At the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Bengaluru FC emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over their former head coach Carles Cuadrat’s East Bengal FC. The game began with East Bengal taking the lead, courtesy of Naorem Mahesh Singh’s goal in the 15th minute. However, Bengaluru FC quickly responded when Sunil Chhetri successfully converted a penalty kick in the 21st minute, leveling the score.
The optimism generated by East Bengal’s early lead was short-lived as Mandar Rao Dessai fouled Chhetri inside the 18-yard box, resulting in a penalty just four minutes later. Chhetri, as reliable as ever, calmly placed the ball into the bottom right corner, equalizing the score at a crucial point in the first half.
East Bengal FC continued to showcase a smooth offensive game that kept them in contention. The combination of Mahesh and Nanda Kumar posed a threat, especially in the second half, as they created a potential winning opportunity. However, Nanda failed to keep his shot on target, sending the ball well over the crossbar, squandering a well-crafted chance.
The pivotal moment arrived in the 72nd minute when Javi Hernandez produced a moment of brilliance that delighted the home crowd and secured three points for Bengaluru FC. Young forward Rohit Danu played a crucial role in setting up Hernandez, who executed an acrobatic bicycle kick, showcasing his creativity and goal-scoring prowess. The goal celebration was exuberant, and Simon Grayson’s adept in-game management ensured that East Bengal FC could not mount a comeback, securing Bengaluru FC’s first victory of the season.
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