GMC Stadium, Bambolim witnessed a 6 goal thriller as Bengaluru FC squared off against ATK Mohun Bagan FC. Both teams came into the tie on the back of a poor run. BFC had only picked up 1 point out of a possible 15. Meanwhile, The Mariners picked up 1 out of a possible 9.
As we head into the festive period of the season, the franchises in the league seem to be struggling with the pace of the league. Barring the defending champions, Mumbai City FC, all the other teams have struggled to gain momentum.
Bengaluru FC 3-3 ATK Mohun Bagan FC : The Game
ATK Mohun Bagan started the match brightly. Their constant pressure was rewarded when Subhasish Bose powered the ball into the net via a Hugo Boumous corner in the 13th minute. The feeling of taking the lead was only sinking in when a rash tackle from Colaco on Cleiton Silva resulted in a penalty. Silva, the man in form made no mistake from the spot as he sent Amrinder Singh the wrong way to calmly draw Bengaluru level (18′).
The equalizer helped Bengaluru with their confidence. Cleiton Silva was once again at the heart of it all for Bengaluru. This time it was Bengaluru FC who scored through a corner in the 36th minute. Cleiton Silva’s delivery was met by Danish Farooq who made a sly run at the near post. He directed the ball towards the far post in search of someone, however, the ball hit the far post and crept into the goal to give BFC the lead.
After the cooling break, Bengaluru lost some momentum and the mariners clawed their way back into the game. In the 38th minute, the Mariners drew level after winning the ball in the middle of the park. The quick change in possession resulted in a counter-attack. Roy Krishna surging on a rapid run, found his strike partner Boumous who made no mistake as he calmly put the ball past Gurpreet Singh.
Second Half :
Both teams headed down the tunnel level with 2 goals each and with all to play in the second half. The first few minutes of the second half were scrappy. A clumsy challenge from Prince Ibara rewarded the Mariners a golden opportunity to take the lead from the spot as the referee pointed towards the spot. Roy Krishna stepped up and sent the keeper the other way to give the team from Bengal the lead. Both teams struggled to keep the momentum throughout the game.
In the 72nd minute, Prince Ibara scored the third goal from a corner in this tie to make it 3-3. A delicious corner from Rishan Naorem was met by Ibara who towered the header into the back of the net. BFC came alive after this goal and were the more threatening team in the last few minutes. They came close again from a corner but could not take their chance. The match ended with a scoreline of 3-3 as both teams went home with a deserved point.
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