Bengaluru FC snatches late win over Gokulam Kerala

A stoppage-time winner from Udanta Singh helped Bengaluru FC advance to the quarterfinals of the Super Cup with a 2-1 win over Gokulam Kerala FC.

Bengaluru FC players celebrate after scoring against Gokulam Kerala FC in the Super Cup on Sunday.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Indian Super League runner-up Bengaluru FC snatched a late 2-1 victory over Gokulam Kerala to seal its quarterfinal spot in the Super Cup.

While Gokulam played some great football to take the lead in the 33th minute via Henry Kisseka, it was Bengaluru that progressed to the next round, courtesy of goals from Miku and Udanta Singh.

While the first half began with Gokulam playing attacking football, it was Bengaluru that had the first clear chance to take a lead in the 11th minute, when Sunil Chhetri failed to find the back of the net, thanks to a brilliant save from the Gokulam goalkeeper Nikhil Barnard.

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Thereafter, a series of attacks plied on both sides yielding no results. However, a brilliant pass in the 33th minute from Gokulam’s Macedonian forward Hristijan Denkovski to Henry Kisseka gave the I-League side the crucial lead.

Bengaluru upped the ante in search of an equaliser, but some brilliant interceptions and a solid defense coupled with some error-free goalkeeping barred it of one.

The second half began with Bengaluru taking the lead to attack and it nearly scored one in the 50th minute through Subhashis Bose, but his attempt struck the post. Its constant effort finally yielded results when Miku scored in the 70th minute through a brilliant back heel pass from Udanta Singh.

Bengaluru went on to dominate the tie, pressing high up in the attack with large numbers. It clinched the win in the dying seconds of added time through a brilliant Udanta Singh goal.

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