Bengaluru kick-start their Indian Super League campaign with 1-0 win over Defending champions
Bengaluru FC got their Hero Indian Super League campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Bengaluru, on Sunday evening.
In what was a repeat of the last season´s final at the same venue, Miku´s 41st-minute strike was enough for the Blues to overcome the visitors´ challenge. Chennaiyin FC will be disappointed as they got nothing out of this game, particularly after they were gifted two gilt-edged chances to take the lead.
The visitors came close to grabbing an equaliser straight after the interval following a long-throw into the Bengaluru box. The resulting loose ball fell to Inigo Calderon at the edge of the box whose blocked shot fell to Eli Sabia with his back to goal. The central defender´s clever backheel, unfortunately, was directed straight to the rival goalkeeper.
Gregory threw caution to the wind in the closing stages by bringing on striker Carlos Salom for defender Mailson Alves, however, hosts held on to their lead for a perfect start to their campaign.
FULL-TIME: Bengaluru FC 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
90+3: Substitution for Bengaluru FC: Nicolás Fedor Flores comes OFF for Thongkhosiem Haokip
89: Substitution for Bengaluru FC: Udanta Kumam Singh comes OFF for Boithang Haokip
77: Substitution for Chennaiyin FC: Mailson Alves comes OFF for Carlos Daniel Salom
76: Substitution for Bengaluru FC: Francisco Hernández Marcos goes OFF for Chencho Gyeltshen
59: Substitution for Chennaiyin FC Issac Vanmalsawma comes OFF for Anirudh Thapa
57: Yellow card for Jerry Lalrinzuala(Chennaiyin FC)
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: Bengaluru 1-0 Chennaiyin
45: Two minutes of added time.
41: GOAL!! Nicolas Fedor Flores(Miku)
35: Yellow Card for Harmanjot Singh Khabra(Bengaluru FC)