Vastavam web: Ten-man Bengaluru FC sealed their place at the top of the table with a stunning 3-0 win over FC Goa in the Indian Super League here Thursday.
Full-back Nishu Kumar received his second yellow card and was sent for an early bath in the 42nd minute. Down to 10 men, Bengaluru produced a brilliant second-half performance to pick up all three points as Juanan (50′), Udanta Singh (58′) and Miku (69′) wrote their name on the scoresheet. The hosts were given an early scare when Ahmed Jahouh stole the ball off Dimas Delgado’s feet in the midfield and unleashed a piledriver at the goal that ricocheted back off the inside of the post.
Bengaluru also had a chance when Miku and Dimas combined brilliantly in the 20th minute but the scoreline remained unchanged, thanks to an alert Mourtada Fall. The defender stuck with Miku as he tried to get a show away after Dimas’ excellent lob, allowing Naveen Kumar to collect what turned out to be a tame effort. Bengaluru were dealt a blow just before the break after the referee showed a second yellow card to Nishu Kumar for dissent. Despite going down to 10 men, the hosts nearly scored at the stroke of half-time when Harmanjot Khabra forced a brilliant save from Naveen Kumar.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, Bengaluru started the second half on the front foot and took the lead within five minutes. Xisco Hernandez delivered an excellent cross into the centre of the box and the ball fell for Juanan. The defender chested the ball and lashed a volley into the top corner. The hosts piled the pressure on the visitors and showed no signs of holding back. The Indian winger raced into the box and with just the goalkeeper to beat, finished with aplomb to double his team’s lead.
Goa took risks and pressed further up the field to try and get back into the game. Brandon latched onto Edu Bedia’s ball into the box in the 66th minute but his effort was denied by the crossbar. Bengaluru exploited the space at the other end and added to their tally minutes later.