AFC Cup qualifiers: Bengaluru FC fail to qualify for group stage after faltering to Maldives' Maziya in penalties during second-leg tie
Bengaluru won the second leg 3-2 on Wednesday but since they had lost to the Maldivian team 1-2 in their away match on 19 February, the two sides were tied 4-4 on aggregate and the tie had to be decided on a penalty shoot-out.
AFC Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri-less Bengaluru FC go down fighting to Maldivian side Maziya in first leg of playoffs
Carles Cuadrat chopped and changed his eleven yet again as Bengaluru began the game with Leon Augustine on the flank, making his first start for the team.
Bengaluru will be without skipper Sunil Chhetri, who is recovering from a muscle injury, while midfielder Wangjam Suresh Singh is serving a one-game suspension, having picked up yellow cards in both clashes against Paro FC.
Aiming to go one better than their final appearance in the last edition, Bengaluru Football club will lock horns against a lesser known North Korean side April 25 in the first of the two-legged AFC Cup inter-zone semi-final match on Wednesday.
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AFC Cup qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri declared fit ahead of Bengaluru FC's must-win clash against Maziya FC
Hit by the absence of key players, including Udanta Singh, due to injuries, the Bengaluru Football club (BFC) on Tuesday received a shot in the arm with captain Sunil Chhetri declared fit for Wednesday's must-win AFC Cup final group game against Maziya FC of Maldives.