Bengaluru through to Futsal Club Championship semifinal

Shighil, Bekey On Target In 3-2 Loss Against Kuppuraj FC; Blues To Face Mohammedan SC In Semifinal

Bengaluru FC scripted their route into the semifinal of the inaugural Hero Futsal Club Championship, finishing atop Group B despite a 2-3 defeat to Kuppuraj FC, at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. The Blues, who had beaten Sporting Clube de Goa and Speed Force FC, made their way through with a better head-to-head record against both sides, and will face Mohammedan SC in the semifinal, scheduled to take place on November 12th.

In a scrappy first period, it was the Pondicherry-based side that took the lead as Maria Vivek slotted home from a free-kick in the 13th minute. The Blues pushed forward for an equaliser, but it took the break and a little more to find it as substitute Shighil NS, back from a one-game suspension, found the far post to make things level in the 25th minute.

Bengaluru looked to have turned things around just past the half hour mark when Bekey Oram converted Edwin Rossario’s reverse pass, but the response from Kuppuraj was instant, as Vivek found the net once again only seconds later, on the other side. Kuppuraj would take the lead five minutes later through Ganapathy, who nodded home a long throw from Judson over Manik to give Kuppuraj the lead with less than five minutes left.

The Blues pressed forward once again in an attempt to restore parity, but shots from Shighil and Fanai were blocked away, as the game drew to a close. Bengaluru next face Mohammedan SC, winners of Group A, in the first semifinal, at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, in Delhi, on Friday.

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