Bengaluru FC cruise past Tribhuvan Army FC 5-0, enter AFC Cup playoffs | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: A second half purpose rush noticed Bengaluru FC mark the beginning of new coach Marco Pezzaiuoli’s reign on the membership with a convincing 5-0 win over Nepalese aspect Tribhuvan Army FC of their 2021 AFC Cup Preliminary stage two conflict on Wednesday.
Goals from Rahul Bheke (2), Cleiton Silva (2) and Sunil Chhetri put a seal on the tie and handed the Blues passage into the playoff phases of the continental competitors.
Gabonese defender Yrondu Musavu-King made his Bengaluru debut, partnering Juanan Gonzalez on the again.
The Blues made a robust begin to the sport, controlling possession and being affected person of their seek for a gap. Ashique Kuruniyan and Bheke supplied width on the flanks, as Bengaluru appeared to stretch the guests and discover gaps of their defence.
Tribhuvan Army made their first foray into the Blues’ field within the thirteenth minute, which ended with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu making a regulation save from what was a speculative effort from the sting of the realm. Only two minutes later, Tribhuvan skipper Nawayug Shrestha raced free down the left flank however Bheke’s properly-timed sliding deal with stopped him in his tracks.
The Blues’ greatest probability of the primary interval fell to skipper Chhetri, however his effort from throughout the field was parried away by TAFC custodian Biwash Chaudhary. Ashique Kuruniyan’s effort on the rebound was then saved by Chaudhary, and the edges made their manner into the tunnel with the scores unchanged.
The Blues got here out all weapons blazing within the second interval, and their persistence was rewarded simply six minutes after the break, when Rahul Bheke nodded house a nook from Cleiton Silva to place Bengaluru 1-0 up. Only moments later, a scramble within the field noticed the ball fall to Chhetri, who made no mistake to fit past Biwash to double the Blues’ benefit.
The Blues then added two extra in fast succession, with Silva’s stamp on each. Chhetri flicked the ball to the Brazilian, who shrugged off his marker, rounded the ‘keeper after which slotted house into an empty web to make it 3-0 on the evening.
Less than a minute later, Udanta managed to wriggle free of three gamers down the correct flank and located Bheke, whose cross into the realm was introduced down by Cleiton and completed on the flip past a hapless Biwash within the TAFC purpose.
In what was a repeat of the Blues’ opener, Silva’s nook within the sixty fifth minute was nodded house as soon as once more by Bheke for Bengaluru’s fifth of the night.
Pezzaiuoli then shuffled along with his personnel, sending on Ajith Kumar, Edmund Lalrindika and Namgyal Bhutia. Damaitphang Lyngdoh’s introduction within the seventy fifth minute had a contact of historical past to it, because the Meghalaya-born midfielder turned the Blues’ youngest ever participant.
Bengaluru had been completely satisfied to maintain possession for the rest of the sport, closing out what was a dominant second-half efficiency.
The Blues will face one of Abahani Dhaka Limited (Bangladesh) or Club Eagles (Maldives), of their playoff conflict, scheduled to happen on the similar venue.

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