BFC play out another lacklustre draw

Football I-League : Defending champs held goalless by a spirited Mumbai FC

BFC play out another lacklustre draw

 Bengaluru FC were left frustrated again as they were held to a goalless draw by Mumbai FC at the Cooperage Stadium here on Saturday.

The Blues should have come away with three points but skipper Sunil Chhetri’s shot was cleared off the line while CK Vineeth and Daniel Lalhlimpuia saw their efforts come close to breaking the deadlock.

The draw leaves the Blues at fourth on the table, with 13 points from nine games.
Back from a two-game suspension, Juan Gonzalez replaced Sena Ralte in defence while Alwyn George earned a start ahead of Eugeneson Lyngdoh as Roca made two changes from the side that drew at Aizawl on Wednesday.

While Mumbai relied on lumping the ball ahead only for Salam Ranjan Singh and Sandesh Jhingan to win every aerial duel, Bengaluru had more than a few spells of slick possession.

The Blues best chance came from a counter when Alwyn, after exchanging passes with Udanta Singh, shot straight at goalkeeper Lakshmikant Kattimani. Roca’s men had a chance to make amends within seconds when Udanta sent in a cross only for Daniel to head inches over the Mumbai crossbar.

Roca was forced into a substitution five minutes from the half when Amrinder Singh’s thigh, for which he received treatment early in the game, kept troubling the Blues’ shot-stopper as Arindam Bhattacharya came on to mark his debut for the club.

Bengaluru looked to have earned the lead when Chhetri shot on target and past Kattimani only for defender Djelaludin Sharityar to turn up with a save on the goal line. Lyngdoh, who came in for Lalhlimpuia, shot wide in the 87th minute after he was picked out by a perfect cross from Udanta.

Roca’s men next face East Bengal at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on February 25.

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