Bengaluru hold Northeast 1-1 to remain on top in ISL

Bengaluru hold Northeast 1-1 to remain on top in ISL
Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri and North East United FC players (white) in action, at the 5th edition of ISL football tournament, in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Guwahati, Dec 5 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/5/2018 12:22:01 PM IST

Bengaluru FCs unbeaten start to the ISL remained intact after a dramatic 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here on Wednesday.

After a tightly-contested first half, Eelco Schattorie’s side took the lead through Federico Gallego (64th minute). However, a late acrobatic effort from Bhutanese striker Chencho Gyeltshen ensured a point for Bengaluru.

The result sees Bengaluru FC preserve their four-point advantage over NorthEast United at the top of the table. 

The first half saw two shots on target from the home side and just one for the away team. Carles Cuadrat changed the way his side lined-up after the break with Harmanjot Khabra moving to the right-back position with Rahul Bheke on the opposite flank.

But it was NorthEast who had a chance when Ogbeche and Rowllin Borges combined with the former sending a cross into the box which was cleared by Eric Paartalu straight into the hands of the Bengaluru custodian. The breakthrough eventually came in the 64th minute as Federico Gallego found a way past the Bengaluru defence. Ogbeche played a ball to the left when Gallego was left in a lot of space. He sidestepped Albert Serran to slot it home as the ball took a deflection off Gurpreet to find its way in.

Bengaluru came close in the 88th minute when Khabra’s cross was chested down by Xisco for Chencho and the Bhutanese striker’s shot sailed over.

However, Chencho wasn’t going to be denied for the second time as his acrobatic kick after getting on the end of a Chhetri header helped his side find the equaliser.

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