ISL: Spain player scored the winning goal for Odisha, retaining top-4 hopes with a 2-1 win over East Bengal

Coach Kino Garcia’s team Odisha has collected 21 points from 15 matches. At the same time, after their eighth defeat, East Bengal remains in the 10th place in the table.

Odisha FC beat East Bengal.(Pic Credit ISL Twitter)

Odisha FC (Odisha FC) Hero by winning on Monday Indian Super League (ISL) The hopes of getting closer to the top four teams of 2021-22 have been retained. SC East Bengal in the league match played at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama, Odisha (SC East Bengal) defeated 2-1. With their sixth win, Odisha have moved up from eighth to sixth in the table and their hopes of breaking into the top-four remain intact. Coach Kino Garcia’s team has collected 21 points from 15 matches. At the same time, after their eighth defeat, East Bengal remains in the 10th place in the table. Coach Mario Rivera’s team has only ten points from 16 matches.

The first goal of the match came in the 23rd minute when Jonathan Christian gave Odisha FC a 1-0 lead. In an attack from the right flank, Spanish attacking midfielder Xavi Hernandez, after taking the ball, pierced East Bengal’s defense and entered the D-box and then minus the ball from the goalline, creating an easy opportunity for Jonathan. This Brazilian forward did not make any mistake in showing the direction of the goal post with a right footer shot. East Bengal goalkeeper Shankar Roy just kept looking at the ball.

equalization goal in the 64th minute

In the 64th minute, Croatian forward Antonio Perosevic scored a brilliant goal to give East Bengal a 1-1 draw. Croatian central back Franjo Prase found his compatriot striker with a long through-pass from the half-line. Perosevic scored a fine run, leaving the defenders behind and controlling the ball with a left footer shot from inside the box, and Orissa goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh did nothing except watch the ball cross the goalline from his left. Couldn’t.

Hernandez took the lead

In the 75th minute, a goal by Spanish attacking midfielder Xavi Hernandez again took Odisha’s lead to 2-1 in their favor. Despite being surrounded by four East Bengal defenders, Jonathan entered the D-box with the ball and minus his ball, creating an opportunity for Xavi. The Spanish attacking midfielder came forward quickly and hit a hard right footer shot from inside the box and due to deflation from the defender, the ball went inside the goalpost, out of reach of goalkeeper Shankar Roy, diving to the right.

With this result, Odisha had the upper hand in the matches between the two teams in the season. Because the high-scoring match played in the first leg was won by Odisha FC 6-4. It is the second highest scoring match in Hero ISL, and 21–22 is the highest scoring game in Hero ISL.

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