8/5/2019 6:58:31 PM (GMT+3)

Bengaluru FC survive scare against Army Red

Bengaluru FC survive scare against Army Red

KOLKATA: Bengaluru FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Army Red at the 129th Durand Cup here on Monday.

It was a positive result for the Army side, who had lost to East Bengal 2-0 in their opening match. They took the lead before the half time when Liton Shil scored from a low cross by Sunil B.

But Bengaluru equalized in the end when Suresh Singh Wangjam converted from the spot after Namgyal Bhutia was pulled down inside the box.

Bengaluru coach Naushad Moosa opted to start all of his seven first-team players with Aditya Patra in goal, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Sairuat Kima and Parag Shrivas in defence, Ajay Chhetri and Suresh Wangjam in the midfield and Edmund Lalrindika leading the attack.

The draw puts Bengaluru at second spot on the table behind leaders East Bengal (3 pts) while Army stay third (1 pt) in Group A.

Bengaluru had a great chance to kill the game in the 85th minute when Suresh set on a counter down the right. The midfielder with enough space to shoot, decided to pass it to substitute Advait Shinde instead, who also had made a run in the box, but ended up wasting the opportunity with the rival defence intercepting the ball.

Army Red will meet Jamshedpur FC in their next match on August 9 at Kalyani and Bengaluru will play against East Bengal on August 14 at Salt Lake Stadium.