Bengaluru FC blanked Membership Eagles 1-0 on the Maldives Nationwide Stadium in Malé on Sunday night to advance to the group phases of the AFC Cup 2021.
Debutant Jayesh Rane scored the winner within the twenty fifth minute because the Indian outfit joined ATK Mohun Bagan of Kolkata, Maziya Sports activities and Recreation Membership of Malé and Bashundhara Kings of Dhaka in Group D.
BFC tackle Bagan on Wednesday earlier than dealing with the Dhaka membership on Saturday. They finish their Group D engagements with a match in opposition to hosts Maziya on Tuesday, August 24.
— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) August 15, 2021
BFC entered the sector with six debutants. Marco Pezzaiuoli, the BFC coach. launched Marco Alan Costa, Sarthak Golui and new signings Rohit Kumar, Danish Farooq and Bidyashagar Singh, Sivasakthi Narayanan, together with goalscorer Jayesh.
The hosts nearly took the lead within the seventeenth minute however Eagles’ striker Easa, who rattled the web, was referred to as offside. Lower than 10 minutes later, Sarthak Golui’s lengthy throw from the left reached Jayesh, who shot into the underside nook beating a horde of the rival defenders to take the all-important lead.
“Scoring on my debut is a giant deal for me. It was a tricky sport however we have been the fitter aspect and it confirmed.”
— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) August 16, 2021
Simply earlier than the breather, BFC objective survived from an Eagles nook, when the ball took a deflection after hitting Sarthak however a stretching ’keeper Gurpreet Singh cleared it on time. After the hour mark, the hosts obtained one other probability to equalise however Ali Fasir shot large with simply Gurpreet to beat.
For BFC, substitute Leon Augustine had an opportunity to double the lead along with his first contact of the sport. Sunil Chhetri gained a ball contained in the Malé field and noticed Eagles’ keeper Mohamed Faisal out of place. The Indian veteran rapidly handed the ball solely to see Leon’s shot going over the bar.
BFC stood agency and defended nicely to seal their spot in Group D regardless of a wave of assaults from the Maldivians.