Rafi is walking off the arena. Kerala Blasters will have to play the remainder of the game with ten men. 
87' Raju Gaekwad with another of his traditional long ball but it misses everyone and Juanan stoops to his waist level to clear the danger. 
86' The game resumes after three minutes of stoppage. They are playing with ten men and remember Kerala have made all their substitutions. 
83' Dimas with another brilliant swinging corner. Jeakson heads it and Mohammed Rafi clears the danger ultimately with an overhead kick. But, he is down and cannot get up. Looks like he has broken his hip. Not a good sight for Schattorie. 
82' Bengaluru FC win a corner. Can they produce another goal and kill the game here?
81' SHOT! Raju Gaekwad with his traditional long ball and the tall man Messi Bouli towers above his marker to connect it. But, it was wide and the ball trickles away for a goal kick. 
80' We are into the final ten minutes of regulation time. Will Kerala Blasters find the elusive equaliser?
79' HANDBALL! Dimas Delgado with a long ball trying to find Udanta on the centre but he controls the ball with his hand and the referee adjudges the decision against him. 
77' CHANCE! Messi with a brilliant cross-field diagonal pass from the right to the left side of the pitch trying to find Sahal. But, he is a tad late and Gurpreet sees the ball out for a goal-kick. 
76' Kerala Blasters throw the kitchen sink with a double substitution here.

OFF- Abdul Hakku
OFF- Mohammed Rakip

ON- Mohammed Rafi
ON- Vlatko Drobarov
74' SAVE! What a save from TP Rehenesh. Shades of him from the first season of ISL. Udanta beats his marker and swings in a low cross away from goal. It falls kindly to Raphael Augusto whose first-time shot is saved brilliantly by the left foot of Rehenesh. 
73' Lucky for Kerala as Dimas tries to find Paartalu whose acrobatics fails to connect the ball. 
72' Sahal Abdul Samad goes in the book. Nishu Kumar who has just gone from left back to right back with his first contribution, surge forward for the overlap. Sahal needs to improve his defensive duties here. That was a harmful position and he swings his arm to concede a free-kick from just outside the box. And, everyone knows how much Bengaluru FC are dangerous from the set-pieces. 
70' Bengaluru FC make their first change. The super-sub from the previous game is on.

OFF- Harmanjot Singh Khabra
ON- Thongkhosiem Haokip
68' CHANCE! Raphael Messi Bouli goes past Nishu Kumar with his first touch, goes past Serran on the touchline and is through on goal. Unselfishly, he lays it off for Rahul KP. But, the youngster takes two touches to control before finding the angle and the time kills the chance. The shot was weak too and Gurpreet saw it comfortably going away for a goal kick. 
67' FOUL by Udanta! Udanta with a shoulder-to-shoulder on Jessel Carneiro and the Goan lad falls down tumbling. It was a clear challenge there but referee gives a free-kick. 
65' Yellow card to Raphael Messi Bouli here. He tucked down Harmanjyout Singh Khabra from behind. Had conceded many cheap fouls before and it was only time before he saw yellow. 
63' Rakip is the Man of the Match for me here. Raphael Augusto with a slimy pass to Ashique trying to set him free in the left wing but Rakip with a brilliant sliding touch to avert the danger. 
62' Kerala Blasters make their first change. A Keralite for a Keralite.

OFF- Prasanth K
ON- Sahal Abdul Samad
60' We see Sahal Abdul Samad reading instructions from the assistant and looks like the poster boy of Kerala football is coming on. 
58' CHANCE! Kerala Blasters survive a scare here. Rehenesh succumbs to the high intensity with which the game is being played and passes it straight to Raphael Augusto. The Brazilian lays it off for Dimas who controls it with a touch and bends his body to side foot it. But, Raju Gaekwad puts his body on the line to keep the scoreline only 1-0 behind. Great defending from the former India U-23 captain. 
55' GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! Sunil Chhetri gives Bengaluru FC the lead. 

Dimas Delgado swings a corner at the penalty spot and Chhetri who ran from outside the box with no one marking stoops low to head it home. It looks like a training ground routine for everyone and he gets his fourth goal against Kerala Blasters
54' And, now Abdul Hakku goes into the book. He fouls Chhetri from behind and becomes the second Kerala Blasters player to go into the book. 
53' Yellow card to Harmanjot Khabra for kicking Rahul KP from behind. He was through at the centre circle and is lucky to only see yellow. 
52' CHANCE! Udanta flies past everyone in the right wing and he swings in a low cross across the face of the goal. Chhetri had run forward and Ashique had to run back to control it. He lays it off for Dimas whose long-range effort is blocked.
50' CHANCE! Dimas gets the ball in the penalty box. He lays it off for Sunil Chhetri but his shot is blocked. The ball falls to Udanta on the rebound and he swivels past four players only for his shot to go for a corner. 
49' OFFSIDE! Raphael Augusto razzles and dazzles with the ball and frees Nishu Kumar who overlapped. But, he didn't time his run properly and the assistant raises his flag. 
47' CHANCE! Ogbeche is in the final third and Prasanth makes a run in the wing from the blindside completely catching Nishu Kumar off-guard. He swings in a low cross from inside the box but Juanan intercepts it and clears the danger. 
46' Ashique controls a bobbing ball in the left-wing and tries to go past Rakip. But, Prasanth comes back to help him and Kerala win the ball back. 
46' We are back for the second half. Kerala Blasters gets us going here in Kanteerava
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PEEP! PEEP! There is the half-time whistle and it stays 0-0. A disallowed goal puts Bengaluru behind at the Fortress. Don't go anywhere as we will be back for the second half. 
45+2' MISS! Dimas to Ashique to Chhetri and the captain makes a yard for himself with his first touch. The angle is narrow but his shot hits the side-netting. For someone of his calibre, that should have at least hit the target. 
45+1' Raphael Augusto beats his marker and sets Ashique free on the left wing. He outruns Rakip this time and swings in a low cross but Hakku saves the day. 
45' 2 Minutes added on. 
42' MISS! Messi Bouli had a glorious chance to prove his worth to the Kerala Blasters faithful but the Cameroonian blazes his effort. A long ball from Rehenesh bypasses everyone and falls in his feet after Serran was caught napping. He drifts left, something which we have seen all day long in the first half, but his shot kisses the sky. 
41' Gurpreet collects the ball outside the box. But, the referee gives a free-kick in favour of him as Ogbeche had bundled him out. No malice there. 
40' CHANCE! Bengaluru FC leading Kerala Blasters on the man count and Ashique sets Chhetri free on the left-wing. The captain tries to cut inside but Rakip is brave enough to make a challenge inside the box and concede only a corner. 
38' CHANCE! The ball is with Udanta and he gives it to Raphael Augusto. The Brazilian tries to find Chhetri by cutting through the defenders but Rehenesh comes ahead and collects the ball comfortably. 
36' MISS! How did Serran miss that? Udanta with a cheeky cross to Serran who had stayed up from the free-kick. He gives it to Augusto and he goes to the byline and puts it across the face of the goal. Serran had an empty net gaping at him but the Spaniard heads it wide from a hand-shaking distance.
34' FREE KICK to Bengaluru and a yellow card to Mohammed Rakip! Kerala Blasters' plan to mark Ashique by crowding with Rakip and Prasanth fails on this occasion. Ashique breaks off from both of them on this occasion and almost reaches the penalty box. But, Rakip sticks a leg from behind and Kerala concede a free-kick from just outside the penalty box in the left-wing. 
33' Jessel sprints down the left flank as no one is marking him. He lays it off for Messi but Serran wins the ball from his feet. 
30' CHANCE! Kerala Blasters have a glorious chance out of nowhere. Gurpreet with a poor back pass trying to play from the back and Messi is one-on-one with him. But, he comes out of his line to make up for his mistake. That was almost 1-0 for Kerala. 
28' GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAA-NO! Raphael Augusto heads the ball into the back of the net but it won't count. 

Khabra pings a long pass to Udanta on the right flank. It looks as if he will miss the ball but Udanta gets there and with his first touch swings in a cross. Raphael Augusto stoops low to head the ball from the penalty spot. Replays confirm that the ball hadn't crossed the line. Another instance of poor refereeing in the ISL. 
27' CHANCE! Kerala Blasters win another corner after Gurpreet's abysmal goal-kick puts unnecessary pressure on the defenders. They ultimately succumb and Kerala have a corner. Jessel swings one in and Bartholomew connects it this time but it is high. 
26' Messi again drifts down the left and tries to cut between. This time Udanta has tracked back and Kerala win a corner. Cido gives the ball to his first man trying to do something with a backheel but it comes nothing other than a goal-kick. 
23' Juanan is down receiving treatment. Rahul KP swings in a cross from the midline and Messi Bouli rises above Juanan and gets the ball first. But, his elbow hits the head of the Spaniard and the referee thinks that is a foul. No man, it is just Messi getting to the ball first. 
22' After the fierce early tempo, the game has slowed down considerably now. Kerala Blasters are keeping the ball amongst themselves and Eelco Schattorie is furious as he wants the team to put the ball forward quickly. 
19' MISS! Dimas with a brilliant inswinging corner to the far post but there was no one to tap it home. Looks like a miscommunication between the Bengaluru players as Udanta should have been at least a second or two earlier. 
17' Referee spots an infringement and the free-kick is retaken. It is wasted and Bengaluru break on the counter. Ashique is almost through on a goal but Rakip sticks out his leg to concede a corner. 
16' Kerala Blasters win a foul in a dangerous position after Raphael Augusto fouls Messi Bouli. Man, this Cameroonian is proving to be a menace. 
15' On the counter. Well, there is a 3v3 chance for Bengaluru FC on the counter. Raphael Augusto finds Ashique Kuruniyan with a through ball but the assistant raises his flag. Had the India international timed his run, he would have been through on goal. 
14' CHANCE! Ogbeche comes ever so close to give Kerala Blasters the lead. Ogbeche is in the final third in front of Juanan and Serran but he decides to lay it off for Bouli who drifted left. The Cameroonian tried to square it back for him but his pass is tad quick and Ogbeche fails to tap the ball home. 
12' Kerala Blasters with a good technique to cover Ashique. Both Prasanth and Rakip are closing him down whenever he gets the ball. He is a dribbler but if two players are marking him, he is finding it difficult to show his trickery. 
10' FOUL! Kerala Blasters stumble to clear the ball and Dimas has the ball in his feet outside the box. He passes it to Ashique on the wing and the Keralite swings in a cross. Paartalu connects the ball with his head but the referee adjudges a foul by him, which no one is able to understand why he was given. 
8' A miscued header from Khabra falls straight to Messi in the penalty box. Paartalu intercepts the ball and tries to clear it but only falls as far as Sergio Cidoncha. The Spaniard swings in a cross to the far post but Rahul KP's shot is blocked and Kerala Blasters find themselves with a corner, which is wasted as they try to take it short. 
5' SHOT! Udanta Singh takes the first shot of the game and Bengaluru FC has a corner. Rahul KP's clearance is sloppy from inside the box and it falls straight to Udanta at the outside of the box. He takes a first-time shot but the ball touches the legs of Abdul Hakku before going out for a corner. What a start we have to this game. 
4' Good long ball from Khabra towards Chhetri on the right flank. The 23-year-old swings in a cross but Abdul Hakku clears it for a throw in. 
2' Early pressure from Kerala Blasters as Raphael Messi latches on to a long ball and drifts wide in the right before cutting back in the centre. Juanan was beaten but Paartalu clears the ball for a corner. The Bengaluru FC defenders stand tall at the flag-kick and the danger is finally cleared. 
1' KICKOFF! Bengaluru FC gets us going here at the Kanteerava stadium 
Hands shaken and the starting line-up exchanged! It is time for kickoff. 
The teams are out of the tunnel and it is time for the National Anthem. 
Well, there is the banter war!

Kerala Blasters unfurl a banner with the slogan "YOUR FORTRESS OUR HOME". That will irk some Bengaluru FC fans who are clearly the minority here. 
Well, from what visuals we have of the ground, we can observe a derby-like atmosphere. And, there are more Kerala Blasters fans on the ground in Bengaluru! This is going to be a cracker of a game. 
"We are feeling fresher. It is unfortunate that we have too many injuries. In the international break, we had time to regroup and confer our plans and hopefully, results will come our way. We have two weeks since the last game to prepare for the fixture. Yes, we were scrappy in our previous games but when somebody is down someone else comes up. We know it is a special game for the fans as well as for ourselves. One thing which is very clear is that we need points. So, we are going to go toe-to-toe with the defending champions and hopefully pick up the full three points from this fixture," says Bartholomew Ogbeche to ISL's official website ahead of their encounter against Bengaluru FC. 
Talking Tactics- Kerala Blasters

The visitors, on the other hand, look as if they have fielded themselves in a 4-4-2 formation. It is hard to predict who will start where on the back-four as Raju Gaekwad is the only designated central defender. Abdul Hakku, Jessel Carneiro, and Mohammed Rakip will share the defensive duties alongside him but is much is expected from the central midfielders Sergio Cidoncha and the young Jeakson Singh if they want to keep the Bengaluru FC attack at bay. Rahul KP and Prasanth KP will take charge at the left and right-wing respectively, bombing crosses and trying to outrun the full-backs. Raphael Messi Bouli and Bartholomew Ogbeche will shoulder the responsibilities of scoring goals. 
Talking Tactics- Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC has fielded themselves in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Ashique Kuruniyan back in his preferred left-wing position. The back four will have Juanan and Albert Serran in the centre flanked by Nishu Kumar in the left and Harmanjyot Singh Khabra in the right. Erik Paartalu will be the destroyer whereas Dimas Delgado would be tasked with passing the ball to the wings and taking set-pieces. Ashique Kuruniyan and Udanta Singh are expected to wreak havoc in the left and right-wing respectively. Raphael Augusto will play in the hole and disturb the back four with his cross-field passes and through ball whereas talisman Sunil Chhetri will lead the squad from the front.  
Prediction: An easy 3-0 win for Bengaluru FC

Injury worries have forced Kerala Blasters to field an all-Indian backline. With the trio of Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, and Ashique Kuruniyan leading from the front and Raphael Augusto's slick passing in the final third, I don't see how the Kerala Blasters defence can stand up to the test. And, with Sahal dropped to the bench and responsibilities shouldered on youngsters Rahul KP and Jeakson Singh, Kerala Blasters will have trouble creating chances. 

Their captain Bartholomew Ogbeche is their only hope but with the Nigerian failing to score in either of Northeast United's previous encounter against Bengaluru FC last season, it remains to be seen whether he can find the back of the net tonight. 
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Sahal Abdul Samad finds himself again on the bench. Let's see if this gamble pays off.

Kerala Blasters Starting XI: TP Rehenesh (GK), Mohammad Rakip, Raju Gaekwad, Abdul Hakku, Jessel Carneiro, Prasanth K, Jeakson Singh, Rahul KP, Sergio Cidoncha, Bartholomew Ogbeche (c), Raphael Messi Bouli

Kerala Blasters Subs: Bilal Khan, Lalruatthara, Vlatko Drobarov, Halicharan Narzary, Sahal Abdul Samad, Seityasen Singh, Mohammed Rafi
And, we have Bengaluru FC's line-up. Rahul Bheke misses out on the matchday squad but Albert Serran makes his start.

Bengaluru FC Starting XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Albert Serran, Juanan, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Nishu Kumar, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Raphael Augusto, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sunil Chhetri (c)

Bengaluru FC Subs: Prabhsukhan Gill, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Rino Anto, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Edmund Lalrindika, Kean Lewis, Eugeneson Lyngdoh
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the 2019-20 ISL match between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters. This is Abhishek Kundu and I will be your host tonight. The line-ups should be out at any moment. 
Kerala Blasters sign Vlatko Drobarov from Macedonia

After the club ruled out Jairo Rodrigues for the remainder of the season owing to an injury, they have signed Macedonian defender Vlatko Drobarov. He is available for selection against Bengaluru FC but with him not attending a single training session, it remains to be seen whether head coach Eelco Schattorie would field him.

Read the entire report here
I am a second father to Sahal- Eelco Schattorie

Eelco Schattorie was amazed to see Sahal Abdul Samad's quality when he took over the reins of Kerala Blasters and has promised to make him the best midfielder in India. 

"I don’t think I have seen in India, a midfielder who has Sahal’s intuitive, technical and creative qualities. I’m the first one who will acknowledge his quality, but I’m also the first one to say ‘you need little time to grow in certain areas’. At all times, I will support him and for me, it’s like being a second father to get him to the highest possible level. I think on the first day I met Sahal, I told him I will make him the best midfielder in India. But it does not mean it just happens overnight or just giving him a chance because supporters are shouting for him to play.”
Players reporting for international duty and missing training sessions a happy problem- Carles Cuadrat

Bengaluru FC had as many as six players playing against Oman for India in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and many wondered whether their absence from the training sessions in the international window can hurt the prospects of the club. But, head coach Carles Cuadrat sees it through a positive lens but remained cautious of Rahul Bheke's availability who suffered an injury in the game. 

"I always try to be positive. We can look at it both ways. We can also see it as our players playing in big international matches. It can give some extra leverage as playing in big games is good for any player.

“We are working with Rahul Bheke. He got substituted in the Oman match with a muscle problem. We are working on getting him ready for Saturday’s match."
The rest of the team has to step up when there are injuries- Eelco Schattorie

Injuries have taken a massive toll on the Kerala Blasters unit as they lost Sandesh Jhingan before the tournament began and Gianni Zuiverloon, Mario Arques, and Jairo Rodrigues have followed suit. But, their head coach Eelco Schattorie remains optimistic to get a result against Bengaluru FC. 

"The players that we have at hand, I’m 100% sure that they want to give their all. Last game, we played against Odisha where we had (injury) issues and we still got a result. Against Bengaluru, we are going to do the same thing with the players that we have at hand. At the end, the team is not just 11 players. There are a lot of players. When there are injuries, they need to step up.

“Unfortunately, on two levels, we are suffering. In defence, all my main centre-backs are injured and in midfield, Mario Arques, who has to control the game for us, is also injured. So that makes it very difficult. But I am also a very realistic person. That means, whatever we have in hand, we are going to work with and give it our all."
Had to stay out in starting matches because the coach had options and I missed the pre-season a lot- Sahal Abdul Samad

Sahal Abdul Samad had to start the first couple of matches of ISL from the bench as he missed 40 training sessions in the pre-season. Head coach Eelco Schattorie opined that the chemistry between him and the rest of his teammates was missing and the Indian international echoed the same in the pre-match press conference ahead of their away clash against Bengaluru FC. 

"He is a great coach. Everyone knows that. And he has even proved that. I wasn’t here for much of the pre-season, so I had to stay out because he had many options. And that’s how it goes. Each player has his own responsibility. He just has to do it on the pitch."
Kerala Blasters-Bengaluru FC is like a rivalry- Erik Paartalu

Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu announced his comeback in Bengaluru FC's previous encounter against Chennaiyin in style as he scored first of their three goals. He, however, credits his teammate whose qualities made his return simpler. 

"It was a nice way to reintroduce myself to Indian football. It’s always easier to return when you have good players and good support staff around you. I had a good pre-season but was unlucky to have incurred another injury just before the start of the season. It was a long time coming and am happy to be back. I want to push on from here.

"There are a lot of people who live in Bangalore who are from Kerala, so it adds a bit more to the rivalry. It's important for us to put on a spectacle. We want to put on a show and make sure these fans come back week in and week out because that's what's important."
We could have won any of the three matches we drew- Carles Cuadrat

Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat took to media before their clash against Kerala Blasters and repented that the team didn't win a single match in their first three encounters. However, he is looking forward to leading his team to victory in front of a packed stadium. Here is what he has to say:

"I think we are working hard from the start. We may have had our first victory of the season in the last match, but we could have won any of the other three matches we drew. The calendar is what it is, there’s nothing we can do about that. 

"Kerala are always a top team to play against. Of course, they will have their supporters here too and the atmosphere will be good. I am waiting for the match because it’s great for Indian football. We have nice moments playing against Kerala in Kochi in front of a full stadium and it will be the same here. It’s very good for football."
After picking up their maiden win in ISL 2019-20, Bengaluru FC renews their campaign as they host Kerala Blasters at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday. They sit on the fifth spot with six points from four matches whereas their opponent sits two places behind them with four points from as many matches.  
E. Lalrindika
U. Singh
V. Drobarov
M. Rakip
M. Rafi
A. Hakku
S. Samad
T. Haokip
H. Khabra
R. Bouli
S. Samad
P. Karuthadathkuni
S. Chhetri
assist: Dimas
A. Hakku
H. Khabra
M. Rakip
Kerala Blasters (4-1-2-1-2)
Eelco Schattorie (Manager)
G. Singh
N. Kumar
Albert Serrán
H. Khabra
E. Paartalu
A. Kuruniyan
Raphael Augusto
U. Singh
S. Chhetri
R. Paramba
J. Carneiro
R. Gaikwad
A. Hakku
M. Rakip
J. Thaunaojam
R. Praveen
P. Karuthadathkuni
B. Ogbeche
R. Bouli
Kerala Blasters (4-1-2-1-2)
Eelco Schattorie (Manager)
Bengaluru Subs
R. Anto
P. Gill
G. Gill
T. Haokip
E. Lalrindika
K. Lewis
E. Lyngdoh
Kerala Blasters Subs
V. Drobarov
B. Khan
H. Narzary
M. Rafi
S. Samad
Seityasen Singh
11 SHOTS 5
9 FOULS 19
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1 ATK 7 4 2 1 10 14
2 Bengaluru FC 7 3 4 0 5 13
3 FC Goa 7 3 3 1 5 12
4 Jamshedpur FC 6 3 2 1 2 11
5 NorthEast United FC 7 2 4 1 -1 10
6 Mumbai City FC 7 1 4 2 -3 7
7 Odisha FC 7 1 3 3 -1 6
8 Kerala Blasters FC 7 1 3 3 -2 6
9 Chennaiyin FC 6 1 2 3 -6 5
10 Hyderabad FC 7 1 1 5 -9 4
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament ISL 2019-20 - Week 5
Stadium Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Match time Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 07:30 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2019 21:27 PM | Published: Nov 23, 2019 17:38 PM