Erik Paartalu scored a late equaliser as Bengaluru FC held Odisha FC to a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League match right here on Sunday. Paartalu struck within the 82nd minute after Diego Mauricio had put Odisha in entrance within the eighth minute.
It additionally turned out to be a battle of goalkeepers on the evening, with each of them guarding the posts solidly towards relentless press by either side.
The Kalinga Warriors had been on the right track for his or her second win of the season however regardless of Arshdeep Singh’s heroics in aim, a decided BFC lastly managed to get an equaliser late within the sport.
BFC interim coach Naushad Moosa made no adjustments to the facet that misplaced towards Kerala Blasters whereas Odisha made one change with Steven Taylor returning to the beginning XI after serving his one-match suspension.
Bengaluru had a shiny begin at Fatorda, however had been shocked by an early aim from Mauricio which got here towards the run of play.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga took a fast free-kick to Manuel Onwu on the proper simply outdoors the BFC penalty space and the latter performed an excellent low cross into the center. Mauricio, who was within the field, scored to put his facet forward.
Moosa’s males got here very shut to scoring when Udanta Singh flashed a cross throughout the face of aim, however the cross was too fast for an onrushing Sunil Chhetri.
Another likelihood went begging for BFC when Amay Morajkar floated a cross in for Rahul Bheke however his header missed the mark.
BFC created likelihood after likelihood however had been let down not solely by their sloppy ending however had been additionally thwarted by Arshdeep’s brilliance in aim. One of his finest saves got here when Taylor failed to clear Bheke’s lengthy throw-in and Erik Paartalu latched on to the free ball and struck from the sting of the field.
Arshdeep dived acrobatically to make a one-handed save. The keeper pulled off one more save to deny Bheke, who tried to divert in a Cleiton Silva nook.
In the second half, Arshdeep continued from the place he left off as he got here with a tremendous save. This time the custodian stopped Kristian Opseth’s free-kick with a diving save. He then got here up with an acrobatic save to cease Gaurav Bora’s header from going into his personal aim.
After fixed stress, Bengaluru had been lastly rewarded with the equaliser within the 82nd minute when Paartalu nodded in Cleiton’s in-swinging nook.
Right after the aim, Odisha missed a possibility to regain their lead when Mauricio arrange Daniel Lalhlimpuia within the field, however his shot clipped the upright. At the opposite finish, Chhetri blasted his shot over the crossbar from shut vary.
Gurpreet made a surprising save late within the sport to hold out Jerry’s close-range try.