AFC Cup: B’luru FC look to sweep aside first-leg loss

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:51 AM IST
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Bengaluru : Bengaluru FC will face off against Tajikistans FC Istiklol as both sides battle for a place in the 2017 AFC Cup final at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Having gone down 1-0 in Dushanbe in the first leg of the inter-zone play-off final, Albert Roca’s side will need to beat the Tajik champions by a two-goal margin, reports IANS.

Coming into the game, visitors Istiklol who arrived in the city on Monday, have been boosted by the return of Ghanaian midfielder David Mawutor and Tajik midfielder Juraboev Amirbek while Ukraine defender Artem Baranavskyi continues to serve a suspension. Banking on their counter-attacking skills, the Tajik side managed to create a host of chances in the first leg, but were denied on most occasions by a resolute defensive performance from the Blues, who dominated possession throughout the game.

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