ISL 2018: Pune FC and Bengaluru FC battle out a draw
Pune FC kept their play-offs hopes alive with a 1-1 draw against debutants Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League on Friday.Pune, which needed all three points to seal qualification for the playoffs, controlled a majority of the first half and deservedly took the lead only to be denied by a spirited second-half performance by BFC. Bengaluru, who have already qualified for the play-offs, are still table-toppers with 34 points after finding the net on 31 occasions in 16 matches.
Pune got the first goal of the match in 22nd minute and Bengaluru in 76th minute.The visitors scored their first goal through Sarthak Golui, giving coach Popovic something thing to smile about.The opener for Pune came in the 22nd minute when Sarthak Goloui turned in a perfectly weighted pass by Emiliano Alfaro who was played in before that by Marcelinho following a mistake by Bheke.
In 74th minute, Chhetri assisted a header onto the path of Miku at the far post from a corner. Miku tried to poke the ball into the net from a tight angle, but goalkeeper Vishal Kaith came across in time to parry it away.
In the 80th minute, Toni Dovale’s free-kick took a deflection off Jonathan Lucca’s head and changed direction to trouble Kaith who got his hand to the ball to pull off a stunning save.Pune, who were disappointed with Alfaro Roscano missing the next game after being yellow carded, had another go at Bengaluru goal in 56th minute, Marcelinho got into the box and crossed low for Diego Carlos De Oliveira who poked the ball wide.
The result: Bengaluru FC 1 (Miku 75) drew with FC Pune City (Sarthak Goloui 22).