Blues go down 2-0 to Altyn Asyr in Ashgabat, bow out of Asia
BENGALURU FC go down 2-0 to Altyn Asyr in Ashgabat, bow out of AFC CUP

29.05.2018 : BFC PRESS RELEAE : Carles Cuadrat’s Bengaluru FC bowed out of Asian competition after a 2-0 loss (5-2 agg.) to Altyn Asyr FK in the second leg of their AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinal, at the Kopetdag Stadium, in Ashgabat, on Wednesday. Second half goals from Altymyrat Annadurdyyev and Vahyt Orazsakhedov settled the tie in favour of the hosts after the Blues found the going tough in attack.

Earlier, Cuadrat rung in one change to the side that faced the Turkmenistan champions at home as Boithang Haokip dropped to the bench in favour of a returning Harmanjot Khabra. Rino Anto and Rahul Bheke joined Spaniard Juanan Gonzalez at the back as Nishu Kumar was pushed forward to add impetus to the Blues’ attack.

After a spell of holding fort at the back, Bengaluru pushed high up with Miku and Sunil Chhetri creating back-to-back chances with less than half an hour on the clock. While the duo’s efforts went wide, Bengaluru gained momentum and had spells of possession. Udanta Singh and Nishu, attacking from either flank, had attempts of their own, but none dangerous to trouble Mamed Orazmuhamedov in the Altyn goal.

The Blues had their best chance of the first period in the 38th minute when Miku fed Chhetri on the counter, but the skipper’s foray into the rival box was met with a strong tackle from an Altyn Asyr defender. Shouts for a penalty were waved away as referee Turki Al-Khudair chose to book the Blues’ number 11 instead.

While the first half was an even affair, the hosts struck twice early on in the second to effectively seal the tie. Annadurdyyev scored the opener in the 50th minute with a strike from the edge of the box that BFC ’keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu struggled to get his hand to.

Striker Vahyt Orazsakhedov then added another with his third goal of the tie, tapping home from close after defender Mekan Saparov's strike from distance cannoned off the upright, making it 2-0 on the day and 5-2 on aggregate.

As the Blues kept on pushing ahead in search of the elusive goal, it was Altyn Asyr goalkeeper Mamed who pulled off two saves to keep the score unchanged. Miku, who managed to create a yard for himself, had his shot from distance palmed away in the 65th, before Chhetri’s shot was tipped onto the vertical.

The Blues return to Bengaluru, where they will prepare for the opener of the 2018-19 Indian Super League, against Chennaiyin FC, at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on September 30th.


Abahoni Dhaka <b><font color=red> 0-4 </b> </font> Bengaluru FC (FT)
Bengaluru FC face Altyn Asyr FK in Inter-Zone semifinal to be played in August.

23.05.2018 : BFC PRESS RELEAE : South Zone champions JSW Bengaluru FC were drawn to face Turkmenistan side Altyn Asyr FK in the 2018 AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinals, at the AFC club competitions draw, held in Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday.

While the Sree Kanteerava Stadium is set to host the Turkmenistan side on August 22nd, the reverse leg of the tie will be played at the Sport Toplumy Stadium, in Balkanabat, on August 29th.

Having qualified for the competition as the Turkmenistan Yokary Liga champions in 2017, Altyn Asyr made their way to the Inter-Zone semifinals with a thrilling 3-2 last round win over 2017 finalists FC Istiklol from Tajikistan, who incidentally got better off the Blues in the inter-zone final in the last edition. Currently fourth in the Yokary Liga with four games in hand, Altyn Asyr will be a strong opponent for Bengaluru who will be led by a new coach after the club announced Roca’s departure last week.

Should the Blues get past the Turkmenistan side, they will be up against one of DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC and the ASEAN Zone tie winner between Singapore’s Home United or Philippines’ Ceres Negros, an identical clash from the last edition.

Earlier club CTO Mandar Tamhane was presented with the South Zone Champions trophy by AFC General Secretary Dato' Windsor John having topped Group-E for the second successive season. Bengaluru qualified for the knockout rounds of the tournament for a record fourth consecutive season after toppling Maldives’ New Radiant SC to the summit of Group E.

TEAM        M	W  D  L  GF GA 	GD  PTS 
Bengaluru   6 	5  0  1  14 3 	+11 15 	 	 
New Radiant 6 	4  0  2  12 5 	+7  12   
Abahani     6 	1  1  4  5  12 	-7  4  
Aizawl      6 	1  1  4  5  16 	−11 4
Abahoni Dhaka <b><font color=red> 0-4 </b> </font> Bengaluru FC (FT)
PIC: BFC PRESS RELEASE Reach into Inter-zone play-off semi-finals being played from 7 May to 27 October 2018

16.05.2018 : Abahoni Dhaka 0-4 Bengaluru FC (FT).
BFC : Segovia 13', Nishu Kumar 16', 58', Sunil 60'
DAL : Sohel, Nasir, Waly, Rayhan, Emon, Emeka, Rubel, Saad, Badshah, Jibon, Seiya.
BFC Ralte, Rahul, Juan, Khabra, Subhasish, Nishu kumar, Eric, Perez, Udanta, Segovia, Sunil.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Blues Beat Abahani 4-0 In Dhaka To Finish As South Zone Champions; Aizawl Hand New Radiant 2-1 Defeat In Guwahati As Roca’s Men Make Knock-Out Stages Of The AFC Cup For Fourth Straight Season . It took a bit of everything – a boss-like show in Dhaka, drama in Guwahati and a big push from a resolute Aizawl FC side as Bengaluru FC finished as champions of the South Zone and booked a place in the knock-out stages of the AFC Cup for a fourth straight season. Goals from Daniel Segovia (13’), Nishu Kumar (16’, 58’) and Sunil Chhetri (60’) gave the Blues a 4-0 win over Abahani Limited Dhaka.

But it was the game in Guwahati that would decide Bengaluru’s fate where Aizawl who needed to beat New Radiant or hold the Maldivian side to a draw for Bengaluru to go through. And the Santosh Kashyap-coached side chose the three-point route to aid the Blues, beating New Radiant 2-1.

The water-logged pitch from overnight showers looked like giving Bengaluru FC trouble, but two quick goals in a span of three minutes dispelled any such worries for Albert Roca. Playing a slightly heavy version of their free-flowing brand of football, the Blues shot into the lead when Chhetri rolled the ball perfectly across the face of the goal, leaving Segovia with the simple job of scoring past Abahani ’keeper Sahidul Alam to make it 1-0.

Chhetri then squirmed past two blue Abahani shirts to tee up Nishu who slammed the ball low to the corner and beyond Alam. The two early blows were enough to prompt Abahani into submission as Bengaluru hogged possession and began camping in the hosts’ final third.

Chhetri then completed a hat-trick of assists when he chipped over the Abahani defence for Nishu to fantastically control the ball on his chest before firing home from close to make it 3-0. The skipper finally got into the act on the hour mark when Alam spilled a cross that fell to Chhetri who scored his 24th goal of the season with a simple finish after holding off a defender.

Elsewhere in Aizawl where everyone who had anything to do with Bengaluru FC had their eyes on, Leonce Dodoz gave the hosts a 61st minute lead that Romanian Andrei Ionescu doubled in the 82nd minute. New Radiant needed three goals to keep their hopes of making the knock-out stages alive and Ibrahim Hassan began the fight with an 85th minute strike. But Aizawl, with nothing to play for in Group E, clung on to the lead that sent the squad in Dhaka in raptures.

A draw process that involves four zones – Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and ASEAN - will determine Bengaluru’s next opponents. While three group winners have been decided, the final of the ASEAN Zone is yet to take place.


Bengaluru FC <b><font color=red> 5-0 </b></font> Aizawl FC
02.05.2018: Bengaluru FC 5-0 Aizawl FC (FT)
BFC: Sunil 16', Segovia 17', Udanta 30', Subhasish 62', Daniel 89'

BFC: Mawia, Rahul, Juan, Nishu, Subhasish, Erik, Perez, Boithang, Udanta, Segovia, Sunil.
AFC: Lalawmpuia, Laldinliana, Lalrosanga, Lalramhmunmawia, Lalthathanga, Jaryan, Lalrinmuana, Saighani, Ionescu, Lalkhawpuimawia, Dodoz.

BFC PRESS RELEASE : Goals from Sunil Chhetri (16’), Daniel Segovia (17’, 62’), Udanta Singh (30’) and Daniel Lalhlimpuia (89’) gave Albert Roca the reaction he wanted from his side as Bengaluru FC beat a hapless Aizawl FC 4-0 at the Kanteerava Stadium, to keep their hopes of a place in the knock-out stages of the AFC Cup alive.

In Wednesday’s other fixture, Group E leaders New Radiant of Maldives had little trouble against Abahani Dhaka Limited, beating the side from Bangladesh 5-1. Part of a two-horse race to progress to the zonal semifinal, Bengaluru will need to beat Abahani and hope that New Radiant either lose or draw against Aizawl in Guwahati, in what will be the last round of group stage games.

Bengaluru’s first chance at taking the lead came in the 11th minute when Udanta Singh blitzed down the right and sent in a delightful cross that Daniel Segovia brought down. But the Spaniard’s shot on goal was kept out by Lalawmpuia.

But the Blues didn’t have to wait for too long after Chhetri, who was brought down by Lalawmpuia in the box, stepped up in the 16th minute to score what was his 23rd goal of the season. Hurting from a disappointing defeat to New Radiant last week and having tasted blood with the skipper’s opener, Bengaluru took only a minute to score again. Erik Paartalu followed up a fantastic interception with a no-look pass that Segovia caressed past the ’keeper’s left.

Paartalu was then involved in Bengaluru’s third goal, picking Chhetri’s run with the perfect ball over the Aizawl defence. The Bengaluru captain took on a defender before squaring the ball for Udanta to tap home and make it 3-0. It was one-way traffic for all of the first half and the script didn’t change in the second. Segovia got his second of the night, a glancing header from a Subhasish Bose cross in the 62nd minute.

A second-half substitute for Boithang Haokip, Lalhlimpuia rounded of a quality performance with a fifth Bengaluru goal with barely a minute left on the clock. Chhetri, squirmed past an Aizawl shirt in the box before squaring a pass for the young striker who didn’t make a mistake with his shot on goal.

Bengaluru now travel to Bangladesh where they play Abahani Dhaka on May 16.


25.04.2018: New Radiant 2-0 Bengaluru FC - (FT)
NER : Ali Fasir 30', Al Ashfaq 48'.
BFC : Mawia, Rahul, Juan, Nishu, Subhasish, Lenney, Eric, Perez, Udanta, Semboi, Sunil.

BENGALURU FC <b> <font color=red> 1-0 </b> </font> NEW RADIANTC
10.04.2018: BENGALURU FC 1-0 NEW RADIANT - ( FT.)
BFC: Nishu Kumar - 90+1'

BFC : Lalti Thapa, Z. Ralte, Joiner, Khabra, Nishu, Paartallu, Malwamzuala,Haokip, Alwyn, S. Haokip, Daniel Segovia.
NER : Imran, Akram, Gotor, Amiri, Hamza, Angel, Umair, Hamza, Fasir, Ashfaq, Guillem

BFC PRESS RELEASE : It took an unlikely source but Nishu Kumar’s injury-time winner (90+1’) was worth its weight in gold as Bengaluru FC beat Maldivian side New Radiant SC 1-0 to surge on top of the AFC Cup Group E table as sole leaders, at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

Bengaluru had a big chance in the 15th minute when ’keeper Mohamed Imran charged outside the New Radiant box in a bid to clear an attack, but was left stranded after Thongkhosiem Haokip stole possession. The striker instinctively went for goal only to see his shot headed out by defender Haroon Amiri off the line.

Haokip then had a relatively tougher chance to put away in the 32nd minute when Khabra, picked out by a ball from the middle, sent in a cross into the box. Haokip met the ball on the volley but was awkwardly positioned to make the most of it.

Roca started the second half with one change, bringing in Subhasish Bose for Zohmingliana Ralte, looking to add more pace in attack down the wings. With both defences at their stubborn best, chances weren’t easy to come by. Daniel Segovia, who scored in the win over Aizawl last week, could have broken the deadlock in the 65th minute when a cross in defence deflected and fell to him. The Spaniard was left with a tinge of regret for not shooting sooner as a swarm of New Radiant shirts succeeded in taking the ball off him after some effort.

The Blues’ Spanish manager then rang in two changes that indicated a late charge, within minutes of each other. Skipper Sunil Chhetri who hasn’t had too much of a part to play in the club’s AFC Cup campaign so far, came on for Haokip. Victor Perez for Alwyn George was the final change of the night.

Chhetri, operating on the right in attack, was sent through on goal in the 84th minute but a nudge from defender Angel Paz was enough to break the skipper’s momentum who had shouts for a penalty swiftly turned down. Bengaluru were then a man down in the dugout when, referee Hanna Yatab gave Blues’ boss Roca his marching orders for a round of protests.

With three minutes of additional time to claim the points, the skipper was sent through on goal by an exquisite pass from Boithang Haokip. With New Radiant custodian Mohamed Imran coming off his line in anticipation of the shot, Chhetri rolled it across for an incoming Nishu, who tapped home to hand Bengaluru the lead and with it, the three points.

The Blues are off to Bhubaneshwar next, where they take on I-League side Neroca FC in the quarterfinal of the Super Cup, on Friday.


AIZAWL FC <b><font color= Green> 3-1 </b> </font> BENGALURU FC
05.04.2018(GR-E): AIZAWL FC 3-1 BENGALURU FC (FT)
BFC: Daniel Segovia (45+1’), Rahul Bheke (63’) and Daniel Lalhlimpuia (77’)
AFC : Leonce Dodoz

05.04.2018: BFC PRESS RELEASE : Goals from Daniel Segovia (45+1’), Rahul Bheke (63’) and Daniel Lalhlimpuia (77’) ensured Bengaluru FC maintained their perfect start to their Group E campaign of the AFC Cup with a 3-1 win over Aizawl FC at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, in Guwahati, on Thursday.

Trailing after an early setback, Albert Roca’s boys kept their calm and went about staging an assured comeback that now sees them with six points from two games. The Spaniard underlined the faith he had in the squad that has been getting more than just the job done for the Blues in this season’s continental campaign so far, by naming Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh and Udanta Singh among others, on the bench.

The Blues got off to a poor start under the rain conceding inside five minutes. Skipper Lalthuammawia Ralte, who rushed ahead to clear a through pass from Andrei Ionescu aimed at attacker Albert Zohmingmawia, found his effort come off striker Leonce Dodoz (5’) and roll into an empty net to give the hosts an early lead.

While Aizawl opted to protect their lead by sitting back, the next forty minutes saw Bengaluru press and dominate proceedings spare the odd attack on the counter from the hosts. The Blues finally made the huge chunk of possession count at the stroke of half time. Erik Paartalu’s header from a Bengaluru corner caught the hand of Dodoz in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Segovia stepped up to calmly slot home his first goal since joining the club in the middle of the season, to make it 1-1.

Bengaluru and Segovia had a big chance to score a second minutes into the start of the second half, but the striker fluffed his lines from the spot after Subhasish Bose was brought down in the box. Segovia sent Avilash Paul the wrong way only to see his take come off the post and roll out.

But the Blues refused to let the miss dampen their chase for the lead and their wait wasn’t too long before they got the goal to send them ahead. A corner played short saw Alwyn George lose a man before sending in a cross that Bheke did well to nod home in the 63rd minute.

Second half substitute Lalhlimpuia who scored the winner in the Blues’ Group E opener against Abahani Dhaka Limited, got his second of the campaign in the 77th minute. Setting off on a run down the left with the ball, Bose squared the ball perfectly for Lalhlimpuia who took a touch before slotting past Paul who could maybe have done better to keep it out.

Lalhlimpuia could have got his second of the night after some fantastic work by George saw him tee up the striker. But this time, Paul got enough of a hand on the ball to keep it out.

Bengaluru now host Maldivian side New Radiant SC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on April 10.


BFC: Daniel 72'
BFC: Ralte, Zotea, Asheer, Joyner, Nishu, Zuala, Victor, Alwyn, Robinson, Semboi, Daniel

BENGALURU FC <b><font color= Green> 1-0 </b> </font> DHAKA ABAHONI

BFC PRESS RELEASE : A young Bengaluru FC side got the club’s AFC Cup Group E campaign to a winning start after a Daniel Lalhlimpuia strike (72’) gave the Blues a 1-0 win over Abahani Limited Dhaka (Bangladesh) at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.

With the focus firmly on Saturday’s AFC Cup final against Chennaiyin FC, Albert Roca handed first starts to three players in Lucas Perez, Asheer Akhtar and Robinson Singh. Joyner Lourenco and Zohmingliana Ralte were in the center of a defence that saw the return of Nishu Kumar from an injury lay off.

In a rather quiet first half where chances were at a premium for both sides, Daniel Lalhlimpuia had a couple of tries from distance at goal, but nothing dangerous enough to ruffle the ranks in the Abahani defence.

Bengaluru started the second half with a lot more intent and the dominance in possession had Abahani defending in numbers. Akhtar was a threat with his overlapping runs and dangerous crosses in the box which Thongkhosiem Haokip and Perez failed to connect cleanly in quick succession.

Roca’s second change on the hour mark saw Daniel Segovia come on for Robinson, adding more teeth to the Bengaluru attack. With Abahani under pressure, the Blues eventually got the breakthrough in the 72nd with both the Daniels combining. Alwyn George, with ball on the right, did well to hold on to possession before sending in a cross that Segovia headed down for Lalhlimpuia. The striker smashed his take on the bounce, leaving Sahidul Alam with no chance.

Minutes later, Segovia had a chance to make it two-nil but shot on the run from an angle went straight to the Abahani ’keeper. Roca then handed another youngster, Leon Augustine his first appearance for the senior team, bringing him on in place of George.

Abahani threw numbers in attack towards the end of the game in a bid to get an equaliser but the Bengaluru defence did well to hold fort and take all three points on the night.


Qualifying Play-off Round : South Asia Zone : BENGALURU FC
South Asia Zone (Ply-off Round)
AF CUP 2018 Qualifying Play-off Round : South Asia Zone : BENGALURU FC

20.02.2018: Bengaluru FC India 5-0 Maldives TC Sports
BFC : Dovale 12', 35', 48', Paartalu 36', Rahul Bheke 90+1'
Aizawl 		0  0  0  0  0  0  0 	 	
New Radiant 	0  0  0  0  0  0  0 	  			
Dhaka Abahani 	0  0  0  0  0  0  0 	  		
Bengaluru FC 	0  0  0  0  0  0  0 

07.03.2018: Aizawl FC VS Bengaluru FC
14.03.2018: Bengaluru FC VS Dhaka Abahani
11.04.2018: Bengaluru FC VS New Radiant
25.04.2018: New Radiant VS Bengaluru FC
02.05.2018: Bengaluru FC VS Aizawl FC
16.05.2018: Dhaka Abahani VS Bengaluru FC

Antonio Dovale scored Bengaluru FC’s first ever hat-trick in Asian competition (12’, 35’ and 48’) as the Blues ran roughshod over Maldivian side TC Sports Club, beating them 5-0 (7-2 on aggregate) and booking a place in the AFC Cup Group stages at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday night. Erik Paartalu marked the occasion with an outrageous left-footed volley (36’) from 40-yards out and Rahul Bheke added a fifth (90’) late in the game in what was also the Blues’ biggest ever win the AFC Cup.

The Blues join I-League side Aizawl FC, Maldives' New Radiant SC and Abahani Dhaka from Bangladesh in Group E of the continental competition, which commences on March 7th with an away clash against the reigning Indian champions.


AF CUP 2018 Qualifying Play-off Round : South Asia Zone : BENGALURU FC

Thongkhosiem Haokip wins it for Bengaluru in Maldives

13.02.2018: TC Sports- Maldives 2-3 Bengaluru FC- India
TCS: Vlasichev 71', Mahudhee 73'
BFC : T.Haokip 51', 78', Paartalu 69'
BFC: Ralte, Zotea, Bose, Khabra, Nishu, Zuala, Erik, Alwyn, Toni, Boithang, Semboi

13.02.2018 : BFC PRESS RELEASE : It took a second-half stunner from Thongkhosiem Haokip as Bengaluru FC came away from Maldives on the right side of a five-goal thriller, beating TC Sports Club 3-2 at the National Stadium, in Male, on Tuesday. An Erik Paartalu goal (69’) between a Haokip brace (52’ 78’) gave Albert Roca’s side a vital set of away goals in the first leg of the AFC Cup play-off stage game and the Maldivian side now have their backs against the wall when they travel to the Kanteerava in a week from today.
South Asia Zone (Priliminary Round)
23.01.2018 : Transport United - Bhutan 0-0 Bengaluru FC - India

30.01.2018: Bengaluru FC India 3-0 Transport United - Bhutan
BFC : B. Haokip 27', 62' Lalhlimpuia 54'


Having played back-to-back games for the last few weeks, Coach Albert Roca continued to rotate his squad. While Haokip started his second consecutive game, ErikPaartalu began in the middle and Subhasish Bose played as a centre-back.

After a goalless first half which saw little chances, Bengaluru started the second with more purpose and six minutes into the restart, got the breakthrough from a set-piece. Toni Dovale swung a corner that Rahul Bheke managed to get a head to before it needed another nod, this time from Haokip, to make it 1-0.

The goal injected the confidence that Bengaluru looked bereft of in the first half and the swift passing and spells of possession resumed. But it would be a set-piece that would catch the hosts off-guard again in the 69th minute when Paartalu rose to nod home Dovale’s take from the corner to make it 2-0.

Just when it seemed the Blues had this in the bag, two mistakes in as many minutes saw TC Sports claw back into the game. Top scorer for the Maldivian club in the campaign, Anatolii Vlasichev took his tally to five when he smashed home a cut-back from Ibrahim Mahudhee in the 71st minute to pull one back for TCSC. The hosts the got a second in the 73rd when Mahudhee made the most of a lapse from Subhasish to find himself with time and space in the box before shooting past Lalthuammawia Ralte to make it 2-2.

But Haokip and Bengaluru weren’t going to leave the island city with spoils shared. Picking the ball 30-yards out, the striker took on two defenders before unleashing a hit that left ’keeper Ibrahim Nadeem with absolutely no chance.

While the Blues regained their lead, TCSC weren’t willing to surrender. They kept on attacking in the final quarter of the match as Bengaluru struggled with injuries. Khabra and Malsawmzuala were replaced by Rahul and Daniel respectively after taking knocks, while Zohmingliana Ralte carried on bravely after the Blues had made all their changes despite taking a severe knock.

The Blues’ backline however, stayed strong in the final minutes of the game to see off a late surge of attacks from TSCS and seal the game 3-2 in their favour. Bengaluru now return to Indian Super League duties when they host FC Pune City at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Friday.