ISL 2020-21 Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC: Machado’s brace save NorthEast’s blushes as both teams share spoils

ISL 2020-21 Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United Full Score: 2-2; Bengaluru FC and NorthEast United FC play out a tantalising 2-2 draw. Both teams found the lead once but failed to hold onto it as they share spoils in the end.

Gerard Nus’ men took an early lead through a fortuitous strike from Machado (4th) but Bengaluru hit back through Juanan (13th) and substitute Udanta Singh (70th).

Just as the Blues looked set for a win, Machado (78th) struck again to ensure his team got a point.

NEUFC got off to the best possible start when they scored in just the fourth minute.

Rochharzela cut into the box and unleashed a shot at goal. His strike struck his teammate Machado and Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu could only look on in despair as the ball looped in.

But rather than get pegged down by the early goal, Bengaluru responded with a flurry of attacks and eventually found their equaliser as NEUFC’s lead last just over ten minutes.

A Rahul Bheke throw caused all sorts of chaos in the NEUFC box and it fell to Juanan, whose first-time shot found the back of net.

Bengaluru had a number of chances to take the lead in the first half and their coach Carles Cuadrat would have been rather displeased that they did not do so.

Ashique Kuruniyan, in the 19th minute, fired wide after a terrific run. Seven minutes later, Harmanjot Khabra found himself inside the box with an open sight on goal but his shot went wide as well.

NEUFC went close towards the end of the first half as Gurpreet had to stretch to keep a Machado freekick out. But it was Bengaluru who dominated the half and their 62 percent possession in that period was a testament to that.

The Blues started the second half in the same way as they had ended the first dominating ball possession, creating chances but failing to cash them.

Bengaluru finally grabbed the lead in the 70th minute after some lax defending from the Highlanders.

Sunil Chhetri won a header at the edge of the box and directed it towards the far-post.

Dylan Fox should have cleared it but let it roll into the path of the onrushing Udanta, whose shot crept in under goalkeeper Gurmeet’s hands.

On the touchline, Cuadrat appeared ecstatic but his joy didn’t last long as Juanan went from hero to villain as his failure to deal with a ball from midfield allowed Machado to free himself and slot past Gurpreet and grab the equaliser.

The goal led to a frenetic final quarter with both teams getting chances to score a winner.



Club P W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Mumbai City 4 3 1 0 6 1 5 9
2 NorthEast United 5 2 0 3 8 5 3 9
3 ATK Mohun Bagan 4 3 1 0 5 2 3 9
4 Bengaluru FC 4 1 0 3 5 4 1 6
5 FC Goa 4 1 1 2 6 5 1 5
6 Hyderabad FC 3 1 0 2 1 1 1 5
7 Jamshedpur FC 4 1 1 2 6 6 0 5
8 Chennaiyin FC  3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
9 Kerala Blasters FC 4 0 2 2 3 6 -3 2
10 Odisha FC 4 0 3 1 2 6 -4 1
11 SC East Bengal 3 0 3 0 0 7 -7 0


ISL 2020-21: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United Live Score and Commentary

BFC Coach- Carles Cuadrat “We were trying our best to get the three points. But the last goal was not possible. [Best performance this season?] I think so. The guys are getting fit and ready. It’s a step-by-step process. We spent 2 hours to get to the stadium because of some problems on the road. We are doing our best in this bubble situation so is the ISL. [On returning to attacking form of 2018-19?] It’s question of moments and confidence of the players. The guys are working anf doing well. Sometimes you score and you have a good dynamic. Hope next game we get our strikers to get scoring.

NEUFC coach- Gerard Nus “We wanted to get the three points. The way the game went I can take this point as a positive. Last game was three days ago. 21 players took their chances so I am proud of the team. [On subs] To be honest we have always have the ideas of Plan A, B and C and also what happens in the game. We need to prevent the injuries as well so need this kind of rotation in the team. Players are doing well on the training as wel. [On goals] As far as the ball goes in… These goals are something we worked on.”


A tantalising end-to-end football ends all square. BFC came up with a better attacking display but this NEUFC unit is a tough nut! After five matches each, both teams remain unbeaten.

90+3′- Ashutosh Mehta tries to waste a few minutes.

90′- 4 extra minutes have been added on.

89′- A late yellow card!

A very late and poor tackle from Britto PM and he rightfully goes into the book. He dashes forward with the ball but looses it as Juanan puts a good tackle and clears it away. Britto though puts a tackle and catches Juanan. Gets a caution!

85′- Chhetri gets his free-kick over the ball but he can’t keep it from going over the bar.

84′- Freekick right on the edge of the box for BFC after Ninthoi catches the leg of Dimas.

83′- Gurmeet is booked now by the referee for taking too much time to take the goal kick.

81′- A bit of a ping pong at the NEUFC box and somehow BFC have been denied a chance to restore their lead.

78′- Late drama; NEUFC finds the equalizer!
NEUFC have leveled it and it is once again Luis Machado who is in the scoresheet. Another defensive error which has led to the goal. What a game this has been so far!


77′- BFC brings on a defender
BFC bring in a defender for a midfield. Francisco Gonzalez comes on for Cleiton Silva as the Blues try to keep their lead.
75′- Cooling Break taken!
Time for the cooling break! NEUFC need to find a way to get back in this game. BFC will be happy with their performance so far.

73′- Yellow Card

Khassa Camara goes into a book for a clumsy challenge!

72′- Double change for NEUFC

The Higlanders are making two changes here as Provat Lakra and Britto PM are coming in for Gurjinder Kumar and Suhair Vadakkepeedika. Can these two help NEUFC level this game?


Udanta Singh gets his name on the scoresheet as Bengaluru take the lead for the very first time. A howler from Dylan Fox and Udanta’s pace gets him ahead of the defender. A shocker from Gurmeet as well as he cannot get down faster.

68′- The referee has a word with Carles on the touchline. Carles seems upset about a decision which went against his team.


Stunning save from Gurmeet Singh. Kristian Opseth’s first shot on target in the ISL. This is phenomenal keeping and phenomenal football overall!!! Wonderful keeping on both sides.

62′- Sunil Chettri has the ball inside the NEUFC box, perilously close to the net. He though is slow to take a kick. Camara rushes into the ball from Sunil’s right and takes control of the ball and pushes it away from danger
61′- Wonderful hold-up play by Opseth, but comes to nothing as Chhetri doesn’t have the legs to capitalize.
Kwesi Appiah is replace by Idrissa Sylla. Can Sylla inspire his team to a victory?

59′- Juanan is alive to the danger. Suhair Vadakkepeedika in the BFC half gets the ball and he can set off if left unattended. Juanan is on hand to steal the ball away and clear the danger.

55′- Kwesi Appiah jumps all over the back of Erik Paartalu. The referee is having none of it and he awards a free kick to Bengaluru FC.

54′- Ashique showing industry once again on the left-flank as Udanta and Fran Gonzalez warm-up on the sidelines.

51′- Suhair swings in a cross into the box and Appiah meets it with his header which was heading in towards the goal but Gurpreet pulls off a stunning save to keep it out.


ON: Meeti, Lalengmawia ON;
OFF: Rochharzela, Fanai

48′- Ashique’s cross from the left is blocked and goes behind for a corner.

46′- The referee blows his whistle and NEUFC get us underway for the all-important second half! Can either side find a way to grab all 3 points?

Half Time: Bengaluru FC 1-1 NorthEast United FC

The referee blows his whistle and brings an end to the first half!
45+1′- Ashutosh Mehta gives away a corner towards the end of the first half. Can BFC take the lead towards the end of the first-half?

45′- Three extra minutes have been added on

42′- Ashutosh Mehta keeps pace with Ashique Kuruniyan on the right. The Blues winger was looking to go past Ashutosh but he puts in a good tackle and sends the ball out for a corner.

40′– Bengaluru dominating possession in the last 5 minutes. Chhetri works the ball down the left and hooks in a dangerous cross into the box from which Dimas’ shot goes wide.

37′– Chhetri with a bicyle volley from the edge of the box but his shot goes wide after a training ground free-kick routine.

36′- Another Yellow card

Gurjinder Kumar now goes into the referee’s book. Gurjinder charges to win the ball from Harmanjot Khabra but Khabra releases it quickly and Gurjinder catches Khabra. The referee once again reaches his pocket to book Gurjinder Kumar.
34′- Offside
Ashique Kuruniyan dashes forward through the middle and plays a very good through ball to his left to find Deshorn Brown. He takes a shot which is well over the post. Would not have counted had he had blasted it in the net as the linesman had his flag up for offside.

32′- Yellow Card

Rochhaerzela goes into the book for a foul on Ashique Kuruniyan.

29′- Juananan brings down Suhair and concedes a free-kick. The big Spaniard escapes a booking for this one.

26′- Harmanjot Khabra with a lovely chance to give his side the lead but he wastes it. Sunil Chhetri takes a quick throw in on the left side which sets free Ashique Kuruniyan. He takes a touch and gets inside the box on the byline. He then cuts it back inside the box to find Harmanjot Khabra. He does not hit it first time but gets it inside to his weaker left foot. He then has a shot with it but his effort is away from target.

23′- Referee stops play as Juanan has a cut on his eye. He needs to leave the pitch to get patched up.

22′- Yellow card!

First booking of the game and it is Rahul Bheke who gets the first yellow. He puts in a rough sliding tackle from behind in the middle of the park to win the ball from Kwesi Appiah but the Blues defender ends up taking down the NEUFC. The referee is quick to reach his pocket.

17′- Another corner for the designated home side. Ashique Kuruniyan tries to put a ball inside the box from the left but his effort is blocked and he wins a corner for his side.

16′- Luis Machado tries to curl one in!!!! and it goes narrowly over the cross-bar. Problems for Khabra a right-back. He is going to be in for a game against the likes of Machado and Suhair.

15′- NorthEast pressing once again as Khassa Camara brings the ball forward.

12′- Gooooaall!

Juanan nets his second for the season. What a strike from the big center-half. A bit of a lapse in concentration from Benjamin Lambot. It’s now even-stevens at the Fatorda. Oh! We have a game on our hands now.

9′- Ashique gets past his marker on the left side but his cross is overhit.

8′- A teasing cross comes into the NEUFC box from the left, Kwesi Appiah who was back in his own box to defends the set-piece, hoicks the ball out for a throw-in to BFC from the right touchline.

7′- Brown is played down the left channel for a 3 vs 4 opportunity on the break but Lambot tarcks his run to cut out his cross.

4′- Goooooal!

Incredible start for NEUFC and they have broken the deadlock very early in this game, courtesy a very wicked deflection! The move was started by Luis Machado who shows some brilliant skills in the middle of the park and lays it up to Suhair Vadakkepeedika on the right.

1′- Bengaluru kicks off from left to right.


The players from both teams stride out for the Indian National Anthem before the kickoff.



Debut for the NorthEast youngster!

18.35: The stage is all set for tonight!

Team News- Lineups are out!

Bengaluru FC (Playing XI): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Erik Paartalu, Harmanjot Khabra, Dimas Delgado, Cleiton Silva, Suresh Wangjam, Sunil Chhetri, Ashique Kuruniyan, Deshorn Brown.
NorthEast United FC (Playing XI): Gurmeet (GK), Gurjinder Kumar, Ashutosh Mehta, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Khassa Camara, Lalrempuia Fanai, Rochharzela, Kwesi Appiah, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Luis Machado.


18.10: A lot will be riding on Sunil Chhetri’s performance tonight! Can he get on the scoresheet once again?

18.00: Will we witness history created tonight?


Total Matches Played: 8

Bengaluru FC won: 05
NorthEast United FC won: 01

Bengaluru FC Lost: 01
NorthEast United FC FC Lost: 05

Match Tied: 02

No Results: 00


Date: Monday, 8th December, 2020
Time: 7.30 PM IST
Place: Fatorda Stadium, Goa
Teams: Bengaluru FC, NorthEast United FC

When and Where to watch Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC :

When does Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC kick off? Monday, 07 December, 7.30pm IST

Where is Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC being played? Tilak Maidan, Goa

What TV channel is Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC?

Jamshedpur FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan and other fixtures of ISL 2020-21 will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi and their respective HD TV channels in India.

Where to see live streaming of Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC?

Online live streaming of Jamshedpur FC vs ATK Mohun Bagan will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.

Predicted DREAM11 Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC :

CAPTAIN- Sunnil Chhetri

VICE CAPTAIN- Kwesi Appiah

GOALKEEPER- Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

DEFENDERS- B.Lambot, D.Fox, Juanan, H. Khabra

MIDFIELDERS– K. Camara, C.Silva, D.Delgado, E.Paartalu

FORWARDS- K.Appiah, S. Chhetri

Team News

Bengaluru FC Predicted XI: Gurpreet Singh, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Cleiton Silva, Erik Paartalu, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Fran González, Rahul Bheke, Dimas Delgado, Suresh Wangjam

NorthEast United FC Predicted XI: Gurmeet Singh, Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar, Khassa Camara, Kwesi Appiah, Idrissa Sylla, Lalengmawia, Federico Gallego, Luís Machado, Ninthoinganba Meetei

Prediction: Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC

The analytics shows that NorthEast United FC has clear supremacy over Bengaluru FC. BFC were champions in 2018-19 ISL season. BFC-team, Head-Coach Carles Cuadrat has question-marks over a couple of spots in his starting XI at the moment. They kicked off their pre-season without any overseas players. Second-choice goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte started in goal ahead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu while Joe Zoherliana and Pratik Chaudhuri made their debuts for the club. Both Cleiton Silva and Kristian Opseth are likely to start in attack for Bengaluru FC, alongside Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh.

On the other hand, NEUFC-team, every year there have been changes to their coaching staff and playing staff, which leads to a less settled side. Even in the goal-scoring department they didn’t look that good as they scored only 16 goals throughout the season. So, they will need to improve all over the pitch to find success. But, they had a main key player Subhashish Roy, who has made a lot of saves to keep them alive in many matches in the last season. They had a new signing of 2 overseas strikers Idrissa Sylla and Kwesi Appiah. So, they will expect to see more goals scored compared to last season. We expect NEUFC to win this match.