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Thoroughly professional performance from the defending champions. Udanta took his goes well and Ralte produced a goal to remember the game by. It looks likely to be a long season for an inexperienced Lajong outfit. Good night from Bengaluru.
90+4′ There goes the fulltime whistle
90+3′ Lajong corner produces a chance for Fabio but Amrinder saves well.
90+1′ We are into three minutes of added time.
90′ Nongram goes into the book
88′ Substitution Bengaluru Chhetri off Mandar on.
86′ Rupert Nongram comes on for Laajong.
84′ Substitution for Bengaluru Udanta off Alwyn on.
81′ GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL Sena Ralte makes it three with a spectacular half volley from all of 30 yards. WOW!
79′ Sunstitution Bengalutu Daniel off Vineeth on.
7′ Udanta with a lovely cross from the right. Daniel tries a neat finish but Kaith tips over from point blank range.
75′ Bengaluru look to have sown up this game with 15 minutes to go.
72′ Lajong corner leads to a Bengaluru counter. Lenny finds Udanta but bthis time he can’t finish.
69′ GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL Udanta makes it 2-0 with a brilliant solo goal. Gets the ball in the box on the right cuts in, dummies and smashes it in.
67′ Udanta tries a chipped finished but the keeper reads it well.
64′ This game has lacked the intensity you would expect from an opening day game.
60′ Substitution Lajong Yuta off Jacob on
57′ Shillong really haven’t had any penetration through this game and Bengaluru are comfortable.
54′ Yuta releases Fabio who is offside.
50′ Ralte finds Eugeneson who once again fluffs his lines.
46′ Welcome back we are underway in the second half.
Its been a flat first half from the hosts but they have the lead thanks to Udanta’s opportunistic strike. Aside from that the forward should have made two on the stroke of halfime , but failed to beat Kaith. Chhetri also saw his shot come back off the bar. Back in a bit.
45+2′ There goes the whistle for the break. Bengaluru with a slender lead.
45+1′ Into two minutes of added time.
45′ Two big chances for the hosts. but first Udanta can’t beat Kaith in a one-on-one and Chhetri sees his shot come offf the bar.
43′ This has been a pretty dour first half but for the goal
40′ Ball into the box Eugeneson with the shot. Well saved by Kaith but the flag had gone up.
37′ A rare Lajong attack produces an offside flag.
33′ Eugeneson goes into the book.
30′ Chhetri finds sdome space and shoots but has his shot b;ocked.
27′ GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL Bengaluru. Udanta Singh scores. A corner comes in Kaith aimlessly comes off his line. A melay ensues and the striker stabs home.
25‘ Half of this first half has fairly whizzed past without too much happening.
21′ Bengaluru free-kicked lifted in and easily cleared.
18′ Bipin’s corner glanced wide for a corner which is then easily cleared.
16′ Already a festive atmosphere here in Bengaluru with the home fans singing and dancing.
12′ This game yet to come to lefe. Both teams still feeling each other out.
9′ Udanta uses his pace to get in behind and goes down in the box. Nothing doing says thev referee.
7′ His I-League bow for new Blues manager Albert Roca.
4′ Both teams working their way into this one.
1′ We have kickoff in Bengaluru.
07:00pm The teams are out we are ready for kickoff.
06:45pm Bengaluru substitutes: Beingaichho, always,Nidhi,Arindam,malsawmzuala, Vineet, Mandar Rao
06:40pm Lajong Substitutes: Rupert Nongram, zodingliana,aser dipanda,lalrawngbawla, Sandeep singh, Alen deity, lachenpa(GK)
06:35pm – Let’s take a look at the substitute bench for the 2 teams.
Bengaluru FC – Beingaichho, Alwyn, Nishu, Arindam (GK), Malsawmzuala, Vineet, Mandar Rao Desai
Shillong Lajong FC – Nongrum, Zodingliana, Aser Dipanda, Lalrawngbawla, Sandeep Singh,Deory, Lachenpa
06:30 – Bengaluru have opted to start 2 of their new signings in Lenny and Khabra, both experienced campaigners at the domestic and international levels. Lajong on the other hand have given debuts to 2 of their 3 new foreign recruits in Kinowaki and Ignat
06:27- We have the team news with us. Starting with the home team,
Bengaluru FC – Amrinder, Juanan, Johnson, Lenny, Khabra,Chhetri,Lyngdoh,Watson,L.Ralte,Udanta and Lalhlimpuia
Shillong Lajong FC- Vishal Kaith, Tamang,Konsham,Pena,Nongbri,Chhakchhuak,Tlang,Pritam Singh, Kinowaki,Bipin Singh, Ignat
06:20: Bengaluru FC add their tribute to the Chapecoense tragedy with a banner reading ‘Forca Chape’
06:15 pm: Players from both teams are on the pitch as they begin their pre-match warm ups
06:10 pm: The fans outside the stadium are pouring in numbers and have already started on the pre-match ritual. They are no doubt fully ready to cheer their teams on in this I-League curtain raiser.
06:30pm Hello and welcome to the I-League game between Bengaluru FC and Shillong Lajong. This is your host Srinivasan live from Kanteerava Stadium.
Pictures Via I-League Media