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AFC CUP - 2015

AFC WORKSHOP BEGINS AT KUALA LAMPUR

11.12.2014: The workshop on AFC Club Competitions for 2015 started at Kuala Lumpur today. The workshop will continue for two days. The delegates of the participating clubs including the representatives of East Bengal and Bangaluru FC from India are at the workshop. AFC Deputy General Secretary Dato' Windsor John is coordinating the workshop. In his opening address, AFC Deputy General Secretary Dato' Windsor John remarked that the standard of AFC Club competitions improves each year and that key to this continuing success is the role played by the participating teams and member associations.

"We have team managers, media officers, marketing officers and competitions managers from the clubs and we would like them to play an active role in the development of not only the infrastructure or the organizational aspect but also for the competition. "I would like to request you to kindly pay attention to the presentations and make sure to deliver the match of highest standards."
afc cup east bengal group 2015

Dato' Windsor continued his speech by commenting that a record number of teams are taking part in the 2015 edition of the flagship AFC Champions League while the introduction of preliminary rounds for both the ACL and the AFC Cup has given a greater impetus to clubs from nations that are aspiring to take part in the highest level of club football.

'As you are all aware we have opened the door for teams from more member associations to be part of Asia's premier club competition - the AFC Champions League. Now, teams from top 23 MAs are taking part in the ACL,' he said. 'Due to the growing number of teams staking their claim to be part of this exciting journey, the AFC has introduced a new stage from 2015 onwards which will see teams battle it out over two preliminary rounds to make it to the playoff. 'This move is intended to promote emerging Member Associations to the AFC Cup which will give their clubs exposure against stronger teams and in turn help the future national teams.'

Central to facilitating this was the decision to bring the curtain down on the AFC President's Cup, with Turkmenistan's FC HTTU defeating Rimyongsu 2-1 in Colombo to write their name in Asian football history as the last ever winners of the popular tournament for emerging nations.

But while the President's Cup will no longer feature on the AFC calendar, next year's club competitions will be bigger than ever a record number of clubs taking part and a global reach that is expected to continue to build on the success of previous seasons. 'A record number of 49 clubs are eyeing to be the champions of Asia next year while 41 teams will be eyeing the glittering AFC Cup trophy,' Dato' Windsor continued.

“More than two million spectators attended the AFC Champions League matches this year while millions of others throughout Asia were glued to their TV sets to watch the exciting action. "The increasing number of attendances and TV viewership augurs well with the status of the competition but being one of the stakeholders of this competition, you, the clubs, will have to deliver a top-class organization when you host a match."

The fixtures of the 2015 AFC Champions League and AFC Cup will be finalized shortly.

AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY OFF - 2015

20.02.2015 - EAST BENGAL TEAM IN AFC CUP 2015

1) Subhasish Roy Chaudhury - Goal Keeper
2) Abhijit Mondal - Do
3) Luis Barreto - Do

4) Gurwinder Singh - Defender - Captain
5) Abhishek Das - Defender
6) Deepak Mondal - Do
7) Arnab Mondal - Do
8) Robert Lalthalmuana - Do
9) Milan Susak - Defender - Foreigner

10) Mehtab Hossein - Midfielder
11) Leo Bertos - Do
12) Cavin Lobo - Do
13) Lalrindika Ralte - Do
14) Shylo Malsawmtluanga - Do
15) Joaquim Abranches - Do
16) Mohammed Rafique - Do

17) Ranti Martins - Striker - Do
18) Dudu Omagbemi - Striker - Do

19) Eelco Schattorie - Head Coach
20) Sujit Chakravarty - Asst Coach
21) Alvito D'Cunha - Technical Manager
22) Rajesh Basak - Physio

23) Dr Santi Ranjan Das Gupta - Team Doctor
24) Manish Banerjee - Team Manager
25) Gautam Roy - Team Media Officer


AFC CUP FIXTURES - EAST BENGAL

24.02.15 : JOHOR ---- VS ---- EAST BENGAL - Away
10.03.15 : EAST BENGAL ---- VS ---- Kitchee FC - Home
17.03.15 : Balliester Khalsa ---- VS ---- EAST BENGAL - Away
14.04.15 : EAST BENGAL ---- VS ---- Balliester Khalsa - Home
28,04.15 : EAST BENGAL ---- VS ---- JOHOR - Home
14.05.15 : Kitchee ---- VS ---- EAST BENGAL - Away

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AFC CUP - 2015

AFC CONGRATULATE EAST BENGAL

12.12.2014 : It's a honour for East Bengal in the AFC Cup. East Bengal is the only Football Club from Asia to participate in the AFC Cup for a record number of time. In the AFC Cup workshop at Kuala Lampur AFC congratulated the Red and Gold for creating a history of participating in the tournament for the record 8th time.

Earlier East Bengal had shared the maximum appearance record with Home United (Singapore) - 7 times each. EAST BENGAL PLAYED IN THE AFC CUP IN - 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

East Bengal will not going to play in the play off stages as they have qualified to play in the Group F from the East Asia region. The AFC Cup are scheduled to start from February 2015 and East Bengal will meet against the Malaysian outfit Jouor Baru or Selangor on the 24th of February at Kuala Lampur.

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EAST BENGAL PRESS RELEASE - 11.12.2014: The draw for the 2015 AFC Cup took place on Thursday at Kuala Lumpur. The draw was conducted by AFC General Secretary Dato' Alex Soosay. East Bengal was represented by Team Manager – Manish Banerjee and Media Officer – Gautam Roy. AFC has opened the door for teams from more member associations to be part, so 41 teams will be eyeing the glittering AFC Cup trophy. East Bengal got a bye in the Play Offs and are directly seeded in the Group F of AFC Cup 2015.

AFC CUP 2015 - Teams in Group F

GROUP F

F1 Kitchee (Hong Kong) - To be replaced by Sun Pegasus should Kitchee qualify for the ACL Group Stage.
F2 Kingfisher East Bengal (India)
F3 Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia) - To be replaced by Selangor should Johor Darul Ta’zim qualify for the ACL Group Stage.
F4 Balestier Khalsa (Singapore)

AFC CUP - 2015 (BENGALURU FIXTURES)


TABLE - GR.E
TEAMS	           M 	W  D 	L  GF 	GA    GD     Pts 	
Persipura Jayapura 6 	5  1 	0  17 	4     +13    16 	
Bengaluru 	   6 	4  0 	2  8 	8     0      12 				
Maziya 	           6 	2  1 	3  7 	6     -1     7		 
Warriors           6 	0  0 	6  1 	15    -14    0 	


FIXTURES and RESULTS

 
24.02.2015 : Warriors		 --- ( 1-3 ) --- Persipura Jayapura 
24.02.2015 : Bengaluru FC 	 --- ( 2-1 ) --- Maziya 

10.03.2015 : Persipura Jayapura  --- ( 3-1 ) --- Bengaluru FC 
10.03.2015 : Maziya 		 --- ( 2-0 ) --- Warriors

17.03.2015 : Maziya 	 	 --- ( 1-2 ) --- Persipura Jayapura
17.03.2015 : Bengaluru FC  	 --- ( 1-0 ) --- Warriors

14.04.2015 : Persipura Jayapura  --- ( 0-0 ) --- Maziya
14.04.2015 : Warriors	         --- ( 0-1 ) --- Bengaluru FC 

28.04.2015 : Persipura Jayapura  --- ( 6-0 ) --- Warriors
28.04.2015 : Maziya 	 	 --- ( 1-2 ) --- Bengaluru FC 

12.05.2015 : Bengaluru FC 	 --- ( 1-3 ) --- Persipura Jayapura
12.05.2015 : Warriors 		 --- ( 0-2 ) --- Maziya 


AFC CUP - 2015 (EAST BENGAL FIXTURE)

The Group-F league table
	
SL  TEAM			M	W	D	L	GF	GA	GD	PTS 
1. JOHOR DARUL (MAS)		6	5	0	1	11	3	+8	15
2. KITCHEE (HKG)	        6	3	2	1	10	6	+4	11
3. EAST BENGAL (IND)		6	1	2	3	8	10	-2	5
4. BALESTIER KHALSA (SIN)	6	1	0	5	3	13	-10	3

 FIXTURES and RESULTS 

24.02.2015 : Kitchee --- ( 3-0 ) --- Balestier Khalsa 24.02.2015 : Johor Darul Ta'zim --- ( 4-1 ) --- East Bengal 10.03.2015 : Balestier Khalsa --- ( 0-1 ) --- Johor Darul Ta'zim 10.03.2015 : East Bengal --- ( 1-1 ) --- Kitchee 17.03.2015 : Balestier Khalsa --- ( 2-1 ) --- East Bengal 17.03.2015 : Kitchee --- ( 2-0 ) --- Johor Darul Ta'zim 14.04.2015 : East Bengal --- ( 3-0 ) --- Balestier Khalsa 14.04.2015 : Johor Darul Ta'zim --- ( 2-0 ) --- Kitchee 28.04.2015 : Balestier Khalsa --- ( 1-2 ) --- Kitchee 28.04.2015 : East Bengal --- ( 0-1 ) --- Johor Darul Ta'zim 12.05.2015 : Kitchee --- ( 2-2 ) --- East Bengal 12.05.2015 : Johor Darul Ta'zim --- ( 3-0 ) --- Balestier Khalsa

AFC CUP - 2015 (BENGALURU FC)




ROUND OF 16 MATCH : END OF BENGALURU FC'S AFC CUP 2015 DREAM

AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC lost 0-2 to south Chaina 26.05.2015 : SOUTH CHINA (HK) ---- 2-0 ---- BENGALURU FC - (FT)
SCH : McBreen 28', 59'
SOU :Mora, Sealy, Chan, Bojan, Philip, Leung, Runqiu, Lo, Awal, Hei, McBreen.
BFC : L.Ralte, Keegan, Gurtej, Osano, Rino, Lyngdoh, Walker, Shankar , Robin, Bekhokhei, Rooney.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : A brace from Australian striker Daniel McBreen that included a poor penalty decision in the first half, consigned Bengaluru FC to a 2-0 defeat to South China AA and ended the Blues’ run in the AFC Cup at the Mongkok Stadium, in Hong Kong, on Tuesday. Ashley Westwood’s boys put aside the fatigue of a travel delay and seemed in control of things till the dubious decision that led to South China’s opener changed the face of the one-legged pre-quarterfinal played on a soggy pitch.

Bengaluru were dealt a setback on Matchday morning when John Johnson failed to make the squad after falling ill, prompting Westwood to hand Gurtej Singh a start alongside Curtis Osano. The gaffer rung in a few more changes from the side that played Dempo SC in the League on Saturday, giving Robin Singh, Beikhokhei Beingaichho, Shankar Sampingiraj and Keegan Pereira starts.

The thunderstorms that hit the district all morning meant the surface at the Mongkok was a slippery one to contend with. But just as Bengaluru were getting a grip on the game and the pitch, referee Abdul Al-Jassim dealt them a telling blow with a poor penalty decision. Chasing Mahama Awal in the box, Curtis Osano’s tackle saw him win the ball cleanly before Awal went down. But Al-Jassim pointed to the spot despite protests from an understandably irate bunch of Bengaluru players. McBreen stepped and sent his take past Lalthuammawia Ralte to give the hosts a lead.



But despite the odds against them, Bengaluru seemed the more fluent of the two sides. Eugeneson Lyngdoh had a flash at goal that zipped just wide early in the half while it needed a brilliant save from ’keeper Mora Medrano to keep Sean Rooney’s rasping strike from 25-yards, out as the Blues went into halftime trailing by a goal.

Westwood threw in Sunil Chhetri for Lyngdoh at the start of the half as Bengaluru looked to put behind the setback and build on a solid first half performance. But McBreen threw a spanner in the works, stabbing home Che Runqiu’s cross from close to make it 2-0 in the 58th minute.

Two goals down at the hour mark, Westwood sensed the need to preserve his key players for the I-League title decider against Mohun Bagan, in Bengaluru, on Sunday and pulled off Joshua Walker and Rooney, replacing them with Siam Hanghal and CK Vineeth.

Bengaluru pulled together a string of chances after the double-change, first through Hanghal, who, after turning his marker, took a shot from over 25 yards that sailed wide of Medrano’s far post. Minutes later, a routine free-kick saw Chhetri and Singh exchange passes but the latter’s strike was wide of the South China woodwork. At the other end, Ralte did well to keep out McBreen’s attempt at a hat-trick, diving brilliantly to his left to save the striker’s shot on the turn in the closing stages of the game. Despite frequent forays into the opposition box, the Blues were unable to find the net as South China held on for the 2-0 win.

FT: SCORE LINE : Sounth Chaina win 2-0 through brace of McBreen. End of Bengaluru FC's AFC Cup run.
59': GOAAALL : McBreen scored his and team's 2nd goal.
46': Starts of 2nd half match.
28': GOAAALL : McBreen scored from Penalty for South Chaina..
7': Walkar's long ranger went wide.
1': SOUTH CHAINA ALL WIN IN GROUP LEAGUE earned 18 points from 6 matches.
1': Match starts.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC will look to shrug off fatigue courtesy cramped scheduling and a delayed flight when they face South China AA in a one-legged AFC Cup pre-quarterfinal fixture to be played at the Mong Kok Stadium, in Hong Kong, on Tuesday evening. Less than 24 hours after returning from Goa where they played out a 1-1 draw with Dempo in the I-League, the Blues landed in Sha Tin on Monday evening after a six-hour delay owing to inclement weather in Hong Kong.

The only Indian side to have made the knockout stages, Bengaluru FC will be up against Hong Kong's most decorated football club in South China and Westwood is confident that his boys will rise to the occasion. "We've played a game on Saturday in the League, the flight times to Hong Kong weren’t ideal and there was a delay as well. But now that we are here, we won't be looking back at any of that. We've come here to do our best and will try putting on a good performance. At this club, we ‘ve always been positive and strong and that doesn't change," said Westwood while addressing the press on the eve of the game.

South China made the Round-of-16 as Group G toppers with an all-win record that saw them score 19 goals and concede only three in the league stages. In fact, they were the only team with a 100% win record through the eight groups.

But despite the numbers and the history that precedes South China, Westwood said his team were going into the game with an idea of what they are up against but will be under no pressure whatsoever. "We played a team from Hong Kong, Eastern Sports Club, on our pre-season tour and we got a little feel of the football from there".

As far as South China are concerned, we've managed to watch a few recent videos, have studied them and roughly know what they are about. We aren’t going into the game blind. They have good foreigners, are an organised side and are hard to break down. But we are under no pressure. We've done well to make it this far in our AFC Cup debut and we go into the game with nothing to lose," opined the Englishman.

The Blues will also look to fall back upon their impressive away form in the tournament that saw them come away with maximum points from trips to Singapore and Maldives.

Westwood has a completely fit and available side at his disposal as do the hosts and it will be interesting to see the line-up he rolls out tomorrow given the Blues play the I-League title decider against Mohun Bagan only four days later.

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12.05.2015: BENGALURU FC -- 1-3 -- PERSIPURA JAYAPURA (FT).
BEN : Udanta Singh 23'
PER : Pugliara 29', Wanggai 72', Solossa 78'

BEN : Ralte, Gurtej, Keegan, Osano, Sankar, Siam, Vishal, Bekhokhei, Robin, Udanta
PER : Dede, Sanadi, Fakdawer, Bio, Pugliara, Wanggai, Alom, Kabes, Tinus Pae, Zulham, Solossa.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : A spirited and young Bengaluru FC side went down fighting 1-3 to Indonesian club Persipura Jayapura in their final Group E fixture of the AFC Cup at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday. Udanta Singh's first goal for the club gave Bengaluru a 24th minute lead before an equaliser from Robertino Pugliara and second half goals from Imanuel Wanggai and Boaz Solossa ensured Persipura came out toppers from the group.

Having already sealed a berth in the last-16 of the tournament, a blend of faith and precaution, given the Blues' key League game against Salgaocar on Sunday, saw Ashley Westwood field a team that had Sunil Chhetri, Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Lalchhuanmawia on the bench while John Johnson, Joshua Walker, Sean Rooney and Rino Anto weren't part of the eighteen. Instead NS Manju, Keegan Pereira, Vishal Kumar and Gurtej Singh joined Curtis Osano in defence while Udanta partnered Robin ahead. Beikhokhei Beingaichho, Siam Hanghal and captain Shankar Sampingiraj in midfield completed the Blues' starting XI.

But despite coming up against a seasoned Persipura side, it was Bengaluru who hit confident notes right from the onset and reaped reward when Udanta latched on to a through ball by Robin Singh before unleashing past ’keeper Dede Sulaiman to give the Blues a lead they had earned.

The Indonesian side, however, needed just five minutes to draw level through a smart strike from Pugliara. Lalthuammawia Ralte, who had done well to save Zulham Zamrun's header in the 18th minute, could do little this time as the Argentinian picked his spot and slammed home from 25 yards out.

Refusing to panic, the Blues kept their heads down, got about business and were unlucky to be denied by the crossbar a little before half-time. A long throw in from Vishal bounced in the box, eluding the mix before NS Manju's header came off the woodwork as the first half ended with the score at 1-1.

The second half saw Persipura attack with more purpose and it was another long ranger that got them the lead. A few yards outside the box, Wanggai took a couple of touches before finding target with his left foot. Westwood threw in Chhetri, CK Vineeth and Lyngdoh in a bid to make a game out of it but the visitors sealed the win with a close-range header from Solossa in the 77th minute.

The defeat meant Bengaluru will have to make the trip to Hong Kong on May 26 where they face Group G winners South China AA in the single-leg Round-of-16 clash.

FT : Bengaluru FC lost 1-3 to Persipura Jayapura at home match of AFC cup.
88': 3-1 score for Persipura.
78': GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLL 3-1 now for Parsipura through Solossa off a header goal..
72': GOALLLLLLLLLLL Score of Parsipura through Wanggai. 2-1 is the score line.
46': 2nd half match starts.
29': GOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLL 1-1 now. Pugliara equalized for Persipura.
25': Bengaluru FC is leading 1-0. Kitchee FC is laeding 2-0 over East Bengal... CLICK IT
23': GOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Udanta scored off a pass from Robin. 1-0 to Bengaluru FC.
10': Yellow CARD - Alom OF PJ.
10': SCORE LINE - BENGALURU FC 0-0 PERSIPURA


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28.04.2015 : MAZIYA FC -- 1-2 -- BENGALURU FC (FT.)
BFC : Sunil Chhetri 69'(pen), 78'
MFC : Pablo 59'
MFC : Saaif, Andee, Irufan, Toshiya, Faruhad, Asadhulla, Nashid, Umair, Samdhooh, Pablo, Imran. .
BFC : Ralte, Rino, Osano. Johnson, Keegan, Thoi, Siam, Walker, Udanta, Robin, Sunil.

AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC beat Maziya 2-1 BFC PRESS RELEASE : Sunil Chhetri brushed off a goal-scoring drought and turned up with a brace when it mattered the most as Bengaluru FC came back from a goal down in humid playing conditions to beat Maziya S&RC 1-2 at the National Football Stadium, in Maldives, on Tuesday and book a place in the last-16 of the AFC Cup.

Chhetri tucked home a penalty in the 70th minute after Sean Rooney's cross caught a sliding Saaif's arm in the box, and followed it up with a peach of a finish eight minutes later when Udanta Singh picked him out with a delightful lob for a pass as the Blues were rewarded for an impressive show for most parts of the game.

The win, Bengaluru's third on the bounce away from home in all competitions, keeps the Blues on second place with 12 points and one behind leaders Persipura Jayapura who travel to Bengaluru to play a game which will decide who finishes Group E as leaders.

A 4 pm kick-off in humid Male meant battling more than just group contenders as Ashley Westwood took advantage of his impressive depth in squad to hand Thoi Singh, Siam Hanghal, Udanta and Keegan Pereira starts. Even Chhetri and Robin Singh, who came off the bench in the 2-0 win over Bharat FC last week, made the first XI.

But Bengaluru didn't let conditions alter their usual attacking style of play, taking the game to Maziya early on. Playing down the right, it didn’t take long for Udanta to advertise his blistering pace that gave Maziya defender Samdhooh a harrowing time. From one of the many attacks from the right on the afternoon, Robin hit the post from a Rino Anto cross. And just as the half was drawing to an end, Maziya 'keeper Imran pulled off two saves from shots by Hanghal and Chhetri.

However for all the chances Bengaluru had, it was Maziya who shot into a lead on the hour mark after Samdhooh's cross from the left was tapped home by Pablo Rodriguez.Refusing to let the setback deflate them, Bengaluru began building up play as Westwood threw in Sean Rooney and Eugeneson Lyngdoh for Hanghal and Thoi in the 65th minute.

While Rooney's cross earned Bengaluru the penalty that led to the equaliser, the winner was a delightful team goal. Picked out by Rooney and on the edge of the box, Udanta lobbed the travelling ball first-time after spotting Chhetri's run in the box. The skipper volleyed home a perfect finish, capping off an important win.

Maziya could have got an equaliser of their own but Rodriguez's header came off the bar five minutes from time. Lyngdoh then came close to getting Bengaluru’s third two minutes from time but his shot was kept out by Imran.

AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC beat Maziya 2-1 FT : Match end, Bengaluru reach in last 16 to beat Maziya 2-1 in away.
90': 4 minute added time.
85': Left sided cross of Maziya cleared by Johnson.
82': STILL BENGALURU FC is LEADING 2-1 both scored by Sunil.
78': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Sunil Chhetri scored his and Team's 2nd goal.
75': Corner to Bengaluru FC but no score.
69': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Sunil scored from spot kick.
68': PENALTY to BENGALURU as one defender's hand ball offence in Maziya box.
65': DOUBLE CHANGE - BFC : Rooney and Lyngdoh in place of Siam and Thoi.
. 60': Score Line 1-0 for Maziya.
59': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Maziya score goal through Pablo rodriguez
46': 2ND HALF MATCH STARTS.
HT : SCORE LINE 0-0.
45': 1 minute added time.
39': CHANCE MISSED by Bengaluru in right of Mazyia box. Robin's shot blocked by keeper for corner
35': SCORE LINE STILL 0-0.
32'; Robin Singh's shot inside the box hits the post and out, chance missed by Bengaluru.
31': Well block of Keegan in left went for Maziya throw in.
30': Very slow pace in the match.
28': Again attack of BFC, Thoi to Udanta from right but his shot dflected.
26': Right sided attack of Meziya, Cross off a throw in went to Ralte's hand.
25': Corner to Meziya in left of BFC keeper.
22': Still no score in the match.
19': Udanta's pass torards Maziya box went for goal kick.
17': Bengaluru in Blue and blue while Maziya in Green and Green Jersey kits.
15': 0-0 is the score line.
5': Another attack of BFC, Siam's shot off Udanta pass went out.
4': In this group Persipura Jayapura beat Warrier FC 6-0.
2': An attack of BFC through Udanta. No impact.
1': Match just starts.

BFC PRESS RELEASE - PREVIEW : A confident and in-form Bengaluru FC take on Maziya Sports & Recreation Club at the National Football Stadium, in Maldives, on Tuesday, knowing that a point will be enough to send the current Indian champions through to the pre-quarterfinal stages of the AFC Cup.

The Blues sit second on the Group E table with 9 points from four games, five points more than third-placed Maziya who have played an equal number of games. Indonesian team Persipura Jayapura have already booked a berth to the last-16 while Singapore's Warriors FC have already been eliminated.

But while a draw on Tuesday would suit Bengaluru just fine, coach Ashley Westwood said his team would be going for the win keeping in mind the bigger picture of coming out as group leaders. "Winning the group is something we want to do because it means we get a favourable draw in the next round. So, we will be trying to win the game against Maziya as we will against Persipura. We are a new club and fresh in this tournament so we want to win as many games as we can and make a name for ourselves. We will be approaching tomorrow's game in a positive manner which is something that you are always guaranteed from us," said Westwood while addressing the press on the eve of the fixture.

Shankar Sampingiraj scored a dramatic injury-time winner when Maziya came to Bengaluru in a game that ended 2-1 and while Westwood says his side were confident, they aren't taking anything for granted. "When I say we are confident, it's confidence in our own abilities, not about winning the game. You can never guarantee a result in football. Maziya are a good side and we are expecting a very tough game."

Bengaluru registered their first away win in Asian competitions, putting on a stellar performance in a 1-0 defeat of Warriors in Singapore while on the national league front, Westwood's boys are on an eight-game unbeaten run and will hope to carry the form into the game against the Maldivian side.

Left-back Lalchhuanmawia hasn't made the trip owing to a suspension and spare his absence, Westwood has a fully fit and available squad to choose from. In fact it will be interesting to see who Westwood starts with given the depth in squad the gaffer has owing to the performances being thrown in. The coach could afford to start Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh on the bench in the win against Bharat FC and it only goes to say much about the choices Westwood has been spoilt for.

Maziya too have a player missing in central defender Zhivko Dinev. The Bulgarian is believed to have suffered a knee injury that will keep him on the sidelines for a while.

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14.04.2015 : WARRIORS FC -- 0-1 -- BENGALURU FC( FT.. )
BFC : Robin Singh - 76'
WOR : Ong, Bennett, Syaqir, Hamwamaal, Wheeler, Hafiz, Azlan, Ahmad, Hafsyar, Fazli, Hazim.
BFC : BFC : Ralte, Eino, Oanao, Johnson, Chhuantea, Thoi, Lyndoh, Walkar, Bekhokhei, Robin, Sunil.

AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC beat Warriors 1-0 Robin Singh fired home a long-range winner a little short of fifteen minutes from time to give Bengaluru FC a 0-1 over Warriors FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in Singapore, on Tuesday.

Bengaluru's first away win in Asia came after they endured a frustrating 75 minutes where a combination of fine goalkeeping and lackadaisical finishing meant the overwhelming domination by the visitors would count for nothing. Bengaluru FC now have nine points from 4 games and sitting second on the Group E table, are well on track to make it out of the group stages.

Westwood chose to start Sean Rooney on the bench, handing Beikhokhei Beingaichho a place on the right. But just as Bengaluru were getting more than a toe hold into the game, the gaffer was forced into a substitution after John Johnson struggled with what looked like a tight gluteal muscle. With a packed League schedule ahead, Westwood chose not to risk Johnson, replacing him with Gurtej Singh who made his Asian debut for the club.

AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC beat Warriors 1-0 Sensing the hosts were content to sit back and defend, Bengaluru wasted little time in chasing the goal that took a while to come. Chhetri had the best chance of the first half when he was denied by Ong from a move he began. Making a quick steal on the left, Chhetri exchanged a quick one-two with Robin Singh that found him one-on-one with Ong who charged the striker to thwart his attempt to finish. It wouldn’t be the only time Ong would deny the Blues’ skipper on the night. Only minutes later, Lyngdoh’s tap in from close was kept away by Ong as Bengaluru went to the drawing board with everything but a goal.

Bengaluru carried their frustrating run into the second half before Robin decided to put the matter to bed. A loose goal kick by Marin Vidosevic was picked up by Lyngdoh who found Robin for a pass. Twenty-five yards away and two touches later, Robin picked Ong’s left before unleashing a strike that got the Blues the points.

In the other Group E game, Maziya S&RC played out a 0-0 draw away at Persipura who lead the group with 10 points. The club from Maldives is third with four points and Warriors, with four defeats from as many games, are out of contention for the knock-out stages.

14.04.2015 : WARRIORS FC -- 0-1 -- BENGALURU FC( FT.. ) MORE FOOTBALL || REFRESH :: SCROLL DOWN
BFC : Robin Singh - 76'
WOR : Ong, Bennett, Syaqir, Hamwamaal, Wheeler, Hafiz, Azlan, Ahmad, Hafsyar, Fazli, Hazim.
BFC : BFC : Ralte, Eino, Oanao, Johnson, Chhuantea, Thoi, Lyndoh, Walkar, Bekhokhei, Robin, Sunil.

FT : Bengaluru FC win away also line same margin 1-0 scored by Robin singh.
90': BENGALURU FC IS LEADING 1-0.
79': CHANGE - BFC : Siam in and Udanta out.
76': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Robin Singh scored for Bengaluru FC after a final pass of Lyndoh.
74': Chance missed by Sunil who beat two defenders in Worriers box.
70': No score in 2nd half.
62': CHANGE - BFC : Thoi out and Udanta in.
50': Chance missed to BFC, Rino Anto's shot hits the cross bar and out.
HT : Score line is Goalless.
36' Warrior Keeper well saved 2 back to back attempts of Bengallur off Lyndoh and Sunil.
33': Still Score Line is 0-0.
27': Chance Missed to BFC, Rino Anto's cross bu Sunil missed the target.
25': The old name of Worriors FC was Singapore Armed Forces Football Club which changed their name in 2013.
24': YELLOW CARD - Chhuenta of Bengaluru FC.
21': Bengaluru FC won 1-0 scored by Walker In home match against Worriors.
20': Sunil to chhuenta from left and Chhuenta's cross went to Robin but Robin missed the target.
20': Still 0-0 is the score line.
14; CHANGE - BFC : Gurtej singh in and Johnson out.
10': SCORE LINE is 0-0.
5': Attack o BFC, Robin's close shot went to Worriors Keeper.
0': Match Starts.

BFC PRESS RELEASE - PREVIEW : Up against a team that is yet to register its first win in Group E, Ashley Westwood said he expects a tough game when Bengaluru FC take on Warriors FC in the AFC Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in Singapore, on Tuesday evening.

The Blues, with six points, are second on the table and a win against Alex Weaver's team would take the Indian champions a step close to getting out of a group that has Indonesian side Persipura Jayapura for leaders. "We're looking forward to what will be our fourth game in the AFC Cup. With two wins in three games, we are in a decent position on the group and coming here to get a win will only strengthen that," said Westwood on the eve of the game.

A Joshua Walker penalty gave the Blues a 1-0 win when Warriors came to India last month in a commendable performance given that Westwood was without as many as four first team players who were away on national duty. "The difference from last time is that we have our internationals back and we will be better equipped with regards to squad depth," he said.

But Westwood reckons Tuesday night won't be easy as it will be the first of three games that Warriors will need to win should they give themselves any chance of making it out of the group stages. "The game in Bengaluru was tight but was one we deserved to win. While we scored from a penalty that night, we will try to score from open play tomorrow but it won't be easy. They have lost three games in this group and I'm uncertain of how they will choose to approach this game. If they have to qualify, they need to win all three games so we need to see what kind of team they put out," reasoned Westwood.

Bengaluru have been unbeaten in their last five games of the I-League and Westwood hopes to keep the run going. Warriors too have had a good run in the S League where four wins in five games keeps them second on the table. "We haven't lost in five games in the League and have a decent run going our way and we hope to continue that against Warriors. They have played us and know we are decent enough a side to make a tough game out if it," said Westwood.

Warriors will be without Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Velez who misses the game with a suspension. Bengaluru, meanwhile, have a fully fit squad. The other game in Group E has Maziya Sports & Recreation making the trip to Jayapura, in Indonesia.

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17.03.2015 : BENGALURU FC -- 1-0 -- WARRIORS FC (FT..)
BFC : Ralte, Rino, Osano, Johnson, Chhuantea, Siam, Walkar, Shankar, Vineeth, Bekhokhei, Rooney.
WAR : Daniel, Vidosevic, Emmeric, Bennett, Asyidiq, Irwan, Azlan, Jiayi, Fazli, Hafiz, Velez.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : A first-half penalty by Joshua Walker was enough to see off Singapore club Warriors FC as the Blues garnered an important 1-0 win in an AFC Cup Group E game at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday. Bengaluru’s second win in three games takes them to six points and keeps their chase of qualifying for the pre-quarterfinal stage, firmly on track.

With as many as four key players away on national duty, Walker stepped up and shouldered much of the added responsibility, constantly being involved in attacks and defending stubbornly when the need arose. But as influential as Walker was the performance by goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte who had a solid day in goal, pulling off a couple of splendid saves to make sure the slender lead didn’t prove to be a disadvantage.

The goal came in the 36th minute after CK Vineeth was hauled down by Daniel Bennett in the box prompting referee Ho Wai Sing to point to the spot. Walker walked up and struck a firm shot past ’keeper Ong Daniel’s right to give the Blues a lead they would comfortably protect till full time.

Reinforced with the return of Siam Hanghal and Shankar Sampingiraj who were away at the India Under-23 camp in Goa, Westwood handed the duo starts in the midfield while CK Vineeth got the nod down the left. The game got off to a rather slow start with both teams cautious of giving conceding an early goal.

Slowly picking pace, the encounter saw its first effort as Vineeth found himself unmarked in the penalty area. But, his shot from close range was ruled offside before a free-kick from Warriors midfielder Mohamed Rahim was tipped over the bar by Bengaluru ’keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte. Heading into the break and holding the slender advantage, Bengaluru began passing the ball around with more purpose as the visitors chased the goal they needed to keep them alive. Warriors did get their chance when Argentinian striker Nicolas Velez smashed a shot in the 63rd minute that drew a solid save from Ralte who did everything right on the day.

Bengaluru's next AFC Cup fixture takes them to Singapore on April 14 for the reverse leg against Warriors who, with three losses in as many games, will look to set things right at home.

FULL TIME Bengaluru FC beat Warriors FC 1-0 in the AFC Cup match here at Kanteerava Stadium
90'+1':Yellow Card to Beikho for time wasting
90':Corner to Bengaluru FC
90':2 minutes of added time
88':Score remains still same. Bengaluru FC leading 1-0
87':Velez's shot, easy to keeper Ralte.
86':Beikho's corner, went wide
84':Fine save by Ralte, Rahim's shot from Velez's pass.
82':ball cleared from corner.
81':Velez's cross, Rino cleared the ball. Corner to Warriors FC.
81':Vidosevic looks injured, match stopped
80':Players Change in Warriors FC: Ahmad in place of Jiayi
76':Players Change in Warriors FC: Hazim in place of Jaffar
74':Yellow Card to Velez for his tackle to Johnson
71':Rino's cross, went wide.
63':Another fine save by Bengaluru FC keeper Ralte. Velez's shot, Ralte's save. Corner to Warriors FC.
58':Vidosevic's powerful shot, deflected from the wall
56':Players Change in Bengaluru FC: Meitei in place of injured Vineeth.
50':Score remains still same.
46':Second half resumed
HALF TIME Bengaluru FC leading 1-0 after the end of first half
45':1 minute added time
45':Brilliant volley of Vineeth from Beikho's cross, sailed over the bar.
42':Chance to Jiayi, his shot just went wide
36':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Walker scored from spot kick
35':Penalty to Bengaluru FC. Vinneth is brought down in box.
31':Rahim's free kick, Ralte fists it wide. Corner to Warriors FC.
28':Ball cleared from corner
27':Walkar tries to chip the ball over Daniel, keeper clear it and a corner to Bengaluru FC
25':Score remains still goalless
22':Chance to Vineeth, but his weak shot straight to keeper Daniel
17':Corner to Bengaluru FC, but defence cleared the ball
15':Beikho's pass to Vineeth, but he is in OFFSIDE position.
14':First corner of Bengaluru FC, Beikho's corner, cleared in defence
13': Warriors FC officially changed their name on 20 January 2013, they were previously known as the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) since their establishment on 16 February 1996.
10': SCORELINE 0-0
6': Chhuantea to Bekhokhei but mistake.
3': Free kick to Warriors as Shankar handled a ball.
1': MATCH STARTS.

BANGALURU TO FACE WARRIORS AT HOME IN THE AFC CUP

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Ashley Westwood said his boys had a chance to make amends for the disappointing result against Persipura Jayapura when Bengaluru FC take on Warriors FC from Singapore in a Group E game of the AFC Cup at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.
Having made the arduous journey to Jayapura in Indonesia without as many as six key players who were away on national duty, Bengaluru suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Indonesian Super League champions.


“It's a chance to get a result and put right what we didn't achieve in Indonesia. We are coming on the back of a disappointing performance where our hands were tied owing to the limited resources in terms of players available. We knew it was going to be a tough game. They were the better side and probably surprised us with their quality. But the benefit in football is you always have games coming in thick and fast so we have the chance to put in a strong performance tomorrow.,” he said while addressing the press on Monday.


But while the Blues are still without the internationals, Westwood said his team will be better equipped to deal with their absence this time around. “Obviously, we will be missing a few of our players away on national duty and that can't be helped but we are prepared as a squad to give in a good performance. We only had 15 outfield players available for the game against Persipura and that stays the same. However, we could try some different shapes and personnel. We will be sitting with a few videos to see what we are up against and we will try and come up with a solution to get a result.”


While Bengaluru have three points from two games and sit second on the table, Warriors are yet to pick their first points after suffering defeats to Persipura and Maziya S&RC. But the Alex Weaver-coached team have more than one reason to take the battle to Bengaluru. The Singapore club suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata in the League. “We're looking forward to an important game for Warriors FC. It's important because of two reasons - our current standing in the group and because we are coming off the back of a bad result in our own league. So, we are looking at this game as an opportunity to bounce back really,” said Weaver.


Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Keegan Pereira will be part of the India team that is away in Nepal to play the reverse leg of the World Cup qualifier which also takes place on Tuesday. The gaffer, however, suggested a possible return of midfielders Shankar S and Siam Hanghal who are away at the India under-23 camp at Goa. The game kicks off at 7.30 pm.


AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC vs Johor
04.02.2014: JOHOR DARUL TA'ZIM --- ( 2-1 ) --- BENGALURU FC (FT)
JOH : Farizal, Amirul, Marcos, Mohd Safiq, Kunalan, Hariss, Mohd Shakir, Mahali, Nazrin, Junior, Mohd Fadhli.
BFC : Ralte, Chhujantea, Osano, Johnson, Rino, Thoi, Lyndoh, Walker, Bekhokhei, Rooney, Chhetri

A heroic Bengaluru FC went down 2-1 to Johor Darul Ta'zim FC after a goal in extra time by substitute Chanthuru Suppiah quelled a remarkable fight by the Blues in the AFC Champions League preliminary play-of tie at a packed Larkin Stadium, in Johor, Malaysia, on Wednesday night.

Down to a second half goal by Harris Harun who nodded home a corner on a night where Bengaluru hit the post twice, the Blues staged a resurrection in the final minute of regulation time. Armed with a corner, Eugeneson Lyngdoh swung in one that beat everyone before bulging the back of the net as a noisy Larkin slumped into silence.

Despite trailing away from home after Harun's goal and playing in front of over 17,000 people, the Blues remained unfazed as they kept going in their search for an equalizer. And with less than 10 minutes to go, the Blues nearly found it. Skipper Sunil Chhetri's impeccable control and lob was able to beat his marker but Marlias was on hand to tip it away.

The chances were even through the game and Bengaluru barely looked like the away team, constantly pressing making all the right noises in attack. Westwood started with Beikhokhei Beingaichho on the right and Sean Rooney in the centre while Lalchhuanmawia got the nod at left-back as Bengaluru erased a shaky few initial minutes to get string together a rhythm they would keep till the half-time whistle.

The Blues had a few half-chances, the first of which came from a corner in the 14th minute. Picked out by a Beikho delivery, Johnson seemed to be caught wrong-footed when he was in a good place to pull the trigger. Johnson was in the thick of things again but while he got everything right, the post played spoiler to his goal-bound header in the 24th.

But Westwood’s men were dealt another early blow when, just seven minutes into extra time, Suppiah was sent through on goal. The striker placed the ball calmly past Ralte. Faced with a tough battle and with few minutes on the clock, Bengaluru began throwing the kitchen sink at Johor who did enough to soak in the attacks. Having produced a magical moment once on the night, Bengaluru did all they could to stir up an encore that wasn’t meant to be.

FT: SCORE LINE : JOHOR DARUL TA'ZIM 2-1 BENGALURU FC .
97(AET): GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1 to Johor. Sappiah chhantaru scored.
90': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : 1-1. Bengaluru equalized thrugh Lyndoh off a corner kick.
86': PLAYER CHANGE - BFC : Siam in and Thoi out.
75': SCORE LINE : JOHOR DARUL TA'ZIM 1-0 BENGALURU FC .
59': Now scoreline is 1-0 for Darul.
47': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Harris scored for Darul from a header off corner kick.
47': 3rd corner to Darul.
HT: 0-0 is the score line.
45': Out of 5 corner kicks, Bengaluru earned 3.
45': 1 minute added time.
45': Rooney got a chance to score but his grounder went to Farizal's hand.
40': No score yet. 0-0 is the score line.
1': Match starts.
0': Match will start from 6.15 pm IST

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BENGALURU FC TO FACE JOHUR IN AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

03.02.2015: Bengaluru FC to start their overseas campaign in AFC tournament on Wednesday evening when they will meet against Johor Darul Ta'zim, the Malaysian champions in a preliminary qualifying match of the AFC Champions League to be played at the Larkin Stadium, in Johor, Malaysia. Incidentally Bengaluru Fc are the reigning champions of I League which permits Sunil Chetri’s brigade to participate in one of the highest level football tournament in Asia. THE WINNER OF THE MATCH WILL PLAY BANGKOK GLASS (THA) ON 10TH FEB. IF BENGALUR WIN AGAINST JOHOR AND BANKOK THEN THEY WILL PLAY Chinese Super League runners-up, Beijing Guoan, in play-off tie on February 17.
If Bengaluru FC manage to win all 3 play-off matches

Round 1 - 4 Feb: Bengaluru v Johor Darul Ta'zim (Malaysia)
Round 2 - 10 Feb: Guangzhou (China) v Winner Round 1
Round 3 - 17 Feb: Beijing Guoan (China) v Winner Round 2

Then, Bengaluru FC will be in Group G as "Winner of Play-off 4 (East)" along side, Brisbane Roar (Australia), Suwon Samsung Bluewings (S Korea), a club from Japan.

AFC Cup 2015 Bengaluru FC vs Johor
Bengaluru FC today participated in the training session this afternoon at Malaysia. The Federation Cup champions are having a mixed performance in I League are confident to start the campaign in AFC tournament with a positive frame of mind. Ashley Westwood, at the pre match press meeting said, "On the day anything can happen. We'll go into the game and apply ourselves correctly which is our framework and see where it takes us. You can't be overconfident in football. We are hopeful. We are looking forward to our experience in Asian Football.

"The morale in the camp is good. We've come here on the back of a four-nil victory which stands us in good stead. But this is football and change is regular. We don't look at anything into the past and we're looking forward to a good match. Hopefully we can do ourselves some justice and look what we can bring to the table. They are a good side with some quality players. It will be a difficult as they are the champion side."

Johor Darul Ta'zim, the Malaysian Super League champions are having a winning start in the current years 12 teams Super League by defeating Padang on 31st of January by a brace. However, Johur will be without Argentine striker Luciano Figueroa who was injured in the last Super League match.

But the other three foreign recruits, the Brazilian deep defender Marcos Santos,the Indian born central midfielder from Singapore Hariss Harun and the Argentine striker Joerge Dias are likely to be in the starting line up.The Chief coach Bojan Hodak from Croatia said in the pre match press conference, that playing at home will work for them, he wasn't willing to write the tie off as a cakewalk. 'Of course, we are playing at home and I have always said that if you are playing at home, no matter who you are up against, you are always favourites.

But it's going to be a tough match. Bengaluru are a good, organized and physical team. We have seen a few of their videos. The good thing is that we beat Pahang FC and the spirit in the camp is good." Bengaluru FC will have to play and win two preliminary games and one play-off game before making it to the group stages of the Champions League.

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Blues To Play Malaysian League Winners in Johor On February 4

11.12.2014: BFC PRESS RELEASE : I-League champions Bengaluru FC will be up against Malaysia Super League winners Johor Darul Ta’zim FC in the AFC Champions League, the draws of which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. The game will take place at the Larkin Stadium, the home of Johor FC on February 4, 2015.

Ashley Westwood’s team will have to play and win two preliminary games and one play-off game before making it to the group stages of the Champions League. Should Bengaluru taste triumph in the opener, they will then travel to Thailand where they play Bangkok Glass in Round Two (February 10) of the preliminary stage. A win there would see the Blues needing to clear one last hurdle in Chinese Super League runners-up, Beijing Guoan, in what will be the play-off tie on February 17 at the Workers Stadium, in Beijing, China, before making it to the group stages.

Westwood said the game would be a great test to see how his boys perform on the Asian stage. “Today was the day of the long-anticipated AFC Champions League and Cup draw and we are pitted against Johor FC from Malaysia which will provide us with a tough test to see if we progress to the next preliminary round. There is no need to look any further at this stage as we have to take each game as it comes,” he said.

A blip in the Champions League would not mean the end of the road in Asia for Bengaluru FC who will play in the group stage of the AFC Cup where they have been drawn in Group E with Persipura Jayapura (Indonesia), Warriors FC or Tampines Rover (Singapore) and the winners of the sole play-off between – Maziya Sports & Recreation (Maldives) and Ceres La Salle FC (Philippines).

Westwood added that though the League and Cup would be a challenge, it is a dream that the club has realized in only one year of its existence. “We are delighted at this stage with a chance to compete against the best in Asia which is where we wanted to be when this club was formed 18 months ago even though it has come sooner than we could dream of because of our success last year.”

The other Indian club in the AFC Cup is East Bengal who have been placed in Group F alongside Kitchee SC (Hong Kong), Johor Darul Ta’zim FC or Selangor (Malaysia) and Balestier Khalsa FC (Singapore).

Bengaluru FC draw Johor FC in AFC Champions League

AFC Champions League draw for 2015 FIXTURE OF BANGALURU FC

If Bengaluru FC manage to win all 3 play-off matches

Round 1 - 4 Feb: Bengaluru v Johor Darul Ta'zim (Malaysia)
Round 2 - 10 Feb: Guangzhou (China) v Winner Round 1
Round 3 - 17 Feb: Beijing Guoan (China) v Winner Round 2

Then, Bengaluru FC will be in Group G as "Winner of Play-off 4 (East)" along side, Brisbane Roar (Australia), Suwon Samsung Bluewings (S Korea), a club from Japan.

Else, Bengaluru FC will feature in AFC Cup 2015 in Group E along with Persipura Jayapura (Indonesia), Warriors FC/Tampines Rovers (Singapore) and Winner of Playoff 1 (East)

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10.03.2015 : PARSIPURA JAYAPURA -- 3-1 -- BENGALURU FC ( FT.)
PER : Kabes 4', Robertino 23', 51'
BEN : Vineeth CK 90'
BFC : Ralte, Rino, Osano, Johnson, Chhuantea, Malemn, Walkar, Thoi, Darren, Bekhokhei, Rooney.
PSJ : Dede, Fakdawer, Sanadi, Salampessy, Gerald, Robertino, Wanggai, Alom, Louis, Kone, Boaz.
BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC's first away game of the AFC Cup ended in a 3-1 defeat to Persipura Jayapura after a Robertino Pugliara brace and an early opening goal by midfielder Ian Kabes were highlights in a dominant show by the Indonesian club at the Mandala Stadium, in Jayapura, on Tuesday. Substitute CK Vineeth headed a consolation goal in the 90th minute but it was too little too late for the Blues.

A depleted Bengaluru suffered the first blow as early as the 4th minute through a perfectly taken Kebes freekick after referee Wang Di erroneously adjudged Darren Caldeira to have brought down the midfielder a few yards ahead of the box. Kabes stepped up and sent it over the wall, leaving Lalthuammawia Ralte stranded.

The absence of as many as six regular players who are away on national duty had a telling effect on the Blues who struggled to gain a foothold after the early setback. Playing in front of 16,000 home supporters, Persipura began to seize control of the game, refusing to give the ball away and their attack comprising Boaz Solossa and Lancine Kone with Pugliara and Kebes joining in, kept ruffling the Bengaluru FC defence rather often. Industrious and with a regular presence in most Persipura attacks, Pugliara scored his first of the evening in the 23rd minute with the simplest of headers. Beating a high line and racing down the right, Solossa sent in a cross that the charging Argentinian met with his head to make it 2-0.

Ashley Westwood rang in two changes at half time bringing on NS Manju and Gurtej Singh in place of Darren Caldeira and John Johnson who seemed to struggle with a niggle. But Persipura got their third five minutes into the second half when Pugliara scored from Kabes' cross. Bengaluru should have pulled a goal back the very next minute but Malemnganba Meitei's shot from in the box, flew over.

The Blues got their act together, doing a better job of containing Persipura's charge but it was more damage control than chasing a miracle. Kone could have scored the goal of the game but his scorching shot from the outside of his left foot grazed the bar in the 63rd minute.

Westwood admitted his team were outplayed but felt that the decision to award Persipura the freekick leading to the goal was a game-changing moment. "We came here to try and win the game and test ourselves at this level but the referee’s made a bad decision in the first few minutes. He's given them a foul that wasn't and that was a big moment. To go one-nil down away from home with six internationals missing, we were always going to be up against it. No complaints on the day. We were beaten by the better side," said Westwood.

Bengaluru's only goal came late when Persipura 'keeper Dede Sulaiman made a hash of a simple collection from Vineeth's header, letting the ball slip out of his hands, bounce off his chest and cross the goal line.

FT : Persipura win 3-1.
90': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-1 now. Vineeth CK reduced one.
85': SCORELINE 3-0 for Persipura.
56': Out of 5 corner so far Parsipura earned 4 times.
51': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-0 to Persipura through Robetibo..
HT : SCORE : 2-0 for Parsipura.
45+1': 2nd corner to Parsipura but no impact.
32': 2-0 is the scoreline of Persipura.
29': 1st corner to Parsipura.
23': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Robertino scored another for Persipura.
20': Still Parsipura is leading 1-0.
17': In last AFC match on 24th Feb Persipura Jayapura won 3-1 against Warriors FC of Singapore.
16': In last AFC match on 24th Feb Bengaluru FC won 2-1 against Maldives side Maziya.
15': SCORE LINE : PERSIPURA 1-0 BENGALURU FC
4': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to Parsipura, Kabes Scored from a brilliant Free kick.
1': Match starts.

PREVIEW : BFC PRESS RELEASE : Blues Without Six Players But Westwood Believes His Boys Will Take Their Chance And Put On A Good Performance

Bengaluru FC face their first away challenge in the AFC Cup when they take on Indonesian side Persipura Jayapura at the Mandala Stadium, in Jayapura, on Tuesday. Both teams come into this game having won their Group E openers. While Bengaluru beat Maziya S&RC 2-1 in Bengaluru, Persipura notched a key 1-3 away win to Warriors FC in Singapore.

The Blues arrived in Jayapura on Thursday after three flights and twenty-four hours of travel and Ashley Westwood's side have the odds stacked against them. Bengaluru FC are without as many as six regulars in Sunil Chhetri, Robin Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Keegan Pereira, Siam Hanghal and Shankar Sampingiraj - all of who are part of the national team preparatory camp and while Westwood admits their absence will have a huge impact, the gaffer believes those getting a look in will make most of their chance.

"The preparation for the game has been a little indifferent. We have as many as six players missing and it will have a big impact but it is what it is. We are a positive club and for me, it is an opportunity for the rest of the lads to prove a point or two. All season we've been planning for a squad of around 24 fit players and this is a good chance to test that," said Westwood on the eve of the game.

In Persipura, Bengaluru have opponents who made the semifinals of the tournament last year. Led by all-time leading scorer of the ISL, Boaz Solossa (137 goals in 199 games), The Indonesian club have won the league three times with an equal number of runners-up finishes since the ISL's inception in 2008-09.

Westwood and his boys know they won't have anything easy but the Englishman is keen that the Blues give a good account of themselves, like they did in the AFC Champions League play-off qualifier against Johor Darul Ta'zim, taking the Malaysian champions to extra time before going down 2-1.

To be honest, we haven't really got a target. This is our first year in the AFC Cup and we want to do ourselves and our team justice. We want to come out here and test ourselves. We are well aware of Persipura's history in the competition and in the national league. It's going to be a tough match but want to give a good account of ourselves."

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24.02.2015 : Bengaluru FC -- 2-1 -- Maziya S&RC ( FT...

 afc Cup win by Bengaluru fc at home

BFC : Ralte, Sankar, Osano, Johnson, Chhuantea, Rino, Walker, Eugeneson, Beikho, Robin, Sunil
MAZ : Imran, Amdhan, Faruhad, Samdhooh, Dinev, Irufaan, Toshiya, Niyaz, Abdulla, Umair, Rodriguez


BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC scripted a historic and drama-filled first win in Asian competition when Shankar Sampingiraj headed home in 93rd minute to give the Blues a 2-1 win over Maldivian side Maziya S&RC in a Group E opener of the AFC Cup at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

Having bossed all of the game, Bengaluru looked like cruising to three points after a 67th-minute header by Sunil Chhetri gave the Blues a lead they fully deserved. But a John Johnson handball in the box three minutes from time saw the visitors equalise when Mohamed Umair scored from the spot.

However, falling back on the resilience that has seen them through many tough situations, Bengaluru got their winner when Shankar nodded home Eugeneson Lyngdoh's freekick to send the BFC faithful into raptures.

Bengaluru suffered an early set-back when less than twenty minutes into the game, Westwood had to pull Joshua Walker off after the midfielder was struggling with what seemed like a strained thigh. The forced substitution almost turned out to be an ace when Siam Hanghal's rasping strike from 25-yards out, took the fingertips of Maziya goalkeeper Imran before crashing the crossbar and going out.

Walker's absence didn't seem to deter the Blues who were all over Maziya in a fantastic first half show that had everything but a goal. Shankar, who started in midfield for a rested Thoi Singh, had a header tipped over before Robin Singh and Eugeneson Lyngdoh had chances in quick succession.

Bengaluru refused to take their foot off the pedal, coming all guns blazing at Maziya as soon as the second half resumed. Chhetri came agonizingly close twice inside ten minutes. Being perfectly picked by a Rino Anto cross in the 48th minute, Chhetri glanced a header that was headed home before Imran pulled off a brilliant save to deny the skipper. However, the Anto-Chhetri combination was destined a goal on the night and it came from a header. Meeting Anto's perfect cross from the right, Chhetri thumped home a header that beat Imran all ends up.

Bengaluru's next Cup game is an away tie to Indonesia where they play Persipura Jayapura on March 10.

FULL TIME Late winner helps Bengaluru FC to get their first ever AFC Cup win today against Maziya.
90'+3':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Sankar scored for Bengaluru FC.
90'+1':Niyaz's cross, but ball cleared in defence
90': 5 minutes added time
89':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Umair equalised for Maziya through PENALTY.
85':Bengaluru FC still leading 1-0 against Maziya
79':Chance to Rooney when keeper Imran drops the ball but Rooney shot it wide.
78':Players Change in Maziya: Nashid in place of Niyaz
74':Samdhooh looks injured, match stopped.
73':Players Change in Bengaluru FC: Sean Rooney in place of Robin Singh.
69':Robin's shot, went wide.
67':GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL Rino's cross, Sunil's header finds the net.
64':Players Change in Maziya: Yaamin in place of Irufaan
60':Niyaz's shot, went wide.
57':Yellow Card to Umair for not obeying referee decision.
56':Good one-two of Sunil and Siam but bad finish of Sunil.
53':Siam's shot, deflected by defender and cleared.
48':Rino's cross, Sunil try to head it in but keeper Imran made a fine save.
46':Second half resumed.
HALF TIME Score remains goalless after the end of first half.
45':3 minutes added time
35':Counter attack of Bengaluru FC, Eugene's cross and Robin's header touched upper net.
34':Umair's shot, Ralte save the ball
33':Bad tackle of Johnson to Aracil , free kick to Maziya
29':Another fine chance to Lyndoh, but his shot just inch's wide
28':Score remains still goalless
27':Beikho's shot from 20 yards, went wide
22':Siam's shot, deflected from bar and went wide
20':Robin's shot, keeper Imran cleared and a rebound chance to Lyngdoh but his shot went wide
15':Sankar's header from free kick, went wide.
14':Substitution of Bengaluru FC: Hangal in place of injured Walker
0':Kick off

BANGALURU FC'S MAIDEN APPEARANCE IN THE AFC CUP

MATCH PREVIEW : Bangaluru Fc will play against the Maziya Sports & Recreation Club of Maldives in an important AFC Cup Group E encounter at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bangaluru on Tuesday evening. This is Bangaluru FC’s maiden entry in the AFC Cup after a 1-2 defeat to Johor Darul Ta’zim in the AFC Champions League play-off game. While Maziya has played in the AFC Cup in 2013 where they failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

The Federation Cup champions are having a mixed performance in the I League , but are keen to put up an impressive performance in the AFC Cup. Ashley Westwood while interacting at the media meeting said, “We’re looking forward to this match; our first game in the AFC Cup. The preparations have been going quite well and we’re looking forward to putting out a really positive performance.”

Ali Suzain, the coach of Maziya, said while interacting “We are very happy to have qualified and to have an opportunity to play against one of the strongest sides from India and a well-organized side. As a recently formed side, Bengaluru FC have never played in the AFC Cup before, but they have good players with bundles of experience, an energetic young coach and good foreign players I don’t think experience counts for anything in tomorrow’s game.”

The game kicks off at 7.30 pm

AFC CUP - 2015 (EAST BENGAL MATCH)

12.05.2015 : KITCHEE FC -- 2-2 -- EAST BENGAL - FT..
KIT : LAM KA 15', Xu 59'
KEB : Ranti Martins 80', Cavin Lobo 89'

KFC : Recio, Xu, Belencoso, Lam, Cheung, Tsang, Jordi, Wan, Guo, Leung, Tae Min
KEB : Abhijit, Deepak, Arnab, Gurwinder, Robert, Khabra, Bertos, Mehtab, Rafique, Ranti, Dudu.
Kitchee qualified for the knockout stages of the AFC Cup in second place in Group F after finishing a 2-2 draw with Kolkata team East Bengal at Mong Kok Stadium. Kitchee took lead in 14th minute through the captain Lam Ka Wai with a nifty volley when his team mate Barcelona borned Jordi Tarres's shot bounced back to him in an open area and unmarked Lam beat Abhijit.

Kitchee took double lead in 58th minute when Xu cut inside from the right wing and unleashed a powerful left foot drive from outside the box which beat again Abhijit in the bottom right corner of the goal.

East Bengal reduced the margin 2-1 through Nigerian Ranti Martins in 80th minutes who beat the spanish stopper Fernando Recio with his own skill. and Cavin Lobo equalized the scoreline 2-2 in the last minute receiving a clearance of Kitchee defender.

FT : MATCH END. EAST BENGAL HOLD KITCHEE FC 2-2 TO EARN 1 POINT FROM LAST GAME. The first round match ended in a 1-1 draw at Kolkata.
90': Score Line is 2-2
89': GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL : 2-2. Cavin Lobo scored the second goal for East Bengal.
80': GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL : 2-1. Ranti Martins reduced margin.
75': In Last match Kitchee beat Balestier Khalsa 3-0 while east Bengal lost 0-1 to Johor FC.
60': BENGALURU FC 1-1 PERSIPURA JAYAPURA - CLICK IT
59': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Kitchee FC is leading now 2-0. Scored through Xu.
50': Still 1-0 to Kitchee.
HT': Kitchee is leading 1-0.
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23': BALL POSSESSION : KITCHEE 57% : 43% EAST BENGAL
21': On 10.03.2015 home match East Bengal drew Kitchee Fc 1-1.
20': KITCHEE FC IS LEADING 1-0.
15': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Kitchee FC is leading now 1-0. Scored through Lam Ka wai.
10': SCORE LINE IS 0-0
9': Kitchee of Hong Kong earned 10 points from last 5 games.
4': Last match of East Bengal in the Group. Formality match to East Bengal. Win or loss no effect. 1': Match starts.

PREVIEW : EAST BENGAL TO FACE KITCHEE FC IN AFC CUP'S LAST MATCH :: CLICK THE LINK
East Bengal to play their last match of Group - F against Kitchee FC on Tuesday night at the beautiful Mongkok stadium at Hong Kong. The mission of the last years semifinalist in the AFC Cup are almost over so the match against the Hong Kong outfit will be a mere formality.

East Bengal are placed at the third position in the league table with 4 points from 5 matches while Kitchee Fc are the second placed team in the group with 10 points are almost in the knock out stages.

It is quite surprising to note that the approach of the East Bengal's Dutch coach Elco Schattotie were rather casual. He opt for his second line up even when there were chances to qualify for the knock out stages. East Bengal were the last years semifinalist in the AFC Cup has the record of some extraordinary performances in the international matches.

If Elco was positive in his decision then the results of Red and Gold in the competition would have been a different. The match between East Bengal and Kitchee FC at Kolkata ended in a 1-1 draw. Kitchee Fc had the lead at the 30th minute when Belencoso scored.

East Bengal came back in the match strongly in the second session, when Ranty Martins equalised at the 74th minute of the match. East Bengal needs a a win at Hongkong which may boost up their morale in the remaining matches of the I League. As Kitchees target is to consolidate their position in the Group F and advance further in the tournament.

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28.04.2015 : EAST BENGAL -- 0-1 -- JOHOR FC ( FT.) LIKE FB || REFRESH
KEB : Barreto, Deepak, Raju, Gurwiner, Dhanarajan, Rafique, Joaquim, Subodh, Sukhwinder, Baldeep, Baljeet.... REF : Nivon Rovesh Gemini (Sri Lanka)
JFC : Farizal, Aidil, Safiq, Kunanlan, Hariss, Shakir, Amri, Figuera, Chantutu, Eldstal, Fadhli

"BALJIT MADE THE SABOTAGE" ELCO SAID as EAST BENGAL"S RUN IN THE AFC CUP ARE OVER
East Bengal coach Elco Schattorie alleged against his footballer Baljit Sahini for 'sabotaging' in an AFC Cup match. Elco was addressing in the post match conference at Kolkata where East Bengal lost against Johur Darul Ta'zim of Malaysia by a solitary goal. Elco said that his footballers performed at their best had tried to equalize, but Baljit did all the mistakes intentionally for which East Bengal had to suffer.

But it was rather surprising to see that Elco gave lesser importance to AFC Cup, even when there is a chance to qualify for the next stages.East Bengal were in the advantageous position and could have change the course of the game in their favour if the team that are performing in the I League were there. Elco opt for the second line up keeping the prime footballers outside. Interestingly, the defending champions of I-League Bangaluru FC had an impressive performance in the AFC Cup and qualified to play the knockout stages in the maiden appearances beating Maldives side Maziya 2-1 in away with his I-league playing footballers.

FT : East Bengal lost 0-1 to Johor FC. In Away East Bengal lost 1-4.
90': 3 minute added time.
90': Yellow card to sukhwinder of KEB
89': Khabra's shot from top of the box went high and out.br> 88': Ball Possession : KEB 64% : 38% Johor FC.
85': SCORE LINE : KEB 0-1 JFC
82': CHANGE - KEB : Tulunga in and dhanarajan out.
78': long shot from Junior trying to save his area from the home team 74': Corner to Johor in left of Barreto.
69': Johor's 9 players now in their box to block East Bengal's attack.
68': East Bengal is attacking More amd More now.
66': Corner to East Bengal, Rafique's corner kick cleared.
65': CHANGE - KEB : Subodh Kumar out and Ranti Martins in
60': STILL JOHOR DARUL is leading 1-0 by first half score.
56': Well advance Barreto cleared a ball from Pablo.
55': bacb to bac two throw in's for KEB, Raju's both Throw in cleared from JFC box.
54': Corner for East Bengal, Abranches's kick cleared.
53': Throw in for KEB from Khabra's attack from right.
51': Goal kick for Johor.
50': It's still raining.
46': 2nd half starts.
HT : SCORE LINE : KEB 0-1 JFC
45': 1 minute added time.
45': YELLOW CARD to Abranches of KEB who fouled Amri.
44': Rafique's poor header from Khabra's cross went out.
42': Yellow Card to Johor keeper for time wasting.
40': Free kick of Safiq went wide in left of EB keeper Barreto.
40': Foul of Abrancehs, Free kick to Johor, 39': East Bengal give rest Abhijit, Susak, Lobo, Dudu, Mehtab and players like Abhishek, Khabra, Ranti, Safar, Abhra, Tulunga in extra.
36': Chance missed to score by East Bengal from a shot of Jozquim which deflected from keeper.
36': corner for East Bengal.
35': SCORE LINE : KEB 0-1 JFC
34': Goal kick for JFC.
33': But still raining.
32': Attack of KEB from left but poor cross of Rafique.
31': CHANGE - KEB : Baljit out and Khabra in.
31': Match starts ball went to Barreto .
31': After 51 minutes Match is going to start after a drop .
19.19: The match will resume shortly.
19.18: Match officials as well as the footballers are back on the field.
19.13: Raining stop now.
19.02: Further investigation regarding the condition are likely to be after sometime.
18.59 : They are not satisfied with the condition and returned in the dressing room again
18.58 : The match officials are now investigating the condition.
35': Match suspended temporally by the Sri Lankan Referee due to lightning, torrential rain and windy conditions. Players are back in the dressing room....
30': The water is going to touch the touch line.
30': MATCH STOPPED - It's still heavy raining. Referees, official players came out from the pitch.
26': Non-stop raining going on at YBK area.
25': FREE kick of Figuera went wide for an inch.
23': In away match East Bengal lost 1-4 to Johor FC.
22': In Another match Bengaluru FC beat Maziya of Maldives 2-1 in away.
20': SCORE LINE : KEB 0-1 JFC
20': Good effort of Rafique beat two defenders but finally shoot direct to Keeper of Johor.
18': Kitchee FC is leading 1-0 against Balestier Khalsa upto 20 mint.
17': foul of Baljit of East Bengal.
16': It's still raining heavily.
15': Subodh's corner cleared.
14': Cornet to East Bengal from Gurwinder's attack.
13': FOULS : KEB 3-1 JOHOR
13': Free kick to Johor, Harris short pass.
12': GOAL KICK to EAST BENGAL. Barreto's shot went to Johor's player.
10': SCORE LINE : KEB 0-1 JFC
8': Barreto collected a grounder of Amri from top of the box.
7': More and more attack of Johor is going on the rainy field.
6': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Johor 1-0. Amri scored from a left sided cross of Kunanlan.
4': Bengaluru FC is leading 2-1, both score by Sunil.
2': First attack of Johor, One to one with barreto but Barret well advance to risque.
2': Johor in Black and Black while East Bengal in Red and gold Short.
1': Match starts at YBK but still heavey shower.
0' A minute's silence for the victims of Nepal Earthquake.
0': It's raining there in Salt Lake.
0': In Maldives, Mzaiya FC 1-1 Bengaluru FC upto 70 mint.
0': An empty stadium Match will be held as per earlier decision as Local Election in the State.
0': Formation of EAST BENGAL may be 1-4-4-2.
0': Formation of Johor Darul may be 1-2-5-3.
0': Match will start at 6.00 pm at YBK - kolkata.


EAST BENGAL TO FACE THE GROUP TOPPERS JOHUR DARUL TAZIM AT HOME

East Bengal to face the challenge of Johur Darul Tazim in an AFC Cup Group-F match on Tuesday evening at Kolkata. Though East Bengal are having a smooth run in the I League, but they are struggling in the AFC Cup are place at the third position in the league table.

Johur Darul Tazim, the Malaysian outfit are leading the Group F table with 9 points from four matches are almost qualified for the knockout stages. The management of Johur Darul replaced their Chief coach due to some specific reasons. Amhed Mazian are now in charge of the Malaysian team in place of the Crotian Bojan Mazian.

Johur Darul Tazim eventually won the first match of the Group against East Bengal by a satisfactory margin of 4-1 in their home match. The danger man in the Johur Ddarul's upfront is Luciano Figuera, who represented Argentina in the Copa America Cup and Confederation cup. Luciano is the member of the Argentina team who had the honour of winning gold 2004 Olympic football.

The match host East Benal club have made arrangements for The Calcutta Orphanage to come with their kids and teachers tomorrow to watch the AFC cup match at VYBK at 6.00 pm against Johor Dorul, Malaysia.

24.02.15 Johor Darul Ta'azim ----- 4-1 ----- East Bengal
10.03.15 Balestier Khalsa ----- 0-1 ----- Johor Darul Ta'azim
17.03.15 Kitchee FC ----- 2-0 ----- Johor Darul Ta'azim
14.04.15 Johor Darul Ta'azim ----- 2-0 ----- Kitchee FC

East Bengal, who are participating for the eighth time in the AFC Cup are failed to prove themselves impressive in the current edition of the AFC Cup. The last year's semifinalist is placed at the third position in the league table with 4 points from 4 matches. East Bengal outplayed Balistier Khalsa of Singapore in their last AFC Cup outing at Kolkata still have a chance to qualify for the next round.

The Red and Gold displayed a good example of team game in their last couple of I league matches are confident for a positive result in their favour. Elco Schattorie, the East Bengal coach are likely to rest some of his prime footballers and opt for the second line up on Tuesday evening.

24.04.15 Johor Darul Ta'azim ----- 4-1 ----- East Bengal
10.03.15 East Bengal ----- 1-1 ----- Kitchee FC
17.03.15 Balestier Khalsa ----- 2-1 ----- East Bengal
14.04.15 East Bengal ----- 3-0 ----- Balestier Khalsa

The Group-F league table
	
SL  TEAM			M	W	D	L	GF	GA	GD	PTS 
1. JOHOR DARUL (MAS)		4	3	0	1	7	3	+4	9
2. KITCHEE (HKG)	        4	2	1	1	6	3	+3	7
3. EAST BENGAL (IND)		4	1	1	2	6	7	-1	4
4. BALESTIER KHALSA (SIN)	4	1	0	3	2	8	-6	3

Current Performance of Johor Darul - Last Three Matches
14.04.15 : Johor Darul ----- 2-0 ----- Kitchee FC
18.04.15 : Johor Darul ----- 3-1 ----- Kelantan FA
24.04.15 : Perak FC ----- 2-1 ----- Johor Darul

Current Performance of East Bengal: - Last Three Matches
18.04.15 : East Bengal ----- 1-1 ----- Mumbai FC
22.04.15 : East Bengal ----- 1-0 ----- Salgaocar Club
25.04.15 : East Bengal ----- 3-1 ----- Dempo Club

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14.04.2015 : EAST BENGAL -- 3-0 -- BALESTER KHALSA (FT) LIKE FB || REFRESH || TABLE :: SCROLL DOWN
KEB : Baledeep Singh 21', 69', Ranti 74'
MOM : Baldeep Singh - KEB
KEB : Barreto, Saumik, Raju, Arnab, Abhishek, Ragique, Subodh, Sukhwinder, Tulunga, Baljit, Baldeep.
KHL : Zeiful, Emir, Igor, Mohammed, ho, Ridwan, Jonathan, Fadhil, Ahmed, Miroslav, Hanafi... REF : Kim.

 East Bengal beat Balestier Khalsa 3-0 at home

MATCH END - EAST BENGAL 1st WIN IN AFC CUP earned 4 points from 4 match. SEE TABLE
90': 4 minutes added time.
86': Only 100 heads will be allowed to enter on 18th, 25th, 28th April East Bengal two I-league and one AFC cup Matches which includes teams, officials, match officials, media, doctors.
85': Yellow Card to Raju of KEB.
82': Corner kick to Khalsa cleared in KEB box.
80': Still East Bengal is leading 3-0.
77': Yellow Card to Ridwan of Khalsa to foul Sukhwinder.
76': Still East Bengal is attacking More and More.
75': SCORE LINE : EAST BENGAL 3-0 BALESTIER KHALSA
74': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-0 to East Bengal, unmarked Ranti Martins scored for 3rd goal off a forward pass of Sukhwinder Singh.
69': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to East Bengal , Baldeep's left sided cross Khalsa defender he wanted to clear but ball beat his own keeper and went to net. Score credit went to Baldeep singh of East Bengal as his 2nd score of the match.
68': Soumik's foul- Free kick for Khalsa.
67': DUDU-RANTI duo now playing for EAst Bengal.
66': CHANGE - KEB : Ranti Martins in and Baljit Singh out.
64': Free kick to Khalsa as Ridwan was fouled by Baldeep.
62': CHANGE - KEB : DUDU in and RAFIQUE out.
62' : CHANGE - KHALSA : Fadil out and Tan in.
60': Long cross of Abhishek from right went to Khalsa keeper.
56': Igantus of Khalsa was in offside.
56': Yellow card to Balwant of East Bengal, Free kick to Khalsa.
55': CHANCE---- Corner to Khalsa and Corner kick hits direct in the cross bar and out.
50': Chance to Khalsa, Miroslav's right footer from close went wide over the cross bar.
47': CHANGE - KHALSA : Noor in and Johathan out.
47': World Cup 2018 qualifiers: India in Group D with Iran, Oman,Turkmenistan. The 1st home match of India schuduled on 11th June at Bangaluru.
46': WHAT A MISS !!!!!!!!!!.. Baldeep sing got the ball out side of the Khalsa box, defenders were behind him the only Goalkeeper in front of him but he missed to score.
46': 2nd HALF match Starts.
45': 2 minuted added time.
43': Soumik Dey offside in left.
40': YELLOW CARD to Hanafi of Khalsa, Free kick to East Bengal, Baljit was unable to proper head off Rafique's free kick.
38': CHANGE KEB : Susak in and Arnab out.
38': IN ANOTHER MATCH, BENGALURU FC IS LEADING 1-0 AGAINST WORRIORS SCORED BY ROBIN SINGH.
36': Corner to East Bengal, 6th corner kick, cleared.
35': SCORE LINE : EAST BENGAL 1-0 BALESTIER KHALSA
33': Header of Rafique from Subodh Kumar just went wide.
33': In another math of AFC Cup - Johor FC is leading 1-0 against Kitchee FC after 20 minute.
32': Throw in for Khalsa, Ahmed's throw in cleared in KEB box.
30': SCORE LINE : EAST BENGAL 1-0 BALESTIER KHALSA
29': Again attack of EAst Bengal, Right sided cross of Abhishek and Baldeep's header went to Keeper.
27': Baljit's shot from Tulunga went over the cross bar of Balestier.
25': No impact in 2nd corner kick of Tulunga, ball went to Keeper.
24': Back to Back two corner to East Bengal, Tulun'as corner and Arnab's header deflected from a defender and East Bengal earned 2nd corner.
22': SCORE LINE : EAST BENGAL 1-0 BALESTIER KHALSA
21': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL East Bengal scored goal through a brilliant header off Baldeep from Tulunga's corner kick.
20': CHANCE to East Bengal, Rafiq's header went for Corner.
16': Well saved by Barreto off a close shot of Khalsa striker.
15': IN ANOTHER MATCH BENGALURU FC AND WORRIORS OF SINGAPORE GOING GOALLESS AFTER 55 MINUTES.
14': Long throw in of Raju went to Khalsa Keeper.
12': In last three matches Khalsa won only 1 and lost 2 matches while East Bengal lost 2 and drew 1.
10': SCORE LINE - 0-0.
9': Corner kick of Raju cleared in Khalsa box.
8': CHANCE!!!! East Bengal's Baljit's shot off Rafique's pass from out side the Box went for corner.
7': Danger to EB box, Right sided attack of Khalsa, Jonathan's shot hits the side net.
5': SCORE LINE : EAST BENGAL 0-0 BALESTIER KHALSA
4': Foul of Baljit in right side, free kick of Khalsa.
3': Eastbengal playing short passes between themselves, Ho's shot straight to Bareto.
2': East Bengal in traditional Red and gold jersey while Khalsa in fluorescent yellow.
1': First attack of Khalsa,ball went for KEB goal kick.
1': Match starts at YBK.
0': Both teams are ready to start the game.


12.04.2015 : East Bengal to Face BALESTIER KHALSA in AFC CUP 2015 match at home
TABLE - GR.F
  
TEAMS			Pld 	W 	D 	L 	GF 	GA 	GD 	Pts	 
Kitchee 		3 	2 	1 	0 	6 	1 	+5 	7 	 
Johor Darul Ta'zim 	3 	2	0 	1	5 	3 	+2 	6  			 
Balestier Khalsa 	3 	1 	0 	2 	2 	5 	-3	3 	   
East Bengal 		3 	0 	1 	2 	3 	7 	-4 	1 			 


After a successful mission at Pune in the I League East Bengal will going to meet against Balister Khalsa of Singapore in the Group League match of the AFC Cup at Yubabharati Kriangan on Tuesday evening. This will going to be the home match of East Bengal after they lost away against the Singapore team by a margin of 1-2 in Jalan Besar Stadium on 17th March where Dudu scored for East Bengal in that Match.

East Bengal, 8th time AFC cup playing Indian team, who qualified to play the semifinal last year are yet to register a victory in the current edition of the AFC Cup. East Bengal lost the two away matches against Johor Darul Takzim and Balestier Khalsa respectively, while they drew with Kitchee in their only home match played so far. East Bengal are at the bottom of the Group F table with 1 point needs a win in order to consolidate their position in the league table. After some setbacks in the I League and AFC Cup East Bengal came back strongly in the last couple matches proved to be much confident and optimistic in approach. They won their last two Away matches in I-League beating Bharat FC 3-0 and Pune FC 3-2 to reach 5th spot in the League Table.

Balister Khalsa are slightly ahead of East Bengal in the league table with 3 points, can be reckon as a contenders for the next stages. The champion team from Singapore Balister Khalsa, lost first two matches against Kitchee {0-3} and Johur Darul Tazim{0-1} but registered their first win in the tournament when they beat East Bengal by a margin of 2-1 . Balister are in a target to win their away match to keep themselves in the tournament.


The performance of the two teams in the AFC Cup are undernoted below

Kingfisher East Bengal

24.02.15 Johor Darul Ta'zim   		4-1  East Bengal 
10.03.15 East Bengal   			1-1  Kitchee FC  
17.03.15 Balestier Khalsa   		2-1  East Bengal  

Balestier Khalsa

24.02.15 Kitchee FC 			3-0  Balestier Khalsa 
10.03.15 Balestier Khalsa		0-1  Johor Darul Ta'zim 
17.03.15 Balestier Khalsa 		2-1  East Bengal
 
 
Last Three Matches :  East Bengal

31.03.15 Royal Wahigdoh 		1-0  East Bengal I League
08.04.15 Bharat FC  			0-3  East Bengal  Do
11.04.15 Pune FC                        2-3  East Bengal  Do


Last Three Matches : Balestier Khalsa

20.03.15 Balestier Khalsa               0-1  Albirex Nilgata  S League
04.04.15 Balestier Khalsa               5-0  Courts Young Lions   Do
08.04.15 Home United                    3-1  Balestier Khalsa  - Do



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17.03.2015 : BALESTIER KHALSA -- 2-1 -- EAST BENGAL ( FT.)
BLS : Zaiful Abdullah, Yusiskandar Yusop, Emir Lotinac , Igor Cerina, Nurullah Hussein, Miroslav Kristic, Jonathan Xu Weihua, Fadhil Noh, Poh Yifeng, Ho Wai Loon.
KEB :Abhijit, Raju, Susak, Deepak, Robert, Rafique, Mehtab , Abranches, Tluanga, Ranti, Dudu... REF : Jung-Fang (Chinese Taipei)

FULL TIME : EAST BENGAL PLAYED WELL but lost 1-2 to BALESTIER KHALSA - SINGAPORE.
90+2' After Milan Susak's left in 14th minute East Bengal conceded first goal.
90+1': Attack -- attack and Attack. East Bengal's attacking wave is going on.
90': 3 minutes added time.
88': Cross of Deepak from right went to Khalsa keeper.
87': Few minutes left East Bengal is attacking more and more to Equalize the scoreline.
86': In 2nd half East Bengal is playing well.
85': KHALSA 2-1 EAST BENGAL
82': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dudu scored for East Bemgal 2-1 now. Ranti's shot went to Rafiq and his back header went to Dudu who scored with left footer
81': KHALSA 2-0 EAST BENGAL
80': Free kick to East Bengal. tulunga's free kick cleared.
79': 9th corner kick to East bengal from Roberts's cross. Corner leared.
76': KITCHEE FC is leading 2-0 against Johor FC.
75': OUT OF 10 CORNER KICKS SO FAR EAST BENGAL EARNED 10.
74': Corner kick of Abranches went to Keeper.
73': Another corner to East Bengal from Ranti's attack.
73': Outstanding playing by Khalsa Goalkeeper.
72': What a save of the Khalsa keeper off a shot of Raju for a corner.
71': Another corner from that corner kick.
70': Cornet to East Bengal as Ranti was blocked in Box off dudu's pass.
70': East Bengal is playing shot passes.
68': Corner of Abranches cleared.
67': Dudu got a good chance but well saved of Khalsa keeper for Corner.
65': KHALSA 2-0 EAST BENGAL
64': Good effort of Mrioslav of Khalsa beat Gurwinder and Sukhwinder in speen but his final left footer grounder missed the target.
62': East Bengal is attacking more and more.
58': East Bengal played 15 passes but finally Roberts cross from left went wide.
56': Cross of Deepak from right went to Khalsa keeper.
54': PLAYER CHANGE - EAST BENGAL : Mehtab out and Sukhwinder in.
53': Right sided cross of Tlunga went out.
51': KHALSA 2-0 EAST BENGAL
50': YELLOW CARD TO GURWINDER of KEB.
49': Free kick shot went for Khalsa throw in.
48': Free kick to Khalsa 40 yards as Nehtab fouled.
48': Raju well cleared a danger situation in KEB box.
47': Must win situation to East Bengal.
46': Starts of 2nd half match.
HT : KHALSA 2-0 EAST BENGAL
45': 1 minute added time.
43': Corner to East Bengal, Abranches kick and Dudu's header saved by a defender of Khalsa.
42': Still Singapore side Khalsa is leading 2-0.
41': Ranty's shot from top of the box went out.
38': Abranches's kick from Mehtab's corner went out.
37': 2nd corner to East Bengal from dudu's attack in Khalsa keeper's right.
36': KHALSA 2-0 EAST BENGAL
35': Rafiq'a right sided corss and Ranti's header went to keeper.
35': Dudu's header from Rafiq's cross went to keeper.
34': Corner kick of Mehtab, cleared from Khalsa box.
33': corner to East Bengal from Raju's long throw in.
31': Ranti to dudu to Robert in out side box but poor left footer of Roberts.
31': Khalsa is attacking more and more in East Bengal defence.
IN WORLD CUP 2018 AFC QUALIFYING 2nd LEG MATCH India and Nepal ended goalless.
29': Missed cross of Robert of East Bengal went to Khalsa keeper.
27': Free kick to East Bengal. Ranti Martin's kick went wide over the cross bar.
25': KHALSA 2-0 EAST BENGAL
19': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 to Khalsa. 2nd goal of Miroslav as he got a ball from behin and beat 3 defenders of East Bengal with his solo run and scored finally.
17': Header from the Khalsa corner went for KEB goal kick.
17': Corner to Khalsa, Mehtab final tacle went for their corner.
1 15': In last Match Khalsa lost 0-1 to Jojor FC.
14': Corner to Khalsa but cleared in KEB box.
14' PLAYER CHANGE - KEB : Milan Susak out and Gurwinder Singh in.
14': Attack of Khalsa, Yee Loon's shot from out side box went to Abhijit.
13': In last Match East Bengal drew 1-1 with Kitchee FC.
12': EAST BENGAL attacked, Ranty moved but Khalsa defender passed the ball to their GK.
9': Counter attack of Khalsa, Abhijit well saved a goal bound shot.
8': Rafiq's flying header off Susak went out for Khalsa goal kick.
5': KHALSA 1-0 EAST BENGAL
5': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Khalsa scored through Jonathan Blue as Mehtab was unable to control the ball outside the KEB box.
4': Counter attack of Khalsa. Miroslav's Shot went out from inside penalty box off a mistake of Raju.
4': Throw in of Roberts (Captain) went to Mehta but his shot went out.
3': East Bengal in blue Jersey.
1': Match starts just now.
0' : Match delayed due to bad weather.


IT IS A MUST WIN SITUATION FOR EAST BENGAL IN THE AFC CUP
East Bengal to play the second away match of Group F against Balestier Khalsa of Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium,on Tuesday evening . East Bengal are on a point as they drew their last match at Kolkata against Kitchee ,but lost the opening encounter against JDT at Malaysia. Balister Khalsa , can be reckoned as one of the weakest team of Group F are at the bottom of the league table.

East Bengal will miss the service of Arnab Mondal, Cavin Lobo, Saumik Dey, Abhinash Ruidas and Lalrim Dika Raltey as they are in the National Team for the Pre World Cup and Asian Cup. Captain Harmonjot Khabra are nursing his injury and in his place deep defender Robert Lalthalmuana will lead the Red and Gold in one of the most important match of the Group.

It is a must win situation for East Bengal in order to stay at the competition . East Bengal not only have to earn full points ,but have to increase the goal average against Balestier Khalsa who are yet to open their account in the tournament.

East Bengal had a formidable performance against Kitchee at home in the last match, could have won if they capitalize the situation. But the main concern of Elco Stattorie is the form of the Nigerian goal machine Dudu Omegbemi along with the artificial turf of the stadium.. Dudu are still in search of his form , when his counter part Ranty Martins proved his tenacity of scoring in the last couple of matches including the I league.The condition of the turf are not at the expected standard and can cause serious problem during the course of the match.

East Bengal coach Eelco Schattorie in the pre match Press Conference said," We will go for a result and we are eying three points from this match.. After the first round loss in Malaysia, the team has made a turnaround and played well against Kitchee. Though we don’t have four players who are currently in the National squad, but we are confident in putting up a good show.”

Balestier Khalsa lost the first two matches of the Group against Kitchee FC [0-3] and JDT [0-1], are at the bottom of the table. The team is being coached by Macco Kreijevis. The team has got four overseas recruits, Central defenders Emir Lotinac (Yugoslavia), Paul Cunningham (New Zealand) and strikers Kim Min and Park Kang Jin of South Korea who will be included in the first line up on Tuesday evening.

The chief coach of Balestier Khalsa Macco Kreijevis while interacting in the Pre match media meeting said, “The last match in AFC Cup though we lost to Johor Darul Takzim by a last minute injury time goal, our team has combined well in that match and we are confident for the upcoming match. We will for a win to gain vital three points.The match will start at 5 pm IST.

East Bengal Squad against Balestier Khalsa (Singapore) in AFC Match on 147th march
1) Abhijit Mondal - Goal Keeper
2) Subhashish Roy Chaudhury - Do
3) Deepak Mondal - Defender
4) Milan Susak - Do
5) Raju Gaikwad - Do
6) Gurwinder Singh - Do
7) Robert Lalthalmuana - Do
8) S.Malsawmtluanga - Midfielder
9) Mehtab Hossein - Do
10) Mohammed Rafique - Do
11) Joaquim Abranches - Do
12) Leo Bertos - Do
13) Sukhwinder Singh - Do
14) Subodh Kumar - Do
15) Baldeep Singh - Do
16) Dudu Omagbemi - Do
17) Ranti Martins - Do
18) Baljit Sahni - Do

1) Eelco Schattorie - Head Coach
2) Sujit Chakravarty - Asst Coach
3) Rajesh Basak - Physiotherapist
4) Saunak Chakravarty - Do
1) Manish Banerjee - Manager
2) Gautam Roy - Media Officer
3) Dr SR Das Gupta - Doctor
1) Santosh Bhattacharya - Head of the Delegation
2) Alvito D'Cunha - Official

Balestier Khalsa (Singapore)

Singapore Cup - 2014 - Champion
Singapore League Cup - 2013 - Do
Presidents Cup - 1992 - Do
Maiden Appearance in AFC Cup -2015
Foreiners

Emir Lotinac (Yugoslavia) - Defender
Paul Cunningham (New Zealand) - Do
Kim Min Ho -- Striker - South Korea
Park Kang Jin - Striker - Do

Macco Kreijevis (German Croatian) - Head Coach)
Performance in AFC Cup 2015

24.02.15 Kitchee FC (Hong Kong) 3-0 Balestier Khalsa

10.03.15 Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Johor Darul Ta'zim (Malaysia)

Ranti Martins (Kingfisher East Bengal) with 21 goals is the highest scorer from an Indian team in the Competition so far.

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10.03.2015: EAST BENGAL ---1-1 --- KITCHEE FC ( FT..)
KEB : Abhijit, Dipak, Raju, Susak, Roberts, Rafique, Mehtab, Abranches, Tulunga, Dudu, Ranty.
KFC : Wang, Lo, Cheung, Tsang, Min, Iam, Huang, Ngan, Belen, Coso, Chris....Referee: Kimura Hiroyuki (japan).

EAST BENGAL HELD KITCHEE IN THE AFC CUP

East Bengal and Kitchee FC held in 1-1 draw in an important AFC Cup Group F match at kolkata. The visitors were leading at the first half by a 30th minute goal scored by the Spanish striker Belencoso using the defensive lapse of the Red and Gold.

While interacting at the post match press meeting East Bengal coach Elco Sattorie said that his team played a formidable brand of soccer but could not perform to his expectation. Elco , who is suffering from kidney problem since morning had a tough time in the dug out.Though his central defense looked much organized today , but his midfielders are lacked in confidence. Elco appreciated goalkeeper AbhijitMondal who had a brilliant time under the bar denied the Kitchee upfront in numerous occasions.

In fact East Bengal came back strongly in the match mid way in the second session after a strategic change by the Dutch coach.The inclusion of Sukbinder Singh and Baljit Singh In the midfield yield results. East Bengal equalized at the 70th minute when Ranty Martins scored following a pass from Dudu Omegbemi from the midfield.

Ranty was adjudged as the “Most Valuable Player Of The Match”.East Bengal could have increase the lead if Ranty Martins head were not saved from the goal line.

Jose Molina , the Spanish coach of Kitchee FC were not at all pleased with the results as he feels that his team could have won the match. Kitchee had an attacking first half wasted some easy chances to score. The Spanish striker Belencoso could have scored more if he had not wasted the golden opportunities with Abhijit Mondal at his mercy.

Kitchee played a number of passes with sheer speed in the middle third kept the central defense of Red and Gold under pressure. In the second session East Bengal played some long ball utilized the situation, had the chance to score the winning goal.

MATCH END. East Bengal hold Kitchee FC to 1-1
90'+1':Raju's long throw-in, cleared in defence
90':Players Change in EB: Bertos in place of Mama
90':3 minutes of added time
90':East Bengal looked better team after scoring goal.
89':Robert's corner, Sukwinder's shot, went wide
88':Another fine move through Mama, but a fine tackle to clear the ball. Corner to EB
86':Good move through Rafique, but end with a bad shot, straight to keeper
85':Deepak's cross, straight to keeper Wang
84':Raju's long throw-uin, Ranty's header cleared in goalline. Lucky Escape for Kitchee FC
83':Ranty's cross, Rafique's header straight to keeper.
82':Good move through Rafique, ball cleared in defence.
81':Raju's long throw-in , Robert's long shot, went wide
78':Chance to Jordi, his flick beat keeper but ball went wide.
77':Lo's free kick, touched side net.
76':Yellow Card to Milan Susak for his bad tackle. Free kick to Kitchee FC
74':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Ranty equalised for East Bengal. Dudu's header finds Ranty and he beat keeper and scored in the open net.
72':Great move of Kitchee, beautiful cross ad a header of Coso, just over the post
71':Another Offside. 5th Offside of East Bengal
69':Cross to find Dudu and Ranty in middle, but ball went wide
67':Players Change in EB: Sukwinder in place of Mehtab.
66':Kitchee's move, Milan cleared the ball
64':Raju's long throw-in, went wide
64':Counter attack of EB, 3 defenders block Dudy.
63':What a Save by Abhijit!! Fine sliding move to deny Kitchee.
62':Players Change in EB: Baljit in place of Joaquim
61':Forward pass to Dudu, but he is in offaide position.
60':Brilliant counter attack of Kitchee, Jordi's shot deflected from post.
59':Joaquim's corner, Raju's touch went wide.
58':Tulunga's cross to Find Ranti, cleared and corner to EB. First corner of EB
57':Joaquim's cross cleared. Another move but a easy shot of Joaquim, straight to keeper.
55':Tackle to Dudu from behind by Jordi, free kick to East Bengal
54':Raju's long throw-in, Joaquim's forward pass went wide.
53':Yellow Card to Lo Yee for his bad tackle to Rafique.
52':Kitchee's move, cross cleared by Robert. Corner to Kitchee.
50':Score remains still same.
47':Tulunga's cross, Ranti's header, straight to keeper Wang.
46':Second half resumed.
HALF TIME Kitchee FC leading 1-0 against East Bengal.
45'+1':Tulunga'a forward pass to find Ranti, but a fine save by keeper Wang.
45':1 minutea added time.
41':Kitchee's move, Milan cleared the move and a counter attack through Raju. Raju's long pass to Dudu and a tackle against Dudu. But referee denies it.
39':Forward pass to Rafique, but he is in offside position.
38':Kitchee's corner, ball cleared from corner.
37':Forward pass to Coso, but a good clearance by Deepak.
36':Kitchee still leading 1-0.
33':Ball cleared from free kick.
32':Roberts committed a foul near to corner flag, free kick to Kitchee
31':Counter attack of East Bengal, but Dudu committed a foul.
30':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Coso's fine header finds the net. Brilliant move and a fine cross. First goal of COso in this year AFC Cup.
28':Fine attack of Kitchee but shot went wide.
26':ball cleared from corner.
25':Belen's header but a fine save of Abhijit. Corner to Kitchee.
25': 4th Corner kick to kitchee went to Abhijit's hand..
24': Attack of East Bengal Tulunga's cross from right but Rafiq's header cleared.
23': Nice slide tackle of Tulunga for Throw in to Kitchee.
22': Kitchee is attacking more and more in KEB defence.
20': Corner kick cleared.
19': 3rd corner to Kichee now left of Abhijit as Arnab well saved an attack.
15': Kitchee fouled 5 times while East Bengal for 2 so far.
12': Arnab to Mehtab to Dudu but it was too fast for Dudu in right wing.
10': SCORE LINE : East Bengal 0-0 Kitchee FC
10': 62% ball possession of Kitchee FC now.
8': Robert to Mehtab but Mehtab missed to pass.
www.kolkatafootball.com STAT : Kitchee performance against Indian side : 26.02.13 Kitchee 3-0 Churchill Brothers, 22.04.14 Pune FC 2-0 Kitchee FC
6': 2nd corner kick to Kitchee from right of Abhijit cleared in KEB box.
5': 62 International Match playing player Deepak Mondol is the Captain of East Bengal today.
4': Chance missed by Ranti, his punch from inside the box deflected form Kitchee player and cleared finally.
4': Coso tries to throwugh pass blicked.
3': Left sided attacking effort of Kitchee went for EB throw in.
2': Free kick to KEB in their area.
1': First corner to Kitchee in Abhijit's right, ball cleared.
1': Match starts at YBK.
0': Both East Bengal and Kitchee Teams are entering inside the playing arena.
0': Half time Result of EAST BENGAL GROUP other match bwtween Johor FC and Khalsa is 0-0.


EAST BENGAL WILL FEEL THE ABSENSE OF DIKA: ELCO

PREVIEW - JAYDIP DASGUPTA : The experienced deep defender Dipak Mondal will lead East Bengal in the AFC Cup Group F match against Kitchee FC on Tuesday evening at Kolkata. Kictchee arrived in the town almost at midnight yesterday and are confident to perform well on Tuesday night.

Kitchee are leading the table and are the strongest team in Group F. While addressing the media at the Pre match Media Meeting at Vivekananda Yubabharati Kriaangan the Spanish coach Jose Francisco Molina of Kitchee said that his team will perform as a unit, as the eleven footballers of his side are equally important. Molina said that his target is to earn full points while restricting the two dangerous Nigerian strikers in the upfront .Molina further added that Kitchee is playing in Kolkata for the first time and are not accustomed with the pitch and heat of the city.The Hongkong footballers play officially on natural grass but are train on artificial grass.

East Bengal will definitely miss some of their important footballers who are busy in the Indian National Camp. The East Bengal coach Elco Stattorie are confident that his team will play a organized football in front of the home crowd. Elco said that we will going to play with one of the strongest team of the tournament who plays in 4-3-3 formation. His prime task is to stop the speedy counter attack of Kitchee as he will concentrate to organize his defense from the beginning.

The absence of Lalrin Dika Ralte will make a great difference for the home team. While addressing Elco said that Dika is a creative footballer who has the ability to feed the upfront and utilize the free kicks from any corner of the ground. Jaokim Abranches is likely to be replaced for Dika who will join Mehtab Hossain and Malsam Tulunga in the midfield.

Dipak Mondal the captain while interacting said, " Maybe we weren’t that organized before. But since we are working under Elco, we are trying. Defense is never only four players but its 10-11 players’ combined effort. Under him we are trying to get organized."

Elco Stattorie while answering to a question said,"I always target three points. I am not a defensive coach. My intention is always to I always target three points. I am not a defensive coach. My intention is always to win.Both teams have 50 percent chance when they start, either home or away. Now in my opinion, the opponents have more quality. But football is a strange game. In a home game you can have the supporters behind you and that is an advantage. I always like to play possession based football but we are still in the process of improving. Since time is very short, I was focusing on getting results.

The match will start at 6 pm.

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EAST BENGAL TO MEET KITCHEE IN THE AFC CUP

08.03.2015: East Bengal Club to meet against Kitchee FC of Hongkong in their second encounter of the Group F match of the AFC Cup at Kolkata on Tuesday evening. This will be the second match of the group for East Bengal as they had a miserable start against Johor Darul Ta'zim of Malaysia, by a margin of 1-4. On the contrary Kitchee FC won their first encounter of Group F against Balistier Khalsa by a convincing margin of 3-0. SCORER - Xu Deshuai 21', Lok Fung Ngan 68', Tarres 90'
TEAM KITCHEE FC - HONG KONG
1	Wang Zhenpeng	
6	Gao Wen  
7	Xu Deshuai		
9	Belencoso	 
10	Lam Ka Wai	
11	To Hon  	
13	Cheung Kin Fung	
14	Cheung Kwok Ming	
15	C. Annan
16	Tsang Chi Hau
18	Tarres	 
19	Huang Yang	
21	Tsang Kam To 	 
22	Emmet Chun Wan
23	Guo Jianqiao  
30	Ka Hai Leung Robson Augusto
38	Lok Fung Ngan	 
44	Tae-Min Kim	
Coach: Jose Molina


Kitchee FC the defending champions of HongKong FA Cup and Hongkong League eventually is the semifinalist of the last years AFC Cup. This is the fifth occasion that Kitchee FC is participating in the AFC Cup. Kitchee entered the knockout stages in the year 2012 and 2013, while they were out from the Group stages in the year 2008.
EAST BENGAL Performance Vs Hong Kong Clubs
15.11.1993 East Bengal 0 -1 South China Club
22.11.1993 South China Club 4-1 East Bengal
13.04.2011 South China Club 1-0 East Bengal
26.04.2011 East Bengal 3-3 South China Club

The club from Hongkong is one of the strong contenders of the tournament consist of two Spanish strikers, Juan Belencoso and Jordi Tarres, a Brazilian central defender Helio and Korean midfielder Cho Jung Min.nKitchee FC is trained by Jose Francisco Molina the ex Spanish International goalkeeper since 2014.

This is East Bengal's eight appearance in the AFC Cup. In fact East Bengal is the only club in the continent to participate for the record number of times. Though Red and Gold lost their opening encounter, but the tournament is wide open to qualify for the knockout stages. The task of Eelco Schattorie is quite hard on Tuesday evening as some of the footballers are busy in Indian National Camp for the Pre World Cup and Asian Cup tournament.

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24.02.2015: Johor Darul Takzim --- 4-1 --- East Bengal( FT.)
JOH : Nazrin Nawi 8', Safiq Rahim (pen) 37', S. Chanturu 47', Safee Sali 53'
KEB : Ranti Martins 34'

JOH : Izham, Asra, Fadhli Shas, Safiq, Hariss, Kunalan, Jasazrin, Nazrin, Chanturu, Amer Saidin dan, Safee Sal.
KEB : Abhijit, Deepak, Gurwinder, Susak, Robert, Mehtab, Dika, Tluanga, Rafique, Dudu, Ranti.

FT : East Bengal lost 1-4 to Johor FC in AFC Cup opener.
90': Still Johor is leading 4-1.
82': Out of total 5 corner kicks Johor earned 3.
81' : SCORE LINE : JOHOR 4-1 EAST BENGAL
80': 80' Rafique trying to net the ball but its just not his luck.
72' : CHANGE - keb : Abranches in for Tulunga. 72' Chance open up for Bengals but they can't keep their strike down 69' : teasing delivery from Deepak too bad his cant get anything on it
62' : Safiq is out and replace by Mahali.
Dudu takes a snapshot inside the box, but misses his target. KEB seeing more possession now. 62': In another match of East Bengal group Kitchee win 3-0.
55': YELLOW CARD - EAST BENGAL.
54': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 4-1 to Johor FC through SAFEE SALI.
47': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 3-1 to Johor FC through Chanturu.
46': 2nd half match starts.
HT : SCORE LINE : JOHOR 2-1 EAST BENGAL
44': 2-1 scoreline for Johor.
41': 3rd corner to Johor but no impact.
38': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1 for Johor through Safiq from Spot kick.
37': Penaty to Johor.
35': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1 to East Bengal through Ranti Martins.
34': Still Johor is leading 1-0.
30': SCORE LINE : JOHOR 1-0 EAST BENGAL
28': YELLOW CARD - EAST BENGAL.Free kick to Johor. Amer's shot missed the target.
23': 2nd Corner to Johor from Chanturu's attack.
21': In another match of East Bengal Grop Kitchee FC is still leading 1-0 in 50th minute.
20': SCORE LINE : JOHOR 1-0 EAST BENGAL
17': Escape of East Bengal from an another, Chanturu's shot missed the target.
16': Still Johor FC is leading 1-0.
12': Attack of East Bengal through DUDU but he was blocked in Johor defence.
9': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : Johor Scored through Nazrin.
7': Free kick to Johor FC. Ball cleared.
6': Corner to Johor from an left sided attack. No impact in the corner.
1': Match starts between Johor Fc and East Bengal.
0': Johor was unable to win their last three matches. one in ACL and two in Malaysia Super League.
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0': East Bengal's Group Team Kichee FC is leading 1-0 over Balester Khalsa in 35th Minute.
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EAST BENGAL TO FACE JOHOR DARUL TA'ZIM IN THE AFC CUP 2015.

23.02.2015 : PREVIEW : East Bengal club of Kolkata will going to start their AFC Cup campaign on Tuesday evening at Kualampur against the reigning champions of Malaysian Super League Johor Darul Ta'zim in a Group F League match. This is East Bengal's eight appearance in the AFC Cup while this is Johor Darul Ta'zim maiden appearance in the tournament.The match will be played at Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru which is the home ground of the home team.
JOHOR FC vs EAST BENGAL AFC CUP 2015 East Bengal replaced their coach just before the AFC tournament as the Dutch coach Eelco Schattorie came in place of Armando Colaco. East Bengal currently placed forth at the I league are not performing at the desired level. The primary job of the Dutch coach is to coordinate his team at all the departments.

In the pre match media meeting at Kualampur the Red and Gold coach Eelco Schattorie said he had prepared his team as best as he could, using whatever information he had about his players. Eelco added that his team ready to give a tough fight on tomorrow evening.

On the contrary Johor Darul Ta'zim are in a target to earn full three points on tomorrow evening utilizing the home ground advantage. Johor Darul Ta'zim will depends a lot on the Argentinian footballers Jorge Pereyra Diaz & Luciano Gabriel Figueroa Herrera .

The Coach of the Malaysian team Croatian born Bojan Hodak at the post match meeting elaborated "We're looking at three points but things might change since East Bengal coach has just arrived and this is probably a positive thing for their players. I feel they will also make some changes in the system and strategy.Due to this reason, we don't have any idea about how the visitors will perform tomorrow."

East Bengal are the quarter finalist on 2004, and the semifinalist of the last edition are the only team to participate for the eight time. The match will kick off at 6.15 IST.
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HISTORIES OF FOOTBALL MATCHES IN EMPTY STADIUM WHERE THE NAME OF EAST BENGAL WILL BE INCLUDED.

 East Bengal to play empty stadium match

16.04.2015: kolkatafootball.com news team : There are several domestic as well as top international football matches in the history of World football, where matches were played in a close door or in an empty stadium. But in those incidents there are examples of disciplinary action taken by the superior authorities which are related with football .The reasons were racism, Fans violence, Police Fans riots, Smoke – Fog attacks, Swine Flu attacks, Fascist style salutes, firing crackers, rockets in the pitch by fan and so on.

The I League match between East Bengal and Mumbai FC will be kick off in an empty stadium at Kolkata. The match is schedule on the 18th of April at Yubabharati Kriangan, Kolkata. The Bidhan Nagar Compassionate (Salt Lake) and the State Government has decide that the spectators will be restrict at Yubabhrati due to the election in Kolkata Corporation.

The Police authorities further stated that they are unable to send the police personnel to the stadium as they will be busy in election duties. Moreover, the matches which are fixed on 25th April, between East Bengal and Dempo Sports Club and even an AFC Cup match of East Bengal which is schedule on the 28th April will be played in a close door Yubabharati Kriangan due to election in and around the surroundings districts of Kolkata.


East Bengal to play empty stadium match

Probably this is for the first instance in the history of World Football that a football club ( EAST BENGAL - INDIA), who has participated for a record time (8th) in the AFC Cup, who has his fanatics all around the world are being force to play in a close door or in an empty stadium due to a reason which is not at all associated with football . The West Bengal Government denied to send its security personnel to the stadium due to Corporation or Municipality votes, nor did they allow the matches to be conducted with the help of Private Security Agencies.

The following football matches are played in close door or in an empty stadium:


East Bengal to play empty stadium match

1. EURO CUP QUALIFUER 2016 : Croatia played their Euro 2016 qualifier at home against Italy in an empty stadium on 28th March 2015, following a spectator s problem during the 5-1 win over Norway, UEFA gave the verdict to organize the match in an empty stadium.

2. European Cup Winners' Cup : The match between West Ham United vs Castalia in the second leg at Upton Park in October 1980 organized in an empty stadium.

3. UEFA Champions League Group Match - 2013-14 : CSKA Moscow was ordered to play its next three UEFA competition matches in an empty stadium by UEFA’s disciplinary panel against AS Roma and away matches at Man City and Bayern Munich.

4. UEFA Europe 2014 : The Italian football team S.S.Lazio hosts Stuttgart in a Europa League last-16, second-leg match on March 14, 2014 in an empty Stadium.

5. 2007 Italian Football : Series A match between Catania and Palermo on 2 February to an empty stadium.

6. 2009 Italian Football : Juventus vs Inter Milan April 2009.

7. 2009-10 UEFA Europe League : FC Dynamo Backrests had to play two home games against FC Slovan Liberec on 25 August 2009 to an empty stadium.

8. 2009 Mexico : During the Preliminary round of league games all teams had to play with an empty stadium. due to the swine flu outbreak in infected cities.

9. Ajax–AZ, 2011–12 : A match between Eredivisie clubs Ajax and AZ in the fourth round of the 2011–12 KNVB Cup was replayed to an empty stadium on 19th January 2012.

10. Brazil : In Brazil, two rounds of the Campeonato Catarinense second division in 2014 played in an empty stadium, as the participant clubs did not deliver the security checks in their stadiam.

11. Japan : Japan’s professional J-League to play in an empty stadium Sunday 24th March 2014 between Urawa Reds and Shimizu S-Pulse .



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