Odisha FC secured a thrilling victory over Bengaluru FC with a score of 3-2 in an Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 match held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri, inching closer to becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in the ISL, demonstrated his striking prowess by netting his 58th goal in the league. He found the back of the net just eight minutes into the game, beating his marker and Odisha goalkeeper Amrinder Singh. Chhetri now stands five goals behind the all-time leader, Bartholomew Ogbeche, who has 63 goals in ISL history.
Sergio Lobera, known for advocating strict defensive discipline, saw his Odisha FC team falter in defense during this match. Bengaluru’s Keziah Veendorp skillfully breached Odisha’s defensive line with a well-timed through ball, leading to a goal by Ryan Williams in the 18th minute, increasing Bengaluru’s lead.
However, Odisha fought back and reduced the deficit in the 23rd minute, with Jerry Mawihmingthanga providing an excellent assist to Lalthathanga Khawlhring. Isak Vanlalruatfela then equalized for Odisha just before halftime, capitalizing on a well-executed assist by former Mumbai City FC winger Goddard. Bengaluru was reduced to 10 men after Naorem Roshan Singh was shown a red card in the 52nd minute, giving Odisha the momentum to search for a winner.
In a match characterized by well-crafted team plays, it was a moment of individual brilliance from fullback Amey Ranawade that proved to be the difference-maker. In the 60th minute, Ranawade’s hopeful shot from an acute angle found the back of the net, securing a captivating comeback win for Odisha.
This thrilling match showcased the talent and competitiveness of both teams, with Odisha FC emerging victorious in an exciting encounter.
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