Bengaluru FC edged passed FC Goa 2-1 in a dramatic clash on Thursday evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.
The homeside started brightly and almost went ahead in the 11th minute through Hugo Boumous whose effort was saved by Sandhu.
At the other end Chencho Gyeltshen and Udanta Singh combined well on the right flank, with the Indian winger delivering a teasing ball across the face of goal which was punched away by Mohammad Nawaz.
Bengaluru finally opened up the scoring in the 34th minute when Xisco Hernandez miscued a shot but the ball fell kindly for Rahul Bheke at the left post whose backheel flick off found the net.
Goa equalised in the 72nd minute after Coro skipped past a few players and played the ball to the centre for Brandon Fernandes whose shot took a deflection off his teammate Jackie and rolled inside the net.
Sunil Chhetri restored the visitors’ lead in the 77th minute. Udanta Singh delivered an excellent cross for the skipper who was perfectly positioned at the far post to head into the net to make it 2-1.
Chhetri almost made it 3 in the 89th minute but the skipper’s powerful shot rattled the crossbar, whilst at the other end Corominas produced a dangerous ball across the face of goal for Boumous, but the midfielder failed to convert from close-range.
Speaking after the match, Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat said, “I’m very happy because we know what type of a team Goa is and how difficult it is to win here. There were a few circumstances in the game that changed a few things.
“It turned into an emotional game with two red cards and in the end, it was a question about who scored the winning goal. We were clinical in that counter-attack with Udanta (Singh) and Sunil (Chhetri).”