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In-form BFC edge past resilient Mohammedan Sporting


Published on: December 12, 2013 | Updated on: Invalid date

Kolkata: Bengaluru FC ground out a fantastic 2-3 win over Mohammedan Sporting under hostile conditions at the Salt Lake Stadium, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Sunil Chhetri, who's making scoring a brace a habit, turned up with another pair after John Menyongar gave Bengaluru FC the lead. A goalkeeping blunder by Pawan Kumar and Josimar Martins strike saw the hosts equalize twice in the game.

Keen to keep their away winning run alive, Bengaluru got off on the perfect note when John Menyongar rifled in an opener in the 21st minute.

Receiving the ball from Beikho, the Liberian turned Ishfaq Ahmed the wrong way in the box before firing in low.

Just when Bengaluru looked like taking the lead into half time, Pawan Kumar made a hash of what was a simple collection to gift Mohammedan an equalizer.

A harmless punt came off John Johnson’s boot and bounced straight to Pawan who suffered a momentary lapse of con
centration to find the ball slip out of his hands and into the goal.

Following the break, BFC grabbed the lead in the 47th minute. A wellrehearsed training ground routine off a corner saw Beikho cut one back
for Chhetri who smashed the ball home. Mohammedan equalised again in the 57th minute when Ashim Biswas attempt on goal was pushed away by Pawan only for Josimer to bundle home from close range.

Backed by a boisterous crowd, Mohammedan looked to take the game to BFC but the visitors struck again through a set piece when Chhetri headed in from Beikhokhei's delivery in the 71st minute.

Westwood's team now have 27 points from 13 games, six more than second-placed Sporting Clube de Goa who have a game in hand.

OTHER RESULTS Salgoacar 0 drew with East Bengal 0; Rangdajied United 3 (Figueira 62, Seong-Yong Kim 90+3, T. Lalnunpuia 90+5) bt Pune FC 2 (R. Mustapha 23, G.
Kumar 34); Mohun Bagan 1 (C.
Sabeeth 80) drew with Mumbai F.C (M. Rafi 10);