Indias own Messi scores for Bengaluru FC at Indian Super League
Sunil Chhetri scored twice inside three minutes in the first half as the Blues equaled North-East United on points at the top of the table. Bengaluru FC romped to the top of the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) table with a convincing 3-0 victory over Pune City at the Balewadi Stadium. A double strike from Sunil Chhetri and another fine finish from Miku set up an impressive 3-0 win for Bengaluru FC against FC Pune city in their Indian Super League football clash. Bengaluru FC were the early aggressors and had an opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Matt Mills’ poor first-touch allowed Miku to nick the ball off the defender. The Venezuelan striker dribbled into the box before curling the ball over the bar from a tight angle. Bengaluru led 2-0 at the breather with Chhetri striking in the 41st and 43rd minute while Venezuelan striker Miku added a 3rd on the 64th minute. It was a similar story two minutes later. Miku shrugged off two Pune bodies to lay it for Chhetri on the left side of the box. He glided in, beating Golui again and after finding space, slotted the ball past a hapless Keith. Hamranjot Singh Khabra, in his 50th ISL game, played a much more advanced role, just behind the lone striker Miku. Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh used his height to great effect to keep out a dipping free-kick effort by Marcelinho. The Brazilian’s stunning take looked destined to hit the top right corner of the net but the ‘Blues’ custodian dived to his left to pull off a terrific save. Pune almost came up with an immediate response at the other end. Rahul Bheke failed to clear a long ball and Diego Carlos pounced onto it before sending a ferocious attempt that struck the outside of the post and sailed out. The Bengaluru FC race to the top of the table with seven points and a better goal difference compared to North-east United FC, while Pune has just one point after three matches. Bengaluru FC now travels to Kolkata next. Pune City will have serious pondering to do as they remain winless with a trip to Goa lined up next.