The Indian Super League (ISL) Season 10 opener set the stage for an exciting battle as Bengaluru FC faced off against Kerala Blasters in Kochi. It was a night of unexpected twists and turns, as both teams exchanged “gifts” in the form of goals. In this captivating match report, we’ll delve into the details of the game and analyze the key moments that led to Kerala Blasters’ 2-1 victory at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The Exchange of “Gifts”
The match kicked off with an intriguing exchange of “gifts.” While Bengaluru FC played the role of generous hosts, it was the Blasters who capitalized on the presents offered by their opponents. The Blasters took the lead in the 52nd minute when Keziah Veendorp unintentionally scored an own goal.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s Costly Errors
Bengaluru’s custodian and skipper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, played a pivotal role in the outcome of the game. In the 69th minute, he gifted a goal to his counterpart, Adrian Luna, with a lapse in ball handling. Earlier in the game, Gurpreet’s casual mistake led to a corner that ultimately resulted in the Blasters’ opening goal.
A Night of Defensive Lapses
The match showcased a series of defensive lapses, with all three goals being the direct outcome of poor defending. While it’s natural to expect some rustiness in the first game of the season, questions may arise about Bengaluru’s defensive performance.
Bengaluru FC struggled to match the tempo set by the Blasters, particularly in the wide areas. The Blasters dominated with a 3-5-2 formation, making it challenging for Bengaluru’s full-backs, Roshan and Jessel Carneiro, to find space.
Roshan, deployed as a right-back, initially had difficulty getting involved but eventually found his rhythm. He came close to giving Bengaluru the lead with a dipping cross that was expertly dealt with by an awkwardly positioned Sachin Suresh.
Jessel Carneiro, who captained the Blasters last season, had a tough time replicating his attacking runs on Bengaluru’s left flank. His duel with the crafty Japanese winger Daisuke Sakai even led to a booking for a necessary foul on the edge of the box.
In midfield, Jeakson and Farooq maintained a strong pivot, making it challenging for Bengaluru to penetrate through the center. Despite winning possession easily, the Blasters struggled to find the cohesion they needed in the final third.
Sivasakthi vs. Milos Drincic
A notable matchup in the game was between Sivasakthi and Milos Drincic. Sivasakthi found himself closely marked by the imposing Montenegro center-back, Drincic, who earned a loud cheer from the crowd when he successfully dispossessed the young Indian attacker.
The ISL Season 10 opener provided football fans with an entertaining clash between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters. While the exchange of “gifts” led to thrilling goals, defensive lapses raised questions about both teams’ early-season form. As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see how these teams adapt and evolve. The ISL promises more exciting action ahead, and this match was just the beginning of what’s sure to be a thrilling season.
This victory for Kerala Blasters FC is a promising start to their quest for the ISL title in the 10th edition. Bengaluru FC, having undergone significant changes in their squad, aims to adapt quickly and perform well in the league.
Matches Played: 15
Bengaluru FC Wins: 8
Kerala Blasters FC Wins: 4
Where to Watch?
Indian football enthusiasts, mark your calendars for prime time at 8:00 PM! Viacom18 is your new destination for top-notch football action in India. You can catch all the excitement in multiple languages, including English, Hindi, Bengali, and Malayalam.
Channels to Follow
To ensure you don’t miss a single moment, tune in to the following linear channels:
Sports18 Khel (Hindi): For fans who prefer to experience the thrill in Hindi.
Sports18 1 SD & HD (English): Providing English commentary for a broader audience.
VH1 SD & HD (English): Adding a touch of entertainment to the football experience.
Surya Movies (Malayalam): Delivering the action in Malayalam, catering to fans in Kerala.
DD Bangla & Colors Bangla Cinema (Bengali): For those who love to enjoy the game in Bengali.
But that’s not all! Thanks to the dynamic partnership between FSDL and OneFootball, football aficionados across more than 190 countries can access live streams and highlights of every match in the upcoming 2023/24 season. The ISL is going global, and you can be part of the worldwide excitement.
Get in the Game with ISL Fantasy
To celebrate the milestone 10th season, the ISL has introduced ‘ISL Fantasy,’ a classic fantasy format game that allows fans to immerse themselves in the league like never before. Whether you prefer the overall league or club-based leagues, ISL Fantasy caters to your preferences.
Create Your League
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Amazing Prizes Await
As if the thrill of fantasy football isn’t enough, there are incredible prizes up for grabs. Imagine winning a Sony PlayStation 5 gaming console, EA Sports FC 24, signed club merchandise, or a Gift Card worth INR 20,000. These fantastic rewards will be awarded to 100 lucky winners at the end of the season.
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