Bengaluru FC have registered their third win on the trot after beating Kerala Blasters 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi on Monday.
Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring in the 17th minute after Albert Serran sent a long ball on the angle for Miku who released the ball with his first touch. The 34 year-old gushed past Sandesh Jhingan through to the box to slot it calmly into the bottom-right corner past Naveen.
Replays show Chettri was in a slight offside position but it went unspotted by the linesman. Both sides’ coaches were visibly upset with the refereeing decisions throughout the game, but it was Blasters coach David James who commented about the decisions and called for the inclusion of VAR in the ISL.
However Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadra wouldn’t verbalise his opinion: “I don’t have an opinion on refereeing. We shouldn’t talk so much about the referees. Everything that we talk about them, we are putting pressure on them. All the clubs all over the world have been demanding something from the referees. I understand the situation with Kerala,” he said.
Blasters equalised at the half hour mark after Cyril Kali’ was fouled inside the box by Nishu Kumar before he could get his shot away and slavisa Stojanovic made no mistake from the spot.
In the 81st minute from the byline, Miku passed the ball to Xisco Hernandez who blasted the ball towards the goal. Kerala goalkeeper Naveen Kumar pulled a brilliant save but it deflected off Nikola Krcmarevic and went back into his own net.
Xisco had been brought on to replace Juanan with just 8 minutes of the game left.
“We have talented players on the bench and we asked them to help us. At that moment, we decided to put Xisco in midfield as Juanan was not feeling alright. And Xisco was involved in the action that gave us the goal,” said Cuadrat.