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Aizawl FC have been lucky to escape with a point. They have been average in the second half and gave not been as good as Bengaluru FC. The team needs to continue its good performances throughout the game to be more clinical.

Bengaluru, on the other hand, will be disappointed on missing out on another victory. The team should be looking for more inspiration from its strikers, which seems to be falling below except the talismanic Sunil Chhetri. 

Looking at the match, 1-1 seems to be a good result for both sides. 

90+4′: Final whistle blown! Both team share the spoils after an exciting encounter. Chhetri and Brandon score for the respective sides. 

90+2′: The ball is sent into the box and Ralte heads it just over. Good header but difficult to control from that distance.

90+1′: Watson lunges into a high-footed challenge on Amna. AFC have a free kick. 

90′: Aizawl trying to string passes, but missing the final ball poorly. Albino is clearly the man of the match, saving the penalty and keeping Aizawl in the game. 

87′: Aizawl try a lot of attacks, spending most of the time in the Bengaluru half. Kamo makes way for Lalnunfela

84′: Vineeth comes in for Lenny Rodrigues as the last Bengaluru substitution.

81′: Lem Doungel should have scored from a Mandar cross, but Albino makes another wonderful save from his header.

79′: Brilliant move from Aizawl. Jayesh puts a good ball to the wing and the ball is crossed into the box. Ralte heads it into the path of Kamo, who is unable to keep it on target. Amrinder was beaten all ends up. 

77′: Amna puts a good ball in for Brandon from a Chullova throw-in. The diminutive player wastes the chance with poor control. 

75′: Udanta wins another corner, trying to put a cross in. Watson standing over it. 

74′: Daniel makes way for Len Doungel. Bengaluru add new legs to the attack.

72′: Commotion on the pitch as both players huddle in between. Chhetri firing at Kamo. 

71′: Bengaluru playing a high-line and are attacking at full throttle. Kamo is almost alone in the Aizawl attack.

69′: Khabra sends a great ball into the box, Chhetri controls it and should’ve been a corner. But the referee decides otherwise. 

68′: Salam Ranjan clears poorly to concede a corner. The ball comes in from the left, to be weakly headed into the goalkeeper’s gloves. 

67′: Mandar Rao comes in for Eugeneson Lyngdoh. The Goa lad has a lot of time to impress. 

65′: Rane tries to get a ball as Sena Ralte jumps into him. Foul against Rane in Bengaluru’s half.

63′ Kamo looks uninterested. Has been going offside poorly in the last three attacks.

62′: Danmawia replaces Ashutosh Mehta. 

60′ GOAL RULED OUT FOR FOUL ON ALBINO GOMES! Watson curls the ball into the box and Jhingan heads it into the far post. Albino gets a touch but Daniel seems to have pushed him. 

59′: Chhetri playing in a more central role, with Bengaluru winning another after a chance from Daniel.

58′: Kingsley looks injured, and is being treated currently.

55′ Albino saves the PENALTY from SUNIL CHHETRI! Have you ever heard this before in Indian football? The Aizawl FC goalkeeper dived full strech to his right and parried the shot away!

54′: Watson takes a corner on the second post and there’s a foul. Lalruatthara is yellow-carded for a foul on Sandesh Jhingan and Chhetri takes the penalty.

Ashutosh seems to have picked up an injury. He’s limping.

50′: Khabra puts in a delightful ball to Sunil Chhetri, who heads it towards the goal. Albino dives to save it and a defender clears it. 

49′: Cameron Watson puts in a ball from a free-kick, but easily cleared. Aizawl counter. 

46′: The second half begins, and the teams look to come with the same intensity. 

HALF TIME: If you’re bored from the Kolkata derby, join in to watch this game. Exciting would probably be an understatement summarizing the game-play. The teams have been relentless in attacks, Aizawl creating the better opportunities without a doubt. Bengaluru, too, have had their moments and Sunil Chhetri has been the best player for them, finely supported by Udanta Singh from the left wing.

Aizawl would be hoping to continue in the same vein and Amna will be hoping to get himself on the list of contributers’ list of the statistics. Jayesh needs to get a little more into the game and it will be interesting to see how Khalid Jamil revamps his side after Chhetri’s late brilliance into the first half.

Bengaluru, on the other hand, would be looking its players to step up to complement their captain, who seems to be waging a lone battle. f

45+2′: Amrinder comes out and collects but the ball was offside. Kicks it close to the opposition box but Chhetri commits a handball. The whistle is blown for half-time.

45′ GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of the SSEEEEEEEEASON! Sunil Chhetri! What was that dude! Scores from a brilliant rasping drive from outside the box off a bouncing ball. 


Mehta puts a good cross from Amna’s through ball into the box, Brandon converts it beating Amrinder. Aizawl get the goal they deserve.

39′: Chhetri receives a brilliant ball from Khabra in the box, beats two defenders and shoots just wide. 

38′: Chhetri loses a ball just outside the box from a pass from Udanta. Connected but a defender blocks. 

32′: Amnra heads the ball from outside the box and hits the post. Another shot comes in which is saved by Amrinder. Aizawl easily the better team. 

32′: Bayo makes a run into the box from a throw, but the goalkeeper is fouled on the way. 

29′: Amna makes a good run in the middle of the pitch and makes a heavy weighted cross into the box. No strikers into the box to connect.

25′: Bayo corsses a ball into the box, Mehta fails to connect and Amrinder clears. Jayesh tries to shoot into the goal with a left-footed volley, to be blocked by a defender.  

24′: Ashutosh Mehta gets a yellow card for an off-the-ball tackle on Udanta Singh. 

23′: Chhetri takes a good longer, which Albino smartly lets go without a touch. The Indian captain is being heavily marked by the opposition player. 

21′: Mehta is brought down by a clattering tackle from Sandesh Jhingan. The Bengaluru defender is shown a yellow card.

19′: Rane brings Jhingan down in the lookout for the ball and parity is brought. Brilliant intensity going on it the game!

17′: Amna turns beautifully, dispossesing Watson and plays it to Bayo. Bayo volleys it straight to the goalkeeper. Another attack move and Aizawl has a corner. 

14′: Close but just clipped over the bar by Albino. Lyngdoh puts in a dangerous ball in but Albino once again does a fine job.

13′: Chhetri attempts a shot from just outside the box but is brought down. The build-up was fine, linking both Daniel and Udanta. He’s standing over the free-kick. Albino Gomes should beware.

11′: Bay and Mehta both have chances from just around the box. Mehta shoots agonisingly wide. Aizawl getting closer. 

10′: Aizawl wins a corner, Jayesh takes it and Bayo heads wide. 

08′: Kamo Bay makes a brilliant run behind the Bengaluru defence but was offside. Aizawl creating chances and getting into the game. 

06′: Jayesh leaves three Bengaluru players in the middle of the pitch for Mars but has a bad touch and looses it. Aizawl calming their nerves and starting to string passes.  

03′: Bengaluru FC opens up the game and Udanta could not convert after the keeper was easily beaten from Daniel’s cross.

02′: Cameron puts a ball in from the corner for Bengaluru FC but it is headed out to safety. Bengaluru showing the initial intent. 

00′: Aizawl kick the ball from left to right and the game starts. 

00′: Both sides would be looking to make sure they get full points and the game is set to be an exciting fixture. 

02:03 PM: Both teams make way to the centre. The ground looks beautiful, as always. Chhetri and Udanta will play a key role in the game if Bengaluru needs to earn points from this fixture. 

02:00 PM: The line up is out and we have hit bull’s eye (well, almost).

AFC Starting XI: (4-1-3-2) Gomes, Eze, Z. Ralte, Chullova, Mehta, Lalruatthara, Amna, Rane, Brandon, Jaryan, Stephane

Subs: subs: Mawia, Kiangte, Puia, L. Ralte, Jonathan, Kima, Lalnunfela.

Bengaluru FC Starting XI: (4-3-3) Amrinder, Khabra, Jhingan, Salam, Ralte, Lenny, Watson, Udanta, Chhetri, Lahllimpuia, Lyngdoh

Subs: Arindam, Keegan, Nishu, Mandar, Alwyn, Len, Vineeth 

Hello and welcome to the Round 8 I-League game between Aizawl FC and Bengaluru FC. This is your host Punit LIVE from Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Mizoram. 

Before the game starts, we give you an insight into the game with probable line-ups, what the coaches have to say and their current form. . .

Team News

Khalid Jamil will not look to change a winning combination that emphatically dispatched Churchill Brothers in the last round. 

Centre half pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Salam Ranjan Singh will continue in defence in the absence of first choice pair of John Johnson and Juanan, both of whom are serving their suspensions. The rest of the team picks itself, but Roca may look to give midfield maestro Eugeneson Lyngdoh a breather after the 30 year old looked off the pace in the last 3 games. 

Head to Head

Bengaluru have won both the league games played between these two teams.

Coach’s Corner

Khalid Jamil-Aizawl FC: Bengaluru FC are a good team, we will have to be very careful  tomorrow.” Known for his defensive games, Jamil also added, “We will have to defend and attack as well. If we want the three points to ourselves, we will have to be quick in utilising all our chances.”

Albert Roca-Bengaluru FC: “We’ve been playing some good football and it’s only a matter of putting to bed the chances we are creating. Against Minerva, we were plain unlucky. But that’s football. We’ve picked ourselves up and are focused on the challenge that Aizawl will throw at us. They are a team that’s high on confidence and are playing at home which means everything is against us. It’s going to be a test of our character and I’m sure the boys will be up to it.”

Man to Watch

Jayesh Rane-Aizawl FC: The former Mumbai FC youngster will be one of the key men for Jamil as he looks to add to Roca’s problems. The 23-year old has been groomed from the Mumbai FC academy by Jamil and this new experience with Aizawl has been fruitful for the midfielder with 2 goals in 8 games. 

Udanta Singh-Bengaluru FC: In a side that boasts of star names, Udanta stands out with his searing pace and trickery. The 20-year-old was instrumental in the Blues opening goal against Minerva and was in the thick of things with his exceptional wing play in the dying embers of that game. Roca rued not being able to field the Manipur youngster in the AFC Cup campaign last year and will look to use the winger’s full potential in a tricky clash at Mizoram. 

Probable Lineups

Aizawl FC: Albino Gomes(GK); Ashutosh Mehta, Kingsley Eze, Zohmingliana Ralte, Lalruatthara; Albert Zohmingmawia, Mahmoud Al Amna, Alfred Jaryan, H. Lalmuankima; Stephane Kamo Bay, Jayesh Rane

Bengaluru FC: Amrinder, Khabra, Jhingan, Salam, Ralte, Lenny, Watson, Udanta, Chhetri, Mandar, Vineeth