Durand Cup: Bengaluru FC beat ISL rivals Kerala Blasters 2-0 to start campaign in style

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Namgyal Bhutia and Leon Augustine scored one goal each for Bengaluru FC as they defeated their Indian Super League rivals Kerala Blasters by 2-0 to start their Durand Cup campaign in style. Three players of Kerala Blasters received red cards during the match.

Players in action during the match between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters in ISL (Courtesy: India Today)

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Bengaluru FC beat ISL rivals Kerala Blasters 2-0 in Durand CupNamgyal Bhutia and Leon Augustine scored one goal each for Bengaluru FC3 Kerala Blasters players received the red card in the second half of the match

In a dramatic all Indian Super League (ISL) clash, Bengaluru FC defeated Kerala Balsters 2-0 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Wednesday to start their Durand Cup campaign in brilliant fashion.

Kerala Blasters eventually ended with eight men on the field.

Namgyal Bhutia and Leon Augustine turned out to be the goalscorers for the former ISL champions.

Kerala Blasters started the game well and dominated the initial part of the first half. They created quite a few opportunities but failed to convert. In the 33rd minute, they had the first real chance at goal when a great shot by Sreekuttan was well saved by Lara.

Again in the 38th minute, Luna had a shot at goal, courtesy a free kick and he almost scored, but the Bengaluru FC keeper Lara again came to the rescue.

However, in the 45th minute, the deadlock was broken as Bengaluru FC’s Namgyal Bhutia took a brilliant free kick which hit the back of the net as the Blasters’ keeper Albino Gomes had no chance whatsoever.

It all went downhill from there for the Kerala Blasters as madness prevailed on the ground, causing as many as three red cards for them in the match, all in the second half.

RV Hormipam was the first to go, in the 64th minute, followed by Sandeep Singh and then it was Yendrembam Denechandram Meitei’s turn to receive the marching orders.

In the 71st minute, Leon Augustine scored Bengaluru FC’s second goal- a brilliant cross by Harmanpreet was anticipated by him and went in after Albino fumbled with the initial gathering.

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Lara, for his outstanding effort, was adjudged the man of the match.

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