Extra-time drama in Kolkata as Blues win 2-1 against Odisha FC
A Roy Krishna goal in the final minute of added time in extra time gave Bengaluru FC a 2-1 victory over Odisha FC in the Durand Cup quarter-final at Kishore Bharati Krirangan on Saturday. Substitute Sivasakthi Narayanan gave the Blues a 1-0 lead in extra time before Diego Mauricio equalized with seven minutes remaining. And just as the game headed to the penalty shootout, Krishna pushed Bengaluru over the line with a fantastic long-range strike.
Earlier, Grayson handed Naorem Roshan Singh his first start of the campaign, while Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also returned to the Blues’ XI. Bengaluru had Roy Krishna and Sunil Chhetri in attack, while Brazilian Diego Mauricio started alongside Spaniard Saul Crespo for the Juggernauts.
Odisha had the first chance of the game in the 11th minute when Nandha found himself in a pocket of space but his effort was saved well by Gurpreet. Bengaluru had his own chance ten minutes later when Javi Hernandez saw his corner hit, and Krishna’s effort on the rebound clipped the crossbar on the way out.
Both teams entered the break as a distrustful first half ended with the scores level. In the second half, Bengaluru pushed further forward and almost found the back of the net when Javi’s free kick found Jhingan’s header, but it went wide. Grayson made changes when Denmark’s Farooq and Leon Augustine entered the pitch, replacing Rohit Kumar and Roshan.
Leon’s threat down the flank created the Blues’ next chance, with the winger earning a free kick to the flank. Javi’s catch found Jovanovic, but the Aussie’s header flew inches from the frame. Odisha were reduced to ten men with ten minutes remaining when Shubham Sarangi’s foul on Leon prompted the referee to wave a second yellow card.
Bengaluru advanced in search of a winner, but the whistle blew to signal the end of regulation time. Grayson rang in more changes, with Sivasakthi replacing Chhetri and Faisal Ali in place of Parag. The striker made an instant impact, finding himself at the end of Ralte’s stoppage to head home from close range to make it 1-0.
Bengaluru took the lead on the short break and almost found the net on the other side when Leon closed Ralte’s clearance attempt to make the block. The goalkeeper found himself taken on the wrong foot, but the ball escaped from the frame. Against the run of play, Odisha – who were down to ten men after Shubham Sarangi was sent off in the final half – found an equalizer through Mauricio, who nodded from a Sahil Panwar free-kick for bring the score to 1-1.
Bengaluru kept going and saw Javi and Leon’s chances begging before Krishna found the net in what was the game’s final action. Picking up the ball with seconds left, Krishna unleashed a strike from over 25 yards which flew into the top corner past an unfortunate Ralte in Odisha’s goal.