ISL: Miku brace powers Bengaluru past Pune

A brace from Miku powered Bengaluru FC to a 3-1 win over Pune City FC, which was reduced to 10-men after striker Baljit Sahni was sent off in the 56th minute.

Bengaluru FC players celebrate the side's third goal.   -  Prashant Nakwe

A timely brace from Venezuelan Miku earned Bengaluru FC a hard-fought 3-1 win over Pune City FC in its Indian Super League clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune.

Pune went into the lead in the 35th minute via an Adil Ahmed Khan goal but was unable to hold onto its lead as Miku fired two goals in a span of 14 minutes to put his side ahead.

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Adding salt to wound, BFC captain Sunil Chhetri added a third goal in stoppage time to seal the tie 3-1.

Pune had further trouble on the night as striker Baljit Singh Sahni was sent off in the 56th minute, meaning he will miss the side's next game.

Adil Khan’s leaping header, one of Indian Super League season four’s best goals so far, was enough to stun the BFC defence. However, Bengaluru FC soon shook off the shock to hit back with Miku's brace, his sixth goal of the season, and an injury time goal from captain Chhetri.

Baljit Sahni’s exit after a second booking reduced the home team to 10-men and that proved costly in the long run as Chhetri scooped the ball into the net eluding a charge by the goalkeeper Vishal Kaith in injury time, the third by the visitor.

Earlier, Pune scored in 30th minute when Ahmed raced into position to close down gaps after a counter-attack, slipped ahead unmarked and nodded the ball home forcefully.

But Bengaluru FC replied with three goals and its fourth win in five matches sent it to the top of the table. Pune remains in fourth place with nine points after six matches, after its third defeat at home.

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