Tampines Rovers fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss in India in their AFC Cup quarterfinal first leg in Bengaluru .
- Bengaluru 1 Tampines Rovers 0
- Vineeth opens the scoring for Bengaluru in the seventh minute
- Stags skipper Mustafic forced off with an injury
- Tampines improve after the break, but fail to grab an away goal
Bengaluru started the match strongly and took the lead in the seventh minute after a defence splitting pass from Chhetri.
Bengaluru continued to press throughout the rest of the first half creating numerous chances thanks to an error-strewn performance from the Stags.
Tampines improved in the second half but managed only one real effort on goal.
Despite their apparent lack of match practice, Bengaluru looked the more composed side in the first half.
The second minute saw a nasty clash of heads between Billy Mehmet and John Johnson from a Bengaluru corner that saw both players leave the field for treatment.
Bengaluru then took the lead in the seventh minute after a wonderful ball from Sunil Chhetri split the defence and found Lyngdoh, who took a few touches before laying off to Vineeth who thrashed the ball into the net.
Tampines had a great opportunity to level almost immediately after when Pennant laid the ball off for Jordan Webb, but he shot wide.
A misplaced pass from fullback Rino almost put Tampines in on goal in the 18th minute but Jordan Webb strayed offside.
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Tampines slowly began to see more of the ball, but suffered a blow in the 20th minute when skipper Mustafic was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Afiq.
A free-kick on the edge of the Bengaluru box in the 23rd minute then presented the Stags with a chance, but Pennant struck the ball low into the wall.
Tampines were putting themselves under pressure thanks to half-hearted tackles and sloppy play.
Chhetri almost pulled off a repeat of the opening goal in the 34th minute, playing through Vineet who was denied by Izwan, who dived bravely at his feet.
Nishu Kumar then had a chance six minutes before the break when his shot from distance was deflected onto the roof of the net.
Tampines started the second half brighter with Jordan Webb causing problems down the right wing, a couple of crosses causing panic in the Bengaluru defence.
The Stags saw a lot more of the ball but failed to create any meaningful chances, with the Indian team looking dangerous on the break.
Bengaluru broke quickly in the 72nd minute when a Tampines attack broke down, and Vineeth flashed a shot over the bar.
Yasir then curled a shot narrowly wide in the 76th minute in what was Tampines best chance of the second half.
Chhetri then had a golden chance to seal the game in the 80th minute when poor defending presented him with the ball in the box, but his weak shot was easily saved.
Bengaluru were then content to play out the remaining time to seal the win as the Stags struggled to find their rhythm.