North Korea : Bengaluru Football Club will be delighted with their result earlier today which resulted in them qualifying to the Inter-zone final of the AFC Cup. They won 3-0 on aggregate.

Bengaluru CF headed into today’s match with a 3-0 first leg advantage and their solid performance today ensured that April 25 SC had no path to recovery.

They will be facing Tajikistan’s FC Istikol who were the 2015 finalists. It will be a 2 legged Inter Zone final. Istiklol had beaten Ceres Negros FC of Philippines on 5-1 aggregate in the other Inter-Zone Semifinals.Bengaluru will travel to Tajikistan on 27 September before they host Istiklol in the decisive Inter-Zone Final second leg at Sree Kanteerava Stadium on October 18.

The first leg will be played in Tajikistan on 27th September before Bengaluru CF host Istikol in the decisive Inter-zone second leg at Sree Kanteerava Stadium on October 18. The winner of the tie will face either Syria’s Al Wahda or AF Club of Iraq on November 4th .

Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu turned out to be the hero as he saved a penalty Kick in the 75th minute of the match to spare Bengaluru FC a nervous finale

The India number one keeper Gurpreet guessed correctly to make the save in turn successfully preserving his cleansheet.

Bengaluru  had scored three goals without any reply in the first meeting between the two sides in Bengaluru on August 23 thanks to Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh and Lenny Rodrigues, unfortunately there were no such fireworks today.

Head coach Alberto Roca decided to name  an unchanged XI from their 3-0 first-leg win in Bengaluru as we saw him persist with the 4-3-3 formation with Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, and Toni Dovale as the front-three.

Only 6,500 spectators came to the watch the match.

 

Feature Image via Bengaluru FC Twitter Handle

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