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North East United thumped Bengaluru FC to walk away with a slender lead

Nitish Bhan  |  ISL-5  |  2 Weeks Ago

North East United walked away with a slender lead in their first-ever semi-final appearance in ISL. In a two-legged fixture, the Highlanders pipped Bengaluru FC by 2 goals to 1 with some intensified sabre-rattling drama towards the end of regulation time in their first-leg at home.

 

Redeem Tlang scored an absolute screamer to give the much-coveted lead to the hosts. After spotting Gurpreet way off his line, Tlang did not hesitate to unleash a substantial left-footer that left his counterparts in despair.

 

Despite trading some heavy blows at both ends, which included a few nimble infringements in each other’s attacking third and a few long rangers, the first half panned out to an absorbing affair.





After the game resumed, things turned out way cagier than it was in the first half. Both the teams started falling back deep and were content to wait until the end to beget some remarkable action. It was in the 82nd minute that Bengaluru FC reaped dividends of their relentless salvo.

 

Sunil Chhetri managed to lash the ball in for a lurking Xisco Hernandez after a blend of some jittery and swift footwork and the Spaniard got the better of his marker to tap the ball home.

 

With almost another 98 minutes for the entire war to be over, Bengaluru sat tight, pretty content with a stalemate and would have put in everything in their backyard to seal the fate of the game.

 

However, it seemed that lady luck was in the sails of the Highlanders. From a Khawlhring free-kick, Harmanjot Khabra ended up pulling down Mascia in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the dreaded spot.





Juan Cruz Mascia stepped up and beat Gurpreet Singh Sandhu emphatically after blasting his penalty into the top-right corner of the net.

 

The game ended in favour of North-East United who soared high enough in this year’s tournament and came up with a victory when it was needed the most.

 

Despite an entire leg of the fixture is still to be played and that is going to be in Bengaluru’s den, Elcho Schattorie’s boys will not flinch for sure.






 

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