Saturday, December 10, 2022

ISL: Odisha FC overturn 2-goal deficit to beat EB 4-2

Odisha FC defeated East Bengal (EB) 4-2 in an outstanding attacking display in the second half of their Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Friday.
Pedro Martin netted a brace as Jerry and Nandhakumar scored one each to overturn strikes from Semboi Haokip and Naorem Singh. A minute later, Odisha had their first sight at goal after Raynier Fernandes’ wonderful cross was headed just wide by Diego Mauricio.
In the 14th minute, Jordan O’Doherty sent in Mahesh Noarem Singh on the left wing but his cutback was cleared out by a timely leg sticking out from Osama Malik. East Bengal captain Cleiton Silva, in the very next minute, had arguably the easiest of chances to get his side the lead when some congested play from a harmless throw-in resulted in him being through on goal with just the keeper to beat.
Come the 23rd minute, East Bengal finally did have the lead. Semboi Haokip was presented with the opportunity by VP Suhair after Jordan O’Doherty found the winger on the right with a perfectly synchronised chip over the top.
The Odisha defence was caught napping as Suhair’s square pass to Haokip saw an on-rushing Amrinder look on helplessly.
The Red and Gold brigade doubled their lead in the 35th after the referee played an advantage with Kyriakou being tackled to the ground.
After the restart, Odisha manager made some changes to spring life into their misfiring attack. Two minutes in Diego Mauricio got the ball and slid it into Martin’s path who managed to lose his marker and take a shot. His effort smashed into the back of the net as keeper Kamaljit Singh looked on.
In the 48th minute, Martin took advantage of some poor marking yet again as Diego Mauricio won the cross from the left flank to get the ball to Martin. Another half-time substitute, Jerry completed the comeback for Odisha FC in the 65th minute.
Nandhakumar held onto the ball well on the left flank without any pressure from the East Bengal defence. A long diagonal ball from the right was handled well again by Nandhakumar Sekar, as he managed to skip past Ankit Mukherjee with a lucky bounce and slot it past scandalised Kamaljit.

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