Barasat: Bengaluru FC defeats East Bengal as they won their first match away from home against East Bengal 1-0, with the solitary goal scored by Indian national team skipper Sunil Chhetri (60′).
The East Bengal faithful who had thronged the Barasat Stadium in numbers, expressed their displeasure when a clean tackle by Samad to dispossess Sunil Chhetri was given as a foul by the referee, with the youngster also picking up a booking for his transgression.
Biswajit Bhattacharya made three changes to the side that narrowly defeated DSK Shivajians with Samad Ali Mullick, Narayan Das and Joaquim Abranches coming into the side. Saumik Dey, who picked up an injury, was not available while Rahul Bheke and Abinash Ruidas were on the bench.
Ashley Westwood who tasted his first defeat of the season, away against Mumbai FC, started with Amrinder Singh in goal after Lalthuammawia Ralte had an off day in the last match. Eugeneson Lyngdoh was injured and replaced by Thoi Singh while Malsawmzuala and Seminlen Doungel started in place of CK Vineeth and Alwyn George who were named as substitutes.
The away side began on a high tempo with the Blues’ striker Kim Song Yeong latching on to a long ball with only Rehenesh in goal to beat, but was just caught offside much to the relief of the Red and Golds defense who were caught napping.
Midfielder Mohammed Rafique got into the thick of things when his cross into the box almost found Ranti Martins, but for the timely intervention of Amrinder Singh who timed his jump well to catch the ball.