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Aizawl FC 2-1 Bengaluru FC

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016

The first match of the Hero Federation Cup 2016 was played today at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, home team Aizawl FC played against Bengaluru FC the newly crowned Hero I-League 2015-2016 Champions and defending Champions of the Hero Federation Cup. In a clash of the Hero I-League pole position holder versus the team in the 8th position of the league, Aizawl FC stunned their visitors with the final score of 2-1.


Bengaluru FC looked dangerous from the early minutes and came really close to scoring an opener in the first minute from a corner kick, a minute later the visitors had their second chance on goal, luckily Emma Chigozie intercepted in time to clear the ball off the goal line.


Bengaluru FC continued to build on their momentum and were clearly the better team from the start, the men in blue finally found the goal in the 15th minute, Udanta lays a low pass for Lyngdoh, the best Indian midfielder sends the ball goal ward with his first touch, Kim Song Dong seemingly did a slight flick in an offside position but leaving goalkeeper no chance to react. The linesman kept his flag down, the referee points the centre mark, Goal Bengaluru FC.


The home team gave their all for an equaliser, Captain David Lalrinmuana drove a finely placed free-kick to stretch Amrinder past the half hour mark.


Alfred scored the equaliser in the 38th minute, left back Ricky sends the ball in from his line to the edge of the box, Bengaluru FC’s centre back Osano failed to control the ball with his first touch allowing Alfred to drive the ball home beyond the reach of Amrinder into the far post.


Aizawl FC had a chance to take the lead a few minutes later, Joel Sunday took a curving shot just inside the box, his effort hits the far-post, the ball ricochets to David but the Captain only managed to hit the side netting.


After the restart Aizawl FC continued to be the better team, dominating the game with possession and attacking the goal left, right and centre. Bengaluru FC defended well and looked dangerous on the counter attack with the pace of Udanta and Lyngdoh.


The game remained even-steven until the 90th minute, Liberian forward Alfred K. Jaryan missed an opportunity on the way, failing to score from an open goal in the 75th minute, the Liberian forward too had his goal denied for an offside in the 80th minute.


90 minutes - Goalllll Aizawl FC – The home team scored their match winner in the 90th minute, Msa sends the ball in from his own half, Alfred managed to beat his marker inside the box, the striker then delivers a cross ball for Joel Sunday whose deft right footer crashes into the net past the helpless Amrinder sends the crowd into a joyous frenzy.


That's it, the final score on the scoreboard reads Aizawl FC 2-1 Bengaluru FC. Here's to hoping and wishing that our men will finish the job in Bengaluru.

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