Bengaluru make fine start

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 11:53:05




Beat defending champs Chennaiyin 1-0 in ISL-V

BENGALURU FC made a perfect start to their campaign at the fifth Indian Super League, defeating defending champions Chennaiyin FC 1-0 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium here on Sunday. In what was a repeat of 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 got nothing out of this game, despite being gifted two gild-edge chances to take the lead. Bengaluru, though, were quick to get off the blocks with Eric Paartalu getting an excellent chance as early as the third minute.

After some scrappy play in the Chennaiyin box following a throw-in by Rahul Bheke, the loose ball fell to the Australian midfielder’s feet but his snap shot was aimed straight at goalkeeper Karanjit Singh. The visitors started to gain a foothold in the match through their quick breaks as the minutes wore on and they should have drawn first blood midway into the game.  Gregory Nelson and Jeje Lalpekhlua broke at pace following an error by Bheke and Nelson's perfectly threaded through ball left the India striker one-on-one with Gurpreet.

As the Bengaluru goalkeeper rushed forward, Jeje slotted the ball for a completely unmarked Germanpreet Singh but his pass was over-hit with the Chennaiyin midfielder unable to direct it towards an empty goal. Bengaluru got chances but failed to make it count while Chennaiyin continued to look dangerous on the break.  Another Bheke mistake around the half an hour mark almost gifted Chennaiyin with a goal after his poor back-pass was intercepted by Jeje. The off-balance Chennaiyin forward had only Gurpreet to beat but lost his footing.

Gurpreet then pulled off a fine save from a long-distance effort by Germanpreet before Bengaluru took the lead against the run of play.