Ten-man Abahani stun Bengaluru in Dhaka


Not even a red card could stop Abahani Limited on Wednesday, as they secured their first AFC Cup victory of the season by beating 2016 finalists JSW Bengaluru 2-0.

The game seemed headed for a goalless stalemate before two dramatic late goals saw the Bangladesh Premier League champion break their winless streak on the continent.

Amazingly, both of Abahani’s goals came after they were reduced to 10 men.

Nasir Chowdhury was sent off for Abahani with 10 minutes remaining following a second yellow card, seemingly putting Bengaluru in a prime position to snatch the victory, but the home side appeared to play much better with 10 men than 11.

With just three minutes remaining, substitute Saad Uddin found himself in a great position to poke home a cross on the volley.

That goal knocked the stuffing out of Bengaluru, and there was even time for a second from Abahani in injury time.

Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was caught in possession as he made his way up the pitch, allowing Rubel Miya to run up towards the goal and chip into an empty net.

The result leaves both Bengaluru and Maziya on 9 points in Group E, as they continue to battle it out for a place in the inter-zonal playoff semis.

Bengaluru’s two remaining games include a trip to Bagan and a home game against Maziya.