After two consecutive defeats, reigning champions Bengaluru FC finally managed to win a point after clinching a 2-2 draw against DSK Shivajians at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
Twin strikes from Halicharan Narzary (41′, 55′) were countered by Sunil Chhetri (75′) and an injury-time equaliser from Salam Ranjan Singh.
The Maharashtra -based side made four changes heading into the game with Gouramangi Singh, Soirem Poirei, Lallianzuala Chhangte and Sairuat Kima all dropped out. Bengaluru FC meanwhile made three changes to the team that lost to Al Wihdat in Jordan in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Champions League qualifiers.
The defending champions were put on the mat as the hosts dominated the proceedings from the start. DSK fashioned a couple of early chances but however, failed to convert. Halicharan Narzary scored in the 41st minute to break the deadlock and give DSK a crucial lead.
The first half drew to a close with Dave Rogers’ men in cruise control and it seemed to be yet another long night for the Blues.
The second half began on a dreadful note for the Blues, who conceded their second goal just nine minutes into the half. Narzary scored a brace yet again as he handed over a 2 goal cushion to DSK.
However, the match was far from over. BFC’s talisman, Sunil Chhetri took duties on himself as he sparked a comeback after scoring in the 75th minute. The goal was brought about by an error in judgment by Subrata Pal who rushed out to minimise Chhetri’s angle but the 31-year-old made a cheeky finish into the far post.
Bengaluru’s efforts to get back into the match were finally awarded in the final minute of the game when Salaam Ranjan Singh rose highest to head home a corner from Cameron Watson.
DSK now moves to the seventh place with six points, while Bengaluru stays at fifth with 10 points after drawing their first game of the league.
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