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ISL 5: Young Bengaluru suffer defeat in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur: A young Bengaluru FC side suffered a heavy defeat after a second half blitzkrieg in which Jamshedpur FC scored four times in six minutes, saw the hosts beat the Blues 5-1 at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, in Jamshedpur, on Wednesday. Semboi Haokip (17’) gave Bengaluru the lead before goals from Augustin Fernandes (45+2’), Michael Soosairaj (54’), Pablo Morgado (56’ 57’) and Carlos Calvo (61’) gave Cesar Ferrando’s side the big win.

Cuadrat’s eleven included faces that have had few or no minutes this season. Sairuat Kima at the back was handed his club debut in a squad that had Bengaluru FC B players Parag Shrivas, Myron Mendes and Aditya Patra on the bench. Meanwhile Soram Poirei, Ajay Chhetri and Gursimrat Singh started for the first time this season. Xisco and Luisma Villa – in what was a first in the history of the Indian Super League – were the only two foreigners who started the game.

The Blues, having already secured top spot in the League for the second season running, chose to leave behind a host of big names back in Bengaluru for a game that had no consequence on the table. Sunil Chhetri, Miku, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Juanan Gonzalez, Albert Serran and Rahul Bheke were all left out of the squad that made the long trip to Jamshedpur.

Bengaluru raced to a lead in the 17th minute when Semboi made the most of some poor communication between defender Augustin Fernandes and Subrata Paul. Assuming his ’keeper was coming out to collect a long punt from Xisco, Augustin could only watch as Haokip charged, latched on to the loose ball and poked past Paul who was rooted in his place to make it 1-0.

The Blues then had the chance to tighten their grip on the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute after Tiri brought Edmund Lalrindika down in the box. However, Xisco’s penalty lacked conviction and pace and Paul guessed correctly to make the easiest of saves.

Just when it looked like the miss wouldn’t come to haunt Bengaluru, a goalkeeping blunder at the other end brought Jamshedpur right back into the game with seconds to the break. Bengaluru had staved off an attempt from Dhanachandra Singh in the box before Soram Poirei pounced on the loose ball, only to spill it and allow Fernandes to shoot into an empty net from a narrow angle.

But what started out as a promising show by the youngsters soon turned into a nightmare of sorts in a matter of six second half minutes, where Bengaluru conceded four times.

Soosairaj began the flurry with an effort that curled in at the far post to put Jamshedpur ahead. Morgado then scored the first of his two when he nodded home a cross from Calvo. He soon added a second, picking the ball in the box and cutting past Kima before slotting past Poirei to make it 4-1. Calvo then got in on the act himself, scoring directly from a free kick a minute over the hour mark.

The night went from bad to worse when the Blues were reduced to ten men after Gursimrat picked up a second booking for a challenge on Morgado and was given marching orders in the 68th minute.

Mendes and Shrivas had their first minutes of ISL action too, after being brought on as second-half substitutes. The Blues now regroup in Bengaluru as they await their opponents for the semifinal.

ISL 5: Bengaluru set to wrap League campaign in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur: Bengaluru FC Head Coach Carles Cuadrat has hinted that he will give some of the younger members of his squad a run out when his side takes on Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. The Blues, having already qualified in top spot following a 3-0 win over FC Goa last week, will look to rest several key players, in a bid to keep them fresh for the play-offs, set to kick-off in the second week of March.

“We are in a privileged situation because we have qualified for the play-offs already. I spoke to my staff earlier and decided that it was a chance to reward some of the players for their hard-work through the season. There are a few members of the BFC B team who have been with us for many months now and I want to make this game an opportunity for them to wear the BFC shirt and play a competitive game for the first team,” Cuadrat said to the press on the eve of the clash.

Jamshedpur FC’s draw to Chennaiyin FC on Saturday sent them out of the reckoning for a play-off spot, with NorthEast United holding an unassailable four-point lead heading into the final round of games. But Cuadrat believes that the Cesar Ferrando-coached side are heading in the right direction.

“You can see that Jamshedpur is one of the teams that has played some of the best football this season. When they came to Bengaluru, it was a difficult game. We managed a draw, but in some moments during the game, they had a lot of possession and put us in a tough spot,” Cuadrat added.

While Bengaluru got back to winning ways with a convincing 3-0 victory over FC Goa on Thursday, Ferrando’s side have managed just one win in their last five League games, a 1-0 result over Mumbai City FC.

The game kicks off at 7.30 pm and will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network, HotStar, JioTV and Colors Kannada TV.

ISL 5: Delhi extend unbeaten run with comfortable victory over Pune

PUNE: Delhi Dynamos FC overcame an in-form FC Pune City side 3-1 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Sunday to extend their unbeaten run to six. For Pune, the defeat marked their first loss under new head coach Phil Brown since he took over in January.

Delhi began the match as the more potent side, keeping the ball and spraying passes around the pitch. Soon enough, the Lions made their spell of dominance count and took the lead. Romeo delivered an inch-perfect cross from the right wing, which fell perfectly in Chhangte’s path. The winger took a first-time volley which hit the underside of the crossbar and ended up inside the Pune goal.

However, the hosts responded well and equalised only six minutes later through Poojary. The youngster, who came into the squad in place of the injured Diego Carlos, picked up the ball near the right wing. He then drifted inside and scored with a fierce shot from 25 yards out.

But Delhi fought back and regained the lead on the 30th minute. Romeo once again caused havoc down the right wing with his pace and directness. This time, the winger drove down the wing before having a crack at goal from distance. The ball took a big deflection off Sahil Panwar before looping over Kamaljit Singh and into the goal.

Phil Brown’s side was presented with a big chance to equalise just before the referee blew for half-time. Rohit Kumar picked up the ball just outside the box before firing in a stinging low-drive. Francisco Dorronsoro produced a good save to ensure that the Lions went into the break with a deserved 2-1 lead.

With Pune throwing bodies forward to find an equaliser after the restart, Delhi took advantage and extended their lead on the 52nd minute. Gianni Zuiverloon received the ball inside the box before laying it off for Ulises Davila, who forced a fine save from Kamaljit. However, the rebound fell perfectly for Daniel Lalhlimpuia, who had the simple task of tapping the ball into the empty net.

Delhi had a strong foothold on the match in the second-half and very nearly scored their fourth goal of the night on the 73rd minute. Some neat intricate play near the edge of the box resulted in substitute Rene Mihelic releasing the ball for Davila. The Mexican struck a shot which beat Kamaljit in but hit the outside of the far post before going out of danger.

The match took an unnecessary turn towards the end, when Marcelo Pereira’s challenge on Dorronsoro sparked off a spat between both sides. The referee was left with no choice but to send the Brazilian off for his second bookable offence of the night. Delhi held their ground and defended valiantly to register only their fourth victory of the season.

ISL 5: Ten-man Bengaluru run riot at the Fortress, beat Goa 3-0

Bengaluru: A ten-man Bengaluru FC showed why they call the Kanteerava the Fortress when they gave FC Goa a masterclass in attack and defence, blanking the visitors 3-0 to hand them their first defeat of 2019. The win sent Bengaluru to 34 points, a tally that can only be reached by Sergio Lobera’s men, against whom they hold a superior head-to-head tally, thereby securing a summit finish for a second season on the trot. Playing over sixty minutes with a man disadvantage, Bengaluru scored thrice in a 20-minute period of the second half, as goals from Juanan Gonzalez (50’), Udanta Singh (58’) and Miku (69’) secured three points.

Cuadrat’s refusal to risk key men in a bid to keep them fresh for the play-offs saw Sunil Chhetri left out of the squad. Albert Serran, serving a one-game suspension, joined the captain and Erik Paartalu in the player’s enclosure. Luisma Villa was handed a start on the left in attack, while Rino Anto – after missing out against Delhi Dynamos – found his place at right-back.

Goa had the first sniff at goal in the 4th minute when midfielder Ahmed Jahouh’s fierce hit from distance skimmed the turf and crashed into the post before being taken care of by Bengaluru.

The Blues brushed off the early scare and began pegging Goa back with some fluent football. Luisma lost Brandon Fernandes with a roulette and slipped Xisco Hernandez through, but the Spaniard shot straight at ’keeper Naveen Kumar. Minutes later, Bengaluru orchestrated what was the move of the half. Stealing the ball in the middle, Luisma found Miku who flicked a pass to Xisco with his heel and darted in the box to meet the chip from the Spaniard. But Miku couldn’t get the cleanest of connections on the ball and it was Goa’s turn to get away.

Having withstood the pressure from Bengaluru, Goa found their way back in the half, forcing the Blues to concede a flurry of corners and free kicks that Cuadrat’s men saw out without any panic. But just when the exchanges began getting interesting, referee Pranjal Banerjee turned the game on its head when he shockingly sent Nishu Kumar off in the 42nd minute even after he had won a header cleanly. Banerjee, who had rightly shown Nishu a yellow early in the game, strangely pulled out the same colour as the blue shirts on the pitch and Bengaluru bench watched in disbelief.

But instead of pulling Bengaluru down, the decision to reduce them to ten men seemed to fire Cuadrat’s men up, who came up with three stunning goals in the second half. It all started when Luisma whipped a free kick in the box, one that Miku deftly flicked to find Juanan. The defender brought the ball under control with one touch and then used a second to smash the ball home from close to make it 1-0.

Buoyed by the lead in tough circumstances, Bengaluru weren’t willing to sit back and protect it. Beginning a move on the counter, Miku was once again involved, flicking on Dimas Delgado. The Spanish midfielder then picked Udanta’s run with a perfectly weighted pass that the winger hammered home despite being chased down by orange shirts.

After having a hand in both goals, Miku decided it was time for him to get one of his own and he chose what was probably the best from the lot to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute. Turning his marker and 30 yards out, the Venezuelan unleashed a thunderous strike that zipped past Kumar and into the back of the net, as the Fortress erupted.

Bengaluru chose to keep possession and attack on the counter, with the disadvantage of personnel in mind and looking to keep their first clean sheet of 2019, and did just that as a makeshift backline of Juanan, Bheke, Rino and Khabra thwarted all attacks from Corominas and Brandon, to end the tie and secure top spot.

The Blues next fly to Jamshedpur, where the final clash of the League stages awaits them against Cesar Ferrando’s Jamshedpur FC.

ISL 5: Bengaluru bank on might at Fortress as Goa come calling

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC will look to keep intact their flawless record at home this season when Carles Cuadrat’s side host new league leaders FC Goa at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Thursday. With both teams having sealed a spot in the play-offs, the fixture will play a big role in determining where the two sides finish on the table.

Both Bengaluru and Goa have had a contrasting run of form after the League resumed in January. Sergio Lobera’s men are unbeaten in six games, and for all their prowess in attack, have managed to keep clean sheets in five of those fixtures. Bengaluru FC, meanwhile, in their attempt to rotate the squad and preserve players, have managed just the one win against North East United, while going down to Mumbai, Chennaiyin and Delhi.

But while the Bengaluru boss admitted that his side have been taking away lessons from performances that have been left wanting, managing the squad ahead of the key play-off games has been the priority. “We have achieved our first target of making the play-offs, we now have two more games to manage before the high-intensity games kick in. When we took the lead in Delhi, I had a feeling that we would see the game through. But it wasn’t to be, and that’s football. Interestingly, the last time we took a lead in a game and lost was in the final of the ISL against Chennaiyin.”

The Blues will have their work cut out in defence, coming up against an attack led by league top scorer, Ferran Corominas. The Spaniard has been complimented well by Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia and Brandon Fernandes as Lobera’s side have gone about dismantling teams with relative ease.

In what will be a definite miss for Bengaluru, defender Albert Serran is serving a suspension after picking up a yellow card – his fourth of the season – in the game against Delhi Dynamos. The boss didn’t hesitate to admit the kind of void Erik Paartalu’s absence will have and said that they were looking for options to bring in as a replacement. The Blues’ hard-tackling Australian midfielder sustained a knee injury while going in for a challenge in the game against Chennaiyin two weeks ago was recently ruled out for the season by Cuadrat. “Erik is a very big miss and his injury reiterates why I am keen on managing minutes and appearances for my players. We do have the option of bringing in a replacement and we will be exercising that,” he added.

On whether he was worried that Miku hasn’t been among the goals since his return from injury, Cuadrat said the striker would need time to get back to the level he is capable of. “Miku is having a pre-season of sorts and it is evident. But we have two more games and roughly fifteen days for him to get completely ready and we are certain he will.”

The game kicks off at 7.30 pm and will be telecast live on the Star Sports network, Hotstar, Colors Kannada TV and Jio TV.

ISL 5: Goa seal play-off spot with dominating victory over Kerala

GOA: FC Goa became the second team to qualify for the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 semi-finals with an impressive 3-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Monday. The victory also helped the Gaurs leapfrog Bengaluru FC to take up the top spot in the table.

Kerala, on the other hand, stayed ninth in the standings with 14 points from 17 matches.

Goa saw a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges and created a good opportunity on the 10th minute when Ahmed Jahouh found Jackichand Singh’s clever run with a long pinged pass. Jacki’s shot went narrowly wide of the goal.

The same Jahouh-Jackichand combination was at the thick of the yet again just minutes later. Jahouh found Jacki yet again with a long ball, creating a shooting opportunity for the winger. But this time, Jacki was denied by the upright.

Kerala made very few forays forward but managed to get the ball into the net when Slavisa Stojanovic seemed to have finished off a dazzling counter-attack. But the goal was ruled out for offside, much to the dissatisfaction of the Kerala players and fans.

Almost immediately at the other end, the Gaurs struck with Ferran Corominas. Brandon Fernandes steamed down the left byline and found Coro with a pin-point cross. The Spaniard made no mistakes and nodded it in to score his 14th of the season. Barely three minutes later, the Gaurs struck again and Coro had a huge part to play. The striker put Anas Edathodika under pressure, forcing the former India international to play a risky backpass to goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh. The youngster’s attempted clearance fell straight to Coro. With Dheeraj well off his line, the Spaniard could have taken on his shot from a tight angle but decided to use the safer option and squared the ball for Edu Bedia to finish.

With two goals up after just 25 minutes, Goa were in total control of the match till half-time. The two teams went into the break with the home team 2-0 up.

With a mountain to climb in the final 45 minutes, Kerala were more adventurous after the restart. Sahal Abdul Samad, who scored his maiden Hero ISL goal in the last match against Chennaiyin in the last match, came close with a shot from outside of the box, but Naveen Kumar did well to tip the ball over the crossbar.

With Kerala pushing bodies forward, Coro got a golden opportunity to extend Goa’s lead. Jahouh recovered the ball near his own box and sent Coro through with one of his trademark long balls. The Spaniard, however, delayed his shot a bit too much allowing Kerala players to get back and snuff out the attack.

On the 78th minute, however, Hugo Boumous, who came on for Jahouh five minutes earlier, made it 3-0 after a lovely solo run which saw him glide past a couple of Kerala defenders. Edu could have increased the margin even further in the dying minutes of the match, but his lob over Dheeraj’s head came out after hitting the crossbar. The Gaurs held on for the remainder of the match to ensure another dominating victory at home and their fifth clean sheet on a trot.

ISL: Bengaluru crash to disappointing defeat to Delhi Dynamos

New Delhi: Bengaluru FC crashed to their third defeat of the season after former Blues’ striker Daniel Lalhlimpuia came off the bench to score two second-half goals as Delhi Dynamos came away 3-2 winners at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, on Sunday. Trailing by a Ulises Davila goal (9’), Carles Cuadrat’s men fought back with goals from Boithang Haokip (20’) and substitute Sunil Chhetri (73’) before Lalhlimpuia made the most of goalkeeping errors from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to fire home a brace (77’, 82’) that included the winner.

However, the Blues, who became the first side this season to seal a play-off berth, continue to lead the table with 31 points, three more than FC Goa who have a game in hand.

Miku had the chance to score what would have been the fastest goal of the season when he was picked out by a cut-back from Udanta Singh on 35 seconds. But the Venezuelan couldn’t hit the ball as cleanly as he would have liked to, scuffing it wide in the process.

Bengaluru would rue the miss when Davila put Delhi into the lead in the 9th minute. Palming away a cross from Nandhakumar, Gurpreet’s effort counted for nothing after the ball fell to Davila who fired home to make it 1-0.

Cuadrat’s men, however, soon found a response and a way back into the game when Haokip chose to mark his first start of the season with a peach of a finish in the 20th minute. With a host of blue shirts in the box, Xisco Hernandez floated a cross that Francisco Dorronsoro pushed away. Haokip adjusted his body well before smashing the ball past the Delhi ’keeper.

Cuadrat’s first change of the game came around the hour mark when he threw in Chhetri for Haokip and the Bengaluru striker scored for the third straight game, poking past Dorronsoro after being put through by Xisco to make it 2-1. The Dynamos defence thought they had held the right line to catch Chhetri off-side, but the Bengaluru man time his run to perfection.

With a little more than fifteen minutes on the clock, Bengaluru looked to have the game in control when two uncharacteristic blunders from Gurpreet handed Delhi the equaliser and then the lead.

Bringing down a cross, Lalhlimpuia fired straight at Sandhu who could only palm the ball into his own net, as Delhi clawed back into the game. Lalhlimpuia would strike once again, this time his shot taking a little off Rahul Bheke before creeping past Sandhu at the near post to make it 3-2 – a lead they would hold on to.

Earlier, Cuadrat started with Haokip for the first time this season, leaving Chhetri on the bench instead. Dimas Delgado, Albert Serran and Udanta Singh – all of who were left out of the game against Chennaiyin FC last week, were handed starts too.

Bengaluru travel back home where they take on FC Goa at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, on Thursday.

ISL: Bengaluru arrive in the capital for Delhi Dynamos test

New Delhi: Bengaluru FC Head Coach Carles Cuadrat said that his side will look to get back to winning ways, as a clash against Delhi Dynamos awaits them at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, on Sunday. However, in what is a big blow, Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu was ruled out for the remainder of the season, after suffering an injury to his knee in the clash against Chennaiyin FC.

While Cuadrat rued the hard-tackling Aussie’s absence, he expects the rest of the squad to contribute as Bengaluru reach a crucial stage of the season. “When you are so close to the play-offs, you have to think about the crucial games. It is unfortunate that Erik picked up an injury in Chennai which will rule him out for the season, but that’s football. We rotated the squad to try and avoid that, but on this occasion, Erik hurt himself in going for a tackle. It’s especially tough because he is an important player who was having a very good season, but I expect the others to step up in his absence,” said Cuadrat.

Sitting atop the League table with 31 points, Bengaluru’s participation in the play-offs may be confirmed on Saturday, should Jamshedpur FC fail to win in their match against FC Pune City. The Josep Gombau-coached Dynamos side are placed ninth on the table, but are on a four-match unbeaten run and have found momentum post the AFC Asian Cup break.

“I have always maintained that all the teams in the League are dangerous and Delhi Dynamos is no different. They have a good coach, a mix of talented players and play good football. Last week we had problems against Chennaiyin FC and the week before, against Kerala Blasters. Delhi’s position on the table is not an adequate reflection of the quality they have in their squad and we are aware of that,” Cuadrat said.

The Blues arrived in the capital on Friday, and had a light training session the following day where they welcomed Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado and Albert Serran back, after being rested for the previous clash in Chennai.

Delhi claimed their first win of the campaign in their final game before the break, and added to that in the second phase opener. Bengaluru are yet to claim a win in Delhi, having lost 2-0 to the Dynamos in January 2018, their only clash in the capital.

The game kicks off at 7.30 pm and will be telecast live on the Star Sports network, Hotstar, Colors Kannada TV and Jio TV.

ISL 5: Pune, ATK share points after four-goal thriller

PUNE: FC Pune City and ATK played out an engaging 2-2 draw at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Sunday. The final result was hardly ideal for either team as the dropped points dealt a serious blow to their play-off ambitions.

ATK stay in sixth position in the table with 21 points from 15 matches, while Pune stay seventh with 15 points for 14 matches. For ATK, in particular, the match would go down as a missed opportunity to make up ground on the top four.

With both teams looking for a win, there was plenty of attacking intent on offer in the opening 15 minutes, but the quality in the final third didn’t quite match up to the desire. There were plenty of attempts from range by either side and ATK came close with Edu Garcia, who rattled the crossbar with a powerful shot.

However, it was the home team who would draw first blood, aided by a little bit of luck. Marko Stankovic latched onto Robin Singh’s pass just outside the edge of the ATK box and took his shot on. The Pune midfielder’s effort took an awkward deflection off John Johnson to wrongfoot ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja and ended up inside the ATK net.

Falling behind immediately spurred the ATK players into action and it took the two-time Hero ISL champions just six minutes to respond. Edu found Jayesh Rane’s run down the left wing with a well-timed pass. The 25-year-old cut in inside the Pune box and promptly curled his shot into the top corner past Pune goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh.

The two quickfire goals breathed life into the match, with both sides creating a flurry of chances as the momentum of the match swayed to and fro.

Both Arindam and Kamaljit were kept busy in the final 20 minutes of the first-half, but the score stayed 1-1 going into the break.

Minutes after the restart, Robin tested the ATK custodian with a driven shot from outside the box, but Arindam was up to the task.

With the match poised on a knife’s edge, ATK were awarded a penalty after the ball hit Diego Carlos’ arm inside the Stallions’ penalty box.

Edu Garcia took over the responsibility and promptly converted the spot-kick, sending Kamaljit the wrong way. With half an hour left in the match, the away team was 2-1 up.

With the impetus on Pune to find a way back, the Stallions hit back with Robin Singh. The former ATK player rose high to meet Marcelo Pereira’s corner kick and expertly directed the ball into the goal. The home team could have scored again just seconds later, but Arindam made a brilliant save to keep out Marcelo’s free kick.

Both sides traded chances in the final 10 minutes and the best chance to grab a winner fell ATK’s way. Johnson could have made amends for his own goal in the closing moments, but Kamaljit was at hand to deny the Englishman’s header. The match ended with the two teams having to settle for a point each

ISL 5: Bengaluru beaten in Chennai as search for playoff spot continues

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC after first-half goals from Jeje Lalpekhlua (33’) and Gregory Nelson (43’) extended the Blues’ wait to make the play-off stages of the Indian Super League, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai, on Saturday. Sunil Chhetri scored with a diving header (57’) to give Bengaluru a chance to restore parity, but it wasn’t to be on the night as John Gregory’s side held fort at the back to thwart the Blues’ attack.

Cuadrat had dropped more than just hints about rotating his squad in a bid to rest a few legs and try new combinations. Spaniard Luisma Villa was handed his first start in an eleven that included Xisco Hernandez and Miku. Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado and Albert Serran were left out of a squad that had Rahul Bheke partner Juanan Gonzalez in the centre of defence.

A first half that that ambled on and didn’t look like offering much, changed in the 33rd minute when Lalpekhlua capitalised on Nishu Kumar’s failure to get rid of the ball in the box, and fired past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to give the hosts a lead. The Bengaluru ’keeper managed to get a hand on it, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net.

Miku had Bengaluru’s best chance moments earlier, after being put through by Xisco, but the Venezuelan’s attempt to fire inside the far post from the right rolled inches wide. Bengaluru would then concede again ten minutes later, when Nelson rose and tucked home a cross from Laldinliana Renthlei with his head in the 43rd minute to give Chennaiyin a shock 2-0 lead that they would take down the tunnel for the break.

The Blues, who needed a goal to spark the chase, got one in spectacular fashion within 12 minutes of the restart when Chhetri ghosted past the Chennayin defence to meet Xisco’s cross on the bounce, with a diving header that Karanjit Singh had no chance of keeping out.

Needed the elusive second goal, Cuadrat sent on youngster Edmund Lalrindika and winger Kean Lewis to replace Harmanjot Khabra and Luisma Villa. Miku created space for himself on several occasions, only to be dispossessed in the nick of time. Edmund’s lay off for Xisco in the closing stages was perhaps the Blues’ best chance for the equalizer, but for the Spaniard’s miscue allowing Karanjit to collect with ease.

The Blues travel to the capital city next, where a clash against Delhi Dynamos awaits them on 17th February.