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NOR vs BEN Match Result -
NorthEast United
2 - 1
R. Tlang 20'
J. Mascia (P) 90'+5'
82' Xisco Hernández

Mascia Magic decides the first leg between NorthEast United and Bengaluru
That's it from us. A disappointing result for Bengaluru but Northeast erupts.
We'll have the second ISL semifinal on March 9 between Mumbai City and Goa.
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Full time in Guwahati and a huge scuffle has broken out between the NorthEast and Bengaluru players. The away side is unhappy the way it went down and the penalty decision in the dying moments.
Coach Eelco Schattorie is all smiles and Juan Mascia has delivered a wonderful result for NorthEast, who are in the ISL semifinals for the first time.
But the battle isn't over yet. The second leg is still to be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on March 11.
90+5' GOLAZO!
Juan Mascia slots it easily past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and gives NorthEast this 2-1 advantage over Bengaluru in the ISL semifinal!
Mascia finds the top-right corner and even though Gurpreet dives the right way, the power and the precision of the penalty makes it unstoppable.
90+3' PENALTY!!!
Late drama here as ref Santhosh Kumar shows Khabra a card.
Not sure what happened in the melee but the replay shows Rahul Bheke and Harmanjot Khabra clutching onto their opponents.
Yellow - Harmanjot Khabra (Bengaluru FC)
90+2' Reagan wins a free-kick at the right flank after being brought down by Sunil Chhetri. A last chance for NorthEast perhaps. Puitea to take.
Three minutes added.
88' NorthEast haven't really moved up to attack and now the momentum has definitely shifted towards Bengaluru. BFC are taking time to play a free-kick and ticking away the clock!
84' Bengaluru are unhappy with just the one away goal and they push on. By the way, they have just made one change in this game and it's that substitute, Xisco, who has found the back of the net for them!
And that's the equaliser!
Bengaluru made a goal out of nothing and that's because of the sheer brilliance by Miku and Sunil Chhetri.
Miku plays it through, Chhetri waits before cutting it back to the centre and Xisco just leaps in and directs it past Pawan Kumar.
78' Another free-kick in the region as Delgado is fouled but the 3 decoys around the ball for the set-piece don't seem to be working.
75' Xisco wins a free-kick after being clipped from the back by Juan Mascia. Bengaluru have scored 7 goals in the last 15 minutes. Can they find an equaliser, which would be a crucial away goal they can carry into the second leg?
73' Final change for NorthEast and this is a defensive one. The goalscorer goes off and a former Bengaluru player comes on.
OFF - Redeem Tlang
ON - Keegan Pereira
71' MISS!
Xisco lifts it over nicely over the NorthEast defence now and Sunil Chhetri times his run perfectly. But he can't get to the ball with Pawan Kumar making a comfortable save.
70' There's a tangle at the centre of the park and Juan Mascia receives a chipped through-ball over the defender from Gallego.
Nishu Kumar hangs onto the jersey and brings him down inside the box but a penalty isn't given.
66' Corner played deep by Dimas Delgado and cleared away.
Xisco gets the ball and fires but it's gone out.
Redeem and Robert go flying to make a challenge and that should have been a card for Redeem, his second one of the night!
Dimas Delgado's shot from the edge of the box goes wayward and that's because he claims to have been clipped by Puitea.
Referee Santhosh Kumar sees no infringment.
64' Juanan with a careless back-pass despite sensing Juan Mascia in the region. Gurpreet, fortunately, has charged out of the box and clears it.
61' Goalscorer Redeem welcomes Xisco to the game with a rash tackle and that earns him a card.
Yellow - Redeem Tlang (NorthEast United)
60' Bengaluru make an attacking change. Rahul Bheke will play in the central defence, Harmanjot Khabra moves back to the RB position.
OFF - Albert Serran
ON - Xisco Hernandez
He chests the ball down but Reagan Singh drags the ball along to Pawan Kumar.
Chhetri complains of a back-pass but that wasn't intentional.
57' Mikuuuuuu! Damn, unlucky again.
The Venezuelan forward's shot deflects off NorthEast defender Mato Grgic, onto his own hand and referee Santhosh Kumar signals the foul.
Nikhil Kadam steals possession from Rahul Bheke and plays it to Juan Mascia. The NorthEast forward powers through on the counter. He scrapes through Albert Serran before Nishu Kumar gets on the rebound and saves the day.
52' OUCH!
Miku receives one on the heel from Janeiler Rivas and spends some moments down on the ground.
Meanwhile, Rowllin Borges is seen covering his thigh with ice after tense 45 minutes.
Pawan Kumar
spills it while trying to collect the cross from the right by Harmanjot Khabra. Sunil Chhetri is right there but Pawan recovers quickly and saves his team the blushes.
46' NorthEast make a second change, this time before the start of the second half.
OFF - Rowllin Borges
ON - Nikhil Kadam
Half-time at Guwahati between NorthEast and Bengaluru.
NorthEast are leading with Redeem Tlang getting his first goal of the season and what a goal it was!
Bengaluru were nowhere to be seen in the first half and they go into the changing room frustrated.
Unfortunately for the Highlanders, Ogbeche has been taken off the pitch because of a hamstring pull. And maybe this could inspire a performance from Bengaluru in the second half. 
Let's find out!
45+2' A twist right at the end of the first half. Ogbeche hands the captain's armband to Robert and Mascia comes on for him.
OFF - Bartholomew Ogbeche
ON - Juan Mascia
Two minutes added. Ogbeche gets up and is escorted off the pitch. He can't continue.
45' Puitea plays it through to Ogbeche but the pass has too much power in it and the NorthEast captain cannot get to it.
Worrying for NorthEast is that Ogbeche seems to have pulled a hamstring in the process!
41' Miku with a late challenge on Leudo and an unnecessary contact with the foot, earning himself a yellow.
Yellow - Miku (Bengaluru FC)
Bengaluru win their first corner of the game and the delivery by Dimas Delgado is deep.
Miku gets at the end of the end but his half-volley flies over.
Gallego, at the edge of the box, moves left and tries to find the bottom-right corner with a fierce shot but it's just wide.
Gurpreet had made a a full stretch and would have got to it anyway.
31' Bengaluru's front trio of Sunil Chhetri, Miku and Udanta Singh haven't really turned up yet, it appears. Chhetri and Udanta have had just 2 touches so far in the game. 
28' Suddenly, Ogbeche finds himself acres of space in the box but has Bengaluru defender Albert Serran for company, who steals the ball from the NorthEast captain. The clearance isn't good and there's a melee at the edge of the box but Bengaluru survive.
24' Will this serve as a wake-up call for Bengaluru? It does!
A throw-in by Rahul Bheke isn't cleared well and Dimas Delgado fires it from 20 yards out, forcing Pawan Kumar to scramble and pick the ball.
NorthEast Redeem themselves after all that domination in the first quarter of the game!
They deservedly take the lead through an excellent strike from Redeem Tlang.
Rowllin Borges finds Redeem on the right. There's space for the winger to barge in and with a touch, he finds even more space to go for the goal. He picks the far left corner and makes no mistake with his shot. Gurpreet furious with the defence.
18' The momentum still with NorthEast United in these early stages. But can they make something of it?
Bengaluru still running around but they need just one mistake to punish the hosts.
13' CLOSE!
stretches but can't quite get enough on that wonderful ball into the box. Serran thinks of safety and puts the ball out. NEUFC have about 69% of the possession now.
12' Serran jumps on Ogbeche to win an aerial duel and lands his foot on the shoulder of the NorthEast captain. But the free-kick has gone against NEUFC.
8' SHOT!
There's just raw power in that effort by Jose Leudo from distance and no accuracy. It fires up the crowd but doesn't bother Gurpreet at the Bengaluru FC goal.
5' The towering Gurpreet leaps and punches the threat away.
This  time, it's Albert Serran who doesn't handle that back-pass from Barrera well but fortunately for Bengaluru, Gurpreet is taller than Gallego and can even use his arm.
3' Well, that was quite dangerous but Bengaluru get away with it.
NorthEast are patiently building up the play with some short passes.
They suddenly move up and Rahul Bheke's header to deal with that cross from the right isn't great.
Gurpreet latches onto it, spills it even as a NorthEast attacker lurks but recovers again
1' Bengaluru get us underway and Miku wins a foul down on the right.
The official for tonight is Mb Santhosh Kumar.
Approaching Kick-off in Guwahati and the atmosphere is building up. 
NorthEast or Bengaluru, who will it be?
Indians have scored 18 out of the 29 goals in Bengaluru FC. This is the most for any side and this could help them claim a win in the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal.
Bengaluru FC are weak in guarding against counter-attacks because of their high line. They have conceded 6 goals from counters but NorthEast may not exactly capitalise on that as they have scored just once on the break this season.
Only 4 players - Bartholomew Ogbeche (12 goals), Federico Gallego (4 goals), Rowllin Borges (4 goals) and Juan Mascia (2 goals) have found the back of the net for NorthEast United.
On the other hand, Bengaluru have had 10 different goalscorers.
Team News:
The big guns are back for Bengaluru FC with Udanta Singh, Miku and Sunil Chhetri leading the attack. Midfielder Alejandro Barrera, who joined as a replacement for Erik Paartalu, will make his first start.
For NorthEast, Mato Grgic and Robert return to the defence. Puitea also in on the starting line-up with Panagiotis Triadias starting from the bench.
NorthEast United Bench: Gurmeet (GK), Keegan Pereira, Shouvik Ghosh, Lalrempuia Fanai, Nikhil Kadam, Panagiotis Triadias, Juan Mascia

Bengaluru Bench: Soram Poirei, Rino Anto, Boithang Haokip, Xisco Hernandez, Kean Lewis, Luisma Villa, Semboi Haokip
NorthEast United Playing XI:
Pawan Kumar (GK), Reagan Singh, Janeiler Rivas, Mato Grgic, Robert Lalthlamuana, Jose Leudo, Rowllin Borges, Redeem Tlang, Lalthathanga Khawlhring (Puitea), Federico Gallego, Bartholomew Ogbeche.

Bengaluru FC Playing XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Khabra, Alejandro Barrera, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Miku.
Hello and Welcome to Sportskeeda's Live Coverage of the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal First Leg. This is Aravind Suchindran and I'll be keeping you company for the next 3 hours and take you through this time.
We're more than an hour away from kick-off but the line-ups will be out any moment.
Hard to break.
NorthEast United have maintained 8 clean sheets this season, the joint most with Goa. Preventing Bengaluru from scoring any away goals will be huge for them before the second leg of the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal.
Home bittersweet home.
NorthEast United
managed only 2 wins in their 9 home games this season. Bengaluru had 4 away victories at the start of the season but managed only 1 after that. Yet, BFC go into the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal First Leg as the favourites.
NorthEast United picked up only 12 out of a possible 30 points in their last 10 games. In the opening 8 matches, NorthEast clinched 17 out of 24 points.
Worrying form.
NorthEast United
have won only 2 of their last 10 games but they still made it to the semifinals because of their opening five victories.
Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) made it to the ISL finals in 2014 and 2016 after finishing fourth in the league stage. Could Eelco Schattorie be targeting the same with his side in the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal?
Going by the trend, the hosts of the first semifinals have never lost the first leg so far. This could come as a a little booster for NEUFC ahead of the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal First Leg.
Bengaluru are the first side to end 2 seasons on top of the ISL table. This is the second consecutive time they are in the ISL semifinals. NorthEast United, on the other hand, have made it to this stage for the first time ever. They will look to make it count in the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal First Leg tonight.
Bengaluru FC lead in head-to-head
In 4 matches between the two sides, Bengaluru have won on 3 occasions. The NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL match in Guwahati earlier this season ended in a 1-1 draw.
Probable Line-ups:
NorthEast United Probable XI: Pawan Kumar (GK), Reagan Singh, Keegan Pereira, Janeiler Rivas, Shouvik Ghosh, Jose Leudo, Rowllin Borges, Redeem Tlang, Panagiotis Triadis, Federico Gallego, Bartholomew Ogbeche.

Bengaluru FC Probable XI: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Harmanjot Khabra, Alejandro Barrera, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Xisco Hernandez, Sunil Chhetri, Miku.
NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL Semifinal Preview:

NorthEast United will finally make an appearance in an Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal but they have the uphill task of beating Bengaluru FC for a spot in the ISL final.

NorthEast United failed to break through the ISL table and end up in the top 4 in the past 4 season but under Eelco Schattorie this time, they made a case for themselves from the very beginning. The Highlanders will be tempted to go further and make the ISL final but they have to deal with Bengaluru FC in the first leg of their semifinal at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday.

The home advantage will be with NorthEast on Thursday but Bengaluru FC, who have finished on top of the table in both of their seasons in the ISL, are looking to claim the trophy that they missed out on last time.

Only FC Goa gave Bengaluru a contest for the top spot but the Blues were determined to finish the league stage as the leaders and did so by beating Goa. BFC did not really have a memorable second half to their league campaign, winning only 2 out of their 7 matches, but that was mainly because they rested some of their senior players for the semis.

Now it's time for Bengaluru to live up to the favourites tag.

Last time the two sides met in Guwahati, Chencho Gyeltshen came up with a late equaliser to deny NorthEast the taste of victory. Even when the sides met in Bengaluru, it was Chencho who struck the winner and sealed 3 points for Bengaluru. On Thursday though, Bengaluru will not have Chencho in their squad as the forward moved to NEROCA on a loan deal.

They will, however, look to field their new signing Alex Berrera, who was recruited as a replacement for the injured Erik Paartalu on a short-term deal. Bengaluru will also have Miku, Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh playing together up front.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will take his place back between the sticks after being rested for BFC's last game against Jamshedpur FC.

For NorthEast United, Gurwinder Singh misses the game due to a suspension. However, Mato Grgic and Janeiler Rivas will hold their defences strong against Bengaluru. Jose Leudo will be back in the midfield with the attacking pair of Federico Gallego and Bartholomew Ogbeche hoping to provide the goals for the hosts.

When and where to watch: The Live Streaming of the NorthEast United v Bengaluru FC ISL semifinal will be available on Hotstar. The TV Telecast is on Star Sports Network and Northeast Live. The kick-off is at 7.30 pm IST.
J. Mascia, Penalty
H. Khabra
Xisco Hernández
assist: S. Chhetri
K. Pereira
R. Tlang
R. Tlang
Xisco Hernández
Albert Serrán
J. Mascia
B. Ogbeche
N. Kadam
R. Borges
N. Fedor
R. Tlang
assist: B. Ogbeche
Bengaluru (4-2-3-1)
Carles Cuadrat (Manager)
Pawan Kumar I
R. Lalthlamuana
M. Grgić
J. Rivas
R. Singh
R. Borges
J. Leudo
L. Khawlhring
F. Gallego
R. Tlang
B. Ogbeche
G. Singh
N. Kumar
Albert Serrán
R. Bheke
H. Khabra
Álex Barrera
S. Chhetri
U. Singh
N. Fedor
Bengaluru (4-2-3-1)
Carles Cuadrat (Manager)
NorthEast United Subs
S. Ghosh
N. Kadam
F. Lalrempuia
J. Mascia
K. Pereira
Gurmeet Singh
P. Triadis
Bengaluru Subs
R. Anto
B. Haokip
T. Haokip
Xisco Hernández
K. Lewis
S. Anganba
18 FOULS 14
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1 ATK 13 7 3 3 13 24
2 FC Goa 13 7 3 3 9 24
3 Bengaluru FC 13 6 4 3 6 22
4 Odisha FC 13 6 3 4 3 21
5 Mumbai City FC 13 5 4 4 -2 19
6 Jamshedpur FC 12 4 4 4 -1 16
7 Chennaiyin FC 12 4 3 5 -3 15
8 Kerala Blasters FC 13 3 5 5 0 14
9 NorthEast United FC 11 2 5 4 -7 11
10 Hyderabad FC 13 1 2 10 -18 5
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Match time Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 07:30 PM
Updated: Mar 07, 2019 21:32 PM | Published: Mar 06, 2019 19:20 PM