A late goal from Beikhokhei Beingaichho ensured that the champions ended their campaign on a successful note...
Bengaluru FC downed Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa as they continued their 100% record on Goan soil with yet another victory. Sporting took the lead in the 41st minute through Boima Karpeh which was cancelled out by Robin Singh in the 59th minute. Substitute Beikhokhei Beingaichho's goal in injury time ensured that Bengaluru FC finished the season with 47 points from 24 matches.
Oscar Bruzon made as many as four changes to his starting line-up as Melroy Fernandes, Matthew Gonsalves, Jovel Martins and Rowllin Borges made way for Ravi Kumar, Mauvin Borges, Royston D’Souza and Joyner Lourenco.
With Ashley Westwood suspended, Bengaluru FC assistant coach Pradyum Reddy also made four changes to the side that won 4-2 against Dempo previously to clinch the title. Pawan Kumar, John Menyongar, Sean Rooney and Thoi Singh were the ones missing out from the starting eleven as Soram Poirei Anganba, Gurtej Singh, Darren Caldeira and C.K. Vineeth were all drafted in.
The first shot of the game came in the 7th minute when Kalu Ogba took an ambitious shot which was easily dealt with by Anganba.
The champions went close in the 17th minute as Robin Singh was on the receiving end of a wonderful through ball. The Indian striker put in a dangerous cross into the box with the outside of his left foot which hit Keenan Almeida and almost went in for an own goal. Ravi Kumar, however, was alert and cleared the ball.
The away team were at it again in the 22nd minute. This time, Siam Hanghal’s cross found Sunil Chhetri on the left. The skipper darted ahead and fired in a shot with his left which was initially blocked. The rebound fell to Robin Singh, but the Sporting defense remained alert and cleared the ball for a corner.
Curtis Osano played a long ball from his penalty area to Robin Singh in the 32nd minute. The Indian striker went ahead of Sporting's two center backs quite easily, and in spite of having plenty of space to run ahead and shot, he took the shot too early missing a glorious chance to put his side ahead.
Royston D’Souza found himself in a wonderful position inside Bengaluru's penalty area in the 39th minute. The midfielder turned and crossed it to Boima Karpeh who did well to chest the ball down. His shot, though, was a poor one as it failed to trouble Anganba.
The deadlock was broken in the 41st minute as a charged up Boima Karpeh fired a thunderous shot from outside the box leaving absolutely no chance for the Bengaluru FC custodian to prevent the goal.
Bengaluru FC fought back in the second half as the champions managed to score the equalizer on the hour mark courtesy of a Robin Singh goal. John Johnson’s headed the ball over the Sporting defense found Robin Singh lurking in the box. The striker made no mistake as he slotted the ball past Ravi Kumar.
Youngster Velito Cruz unleashed a tremendous shot in the 68th minute which brushed against the side netting.
The home side had a marvellous chance in the 82nd minute as Karpeh was put through inside the Bengaluru penalty area. The striker moved ahead instead of taking a shot only for Osano to clear it for a corner.
The away fans who had gathered in large numbers were not disappointed as Beikhokhei Beingaichho who came on as a substitute managed to grab a late winner as he found himself on the end of a Keegan Pereira cross.
The game ended 2-1 in favour of the away side.