Bengaluru FC 3 (Sean Rooney ’28, Sunil Chhetri ’38, Eugenson Lyngdoh ’87)
Sporting Clube de Goa 0
Bengaluru FC overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 in the 36th Federation Cup semi-final organised by the AIFF at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Friday. Bengaluru led 2-0 at the interval.
It was Sporting Goa who had first look at the goal when defender Kofi Dankwae got into a good position for a corner and flashed an instinctive shot at goal, but the Bengaluru custodian pulled of a fantastic save to deny him.
As the game progressed, Bengaluru managed to surge ahead when Sean Rooney got on the end of a dangerous low cross to tap into an empty net.
Before the break Bengaluru Captain Sunil Chhetri doubled the lead when he crept in the box to fire into the roof of the net.
On the other side of the break, Anthony Wolfe came ever so close to pulling a goal back when his teasing shot from outside the box rebounded back of the post.
In the closing stages as Sporting Goa committed men forward, substitute Robin Singh broke away and slipped the ball in for Eugenson Lyngdoh to tuck home Bengaluru’s third.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa and Bengaluru in action at PJN Stadium, Fatorda.
Bengaluru FC: Curtis Osana, John Johnson, Sean Rooney, Joshua Walker, Sunil Chhetri (C), Rino Anto, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Beikhokhei Beingaicho, Siam Hanghal, Keegan Pereira, Laltthuammawia Ralte (GK)
Yellow cards: (Siam Hanghal ’73, Joshua Walker ’83)
Substitutions: (Robin Singh in/ Sean Rooney out ‘59), (Lalchhuanmawaia in/ Sunil Chhetri out ‘72), (Thoi Singh in/ Siam Hangal out ‘80)
Subs on bench: Pawan Kumar, N.S Manju, Robin Singh, Thoi Singh, Darren Caldeira, Shankar, Sampangi, Udanta Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, C.K. Vineeth
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Biswajit Saha, Kalu Ogba, Anthony Wolfe (C), Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes, Rojen Singh, Chandraskekar Chinta, Cajetan Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae
Substitutions: (Jovel Martins in/ Biswajeet Saha out ‘32), (Mauvin Borges in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ‘61), (Royston D’Souza in/ Beevan D’Mello out ‘75)
Subs on bench: Don Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Mauvin Borges, Sumeet Passi, Sandip Nandy, Velito Cruz, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza.