Bengaluru FC rode on Naorem Roshan Singh’s brilliant strike to end Kerala Blasters’ 10-game unbeaten run and move into the top-four for the first time this season with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters in an Indian Super League match in Vasco on Sunday. Kerala Blasters had been unbeaten in their previous nine games. After a scoreless first half, Roshan scored with a spectacular free kick in the 56th minute, which proved to be the game-winning goal.
Danish Farooq and Prince Ibara came close to scoring but were unable to keep their efforts on goal before Jorge Diaz’s miscued clearance struck Sunil Chhetri and almost went in, but a quick reaction from Nishu Kumar diverted the ball away from danger and out of danger. Throughout the tense first half, both defenses maintained their composure.
Bengaluru deserved a goal from the start, and it came as a result of some individual brilliance early in the second half of the game. A wonderful free-kick from just beyond the box was curled in by Roshan, whose magical left foot sent the ball past a diving Prabhsukhan Gill and into the back of the net. Roshan had been outstanding all season and was again on top in this game. Kerala made a valiant effort to equalize, but they lacked the cutting edge that they had shown throughout the season in the last third. Guillermo Diaz set up Adrian Luna on the left wing for a shot, which Harmanjot Khabra hit straight at Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Moments later, the goalkeeper was called into action again, this time stopping a shot from Adrian Luna after being set up by Diaz on the left-wing.
When Bengaluru came within inches of doubling their advantage, substitute Cleiton Silva saw his shot deflected away for a corner by Gill at the far post. Bruno Silva was then set up by Udanta, but his effort flew over the crossbar.