Durand Cup: Bengaluru FC drop points against Army Red

KOLKATA: Suresh Wangjam the late penalty helped Bengaluru FC save a point while drawing 1-1 with Army red in its Durand Cup Group A meeting at Salt Lake Stadium on Monday.

Army red took the lead in first-half stoppage time, through Liton Shil. The Naushad Moosa-coached side levelled scores in the 81st minute when Suresh converted from the spot.

The ISL champions, who haven't brought a full-strength team for Durand, started with seven first-team players - Aditya Patra, Parag Shrivas, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Sairuat Kima, Ajay Chhetri, Suresh Wangjam and Edmund Lalrindika - with Lalrindika leading the attack

Leon Augustine of BFC set the first opportunity in the 13th minute when he ran free right before throwing the ball into the box for Lalrindika, who failed to make a good shot. The loose ball ran to Suresh, who could not connect properly.

Army red came on to their own in the closing stages of the first half. Defender Sunil B made a surging run down the left before sending a low cross for Liton, who timed his run to perfection and slotted the ball home.

BFC returned after the change of extremes with greater urgency and continued to push men forward in the search for the equalizer. There were a couple of opportunities and just when they seemed headed for defeat, Namgyal Bhutia was knocked down in the area by Suresh Mettei, which caused the referee to point the spot. Suresh made no mistake.

Army red , who lost to East Bengal, will face Jamshedpur FC on Friday while BFC will come up against East Bengal on August 14.