Sunil Chhetri's 45th mitnute equaliser salvaged a point for Bengaluru FC after Brandon Vanlalremdika (40') had given Aizawl FC the lead in a Round 9 I-League clash at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Aizawl, Mizoram, on Wednesday.
Khalid Jamil, the home side's gaffer, made two changes as Lalruatthara and Mahmoud Al Amna made it back to the first eleven of the home side while Chekiyot K. Vineeth to the bench with Albert Roca inducting Daniel Lalhlimpuia into the XI instead.
It was the Mizoram-born Lahlimpuia who whipped in a good cross in the opening minutes but there were no Bengaluru players in the box to capitalise on the same before Aizawl counter-attacked through Stephan Kamo, following a lovely through ball from Alfred Jaryan, only to find the Ivorian flagged offside.
Soon after, the former Salgaocar forward miscontrolled another opportunity and his team-mate, Ashutosh Mehta, too shot feebly from Al Amna's pass that didn't bother Amrinder Singh in the Bengaluru goal.
Around the half-hour mark the /syrian forged a header at goal which ratted the crossbar.With the away side's defense readjusting to the threatJaryan had a powerful shot kept out by Amrinder.
Sunil Chhetri then got into the act for the away side as he beat Lalramchullova, but his shot was inches wide, a minute before Vanlalremdika slotted home. The Aizawl right-back was the creator this time, with his accurate cross turned in, with Mehta in turned supplied well by Kamo.
However, at the stroke of half-time, the Blues' skipper, Chhetri blasted the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box leaving Aizawl goalkeeper Albino Gomes no chance.
In the second half, Harmanjot Khabra's cross saw Gomes pull off a save from Chhetri's header in the 51st minute.
Referee Rowan Arumughan did not hesitate as he pointed to the spot in the 54th minute after he deemed Lalruatthara guilty of fouling Sandesh Jhingan inside the box. Chhetri stepped up only to see his penalty saved by the Reds' number one.
The referee continued to have a tough day at office as he cancelled Jhingan's goal from Cameron Watson's corner, owing to what he deemed as a foul on Gomes, much to the chagrin of the Bengaluru faithful.
Kamo headed wide in the 79th minute after a good combination play between Jayesh Rane and Lalruatthara, but Jamil's side seemed content with the point even though Zotea headed wide Chullova's free-kick during injury time.
The draw sees Aizawl FC remain third on the table with 17 points from 9 matches while Bengaluru FC ascend to fourth on the table with 12 points, having played a match less.