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Highlights ISL 2018, FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FC, Semi-final, 1st leg, Football Score and Updates: Both teams fail to break deadlock

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Highlights ISL 2018, FC Pune City vs Bengaluru FC, Semi-final, 1st leg, Football Score and Updates: Both teams fail to break deadlock
  • 22:16 (IST)

    That's it from us. Thanks for tuning in for today's coverage. Just to recap, FC Pune City and Bengaluru FC played a goalless draw today. There were few chances created from both the teams but nothing came out of it. Now it's all up to the second-leg which is set to be played in Bengaluru. 

  • The famous Viking Clap! The fans were outstanding as usual. The players acknowledge it.

  • PEEEP PEEEEEEEP...

    It's a draw at the Balewadi Stadium as both Pune City and Bengaluru FC fail to convert chances in both the halves. Pune, surprisingly, were the better team on the night with a handful of goal-scoring opportunities. Bengaluru were outplayed in the middle of the park at times and they also couldn't get enough bodies in number when they created chances. 

    It's all down to the second leg in Bengaluru. The home team will have a slight edge but Pune have shown what they are capable of. The fast-paced gameplay can cause headaches to opposition teams. Not sure if Pune coach would be entirely happy with his team's display.

  • 21:56 (IST)

    PUN 0-0 BEN

    Full-time! The game's done as both teams fail to score a goal. Now it all goes down to second-leg on Sunday.

  • 91' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Both the teams are trying to put in long balls upfront in search of the all-important goal. Pune have done brilliantly to stop Bengaluru’s attack but they have also missed a few clear cut chances in both the halves.

  • 21:48 (IST)

    90' PUN 0-0 BEN

    It has not been a great game but both teams' defender did a good job. Attacking wise, there was not much but football is not al about scoring. Meanwhile, three minutes of added time left. 

  • 85' PUN 0-0 BEN

    It is frustrating to see Pune create a series of chances only to shoot it straight to the keeper. Popovic won’t be pleased with the lack of sharpness right when it’s needed the most.

  • The West Block Blues have turned up to support their beloved Bengaluru FC. Away support is always important

  • 80' PUN 0-0 BEN

    These missed chances could prove costly for Popovic. Pune need to make the most of their chances to cause an upset against a formidable side like Bengaluru.

  • BIG CHANCE!

    What an opportunity for Pune to open their account in the first leg. Pune players are just floating in the middle of the park, creating chances after chances. Alfaro picked the ball from the left of midfield and passed it to Marcelinho who then delivered a low cross for Isaac but the youngster couldn't connect the ball neatly.

  • 21:35 (IST)

    75' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Chance! Marcelinho does well to control the ball on the right and sent a pass to Issac but bad finishing disappoint the team. 

     

  • 21:31 (IST)

    71' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Bengaluru looking for some pace as they introduce Udanta Singh in place of Boithang. So two players – Paartalu and Udanta have fresh legs to run and create something. Let's see how this works out.

  • 21:28 (IST)

    Gotta say, the atmosphere is terrific! 

  • 21:27 (IST)

    67' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Pune get a free-kick just outside the box on the left. Marcelinho comes up with a fiery shot but Gurpreet punches away the danger. Feels like something's brewing up.

  • 64' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Yet again, it is Pune who are creating spaces through the middle with ease. However, Marcelinho and Co have fluffed chances in the final third. Popovic's 4-4-2 setup is slowly making the task a bit difficult than expected for Bengaluru.

  • 21:16 (IST)

    One legend talking about another! 

  • 21:14 (IST)

    55' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Bengaluru have shown much-needed urgency in the second-half. They know the value of an away goal and the team definitely have the calibre to put Pune under pressure. 

  • 52' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Chance! Bengaluru almost scored the opening goal of the semi-final tie. The Pune defence was caught napping there. Chhetri heads the ball wide. Looks like Roca wants a quick response.

  • 50' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Well, it's a strong start for Pune in the second half. They are looking set to score at least one goal before the end of 90 minutes. Anything less than that would be disappointing for Popovic's men.

  • 21:03 (IST)

    45' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Second-half is underway at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. No changes for both the teams. Bengaluru will be keen to get an away goal while Pune will look to increase pressure on their opponents.

  • The second half should be more interesting as both Popovic and Roca would look to go for the kill and get a quick goal. We haven't witnessed the best of Bengaluru in this match so far. If they want to put Popovic's men under pressure, it has to be within the first 15 minutes from the restart.

  • Half-time! PUN 0-0 BEN

    We have reached the end of the first 45 minutes of the game but the scoreline remains 0-0. However, Pune have controlled the game so far and have closed down well whenever Chhetri and Miku tried to penetrate from the middle.

  • 20:44 (IST)

    42' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Looks like it will end goalless in the first 45 minutes. Both teams wouldn't mind with the scoreline but they clearly need to up the ante. 

  • 36' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Chance for Pune! Diego Carlos did enough to hold the ball on the left flank and cross it for Marcelinho who mistimed his run in the box. Pune are still continuing to find spaces on both the flanks but nothing to show for it. It's still 0-0 after 35 minutes.

  • 20:39 (IST)

    Understand his reaction! 

  • 31' PUN 0-0 BEN

    WHAT. A. SAVE! 

    Vishal Kaith channelises his inner David De Gea to deny Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri from scoring that crucial away goal. It was a brilliant free-kick from the Indian skipper but at the end, it was all about Kaith's quick reflexes!

  • 20:33 (IST)

    31' PUN 0-0 BEN

    SAVE! Sunil Chhetri's terrific freekick effort from a dangerous position gets the best out of Pune's goalkeeper Vishal Kaith as he palms away the ball.

  • 30' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Oh! Things are getting quite heated up on the field as FC Pune City's Alfaro argues with the referee. Coach Ranko Popovic too looked unhappy with the decision against his side. Both Alfaro and Popovic need to be careful now as the coach has been under scrutiny for his antics on the touchline.

  • 20:28 (IST)

    27' PUN 0-0 BEN

    We are still waiting for both teams to come up with something. Till now, it has been snoozefest. Pune coach Ranko Popovic showing more intent on the sidelines than his team. 

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Funny! 

  • 20:21 (IST)

    20' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Both teams are struggling to find rhythm. It has been a scrappy game so far with few unnecessary fouls committed by both clubs. Hopefully, they will increase the tempo soon.

  • 15' PUN 0-0 BEN

    As Pune are trying to create chances in the early stages of the game, Bengaluru are trying to slow down the tempo. The back four have done enough so far to keep the score 0-0.

  • 10' PUN 0-0 BEN

    If BFC get an early away goal, it will be a tough for Pune to get the equaliser in the first half itself. Coach Roca may ask his defensive pair to stay more compact if they bag a goal or two in the first 45 minutes.

  • 7' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Looking at Pune’s starting eleven, it is clear that coach Ranko Popovic wants a mixture of young guns — Vishal Kaith, Ashique Kuruniyan, Sahin Panwar and  Rohit Kumar — and experienced players like Adil Khan, Marcelinho, Stankovic and Emiliano Alfaro. 

    On the other hand, Albert Roca’s Bengaluru FC look like a balanced unit with Juan Antonio, John Johnson at the back and Sunil Chhetri, Miku upfront. Lenny Rodrigues will play alongside Delgado in the middle of the park.

  • 20:07 (IST)

    5' PUN 0-0 BEN

    Pune have been impressive in the initial few minutes. Bengaluru are allowing Pune to exploit the midfield. They need to close down the space. 

  • 20:01 (IST)

    1' PUN 0-0 BEN

    It's kickoff at Pune's Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. This season, both teams have won against each other and quite a few goals were scored. Let's see how this one goes.  

  • 19:52 (IST)

    It's almost time! 

    Less 10 minutes left for the kickoff in Pune. 

    Just a reminder that ISL semi-final clashes will have the away goal rule. 

    The away goal rule will come into effect at the end of normal playing time during the second leg. If the aggregate goal difference between the two teams is zero (0), then the team that scored more away goals would be declared the winner of the tie.

    If both teams have scored an equal number of goals over two legs of semi-final such that even the away goals scored are equal at the end of regulation period of second leg, the game will go into extra time.

    The away goal rule will not apply in the extra time and the team that scores more goals in the extra time will be declared the winners. If both teams score no goals/equal number of goals in extra time, the winner would be decided on penalties.

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Travelling Bengaluru fans will look to make an impact off the pitch!  

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Bengaluru favourites?

    Bengaluru FC have won more away games this season than any other team and they also ended on top of the table after 18 league matches. So it can be said that Albert Roca's side are favorites against Pune. But Pune defeated Bengaluru in one of the league games so they know how to get things done.

    Hopefully, this one will be a cracker. 

  • Here's Pune City's staring XI! As expected, Marcelinho and Emiliano Alfaro start upfront.

  • 19:18 (IST)

    That's what they are playing for! 

  • 19:08 (IST)

    Here's Bengaluru FC's line-up! 

  • 19:06 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Indian Super League

    In today's first-leg semi-final match, FC Pune City will take on Bengaluru FC.

    We will bring you all the live updates from the match, which is taking place at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune. Stay tuned! 

PUN 0-0 BEN

Full-time! The game's done as both teams fail to score a goal. Now it all goes down to second-leg on Sunday.

Having secured a place among the coveted top four teams in the Indian Super League (ISL), it's time for FC Pune City and Bengaluru FC to lock horns in the first of the two-legged semi-finals at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

File image of Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri. ISL

File image of Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri. ISL

While Bengaluru FC topped the league standings with consistent performances in their debut season, FC Pune City made history by making it to the playoffs for the first time.

Both FC Pune City and Bengaluru FC play an eye-catching attacking brand of football, and something similar will be expected of them when they clash for the third time this season.

"Now is not the time to make changes to how we play. If we make changes now it may not work for us. When you play the league you have some games to make up," FC Pune City head coach Ranko Popovic said during the pre-match press conference.

"Now we have to be very careful. We have two games and nothing will be decided tomorrow, we need to play good in both games to make it to the finals," he added.

When asked about his teams strategy Popovic said: "It is very simple; score as many goals as possible and concede as less as possible. if we can do that, we'll be in the final. We need to express ourselves the way we have been doing throughout the season. We have done very well in the season, and not going all the way will be disappointing."

After missing out the previous game, Pune City's dynamic duo Marcelo Leite Pereira and Emiliano Alfaro will both be available for big clash.

Commenting on their importance Popovic added: "Not having them is like Barcelona without Messi and Suarez."

The game in Pune will be the third meeting between the two teams. Bengaluru FC defeated the home side 3:1 during their last visit and the visitors will look to do an encore.

Talking about their opponents, BFC assistant coach Naushad Moosa told reporters that it won't be an easy game even though his team managed to top the league standings.

"The first match we played against them, they were leading, it was only after they got a red card we scored three goals. FC Pune City is a tough team to play against and we are looking forward to it," he said.

While FC Pune City has played attacking football through the course of the season, there are question marks over their defense, and that is something Bengaluru would want to exploit.

Moosa also felt that playing the first match in the playoff away from home is not a disadvantage as BFC hold a very good away record.

"I really don't think to play the first game away from home is a disadvantage. If you see our track record, we have a very good record away from home. We want to play positive football and win the game," Moosa added.

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Mar 07, 2018 22:16 PM

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