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ISL 2019-20: Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC: Football by Numbers

ISL 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC
A packed Kanteerava had 27,083 fans in attendance!
Photo Credit: ISL Media

FULL-TIME: Bengaluru FC 1-0 Kerala Blasters FC

Bengaluru FC: 55′ Sunil Chhetri

Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium

STARTING XI

ISL 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC

MATCH FACTS

BFCvsKBFC
49%possession51%
64%pass accuracy69%
1goals0
4offsides2
3shots on target0
2shots off target4
11fouls18
10crosses10
6corners4
0red cards0
1yellow cards4

EXPECTED GOALS [xG]

ISL 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC

xG Analysis by Amrit

  • Tight first half with both teams fighting hard in the middle, but BFC were far superior in the second.
  • Kerala tried to press hard but if the press was beaten, the defense tended to drop off too deep.
  • Jeakson and Cido really struggled to cope against BFC’s numbers.
  • 4 cleanies in 5 games for BFC.

TALKING POINTS

The travelling Kerala Blasters pressed to impress in the first half, but a dominant second half performance by the Blues helped them to a narrow, yet comfortable win.

  • The Blasters started the game well and pressed Bengaluru high up on the pitch and dispossessed them often. Offensively, the centre-backs looked to lob the ball in front into the path of Messi Bouli and Bart Ogbeche.
  • The early part of the second half saw Bengaluru create a clutch of opportunities. Eventually, a corner setpiece saw an unmarked Sunil Chhetri run into the box and score past Rehenesh with a diving header seven yards out.
  • Kerala couldn’t co-ordinate well enough to find the equaliser and the match ended without them hitting a shot on target.
  • Stricken by injuries – especially in defence, Kerala fielded only three foreign players in their starting XI. The centre-backs Abdul Hakku and Raju Gaikwad gave a decent account of themselves against a potent Bengaluru attack – although they were guilty of defending too deep on occasion.
  • With the win, BFC move into second place on the ISL table and they haven’t conceded a goal yet from open play.
  • It’s back to the drawing board for the Blasters – with today’s loss, it’s been four games since they’ve won a game and they have a tough challenge in FC Goa next.

HIGHLIGHTS

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