CK Vineet's strike guided Bengaluru FC to a solitary goal victory over Singapore's Tampines Rovers in the first-leg quarterfinals of the AFC Cup here today. In the match played behind closed doors in the aftermath of the violence the city witnessed on Monday, the hosts ended with full points at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
Vineeth struck in the seventh minute for the home side when he tapped home from a close range.
Bengaluru had a slew of chances to extend their lead but, barring the lone strike, had little to show for their possession. The second leg will be played on September 21.
The home team started on a positive note and won an early corner and looked the better team in the opening exchanges. It was Sunil Chhetri's vision that helped Bengaluru FC set up the goal. The Indian's through ball found Alwyn George, who set up the onrushing Vineeth, who thumped the ball into the top corner.
Tampines had their first corner of the match in the fifth minute, but could not work it to their advantage, spilling the opportunity after Nishu Kumar cleared Penna's kick.
After a see-saw battle for the next seven minutes, Tampines had the second chance by earning a corner for the second time, but the kick was cleared by Juan Antanio. Trailing 0-1, the visitors lost the services of their striker Mustafic Fahruddin, who was stretchered off the playing arena in the 20th minute. He was replaced by Mohammad Afiq Bin Yunos.
Notwithstanding the loss of Mustafic, Tampines constantly attacked, but could not get the equaliser. Jermaine Pennat spilled the third corner, which he took in the 24th minute, after his team-mate was found to be in an offisde position.
BFC had a wonderful opportunity to take a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute after Chhetri headed down Rino Anto's cross for Eugeneson Lyngdoh to attack, but the latter's shot was saved by Mohammad Izwan Bin Mahbud. Showcasing their form, BFC made a very good move in the 40th minute with Nishu.