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ISL: Stellar Second-Half Show Helps Bengaluru FC Rally Past Jamshedpur FC

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Bengaluru FC posted three wins in a row to move into third place, with a 3-1 comeback win over Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League at Bambolim Athletic Stadium on Saturday. Daniel Chima Chukwu had given Jamshedpur the lead in the first minute, but Bengaluru made a great comeback in the second half with Cleiton Silva (62nd, 90th) scoring twice on either side of Sunil Chhetri’s 55th-minute equaliser. Chhetri scored his 49th goal, matching Hyderabad FC’s Bart Ogbeche, who became the ISL’s all-time leading scorer with 49 goals the other day, as Bengaluru extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.

Bengaluru now have 23 points from 15 games, as do Kerala Blasters who are second due to better goal difference.

Jamshedpur dropped to fourth place with the loss with 22 points from 13 matches.

Jamshedpur was on the upswing in the first minute of the game with Chima getting on the scoreboard for the second game in a row since he joined the Men of Steel.

Alexandre Lima took the ball into the heart of the field and passed it to Boris Singh. He then passed it to Chima, who stepped between Alan Costa and Roshan Naorem to first catch the ball and then fire it into the roof of the net.

Packed early on, Bengaluru struggled to equalise, but Jamshedpur, who lost the services of skipper Peter Hartley due to suspension, sat down and defended well as a unit.

The Blues’ best chance of the half fell to Sunil Chhetri, who failed to convert a brilliant corner from Roshan despite having to head into an empty net after goalkeeper TP Rehenesh committed early. The captain dragged his header and put his hand to his head when his team went into half-time behind that solitary goal.

Marco Pezzaiuoli’s team came out on fire in the second half and Chhetri made up for his mistake just before half time to shoot from inside the box after a long shot from Parag Shrivas saw the ball leave Bruno Ramires’s legs and into the way of the veteran shooter.

In the next seven minutes, Bengaluru doubled their lead. The industrious Naorem made a superb corner turn for Silva to head past an extended Jitendra Singh and into the back of the net.

Bengaluru were on Jamshedpur after taking the lead, with Silva and Chhetri combining to nearly leave Udanta Singh clear only for Ricky Lallawmawma to intercept.

Silva doubled the count from him in stoppage time, making the most of Narender Gahlot’s missed clearance on a throw-in to beat a defender and shoot the far post from a tight angle.

Jamshedpur had their chances but Chukwu and Stewart were unable to play from the goal line as it was Bengaluru’s day in charge.

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