Guwahati, Dec 6:
Bengaluru FC’s unbeaten run in the Indian Super League remained intact after a dramatic 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium here on Wednesday.
After a tightly-contested first half, Eelco Schattorie’s home side took the lead though Federico Gallego (64th minute) midway through the second-half.
However, a late acrobatic effort from Bhutanese striker Chencho Gyeltshen (90th) ensured the Blues shared the spoils.
The result kept Bengaluru FC’s four-point advantage over NorthEast United at the top of the table intact.
The first chance fell for the home side when Lalthathanga Khawlring threaded a through ball for Redeem Tlang but the latter’s shot was just about kept out by an onrushing goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
From the ensuing corner, Bartholomew Ogbeche, who was under pressure from Xisco Hernandez, managed to head it straight at the Bengaluru custodian.
It was a scrappy game with both teams struggling to dominate the midfield. While Pawan Kumar in goal looked shaky each time the ball was played to his feet, the visitors survived a couple of close offside calls against Ogbeche at the other end.
The first half saw two shots on target from the home side and just one for the visiting team.
Carles Cuadrat changed the way his side lined-up after the break with Harmanjot Khabra moving to the right-back position with Rahul Bheke on the opposite flank.
But it was NorthEast who had a chance when Ogbeche and Rowllin Borges combined with the former sending a cross into the box which was cleared by Eric Paartalu straight into the hands of the Bengaluru custodian.