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AFC Cup 2018 Highlights: New Radiant vs Bengaluru FC, Ashfaq Ali doubles hunts Bengaluru

AFC Cup 2018 Highlights: New Radiant vs Bengaluru FC, Ashfaq Ali doubles hunts Bengaluru
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Indian Super Cup 2018 winners Bengaluru FC take on Maldivian side New Radiant SC in the 4th match of the AFC Cup on Wednesday, April 25th. Bengaluru has been on a great run so far in the competition, winning all three of their previous group stage matches. SO far they’ve got the better of fellow Indian side Aizawl FC, Abahani Dhaka, and New Radiant. Bengaluru faced New Radiant on matchday 3 and came out on top thanks to a solitary goal by Nishu Kumar in the second half stoppage time. Bengaluru is currently on top of the group table, and a win against New Radiant would boost their chances of qualification to the inter-zonal play-off semifinals. Bengaluru’s squad is also in great shape for the match as confirmed by goalkeeping coach Edu Gasol in a press conference on the 24th of April. Bengaluru will look to continue their great season by qualifying for the next round.

Commentary and Updates

6:10 PM IST- Ashfaq comes close to doubling his tally but Ralte makes a strong save

6:00 PM IST- Ali Fasir (New Radiant) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:55 PM IST- Attempt and saved. Rilwan Waheed (New Radiant) right footed shot from his long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Candela.

5:52 PM IST- What a miss from Udanta Singh!! The forward with a left footed shot from the centre of the box but the attempt is off target as it misses to the left.

5:50 PM IST- Ali Fasir tries a through ball, but Ali Ashfaq is caught offside. BFC goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte is shown the yellow card as he pushes Ashfaq to grab the ball and resume play.

5:40 PM IST- NRSC midfielder Riham Gani has taken a knock from Nishu’s flailing arm and needs treatment!

5:30 PM IST- New Radiant has doubled their lead as Ashfaq Ali scores within the first couple of minutes in the second half.  Ashfaq left footed shot from the centre of the box as he slots past Ralte’s near post and wheels away in celebration.

5:22 PM IST- New Radiant with a chance to double their lead! Ashfaq Ali with a surging run on the right flank to beat Erik Partaalu but Ralte comes charging to block the NRSC skipper’s shot.

5:21 PM IST- Sunil Chhetri in a one on one situation but hits the keeper as the New Radiant defenders clear the ball away for a corner!

5:20 PM IST- Foul by Akram Abdul Ghanee on Lenny Rodrigues. The play has been stopped as Rodrigues requires medical attention comes on the ground.

5:10 PM IST- New Radiant breaks the deadlock at the half-hour mark. Ali Fasir did with a right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ali Ashfaq.

5:05 PM IST- Sunil Chhetri plays the ball wide into space for Subhasish, but his cross hits a New Radiant defender. Danger averted!

5:00 PM IST- Eduardo Gasol, assistant coach of BFC instructing from the sidelines in the absence of Albert Roca who is serving a suspension.

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia is a Sports and Political Writer at Newsfolo. He has been working as a Journalist for 2 years and has previously worked at Sportsflu, Sportscafe, and some other Digital Channels. He covers the ruling BJP Government, civic bodies, and Indian politics. He also covers latest Sports News and Live Coverage. He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from IPEC College, Sahibabad. He can be reached at; [email protected], you can also follow him on twitter @chiraglohia2

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