Bengaluru FC clinched back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating Odisha FC 3-1 in the Indian Super League at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday to signal their arrival into the playoffs race.
Rohit Kumar broke the deadlock before Roy Krishna ended his ten-game goalless streak to double the Blues’ advantage. Diego Mauricio pulled one back from the spot in the opening stages of the second half, but the home side managed to close Odisha FC’s pursuit for the major part of the game before Pablo Perez came on to score his first goal for the Blues in stoppage time to wrap up all three points.
This was the first time this season that Bengaluru FC scored more than two goals in a game.
Simon Grayson made just one change to his lineup as Sandesh Jhingan came into the Bengaluru FC defence, replacing Aleksander Jovanovic. For the first time in 13 ISL games this season, Josep Gombau fielded an unchanged Odisha FC XI.
Despite dominating possession in the early stages, the Juggernauts were at the receiving end of two quickfire goals. 25 minutes into the game, Javi Hernandez’s cross from the right flank was cut back across the face of goal by…