Bengaluru FC registered a comprehensive 2-0 win over FC Goa at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18.
Edu Garcia and Dimas Delgado scored on either side of the half to take the steam off the Gaurs fight back. With 33 points, the Blues not only went 8 points clear atop the table but also became the season´s first team to book a playoff berth.
The hosts made a positive start to the contest and had the first opportunity of the game through Sunil Chhetri, whose effort was directed straight at Goa´s goalkeeper Naveen Kumar.
The Gaur´s first chance of the contest came after Bengaluru custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu failed to collect a cross in the sixth minute. The ball fell well for Ferran Corominas, who headed it goalwards but Sandhu managed to push it behind for a corner.
The deadlock was eventually broken 10 minutes before half-time when Toni Dovale produced a delightful ball from the left for Garcia to head home thunderously into the back of the net and make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Dimas Delgado doubled the lead in the 82nd after Toni Dovale´s head pass was shot straight into the net by Delgado.
Bengaluru collected maximum points to make the cut to the playoffs and became the first team to qualify for the semis.
Club Award: Bengaluru FC
Swift Moment of the Match: Dimas Delgado
DHL Winning Pass of the Match: Toni Dovale
Amul Fittest Player: Edu Garcia
Emerging Player: Nishu Kumar
Hero of the Match: Dimas Delgado
Full-time: Bengaluru 2-0 Goa FC
90: Four minutes added on
88: Substitution for Bengaluru FC Sunil Chhetri OFF Daniel Lalhlimpuia IN.
86: Substitution for Bengaluru FC: Nishu Kumar Tashni oFF Subashish Bose IN
86: Substitution for FC Goa: Ahmed Jahouh OFF Pronay Halder IN
82: Goal!! Dimas Delgado Morgado scores for Bengaluru FC
77: Substitution for FC Goa Narayan Das OFF Chinglensana Singh IN
77: Substitution for FC Goa Bruno Pinheiro OFF Hugo Boumous IN
68: Substitution for Bengaluru FC Semboi OFF Haokip Boithang Haokip IN
66: Yellow card Narayan Das
59: Yellow card Dimas Delgado Morgado
46: second half kick off
Half-time: Bengaluru 1-0 Goa FC
45: One minute added on
35: Goal!! Eduardo García Martín scores for Bengaluru FC
1: First half kick off..
FC Goa line-up: Naveen Kumar (GK), Narayan Das, Bruno Pinheiro (C), Seriton Fernandes, Mohamed Ali, Ahmed Jahouh, Ferran Corominas, Manvir Singh, Manuel Lanzarote, Mandar Rao Dessai, Edu Bedia.
Bengaluru FC line-up: Gurpreet Singh (GK), Rahul Bheke, Juanan, John Johnson, Nishu Kumar, Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Garcia, Dimas Delgado, Toni Dovale, Semboi Haokip, Sunil Chhetri (C).