The Blues now rank fifth in the ISL 2021-22 standings after a dull showing on Wednesday.

Bengaluru FC tasted a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Odisha FC at ISL 2021-22, at the Fatorda Stadium on Wednesday. The Juggernauts opened their scoring in the third minute itself, when Javi Hernandez capitalized on Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s unfortunate clearance. However, the Blues hit back with an impressive equalizing header from Alan Costa in the 21st minute. This was then followed by Javi Hernandez’s spectacular free-kick goal in the 51st minute to put Odisha FC into an early second half lead.

Later on though, Bengaluru FC were awarded a penalty when Cleiton Silva was fouled inside the box. However, skipper Sunil Chhetri’s shot produced a fine save by Kamaljit Singh. Subsequently, Cleitron’s rebound goal was denied after a controversial referring decision — which resulted in the Blues not being able to equalize. Finally, Aridai Cabrera found space in the 95th minute and slotted the ball past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu — thereby making it 3-1 and sealing the victory for the Juggernauts.

Here are the player ratings for this game:

Odisha FC (by Dibyajyoti Das)

Kamaljit Singh – 8.0

Made some very crucial saves including the penalty. Couldn’t have done much for the first goal.

Lalruatthara – 7.0

Didn’t provide much going forward but was solid at the back. Kept Udanta under control.

Victor Mongil – 6.5

Had a rather quiet night, which isn’t bad if you are a defender. Looked in control throughout the match.

Hector Rodas – 7.0

Was solid at the back. Made a brilliant goal-line clearance.

Hendry Antonay – 5.0

Not the best of days for the full-back. Gave away the penalty which was ultimately saved much to his relief.

Jerry Mawihmingthanga – 6.5

The winger came alive in the second half after a lacklustre first half.

Thoiba Singh – 6.5

Played 74 minutes overall and played a decent central defensive midfield role for the Juggernauts

Vinit Rai – 6.0

Out of the two Indian midfielders of Odisha, he was the one who saw more of the ball, which wasn’t much as Bengaluru dominated possession.

Javi Hernandez – 9.5

The star of the game. Scored both the goals from outside the box and was easily the best player on the pitch.

Jonathas de Jesus – 7.0

Despite not being on the score-sheet the forward was a menace to the opposition defenders.

Nandhakumar Sekar- 6.5

The winger was very lively in the first half and made some very good runs. However, he lacked the final product.

Substitutes:

Liridon Krasniqi – 6.0

Played a few nice little one-twos. Other than that didn’t have much impact on the game.

Aridai Cabrera – 7.0

Was a threat on the counter during the end of the game and scored a beautiful goal to show for that, finishing the game off.

Lalhrezuala – N/A

Wasn’t on for much time to have an impact.

Isaac Vanmalsawma – N/A

Was on after the 85th minute and didn’t have much impact on the game.

Highlights

Bengaluru FC (by Ujyant Ramesh)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 4.5

Certainly not his night. A miscommunication and clearance blunder of his led to the first goal.

Naorem Roshan Singh – 7.0

Delivered a great corner to a well-positioned Alan Costa to head it in. Apart from that as well, delivered some good crosses from both sides using his weak and strong foot.

Alan Costa – 7.5

Scored the equalizer for Bengaluru FC and made some key clearances.

Yrondu Musavu-King – 7.0

Won the most number of duels in the game and alongside Alan Costa, he once again formed a good centre back duo. However, some miscommunication from both with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu led to Javi Hernandez’s opener

Ashique Kuruniyan – 6.5

Completed the most dribbles in the match. Was decent on the left flank.

Bruno Ramires – 6.5

Formed a really good midfield combination alongside Jayesh Rane. Could be one of the best foreign defensive midfielders if he continues this form.

Jayesh Rane – 6.5

Controlled the midfield well alongside Bruno Ramires. However, he picked up an injury and was substituted by Danish Farooq in the 42nd minute.

Suresh Wangjam – 5.5

Not the 21-year-old’s best game for Bengaluru FC. Lost possession 11 times throughout.

Prince Ibara – 6.5

Started in place of Cleiton Silva and had some good chances. A decent performance from the Congolese striker.

Udanta Singh – 7.0

Udanta was great at passing and crosses as usual. Made some crucial interceptions even in defence alongside Naorem Roshan Singh. However, he conceded an unnecessary dangerous free kick in the 50th minute leading to Odisha’s second goal.

Sunil Chhetri – 6.0

Yet again, not the best night for the skipper. Also missed a penalty which would’ve equalized the score 2-2.

Substitutes:

Danish Farooq – 7.0

Played 47 minutes. Came on for Jayesh Rane after his injury. Had a 75% pass accuracy completing 12 of his 16 passes and moved the ball around pretty well.

Cleiton Silva – 6.5

Cleiton got ahead in a good run to win the penalty. However, his shot after Chhetri’s saved penalty was denied. Overall, he only played 33 minutes but was great in attack as usual.

Pratik Chaudhari – 6.0

Despite a good show after being brought on, he couldn’t really keep up to Aridai Cabrera’s skilled efforts leading to Odisha FC’s third goal.

Sarthak Golui – 5.5

Had a short cameo, wasn’t really effective.

Iman Basafa – N/A

Played just 22 minutes. Ineffective in short cameo.

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