Bengaluru strike late to down Ayeyawady

Federation Cup champions Bengaluru FC scored two late goals to secure a 5-3 victory over Ayeyawady United in an important AFC Cup clash in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The result sees the Indian side seize the initiative and move into second place in Group H on six points, while Ayeyawady remain on three points, tied at the bottom with Lao Toyota.

It didn’t take long for the first goal to arrive in what was a high-scoring encounter.

Midfielder Chekiyot Vineeth intercepted a misjudged backpass from San Myo Oo before rounding goalkeeper Vanlal Hruai and slotting the ball into the back of the net.

Bengaluru had several chances in the first half to double their lead, but instead it was the visitors who scored against the run of play on the stroke of half-time after Thiha Zaw latched onto a pass from Nigerian Christopher Iyikwobe and curled the ball into the bottom right corner, leveling the scores.

Bengaluru continued to dominate after the break, and soon found themselves with a 3-1 lead.

Alwyn George restored their advantage on the hour mark after collecting Vishal Kumar’s low cross and succeeding on the second attempt, and five minutes later Seiminlen Doungel beat the opposition defence before firing home from inside the area.

But Ayeyawady weren’t done yet. Iyikwobe scored a sensational brace – the first on 69 minutes and the second 12 minutes from time – as the visitors looked set to salvage a draw.

There were a couple more twists in the tail to come, however.

Substitute Beikhokhei Beingaichho put Bengaluru back in the lead in the 81st minute, coolly tapping in Vineeeth’s cross, before George secured his brace in the dying moments of the match by smashing the ball into the roof of the net to make it 5-3 at full time.