Bengaluru retaliates on Aizawl with 1-0 win at home

Pulkit Verma  |  Bengaluru FC  |  2 Years Ago

In the strictly performance driven 90 minutes, both Bengaluru and Aizawl looked to be getting better of each other on occasions before Jugovic’s header pierced through the Red defence into the goal to take his side three points better in the league table. Roundup 15 of the Hero I-League concluded on a high for the home team Bengaluru FC as they beat Aizawl by a lone goal in the injury time of the match.


The match kicked off with Bengaluru getting edge over the visitors on flanks through the speedy Udanta Singh and Lenny Rodrigues, while John Johnson did very well in marking the Liberian Alfred Jaryan. On the other hand, the defence of Khalid Jamil’s side did well in containing the Blues and kept them in the midfield on most part of the game. 


In the first half BFC were faster off the blocks and in the fourth minute a Chhetri header off a Cameron Watson corner hit the crosspiece and even as the ball rebounded to Chhetri, Aizawl goalkeeper Albino Gomes managed to collect it.


Aizawl earned their first corner in the 10th minute but Jayesh Rane's floater didn't create any danger.

In the 18th minute, Rane snatched it from Chhetri and essayed it for Bayi Kamo but John Johnson's timely interception thwarted it as Kamo was about to break free.

BFC came close in the 21st minute when Chhetri evaded Ashutosh Mehta's outstretched leg and laid it for Daniel Lalhlimpuia. Daniel, the ex AIFF YDP product, dodged past Ralte but failed to beat Albino with his prompt left-footer, the Goalkepeer diving to his left to palm it away.

BFC brought in their first substitution in the 60th minute - Jugovic coming in for Eugeneson Lyngdoh and was immediately flashed the yellow card two minutes later for a rough tackle.

BFC couldn't make the most of a promising counter-attack when Chhetri, who was often falling back to help his defence snatched it in front of his penalty box and sped faster than any and passed it to Jogovic, but the latter mispassed much to the frustration of the fans.


Jamil must have had his heart in his mouth in the 85th minute when Chhetri cut past a couple, ran in but his right-footer narrowly missed the target.



Chhetri's class was evident once again the next minute when he played a one-two with Juan Fernandez and entered the box but Albino was able to cut down the angle forcing Chhetri to shot directly at him.


It was then in the injury time, Chhetri’s brilliant free kick found Jugovic who didn’t miss the best opportunity of the match. 


Aizawl were heartbroken as they seem to slip down from being the surprise package and the eventual winners of the I-League this season as Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are getting closer in each passing roundup.


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