Match: Bengaluru FC vs Odisha FC

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Date: 17th December 2020

Venue: GMC Stadium, Bambolim

Full Time Score: Bengaluru FC 2 – 1 Odisha FC

Half Time Score: Bengaluru FC 1 – 0 Odisha FC

Match Official: Mb Santosh Kumar



Odisha FC


GK – Arshdeep Singh 7.0: Arshdeep Singh had an average game, he conceded two goals, of which one was a complete close-range shot that was very fast and strong shot in the top corner of the net. This second goal was like an impossible shot to stop. Arshdeep did save and block other shots on targets too. A total (4) shots on target faced of which (2) he saved and (2) he conceded.

RB – Shubham Sarangi 6.5: Shubham had a below-average game, he had the highest amount f touches in the Odisha FC squad with a tally of (59), he also had a pass accuracy rate of 51%. He had some good launch on the attack but that is all to void due to his unsuccessful attempt. Gave away the header against Sunil Chhetri that lead to a goal. Had a hard time defending against the likes of Ashique and Sunil Chhetri.

CB – Steven Taylor 7.5: Steven scored the goal for Odisha FC but that proved to be not enough for them to get the three points. Steven also didn’t have a major impact on building up the attack of the game as such. Steven did some mistakes but his passing and defending were average. Captain of the team.

CB – Jacob Tratt 6.2: Jacob Tratt also had a below average game, his defending was a not good against Bengaluru FC’s second goal when Cleiton Silva scored the goal, a very clueless defending by both the centre-backs.

LB – Hendry Antonay 6.4: Hendry was a left back in the game, he misplaced a few passes here and there but had a good impact where he created (1) chance on goal. He had 3 crosses to his stats. Defensively he was good and also tried to attack but wasn’t much to overturn tables.

CM – Gaurav Bora 6.4: Had a busy game but also the main problem with Odisha FC was that Gaurav Bora wasn’t much attacking or pushing influence as his colleague Vinit Rai. Had (8) tackles attempts but was successful in (2). Made two fouls which were very influential and more of frustration venting out.

CM – Alexander Cole 6.7: Had a good game, he and Vinit played really well as they played long balls to Onwu and Mauricio. Alexander Cole had (41) touches and a total pass played (36) of which (28) were successful with 80% passing accuracy.

CM – Vinit Rai 7.1: Vinit had a busy game, had a strong and influential game. He was the pinger in the game, he played long balls to Mauricio and Jerry and Nandha Kumar. Vinit Rai had (47) touches in the game, (45) passes, and of those completed only (25) passes. Vinit played an attacking No.10 role too.

RW – Jerry M 7.8: Jerry had a good game and productive game where he would make runs when Odisha FC was on a counter-attack, he especially was waited for the trigger of a counter to happen. He was quick and fast. He took the free-kicks and corners and also assisted to Taylor. Created a few chances and was lethal.

LW – Diego Mauricio 6.0: Had a struggling performance throughout the game, made a merely (6) successful passes which clearly shows that LW is not Diego’s position in the lineup. He well can flourish in that Lineup but need to put more developmental tactics into it.

ST – Manuel Onwu 6.9: Created (2) chances on goal. He had a very average game where he only completed (5) passes making his passing accuracy the lowest 24% in the entire whole squad. Manuel was the typical no. 9 who played and challenged aerial ball.

Bengaluru FC


GK – Gurpreet Singh Sandhu 7.0: He was hardly disturbed by Odisha FC except for the goal by Taylor and the (2) saves he made. He was ever-present there throughout the game but there weren’t many attacks he faced.

LB – Ashique Kuruniyan 8.8: Ashique is the playmaker in the team, he is a left-back who is fast, good at dribbling, and quick feet, he gave Shubham Sarangi a hard time on his flank. He made quick attacking returns on the 20th minute of the game In the Odisha FC box where Bengaluru FC scrambled to make a goal. Was injured and subbed off.

CB – Juanan 7.7: Had an usual 90 minutes, just the like the previous game, he was not much bothered by the Odisha FC attack as they weren’t much attacking. Made (5) clearances and (4) successful Interceptions.

CB – Pratik Chaudhari 7.0: Gave away the Taylor goal, where he failed to mark Taylor which lead to a goal by Odisha FC. Otherwise had a good game and played well overall. (3) Clearances and (1) Interception by him in the game. Overall a decent game.

RB – Harmanjot Khabra 7.8: had a good game, played as a Right back, Gave the assist to Sunil Chhetri – a left-footed cross that Sunil Chhetri netted in. Created (1) chance on goal, (1) shot on target, and also received a yellow card. Good game for him.

CM – Erik Paartalu 7.7: Erik also had a good game playing a box to box midfielder role, maintaining the balance of the game. Alongside Dimas Delgado and Suresh Singh. Had a total of (62) passes of which (52) were completed with an 84% passing accuracy.

CM – Dimas Delgado 8.6: Dimas was the best player on the pitch, with a staggering (94) touches in the game, Dimas had the highest number of touches. Also created (1) chance on goal. Dimas was the magician passer in the team, he linked between all the players as they maintained the possession.

CM – Suresh Singh Wangjam 8.6: This young player made the game very easy for other teammates of his. He was all on the pitch pressing, attacking, dribbling on the wings, passing, and more. A very valuable player to BFC.

RW – Cleiton Silva 8.7: Cleiton won the man of the match, he is the player who brings Brazilian flair to the game, he originally is an ST but in the Bengaluru, FC setup plays as a winger. A real dribbler and magician too.

LW – Sunil Chhetri 8.7: Sunil Chhetri had his form on low a few games back, but now he is back with a good performance, primarily played a left-winger role, but when attacking he would even turn to a central position and linking play with Ashique on left.

ST – Kristian Opseth 6.5: Kristian Opseth yet to make a powerful impact and also goal on record had a very average game. He only 54 minutes of the game after being subbed off for Francisco Gonzalez. Took (2) shots, one was off target and the other was blocked by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.


Bengaluru FC played a decent 1-4-3-3 in their formation with Sunil Chhetri as right-wing, Kristian Opseth as the Striker, and Cleiton Silva as the RW. A different formation and playing style was seen today as the Bengaluru FC squad altered to the attacking style of Odisha FC. Usually, in Bengaluru FC play a two-man defense with Dimas or Erik being the Defensive Midfielder who would be centrally placed and acting as the third center-back at times or just as a support player in the defense as the tea attacks. Today BFC played a proper 1-4-3-3 style play of football where Bengaluru FC pushed their full-back up to midfield position and also other positions. And due to this Opponents jammed up the with block formation to restrict them from a quick passing and literally gave them less space which leads to two options, counter attack and playing crosses from wide. Which was exactly what happened.

Odisha FC played a counter-attacking style of play and also at times tried to build the game from the back but wasn’t that helpful. Odisha FC struggled to make an impact in the final third of the game. Jerry, Onwu, Mauricio have bad and poor stats when they enter the final third of the pitch. Free-kicks were a good option for them and they scored the goal with set-pieces.


Odisha FC scored the goal with a defender in a set-piece, but they failed to make an attacking impact otherwise in open play. Set-pieces worked for them.  Defensively Odisha FC played a low and compact block where there was no pressing or let’s say there wasn’t active pressing by the Odisha FC Player. They more often contained the opposition player.

Bengaluru FC also played a defensive four at the back, with RB and LB when they defended the Odisha Attack and when they were outnumbered by Odisha FC players they would track back and defend as a block unit. When Bengaluru FC was in possession and in attack they would push the full-backs up and Dimas and Erik would form  4 man defense block with the center-backs, this created more flexibility and linking in the possession.

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