Sergio Lobera’s Odisha FC turned it around at the Kalinga against Simon Grayson’s Bengaluru FC to clinch all three points in a 3-2 thriller.
Puitea’s screamer, Isak’s gamble, and Amey’s finish guaranteed three points for the Kalinga Warriors at home. This result ends Odisha FC’s run of two consecutive losses in the Indian Super League 2023-24.
Bengaluru FC took an early lead in the first half courtesy of captain Sunil Chhetri who pounced on an uncontested ball and put it beyond Amrinder Singh’s reach in the bottom corner.
In the 18th minute, Keziah looked up and played a defense-splitting ball over the top to find Ryan Williams who controlled the aerial ball with ease and slotted it past Amrinder doubling their lead.
The Kalinga Warriors slowly started to settle into the game, in the 23rd minute with a slick move on the counter attack Jerry M found Puitea outside the box who unleashed a venomous strike beating Gurpreet to half the deficit.
On the brink of half-time, CY found himself inside the box trying to hold off the defenders. Bengaluru FC experienced a defensive collapse when Isak bulldozed through the box and drew Odisha FC level.
Another bit of intricate play by the hosts saw CY putting Amey through on goal with a deft pass, the right-back went on to complete the move with a composed finish past Gurpreet and also completed Odisha FC’s comeback.
Odisha FC will host NorthEast United FC on November 3 at the Kalinga Stadium for a 20:00 IST kick-off.