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Bengaluru FC beat 25 SC-Blues 3-0

In what was a fantastic result for Indian Super League (ISL) side Bengaluru FC, the Federation Cup champions triumphed 3-0 over DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the first leg of the AFC Cup knockout rounds. Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Udanta Singh and Lenny Rodrigues added their name to the scoresheet.

Albert Roca opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh and Antonio Dovale as the attacking trident. The DPR Korean champions lined-up in a 4-5-1 system with skipper An Il Bom leading the line.
The first opening was for the away side when right back Pak Myong Song got the better of Nishu Kumar, who fumbled and allowed the former a free way into the box. However, instead of aiming to take a shot on goal, he looked for a teammate and the pass was intercepted in time by Harmanjot Khabra. Bengaluru got an unlikely chance in the 20th minute when Dimas Delgado did well to go for a 50-50 ball and intercept. He tried to get on the end of it as the ball made its way into the box however, goalkeeper Ri Kang made his way out to collect.
Lenny Rodrigues committed a needless foul and from the resulting free-kick, An Song Il's header went over the bar with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu having committed to coming off his line to collect.
The home side was guilty of committing too many fouls and from one such set-piece taken by Ri Hyong Jin, Gurpreet parried the ball away for a corner on a rainy day.
Referee Turki Alkhudhayr pointed to the spot when Udanta was brought down by Kang inside the box after he looked to get on the end of a headed pass by Dovale. Chhetri stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with his Panenka finish to put Bengaluru 1-0 ahead.

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