AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC out after a 2-5 aggregate loss
Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC were knocked out of the AFC Cup after a 2-5 aggregate loss against Altyn Asyr FK. The club lost 0-2 in the second leg of the inter zone semi-final at the Kopetdag Stadium, in Ashgabat. The Blues never found it going in attack and were unable to breach their counterpart's defense. Here is more on the same.
Carles Cuadrat's side went behind in the second half after goals from Altymyrat Annadurdyyev and Vahyt Orazsakhedov. The first goal came in the 50th minute with Annadurdyyev striking from the edge of the box. Orazsakhedov then added another after tapping in from close range. This was his third goal of the tie over two legs. Earlier, Bengaluru lost 2-3 at home.
Bengaluru FC missed two chances in the first half with Sunil Chhetri and Miku shooting wide. Chhetri was also denied in the 38th minute via a strong challenge after being fed by Miku on the counter. The Blues kept pushing on and tried to salvage the match, but Altyn Asyr goalkeeper Mamed made two stunning saves in the closing stages.
Bengaluru FC will now gear up for the upcoming Indian Super League that kicks-off from September 30 onwards. They face defending champions Chennaiyin FC at home in the tournament's opener.