ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC 2-1 FC Pune City - Hits and flops
Rahul Bheke pulled off a winner two minutes before the final whistle - after scoring an own goal - to help Bengaluru FC see off FC Pune City 2-1 during their reverse Indian Super League (ISL) fixture at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Friday, November 30.
In the first half, minutes after BFC had taken the lead through a fabulous Udanta Singh strike, Bheke was unlucky to deflect the ball into his own net.
However, he made amends for that with a fine second-half performance and eventually got the winner for the hosts.
With that result, the Blues extend their lead at the top of the table to five points. They are now on 22 out of a possible 24 points and the second-placed FC Goa have played a game more.
BFC next travel to Guwahati, where they take on NorthEast United on December 5.
Here are the hits and flops from the game:
Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC) - Hit
The Bengaluru FC winger is in top form as he converted a half-chance into a wonderful goal. He side-stepped Lalchhuanmawia Fanai after receiving the cut-back from Harmanjot Khabra, smartly made space for himself and curled the ball into the goal with his left.
Before this game, BFC captain Sunil Chhetri had indicated that the winner against Delhi Dynamos would do a world of good for young Udanta and he showed glimpses of why he's a force to reckon with.
Udanta was unlucky not to get a second goal in the 71st minute. He had the same bag of tricks - he side-stepped Sahil Panwar this time to unleash an unstoppable shot into the goal. Unfortunately for BFC, the post stood in between Udanta and his third goal of the season.
That apart, Udanta had a role to play during BFC's corner routines. Delgado would play a short corner to Chhetri, who would then set it up for Udanta for a shot from the edge of the box. Pune had it covered well and were able to contain at least that threat.