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Bengaluru FC beat Mumbai City FC 2-0 on Indian Super League debut

Bengaluru FC put in a commanding performance to defeat Mumbai City FC 2-0 in their debut Indian Super League game.

indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 20, 2017 13:31 IST
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Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri celebrates his goal vs Mumbai City FC with teammates. Bengaluru FC won their ISL debut match 2-0. (ISL)

Bengaluru FC had a satisfying Indian Super League debut as they beat Mumbai City FC 2-0 in their opening encounter with Spaniard Eduardo Martin Garcia and skipper Sunil Chhetri on target. (BFC vs MCFC highlights)

Edu scored in the 67th minute off a set-piece movement while Chhetri cashed in on a defensive blunder from Mehrajuddin Wadoo in the third minute of stoppage time to get full points for the ‘Blues’ in what was their first ever appearance in the cash-rich league.

After a barren first-half, it was former Zaragoza B team player Edu, who broke the deadlock. After playing a one-two with Udanta Singh off a corner, he took a left-footer as Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was beaten at near post.

Sunil Chhetri, who was shown a yellow card in the second half for allegedly diving, finally got his name on the scoresheet during the dying moments.

Chasing a long ball, Chhetri put pressure on stopper Mehrajuddin, whose miscommunication with a surging Amrinder saw the Indian captain latch onto the free ball before slotting it home with precision.

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Chhetri was awarded Man of the match for his brilliant performance as he was a livewire upfront.

Bengaluru FC coach Alberto Roca deployed the traditional 4-4-2 format with Chhetri and Fedor upfront.

The home team dominated the proceedings by making several attempts at the goal but Amrinder Singh kept the sheet clean during the first 45 minutes.

Udanta spurned an oppurtunity in the 43rd minute as he crossed the ball instead of aiming at an open goal after Chhetri picked up the pacy Udanta on wide right.

The cross was intercepted by Marcio Nascimento Rozario much to the relief of Amrinder.

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Although BFC played agressively, their centre backs Juanan Gonzalez and John Johnson flanked by side backs Harmanjyot Khabra and Rahul Bheke performed admirably.

In 41st minute, Fedor once again shot straight at the goalkeeper after Chhetri won the ball in midfield and freed him in the attacking third.

First Published: Nov 19, 2017 22:58 IST