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Bangaluru script lucky win in Federation Cup
Sportslogon Team May 8th 2017


Bhubaneswar : Southern Eagles Bangaluru FC scripted a lucky 3-2 goals win against Meghalaya-based Shillong Lajong FC in the Group-B opener encounter in the Federation Cup at Barabati Stadium on Monday.

In absence of Trinidad and Tabago striker Cornell Glen, the skipper Sunil Chhetri and young star Kumam Udanta's combination is proved deadly minute-by-minute as the match progressed.

The man in blue was missed couple of golden opportunity to open the account. In the 34rd minutes, the captain slides in Udanta and the youngster aims to chip the ball above an onrushing Vishal Kaith but Udanta is unlucky to score for Bangaluru as his effort was gone wide.

Just after two minutes, Udanta Singh found the net. The Tata Football Academy product shoots at the target and his delivery is deflected off Shillong defender Nim Dorjee Tamang. Vishal Kaith has no answer to this attempt as the Blues lead by one goal.

Vishal Kaith, who has been kept on his toes throughout the first half. Good effort from the Himachal Pradesh born goalkeeper was tactfully saved many goals for Shillong.

Just a minute into the second half and the Blues have doubled their lead. An onrushing Harmanjot Khabra from the right sends a high ball in the mid-berth which stock to Eugeneson Lyngdoh head the ball in so firmly the Shillong custodian was totally out of reach.

It was not the day for Shillong, the Bangaluru defender Sandesh Jhingan was stopped the delivery come in from the corner by his hand. Naturally the defender is booked for a handball incident and Shillong awarded with a penalty corner. Unlucky, Dipanda Dicka steps up for the penalty and bottles the chance as he shoots too wide in the 70th minute.

After the shocking incident, Shillong Lajong bounced back in the 72nd minute, to get their opening goal by Japenese Yuta Kinowaki who beat Bangaluru goalkeeper Mawia with his powerfully strike.

Bengaluru FC had netted their lucky third goal in the 74th minute. It was an own goal from Shillong Lajong. Captain Aiborlang Khongjee slots the delivery inside the net in the attempt of sending it out of the post.

Samuel Lalmuanpuia, who came on as a substitute, scored for Shillong from the penalty as goalkeeper Mawia dives on the wrong side and totally misses the shot. The score board read as 3-2 in favour of Bengaluru FC 3-2 just before the five minutes of the regulation time.

While playing against tough team like Bangaluru, we were missed a penalty corner and conceded a self goal, so i feel it was a unlucky day for us. Overall we scored two goals it will be a motivating factor for us, said Shillong Lajong coach Thangboi Singto.

We were missed many scoring opportunity in the first half. At a time we were total control of the match with 2-0 lead. However Shillong had fought back, it was a good learning experience for our team, said Bangaluru coach Alberto Roca .
This news was added and updated on : May 8th 2017
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