Bengaluru FC cruised through the second leg of the AFC Cup Qualifications securing a place in the second stage of qualifications for the group stages.
Albert Roca chose quite a mixed side for the match, similar to the one for the first leg. The starters saw only 2 regular first team players in Harmanjot Khabra and Juanan joining them. Sunil Chhetri was benched and Toni Dovale was given a chance to start again after an average start in the first leg.
BFC maintained a possession based approach to their game and registered the first shot on target within the first 5 minutes. Constantly applying pressure on the away side, it was just a matter of time before the floodgates had opened. Boithang Haokip scored a sensational header from inside the box to make it 1-0 to BFC in the 27th minute. The first half saw the Bengaluru side miss plenty of chances from close range.
The second half started with high intensity passing in the home side. Daniel Lalhlimpuia, the 20 year old, scored a spectacular stunner from outside the box with a shot too powerful for the Transport United keeper to do anything about it. The possession paid off again as Thongkhosiem Haokip slotted the ball in the far right corner of the keeper’s goal to make it 3-0 for Bengaluru.
The boss team could have increased their advantage on multiple occasions, but nervous finishing at crucial moments could only secure a 3 goal buffer for the side.\
Bengaluru FC with the win at the Fortress have secured a spot for the South Asian Zonal play-offs for the AFC Cup 2018.