3/7/2019 8:23:11 PM (GMT+3)

ISL: Late goal help NorthEast overcome Bengaluru 2-1

ISL: Late goal help NorthEast overcome Bengaluru 2-1

NEW DELHI: Bengaluru FC went down 2-1 to NorthEast United in the first leg of the Indian Super League semifinal in Guwahati, Assam, on Thursday.

A late penalty from Juan Mascia (94’) separated the two sides after substitute Xisco Hernandez (81’) had cancelled out Redeem Tlang’s (20’) opener.

The second leg will be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Monday.

Cuadrat started with new-signing Alex Barrera, who slotted in as a defensive midfielder in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Albert Serran, having missed the games against Goa and Jamshedpur, returned to join Juanan Gonzalez in the centre of defence. Miku, while playing the lone striker, had Udanta Singh and Sunil Chhetri in the four-man midfield just behind him.

Tlang fired NorthEast into the lead in the 20th minute after picking up a pass from Bartholomew Ogbeche.

With ten minutes left, Bengaluru found the equalizer by Xisco following some neat interplay inside the box.

Substitute Mascia scored the winner from the spot after Khabra brought him down in the second-half added time. (Pic credit: Highlander Brigade/Twitter)