Kashyap’s side produced yet another gritty display to win a point off the I-League leaders…Rangdajied United held Bengaluru FC 1-1 in a group B encounter of the Federation Cup at the MDS Stadium, Manjeri on Saturday evening. Thoi Singh had scored in the second minute and the equalizer came in the 80th minute through Lamine Tamba.
Santosh Kashyap and Ashley Westwood didn’t change any personnel from the last game
The goal came as early as in the second minute when Thoi Singh was put through by Siam Hangal and the midfielder went past a couple of players to slam home to give his side the lead.
In the 11th minute, Kim Yong got into the act but headed Yohwei Iwasaki’s cross over the bar.
Rangdajied United, despite going down early, battled for possession and on an occasion, Kim Yong’s effort was just about warded off by left back Keegan Pereira.
After the break, neither side could keep the ball for long as mis-passes was the trend of the evening. Ball was mostly won and lost in the middle of the park and as a result there was little action in the final third of either side.
Kim Yong kept the Bengaluru FC defense on their toes with his darting runs down the middle. However much to his disappointment, their strikers never really made the most of those deliveries.
Skipper Chhetri had a chance to double the lead for the southern side but his free-kick from the edge of the box went over the bar.
Rangdajied United restored parity in the 80th minute when Lamine Tamba rose highest from a free-kick to head home. This was after Edmar Figueria was fouled by Beingacchio Beikhokhei.
Towards the closing stages, it was the north eastern side who dominated the proceedings and pressed in search of the winner. However the Bengaluru FC defense held firm and as a result, points were shared.
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