AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC pip TC Sports Club of Maldives 3-2 in a thrilling play-off encounter
Semboi Haokip struck twice in the 52nd and 78th minute while Australian defender Erik Paartalu scored one in the 69th minute during Bengaluru's successful away campaign.
Male: Bengaluru FC on Tuesday pipped TC Sports Club Maldives 3-2 in a thrilling away play-off encounter of the AFC Cup football tournament.
The Indian club came up trumps in a game which witnessed five second-half strikes after a barren first 45 minutes.
Semboi Haokip struck twice in the 52nd and 78th minute while Australian defender Erik Paartalu scored one in the 69th minute during visitors' successful away campaign.
Winger Toni was also in his element as he contributed with perfect flag-kicks during Bengaluru FC's first two goals which Semboi and Erik headed home.
However the home team restored parity with double strike within a space of two minutes.
In the 71st minute, Mahudhee provided an assist for Anatoli to slot home and the former within a couple of minutes levelled proceedings latching onto an error from Nishu Kumar.
Since joining Real in 2009, the 33-year-old Frenchman has scored nearly 300 goals for the Madrid club.
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