Bengaluru FC salvaged a thrilling 1-1 draw against Odisha FC in their Indian Super League match at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa on Sunday.
It also turned out to be a battle of goalkeepers on the night, with both posts guarded solidly against relentless press by each side by Arshdeep Singh and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Odisha FC had taken an eighth-minute lead through Diego Mauricio and looked to have earned their second win of the season but till a determined BFC finally managed to get an equaliser late in the game, despite Arshdeep Singh’s heroics in goal
Bengaluru had a bright start at Fatorda, but were stunned by an early goal from Mauricio which came against the run of play.
BFC interim coach Noushad Moosa’s men came very close to scoring when Udanta Singh flashed a cross across the face of goal, but the pass was too quick for an onrushing Sunil Chhetri.
Another chance went begging for BFC when Amay Morajkar floated a cross in for Rahul Bheke but his header missed the mark.
In the second half, Arshdeep continued from where he left off as he came with a fine save. This time the custodian stopped Kristian Opseth’s free-kick with a diving save. He then came up with an acrobatic save to stop Gaurav Bora’s header from going into his own goal.
After constant pressure, Bengaluru were finally rewarded with the equaliser in the 82nd minute when Paartalu nodded in Cleiton’s in-swinging corner.