Bengaluru jumped to the top of the table after a late goal by Udanta Singh (87') punished wasteful Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Kanteerava Stadium on Monday.
Bengaluru's starting lineup had one change from their win at the Fatorda, with Rino Anto coming in for suspended Dimas Delgado. Delhi made a couple of changes from their defeat at Fatorda as Albino Gomes started in goal ahead of Dorronsoro and A. Kaluđerović replaced Daniel Lalhlimpuia.
The first chance of the game arrived when Xisco Hernandez released Chhetri into space in the 8th minute but the forward – who was playing his 150th game for Bengaluru – failed to test the goalkeeper due to a poor first touch.
In the 15th minute, Chhangte set up Carmona for a shot from inside the box but the Spaniard directed his shot straight at Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
Delhi’s best chance of the first half came in the 27th minute when Pritam Kotal squared a pass to Kaluđerović following a quick break but the Serbian failed to capitalize on it. Chhangte later failed to convert a one-on-one situation after Carmona set him up beautifully as Gurpreet did well to get his body in front of goal.
It was all Delhi in the first half and Bengaluru were hanging by a thin thread in the form of Gurpreet.
The second half failed to deliver what the first half promised; an exciting end-to-end game. Both teams were unable to create as many chances as they did in the first half. There was some stability in midfield for Bengaluru after Erik Paartalu entered the pitch but the hosts remained second best on the night.
The best chance of the second half came in the 69th minute when Udanta chipped a ball to Xisco and the Spaniard failed to convert an easy chance.
In the 86th minute, Udanta jumped onto a loose ball and launched a low shot from outside the box. The ball took a deflection from Marti Crespi before hitting the frame of the goal and crossing the line.
Bengaluru were lucky with the win but Delhi have themselves to blame for profligacy.