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AFC Cup 2017: 4 records that Bengaluru FC broke after beating 4.25 SC for a place in the semis

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#3 First Indian team to have kept a clean sheet in the AFC Cup Quarter Finals


Juanan (4), Khabra (10) and Gurpreet (45) were the key players for BFC against 4.25 SC
Juanan (4), Khabra (10) and Gurpreet (45) were the key players for BFC against 4.25 SC

The Bengaluru FC defence was firm and reliable throughout the 180 minutes. They became the first Indian team to keep a clean-sheet in the quarterfinals.

Dempo SC, East Bengal, and Mahindra United are those who made their continental jaunt into the quarterfinals.

In 2004, East Bengal made their AFC Cup debut. The Kolkata-based football club advanced into the quarters where they lost as the score card read 3-0 in Al-Jaish's favour.

In 2007, Mahindra United also made their AFC drift into the quarterfinals. The team faced Al-Nejmah in the quarterfinal, and despite their brilliant performance, Mahindra lost 5-4.

The following season, Goan club Dempo SC also made their run into the quarterfinals. The team faced successfully encountered a win against Singapore club Home United and became the first Indian club to make it into the semi-finals. In the next game, however, they were clobbered by Lebanese side Safa (5-1).

In 2013, East Bengal again made their entry into the quarterfinals. East Bengal performed fine against Semen Padang, winning the battle for 2-1. In the semi finals, they were bashed by Al-Kuwait 7-2.

All these teams have conceded a goal or more in AFC Cup quarterfinals and the performance the Bengaluru defence put in throughout the two legs is appreciable. With this high-class performance against an attacking side like April 25 SC, they signaled the strength and depth of their defence.

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