Eduardo Martin Garcia, Sunil Chhetri on target as Bengaluru FC beat Mumbai City 2-0
Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC had a satisfying Indian Tremendous League debut as they beat Mumbai Metropolis FC 2-Zero of their opening encounter with Spaniard Eduardo Martin Garcia and skipper Sunil Chhetri heading in the right direction.
Edu scored within the 67th minute off a set-piece motion whereas Chhetri cashed in on a defensive blunder from Mehrajuddin Wadoo within the third minute of stoppage time to get full factors for the ‘Blues’ in what was their first-ever look within the cash-rich league.
After a barren first-half, it was former Zaragoza B staff participant Edu, who broke the impasse. After taking part in a one-two with Udanta Singh off a nook, he took a left-footer as Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was crushed at close to submit.
Chhetri, who was proven a yellow card within the second half for showboating with a view to get a penalty, lastly received his title on the scoresheet through the dying moments.
Chasing an extended ball, Chhetri put stress on stopper Mehrajuddin, whose miscommunication with a surging Amrinder noticed the Indian captain latch onto the free ball earlier than slotting it dwelling with precision.
Chhetri was awarded Man of the match for his good efficiency as he was a livewire upfront.
Bengaluru FC coach Alberto Roca deployed the standard Four-Four-2 format with Chhetri and Fedor upfront.
The house staff dominated the proceedings by making a number of makes an attempt on the objective however Amrinder Singh saved the sheet clear through the first 45 minutes.
Udanta spurned a chance within the 43rd minute as he crossed the ball as an alternative of aiming at an open objective after Chhetri picked up the pacy Udanta on extensive proper.
The cross was intercepted by Marcio Nascimento Rozario a lot to the aid of Amrinder.
Though BFC performed aggressively, their centre-backs Juanan Gonzalez and John Johnson flanked by aspect backs Harmanjyot Khabra and Rahul Bheke carried out admirably.
Within the 23rd minute, Fedor despatched a cross from the appropriate flank however Chhetri’s volley was off the mark.
The pictures of Chhetri and Lenny Rodrigues, in 27th and 29th minutes additionally went haywire.
Within the 41st minute, Fedor as soon as once more shot straight on the goalkeeper after Chhetri received the ball in midfield and freed him within the attacking third.