8/13/2019 8:23:05 PM (GMT+3)

Bengaluru FC take on East Bengal in must-win game

Bengaluru FC take on East Bengal in must-win game

KOLKATA: Bengaluru FC will have their task cut out against East Bengal in a must-win game in a crucial Group A match at the Durand Cup here on Wednesday.

The Blues are currently third on the table with just a point from one game, but with second-placed Army Red (3 games, 2 points) and bottom-placed Jamshedpur FC (2 games, 1 point) already out of the equation, they are the only side with a chance alongside leaders East Bengal (six points from two matches) to grab the lone semifinal spot from Group A.

While Bengaluru will need to win both their games, a point from their final game against the Blues will be enough to send East Bengal through to the knockouts.

Coach Naushad Moosa wants his boys to focus on the immediate task at hand as they must get three points from this clash to stay in contention.

“The boys are well aware that if we want to stay in the competition, we’ve to get points off this game. The semifinal is another step away and this game will not send us through immediately,” said Moosa on the club’s website.

Bengaluru had more than a week to prepare after a 1-1 draw against Army Red on August 5 and Moosa hopes he was able to make most out of the situation.

“The break was a little longer for us. It’s not always easy to have such a long gap, but it also gave us time to work with the team and for the boys to get acclimatize to the weather,” he added. (Pic: Bengaluru/Twitter)