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Sunil Chettri strikes as Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan A.C. in AFC Cup match

Mohun Bagan A.C. took the lead against their I-League rivals Bengaluru FC through Yusa Katsumi. But Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jhingan scored in the second half to give BFC the advantage going into second leg in Kolkata

football Updated: Mar 15, 2017 15:56 IST
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Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri scored in the second half as they beat I-League rivals Mohun Bagan A.C. in the first leg of their AFC Cup match in Bengaluru on Tuesday.(Getty Images)

A goal each from Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jhingan helped Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan A.C. 2-1 in their AFC Cup match at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Mohun Bagan A.C. took the lead against their I-League rivals as Yusa Katsumi scored off a penalty in the 37th minute but the home side pumped in twice in the second half to emerge winners in the first leg of the home and away tie.

Bengaluru FC, who had finished runners-up in the tournament last season, found their equaliser in 52nd minute as Jhingan, off a clearance from Cameron Watson’s corner, shot the ball home with Shilton Paul stranded.

Chhetri scored the match-winner in the 58th minute off a free-kick as the ball hit the bottom corner of the net leaving a haplessMohun Bagan A.C. goalkeeper Paul stranded.

Mohun Bagan were awarded the penalty after their striker Sony Norde was brought down by Jhingan inside the box. Yusa stepped up to send a low shot to Aridam Bhattacharya’s left and hit the net despite the keeper’s slight touch.

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The second half completely belonged to Bengaluru as Albert Roca’s team pumped in two goals. Chances also came their way after their second goal.

The hosts had close chances in the 62nd, 66th, 69th, 72nd, 78th 82nd and in fourth minute of the injury time.

For Mohun Bagan, it was a nightmare of a match as Yusa picked up an injury and was stretchered off the field, which did not help the team.

Unlike the I-League match between the two teams on March 12, when Bengaluru had dominated the first half, Mohun Bagan displayed aggressive and dominating football today.

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Bengaluru made far too many defensive mistakes, which could have allowed Mohun Bagan take further lead in the first half.

The Mohun Bagan midfield duo did an excellent job as Bikramjit Singh and Sehnaj had fortified the region and let nothing pass through them.

In the 11th minute, Mohun Bagan wasted a golden opportunity when Yusa sent a lovely pass to Jeje Lalpekhlua, who needed to just touch it but could not and Jhingan ran to clear the ball.

The return leg of the tie will be played in Kolkata on May 17.

First Published: Mar 14, 2017 22:06 IST