Bengaluru FC came back from a goal behind to inflict a 3-1 defeat to Pune City on Thursday, at the Balewadi Sports Complex.
The home side took the lead 10 minutes before half-time through an unlikely source, as midfielder Adil Khan ghosted in unmarked in the Bengaluru box to head home a delicious corner from left-winger Isaac Vanmalsawma.
But after the break Pune were reduced to 10 men for the second game running after Baljit Sahni was shown a second yellow-card.
Looking for an equaliser Bengaluru found it through Miku in the 65th minute with a tap-in from close range. By the 78th minute Miku had found his second of the night to put Benglauru a goal up. Sunil Chhetri dealt Pune a killer goal in the final minute of added time.
Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca was delighted with his team’s performance but later admitted that the red card shown to Pune’s Baljit Sahni was the turning point of the game.
“For sure we are happy about this victory. We knew it would be difficult today. Pune had a very good first half. They had put us in trouble and we could not play the game that we wanted because they played quite good,” he said.
“In the second half, we started better and after the red card, things had completely changed. We have a talented team and we took advantage of this situation.”
Meanwhile the Kerala Blasters clinched their maiden win in the fourth edition of the Indian Super League with a 1-0 victory over NorthEast United on Friday.
NorthEast started the stronger side and came close on a few occasion, but they failed to finish.
CK Vineeth, who returned from suspension headed home the Blasters’ first proper attacking move in the 24th minute to maintain their record of having not been defeated by NorthEast United in the last four years.