Friday Jan 27, 2023

Odisha FC Climbs Up a Steady Sixth With SC East Bengal Win in the ISL

Odisha FC won against SC East Bengal at Tilak Maidan, with Odisha winning 2-1. This elevates Odisha to sixth place, a step further for the Indian Super League trophy, and keeps SC East Bengal at a low tenth place. This marks SC East’s third consecutive loss in the ISL season since their defeat against Goa, not counting their draw with Chennaiyin FC from the last match.

Odisha FC Defeats SC East Bengal FC at Tilak Maidan

Odisha had a great start with Jonathas de Jesus carrying the Bhubaneswar-based Indian soccer team and allowing an early lead, but clashing in the second half as Antonio Perosevic from SC East Bengal scored the equaliser. SC East definitely gave it their all as they struggled in the initial part of the match. Certainly, Odisha dominated with their early lead, and despite the constant pressure applied by SC East, they managed to restore their lead with Javier Hernandez assisting de Jesus, who scored the goal in close range.

Odisha FC defeats Bengal FC

SC East’s Hira Mondal tried his best for a badly needed equaliser, but the attempt did not pan out with his left-footed strike. With the lack of successful equalisers from SC East, Odisha managed to maintain their advantage until the end of the first half.

SC East, however, finally obtained their equaliser through Antonio Perosovic. After several attempts from the Croatian forward, he scored a low finish against Odisha. His other attempts to score saw clear-cut opportunities for a goal, but the most remarkable one was when he cut through Odisha’s defence with help from a long ball but failed to score the goal due to an excess in elevation.

Javier Hernandez regained Odisha’s lead with help from de Jesus, who sent a lay-off for Hernandez. The midfielder’s shot hit the net, travelling with a swerve. Another opportunity presented itself for Hernandez, but Hira Mondal deflected the goal with an exceptional goal-line clearance.

With their win, Odisha is set to regain their momentum after a couple of setbacks from January, when they lost against the Kerala Blasters and Hyderabad and got a draw with Goa and ATK Mohun Bagan. Their next match will be on 13 February 2021 against Mumbai City, which has recently won against Chennaiyin FC. Odisha FC has not won an ISL title since the league’s inauguration.

Jeremy Nero

Nero Fulgar has been writing professionally for the past five years, delving into technical and creative content, as well as literary works. He has a degree in creative writing from U.P. Visayas and has published several works in the Philippines and Singapore. Other than writing, he has dabbled into editing and publishing fiction novels before moving on into writing-centred professions. Based in Dumaguete City, Philippines, he continues to write about everything that interests him, which includes igames, sports, politics, pop culture, art, and literature to name a few. You can reach Jeremy at [email protected]

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