It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 57951 that came out to Wittelsbacher Klasse
. Tormod Rushfeldt
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Johnny Solli
and Lucjan Dziarnowski
Langer tactics involved an interesting 2-5-3 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Helmantel - Bajpai, Ibarra - Świtoń, Ariyapadi, Zwagerman, Kapoor, Satyanaraina - Piazzo, Nandini, Kazmi.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Bengaluru.
Lineup: Battista - Nawathe, Manjit, Salve - Peräluoma, Grant, Baker, Ortíz, Rekola - Ladefoged, Ostrogonac.
After 8 minutes E. Rekola
made a speedy advance and dropped the ball to B. Ostrogonac
who shuffled it past the keeper. The score was now 0 - 1.
made a superb strike after 12 minutes with a shot straight in front of the goal after a long ball through the middle, but one of the visitors' defenders got a foot in at the last second and warded it off for a corner.
Against a lesser team, Bengaluru could very well have succeeded with their smart indirect free kick routine after 20 minutes. A trio of passes took the ball all the way past the defenders, but by then the intended recipient was already blocked off and the keeper could make a leisurely save.
Bengaluru increased their lead after 30 minutes when S. Salve
broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 2, much to the home crowd's dismay.
The home side worked their way through the middle and almost got one back when A. Nandini
tried to sneak the ball past the keeper. F. Battista
was too alert for that!
Langer didn't give in and with 35 minutes played C. Piazzo
was able to make the score 1 - 2 after an attack on the right.
1 - 2 was the halftime score.
Possession was split evenly between the teams.
The crowd chanted their encouragement as Langer's S. Świtoń
came in from the right after 57 minutes and put the ball in the net to level the score at 2 - 2.
The crowd gasped as C. Manjit
of Bengaluru was flattened by an opponent after 67 minutes and had to be carried off. C. Chatterjee
came in off the bench.
The crowd groaned its disapproval when A. Kazmi
missed a free kick that would have given Langer the lead after 74 minutes.
Bengaluru's E. Rekola
left the field after 84 minutes because of a nasty blow to the shin. His replacement was S. Mangan
The corner kick from B. Ostrogonac
was powerfully met by the head of K. Ladefoged
to make the score 2 - 3.
received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 86 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 2 - 4. The Bengaluru fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early.
87 minutes into the match, a typically brave header by K. Ladefoged
from T. Peräluoma
's cross looped just over the opposing goalkeeper's desperate reach. Goal for Bengaluru, making the score 2 - 5.
At that, K. Ladefoged
was noted down for a hat trick!
The players of Bengaluru now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
almost reduced the deficit, having drawn the entire left side defence away, but the shot went straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Bengaluru's K. Ladefoged
was shown a yellow card after 88 minutes for slicing down an opponent.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Langer, with 52 percent of the ball.
Langer's top performer was clearly A. Kazmi
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The most dominating Bengaluru player was without a doubt B. Ostrogonac
On the other hand, S. Salve
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 2 - 5.