Durand Cup: Bengaluru FC beat Army Green to complete semi-final line-up
Kolkata, September 25, 2021
Bengaluru FC (BFC) came from behind yet again to register a 3-2 win against Army Green to complete the semi-final line-up of the 130th Durand Cup at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) here on Saturday afternoon.
They will face Goa in the semi-final scheduled on Wednesday, at the same venue.
For BFC who led 2-1 at half-time, Wungngayam Muirang, Leon Augustine, and Namgyal Bhutia scored a goal each while Lallawmkima and Vibin T V scored for the Greens.
Army Green created pressure early on and was rewarded for that as well as Lallawmkima scored from the spot in the 9th minute to give the regimental side a lead.
However, BFC did not take long to bounce back as Muirang scored the equalizer in the 20th minute, through a free-kick that curled into the back of the net, giving Green’s keeper Sarath no chance whatsoever.
BFC played an attacking game post that and created quite a few chances but failed to convert any of them in the first half.
However, they did not take long to go ahead in the second as Leon Augustine scored the second for his team just minutes into the second half.
Namgyal Bhutia then scored the third just before the three-quarter hour mark to give the Blues a comfortable two-goal cushion.
Dip Majumdar and Deepak Singh did create their chances and put pressure on the Bengaluru goal but the Blues defence did well to keep the lead intact.
In the last few minutes, Army Green pulled one back, through another spot-kick but it was all over by then.
Wungngayam Muirang was adjudged the Man of the Match