ISL: Bengaluru FC beat Pune 2-1

ISL: Bengaluru FC beat Pune 2-1
Players of Bengaluru FC and FC Pune City fight for the ball during their Indian Super League match on Friday.
Bengaluru, Nov 30 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/30/2018 11:58:00 AM IST

Bengaluru FC extended their lead at the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) table as they beat FC Pune City 2-1 on Friday at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.

Udanta Singh (11’) scored a blinder of a goal to give Bengaluru the lead which was cancelled out by Rahul Bheke’s (15’) own goal. Bheke undid his earlier mistake by scoring a late winner in the 88th minute.

Bengaluru had two changes in the starting line-up that beat Delhi Dynamos with Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartalu coming on for injured Rino Anto and Albert Serran. Rahul Bheke shifted to the centre-back position and Harmanjot Khabra returned to the right-back position, allowing Paartalu to take up the central midfield role.

Pune made quite a few changes to the team that went down to NorthEast United. Iain Hume, Sahil Panwar and Gurtej Singh made way for Marko Stankovic, Martin Diaz and Lalchhuanmawia Fanai. 

The visitors started on the front-foot and attacked through Marcelinho and Aashique Kuruniyan on the flanks but it was Bengaluru who created and converted the first real chance. Khabra did well to keep Delgado’s cross-field ball in play and pass it to Udanta Singh, who drifted inwards and curled it into the far corner in the 11th minute. 

Pune restored parity in the 15th minute after a quick break saw Stankovic direct a low cross to the centre of the box. Bheke’s attempt to keep Robin Singh from getting to the ball backfired and the 27-year-old ended up sliding the ball into his own net.

It was all Bengaluru for the remainder of the first half but the league leaders failed to convert their chances. Chencho Gyeltshen came close to scoring on three occasions but was denied by Kamaljit Singh. The visitors were dangerous on the set-pieces but failed to test Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

The hosts were close to restoring the lead at the stroke of half-time but Paartalu’s shot from distance which followed Chhetri cushioning the ball after a quick break rattled the crossbar. 

The first clear-cut chance of the second half came in the 70th minute when Udanta’s shot hit the frame of the goal. The hosts thereafter created a host of chances but were not clinical enough upfront.

Rahul Bheke scored a late winner from Khabra’s cross which was initially dealt with by Kamaljit landed in front of the right-back for him to tap it home. 

Bengaluru now have 22 points from eight matches while Pune City continue to remain at the bottom half of the league table with five points from 10 matches.

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