Bengaluru FC 1-0 Aizawl FC

Bengaluru FC win home match against Aizawl FC

28.02.2016 : BENGALURU FC 1-0 - AIZAWL FC (FT)
BFC : C.K. Vineeth 49'

BFC : Amrinder, Rino, Johnson, Osano, Keegan, M.zuala, Collins, Udanta, Vineeth, Len, Sunil

AFC : Zothanmawia, Lalbiakthanga, Lalrinmuana, Alfred, Albert, Chullova, Ruatthara, Kinowaki, Chigozie, Lallawmawma, Kima.

Bengaluru FC 1-0 Aizawl FC

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bengaluru FC moved to second position on the table and kept the pace on leaders Mohun Bagan after a CK Vineeth goal in the 49th minute gave Ashley Westwood’s team a 1-0 win over Aizawl FC, at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Sunday evening. Vineeth’s fourth League goal, a flicked header from a freekick, took Bengaluru FC to 18 points from nine games, one more than East Bengal who have a game in hand.

FT : Bengaluru FC win home match against Aiawl 1-0.
90': 5 minute more. BFC 1-0 AFC
49': GOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLl 1-0 to BFC. Vineeth scored by header from Keegan's free kick.
46': SUB - AFC : Zohmingmawia out,Lalnunfela in.
HT : 0-0 score line.
45': 2 mint added time.
44': 4th Corner to Aizawl. 0-0.
40': Still 0-0 is the score line.
33': 3rd corner kick earned by Aizawl also. No impact.
30': BFC 0-0 AFC
28': 3rd corner for BFC. No score from Zuala's kick and Johnson's head.
23': BFC 0-0 AFC
18': 2nd corner for BFC. Zuala's corner went out.
11': 1st corner for BFC.zuala's kick. 0-0.
5': 0-0 is the score line.
2': BFc attack, Rino to sunil to Vinith but Vinith missed.
1': Match starts.

Westwood rung in as many as six changes from the team that started in the defeat to Lao Toyota on Wednesday. Having missed the travel to Laos with a niggle, skipper Sunil Chhetri made his way back into the team, being deployed just behind Len Doungel who replaced Kim Song Yong in attack. Lalchhuanmawia’s sending off against Mohun Bagan meant Keegan Pereira manned things in the left-back position while Amrinder Singh was back in goal ahead of Lalthuammawia Ralte. Udanta Singh and Malsawmzuala, second-half substitutes on Wednesday, were the other starters.

For all the frustrating moments in front of and around goal in the first half, Bengaluru got their lead only four minutes into the restart. A Bengaluru freekick down the right saw Keegan Pereira swing in a delightful cross that had more than a hint of similarity to his assist for the Blues’ winner in Aizawl. And Vineeth matched the delivery with a leap and a header that beat ’keeper Zothanmawia all ends up.

Vineeth could have had a second just minutes later but he couldn’t keep his volley down and on target from just inside the box. Aizawl did have a late charge of sorts but the Blues defended in numbers and clinically, knowing well that lead was too slender and precious to let go of. For all the times his defence nipped attacks in bud, Amrinder had his own moment of playing hero when he kept out an Alfred Jaryan strike from point blank range with just three minutes left on the clock.

PREVIEW : BFC PRESS REEASE : Bengaluru FC will look to brush away an indifferent patch of form and mirror Ashley Westwood’s call to rally together and put up a positive performance when they host Aizawl FC at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Sunday. The game kicks off at 7 pm.

The Blues have only just returned from an AFC Cup trip to Laos where, even after throwing everything and more at Lao Toyota FC for most of the second half, they had to return with a 2-1 defeat. But while the schedule may seem demanding given that Bengaluru played on Wednesday, Westwood looked at the positive side of things. “Fortunately the game against Aizawl has come quickly which means we can get the defeat in Laos out of our system. Our performance wasn’t too bad. We made one individual error and then got done in by a poor decision from the referee. But now it’s all about Sunday. The pitch is looking really good. So hopefully we can match it and put on a good performance.”

Bengaluru are currently third on the points table, two adrift of East Bengal and three off leaders Mohun Bagan and Westwood refused to make much of the gap. “We still have games left to play. We also play Mohun Bagan and East Bengal which means things are also in our own hands. One thing is for sure, Mohun Bagan are not going to win every game. So, it’s still tight and it’s only three points,” he said.

In the away leg against Aizawl in January, Curtis Osano prodded home a first-half goal at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium that proved just enough for Bengaluru who dug out a gritty performance to take home the points. But much has changed recently for the team from the North East who parted ways with Spanish coach Manuel Retamero, replacing him with Jahar Das.

“We have seen the game they (Aizawl) played against Shillong and that was with a new coach. He’s brought in a couple of new players. We have studied them as best we can. They have made a few tweaks to their system and hopefully we can come up with a counter and get the result we want,” said Westwood.

Aizawl have also rung in a transfer since the defeat against Bengaluru, replacing Atsushi Yonezawa with Nigerian striker Joel Sunday who was on target in their 2-0 win over Mumbai FC last week.

On the injury front, Westwood mentioned that Eugeneson Lyngdoh was two weeks away from any possible action while skipper Sunil Chhetri, who missed the trip to Laos with a sore groin, is back in the reckoning. “Michael Collins hurt his hand but he’s not a snooker player, so he should be okay. Sunil Chhetri comes back into the squad after having a little bit of rest and recovery. We have a few knocks and bruises but not anything that’s going to stop anyone from being available for the game.”