Bengaluru FC returned to winning ways and occupied their place at the top of the fourth edition of Indian Super League (ISL) table after registering a narrow 1-0 victory over NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here.
Venezuelan striker Miku scored the only goal of the match for Bengaluru FC in the 47th minute to take their points tally to nine, the same as Chennaiyin FC but the debutants from Bengaluru will be on top due to their better goal average.
There was a goalkeeping crisis at Bengaluru FC with two of their regular goalkeeper unavailable but the man who stepped in, Lalthuammawia Ralte, proved good enough for the visitors. He wasn't troubled much but whenever called into action, he made no mistake, particularly in the final minute of the match when he stopped a close-range attempt from Danilo Lopes.
Instead, it were NorthEast United who were undone by a goalkeeping error from TP Rehenesh that led to the only goal of the match, 90 seconds after the second half had kicked off.
The NorthEast goalkeeper blundered after receiving a back pass from Nirmal Chhetri. Instead of clearing the ball to safety, Rehenesh looked to play it for defender Jose Goncalves where Udanta Singh intercepted and picked up Miku who made no mistake with only the goalkeeper to beat.
NorthEast United never recovered from that setback and Bengaluru FC were experienced enough to shut the door. NorthEast forward Marcinho looked impressive in the first half and came close on two occasions but in the second session, he was not as effective.
In the closing stages of the match, NorthEast got one final chance to get something out of this game. It was also the closest they came to finding the equaliser but Danilo's well-timed effort from inside the box saw goalkeeper Ralte perfectly positioned to block the attempt.