Odisha keeps semifinal hopes alive with SC East Bengal win

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Odisha keeps semifinal hopes alive with SC East Bengal win
Goa, February 7: Odisha FC fended off a strong challenge from SC East Bengal to record a 2-1 win in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. The result keeps the outfit in the hunt for the top-four places by elevating them to sixth place.

Jonathas (23′) gave the Kalinga Warriors an early lead that lasted until Antonio Perosevic (64′) scored the equaliser in the second half. Javier Hernandez (75′) regained the lead for OFC with a precise finish which proved to be the winner in the end.

In the early stages of the match, Odisha FC piled a lot of pressure and was finally rewarded with an early goal from Jonathas. The cross for the goal was provided by Javier Hernandez who made room on the right flank and served the ball on a platter for the striker who tapped in from close range.

Looking for the equaliser, Hira Mondal took an attempt just before halftime but his left-footed strike went wayward. The first half ended with the Kalinga Warriors retaining their one-goal advantage. The restart saw more sluggish gameplay as neither side was able to find inspiration in the final third.

The best chance to score the equaliser fell to Antonio Perosevic two minutes before the hour mark. A long ball from deep saw the forward find room behind the defensive line but his volley had too much elevation. However, the Croatian made no mistake from a similar opportunity a few minutes later and scored the equaliser with a low finish into the bottom right corner.

Nevertheless, Odisha FC regained the lead ten minutes later through Javier Hernandez. The midfielder received a lay-off from Jonathas who turned from scorer to provider. The right-footed shot from the Spaniard took a slight deflection before swerving into the back of the net.

Javi looked to have scored another a few minutes later but Mondal managed to make a goal-line clearance to deny him the goal. The Red & Gold Brigade had four minutes of added time to find the leveller for the second time which eventually did not arrive, allowing OFC to bag the three points.

Odisha FC faces the reigning champions Mumbai City FC in their next at the PJN Stadium on Sunday whereas SC East Bengal plays an in-form Kerala Blasters FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.

Points Table – ISL 2021-22 (Updated as of February 7)
PosClubMWDLGDPoints
1Hyderabad FC147522026
2Kerala Blasters FC13652823
3Bengaluru FC15654723
4Jamshedpur FC13643522
5Mumbai City FC14644322
6Odisha FC15636-421
7ATK Mohun Bagan12552420
8Chennaiyin FC15546-619
9FC Goa 15366-615
10SC East Bengal15178-1510
11NorthEast United FC 162410-1610

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Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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