Bengaluru FC (6) – (2) Maziya S&R | AFC Cup 2021
Bengaluru FC walked into the game featuring 5 changes on the teamsheet. Big names like captain Sunil Chhetri and Gabonese defender Yrondu Musava King were put to rest for the encounter.
What went in favor of Maziya last year didn’t seem to repeat as Bengaluru FC turned the tables with a cracking Udanta Singh goal. Yes, you read it right. The Lightning struck and how!! The Indian Flash hit the back of the net with a perfectly executed header in the early minutes of the game giving BFC a lead in the 5th minute. Build-up play from the right flank which Sarthak Golui translated into a looping cross directed straight towards Udanta who timed it with finesse gave the Blues their first goal.
On the other hand, Cleiton Silva seemed to be in a red hot form as he gushed past the defenders eventually netting the ball which was scrambled by the Maziya Goalkeeper. Twenty minutes into it and BFC were 2-0 up already. Cleiton repeated the same drill, this time around with some extra creativity only to turn out that the goal was controversially judged offside. Nonetheless, soon after Leon compensated it with a beautiful solo run finishing it inch perfectly!
Bengaluru FC was absolutely fiery on the pitch. Accurate passes, quick feet, and a solid build up coupled up with artistry saw the Blues dominate the majority of the game. Just after the 30 minute mark Jayesh Rane missed a sitter by narrow margins. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Bengaluru FC were creating Goal-Scoring opportunities every 10 minutes with already 3 goals registered on the scoresheet in the first half of the game.
Maziya’s best chance came just before the Halftime through a set piece at the edge of the box that went piercing through the Bengaluru wall straight into the safe hands of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Green boys eventually managed to beat the BFC custodian following a defensive lapse in the second half. Hamza Mohamed’s run into the box paired up with an exquisite finish brought them back into the game.
Bengaluru FC didn’t stop, they came back harder at the Maziya defense. Youngster Sivasakthi scored BFC’s fourth in quick succession after conceding. Definitely a befitting response by the Bengaluru attacker which opened up the backline furthermore.
The I league goal sensation – Bidyashagar Singh joined the party to score BFC’s fifth goal and it was indeed a brilliantly crafted ball which was converted flawlessly by the newcomer. Running out of superlatives as I write this, Bidyashagar scores another one to take BFC to half a dozen goals! Incredible performance indeed.
Goal galore perfectly sums up the evening as Bengaluru FC walk out of the 8 goals thriller with flying colors. It’s quite safe to say that Coach Marco has found his formula, and the SIX goals truly testify the same. This new look Bengaluru FC seems to be more promising, and will definitely go the distance with such quality. Up next, Bengaluru FC will participate in the Durand Cup which will be held in Kolkata starting from early September.
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