3/10/2019 8:40:36 PM (GMT+3)

ISL: Bengaluru face tough task against NorthEast

ISL: Bengaluru face tough task against NorthEast

KOLKATA: Bengaluru FC will have their task cut out against NorthEast United in the Indian Super League (ISL) in Bangalore on Monday.

A 2-1 defeat away from home means Eelco Schattorie-coached NorthEast United come to the Fortress with an advantage, but it’s one that Carles Cuadrat believes his side can negate.

“We’re ready for the big game. The mood in the dressing room is good. We did it against JDT in the AFC Cup and then against FC Pune City in last year’s semifinal. We believe that with the help of the fans, we can deliver another special night,” said Cuadrat.

The late goal in Guwahati might have given the visitors an edge, but the tie is far from over and comes down to three straight equations. The simplest result the Blues will need to make the final is a 1-0 win, thanks to Xisco Hernandez’s goal away from home. Should the Blues win 2-1, extra time and then penalties – if needed – will decide the game.

Finally, if NorthEast United score two goals or more, the Blues will need to win the tie by a two-goal margin to book a ticket to the showpiece event in Mumbai.

The visitors suffered a double blow on Thursday when their talismanic striker Bartholomew Ogbeche and influential midfielder Rowllin Borges suffered hamstring injuries in the first leg in Guwahati.

Barring a medical miracle, the duo look certain to miss the second leg in Bengaluru. Ogbeche has been NorthEast’s star, scoring twelve times this season while Borges has commanded the midfield with confidence.

The kick-off is at 7.30 pm