Bengaluru FC were finally beaten at home thanks to a strong performance from the Kolkata outfit...Bengaluru FC lost 0-2 at home to East Bengal on Sunday afternoon in a round 15 I-League clash. Goals from James Moga (17') and Edeh Chidi (81') ensured that the away side walked away with all three points.
Both side's battled to gain the upperhand in the opening exchanges to no avail but the game jolted into life after a quarter of an hour. First, John Menyongar chipped a pass into Sean Rooney's path but the Australian's tame effort came to nothing.
A moment later though, a shot from James Moga at the other end was tipped over the bar by Bengaluru FC debutant keeper, Soram Poirei.
However, the young custodian was beaten two minutes later when he came off his line and Moga put the ball past him after being found by a Raju Gaikwad pass to give East Bengal the lead.
The visitors came close to doubling their lead in the 22nd minute when Edeh Chidi narrowly missed the target from a Lalrindika Ralte cross.
Four minutes later, it was the home side's turn to go agonizingly close as Thoi Singh's cross saw Rooney's header crash onto the post. In the very next minute, Thoi whipped in another cross and this time it was Sunil Chhetri who could only find the keeper with his effort.
In the 32nd minute, Poirei denied Moga as he saved with his legs, keeping the deficit down to a single goal.
Lalrindika Ralte had to be stretchered off just before half-time and was replaced by Shylo Malswamtulunga. The teams went into the break with East Bengal 1-0 up.
Two minutes after the restart, Darren Caldeira nearly scored the equalizer for Bengaluru but the midfielder's effort was inches wide and that set the tone for a period of sustained pressure from the hosts.
In the 58th minute, Chhetri laid the ball off for Siam Hanghal who unleashed a scorcher that left the post rattling and then Rooney's shot was well saved by East Bengal's Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in goal two minutes later.
The game was momentarily stopped after the hour-mark as a section of the crowd hurled bottles onto the pitch. Caldeira joined his captain Chhetri in trying to pacify the supporters and the match was soon underway again.
In the 78th minute however, the home support had even more to feel frustrated by as Chidi doubled East Bengal's advantage. The striker's finish from the left put Begaluru's excellent home record in danger as his side went 2-0 up.
Despite having seven minutes added on, Bengaluru failed to get on the score sheet and suffered their first defeat at home but they remain in pole position nevertheless. Meanwhile, the win helps East Bengal make their way up the table with games in hand.
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