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AFC Cup 2017: Bengaluru FC 2-0 Abahani Limited Dhaka - Blues strengthen grip on top of Group E logo 18-04-2017
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Bengaluru FC took a step further in progressing from the 2017 AFC Cup, Group E as they saw the back of Abahani Limited Dhaka defeating the Bangladeshi side 2-0 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Tuesday. Nishu Kumar (40') broke the deadlock in the first half and inspired his teammates to pull another through Serbian Marjan Jugovic (82') to condemn the Sky Blue Brigade to their third successive loss in the tournament. Last year’s runners-up made four changes to the side that brushed aside Shillong Lajong in their previous game, in the I-League. Arindam Bhattacharya, Cameron Watson, Alwyn George and Marjan Jugovic were out, and in came Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lenny Rodrigues, Seminlen ‘Len’ Doungel and Daniel Lalhlimpuia. Abahani, on the other hand, named a side unchanged to the one that took the field against Mohun Bagan in their previous AFC Cup encounter.

The first real chance of the game came twelve minutes in when Len came close to heading the ball into an empty net. Juanan had played the ball into the box and the keeper Sahidul Alam committed himself, but couldn’t reach it. Len was steaming in from the right, and his diving header was just a bit too high.

In the very next minute, John Johnson had a great chance as he rose the highest from a corner, but his header was inches high.

In the 25th minute, Abahani had a chance that should have given them the lead. A lack of communication in defense meant that Mohammad Ziban sneaked past Salam Ranjan Singh and Juanan to go one-on-one against the keeper. But Ralte did superbly and came to close his angle down and eventually make the save. ​More to follow...

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