Bengaluru returned to the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) ladder, after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over NorthEast United at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Friday.
Despite Bengaluru having beat the visitors at Guwahati in an earlier stage of the league, NorthEast made it difficult for the homeside in the first half, preventing them from creating any real threat.
Spanish defender Juanan scored the opening goal to give the homeside the lead in the 14th minute. Assisted by Edu García with a cross following a set piece situation, Juanan headed in from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
The visitors equalised after a penalty was conceded by Subashish Bose with a handball in the penalty area, Marcinho converted the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.
Sunil Chhetri eventually scored the winner in the second half with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.
Meanwhile on Saturday the Kerala Blasters FC came from behind to beat Delhi Dynamos FC 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
The home side were in a desperate need of securing all 3 points to keep their hopes alive for a top four place in the Hero ISL. They are currently sit in 5th with 17 points.
Miguel Angel Portugal’s side went ahead in the 35th minute through Kalu Uche who made no mistake from the spot, calmly slotting the ball past Pratik Chowdhary.
After the restart Kerala had equalised 3 minutes in, through 19-year-old teenager Deependra Singh Negi, before almost scoring again 10 minutes later.
The winner was scored with 15 minutes remaining after Chowdhary clipped and brought down Negi in the box and Iain Hume stepped up and scored from the resulting penalty, sending Arnab the wrong way.
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