BENGALURU: Defending champions Johor DarulTa’zim (JDT) beat Bengaluru FC(BFC) 1-0 in the high voltage Asian Football Federation Cup (AFC)battle at Kanteerava on Wednesday.
BFC showed some signs of putting up a good show at the start of the match with Udanta Singh threatening the opponents from the right wing. It was Singh who also provided BFC’s greatest chance with a floated cross but there was no one to convert the cross.
JDT finally broke the deadlock in the 55th minute through a free kick which was curled into the top corner by captain Safiq Bin Rahim leaving BFC’s goal keeper Ralte stranded.
Ashley Westwood Bengaluru FC’s coach made a triple substitution in the 70th minute trying to post an all-out attack but even the last wave was defended well by JDT.
It was the second straight defeat in the AFC cup for Bengaluru FCwhich had lost to Lao Toyota FC in February. BFC has now moved down to the bottom of the Group H table with no points in hand.