Bengaluru FC began their Indian Super League campaign with a commanding 4-2 win over North EastUnited FC. A well-composed performance in the second half and some simple tactics gave the Blues the much-deserved win.
Bengaluru FC 4-2 North EastUnited FC : The Game
The game started off with a spell of incomplete passes. The incessant rain meant that the slippery ball became very unpredictable. North EastUnited FC resorted to going down the wings while Bengaluru FC went right through the middle. The Blue dominated in terms of possession while the HIghlander took more shots.
Bengaluru FC were the first to draw blood when Cleiton Silva went around the keeper to give Bengaluru FC the lead. Udanta Singh did well to intercept the ball before driving into the middle. After getting past 2 defenders, he laid a perfectly weighted pass to Silva who finished it with ease.
NorthEast did not take too long to respond. 3 minutes later, V.P.Singh sent in an inswinging cross to Deshron Brown. The clever forward avoided the offside trap to set himself up with the keeper before stabbing it into the net.
Bengaluru retook the lead when the Indian Super League witnessed one of the most bizarre own-goals of all time. Ashique Kuriyan found the keeper off his line and went for an ambitious shot from nearly 35 yards out. His shot rebounded off the crossbar for Udanta to volley goalwards. Subhasish Roy managed to keep the ball off the line only for Mashoor Shereef smashed his clearance into the net.
North EastUnited came back almost immediately when Mathias Coureur slotted a failed clearance past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu of Bengaluru to make it 2-2. Jayesh Rane made it 3 for Bengaluru when he waltzed his way to the edge of the box before sending a low drive into the far post. The victory was assured for Bengaluru when substitute Prince Ibara send his shot into the near post to round up the game
Goal Of the Game
In terms of the goal that would live rent-free in every fans head, it has to be the own goal. No one saw it coming and it is a one in million occurrence.
But skill-wise, it has to be Prince Ibara’s goal to seal the game. Alan Costa sent a glorious long ball to set Prince free. His tactful move send the defender and the goalkeeper the wrong way. A cool finish into the near post was the icing on the cake.
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