In Tuesday night’s Indian Super League ISL football results, SC East Bengal held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 draw at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim.
The result extends SCEB’s winless run to nine matches while BFC’s hopes entering the top four suffered another blow.
ISL Football Results – SC East Bengal Held Bengaluru FC to a 1-1 Draw
The First Half
In a nervy start yesterday, SC East Bengal’s goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja received an early yellow card for fouling Prince Ibara.
On the other end of the pitch, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also had a rusty start. That is because he misjudged a free-kick from deep that went unpunished.
In fact, it took till the 18th minute for either side to create even a meaningful scoring opportunity. Lalrinliana Hnamte let loose a shot from the edge of the box, but Bengaluru’s defence blocked it.
Then, BFC’s Roshan Naorem saw a yellow card for pulling a shirt and Semboi Haokip took up the subsequent free-kick. And Haokip’s goal, a diving header the keeper couldn’t stop, led to breaking the deadlock just before the half-hour mark.
Just a few moments later, Alan Costa nearly scored the equaliser from Cleiton Silva’s free-kick. But his header instead went slightly over the bar.
Marco Pezzaiuoli’s men then kept pressing for an equaliser but went into the halftime break trailing.
The Second Half
On the restart, we saw the coach calling up Sunil Chhetri in an attempt to change the match’s tone.
The equaliser finally came after a period of sustained pressure by BFC in the second half, and it was accidental. Roshan’s cross from the right flank reached Sourav, whose miscued header went past his own goalkeeper on the near post.
Ibara was a constant threat and had the chance to give BFC the advantage after the hour mark. But unluckily, his header went over the crossbar.
BFC again lost a chance to win the lead at the 71st-minute mark. Chhetri’s strike from 10-yards out reached on the line but Hira Mondal stopped it.
BFC substitute Ankit Mukherjee picked up a yellow card for fouling Ashique Kuruniyan in the late stages of the match. Udanta Singh also took an attempt at goal but he sliced the ball across, which swerved away from the target.
The match enjoyed five added minutes for stoppages but neither side was able to find the winning goal. So, eventually, SC East Bengal and Bengaluru FC settled for just a point each.