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Reigning champion Bengaluru held by DSK Shivajians

Bengaluru FC,Sunil Chhetri,DSK Shivajians, Halicharan Narzari , Salam Ranjan Singh

I-League reigning champion Bengaluru FC is struggling to live up to the expectation currently in the league. They have suffered two back to back defeats, and they were on verge of losing three in a trot against the DSK Shivajians, but thanks to Salam Ranjan Singh injury time equalizer they held for a 2-2 draw. Shivajians’ Halicharan Narzari double within fifteen minute of span gives the host 2-0 lead at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, but Bengaluru captain Suni Chhetri cut the lead in 75th minute, before Ranjan Singh finds the equalizer in 90th minute.

Bengaluru had a dream debut last season as they finished I-league champion in their debut season, but this season they are hanging at fifth after accumulating ten points from six matches. AFC Cup finalist Bengaluru is currently the face of Indian football globally, but they have struggled to continue their good form in domestic top tier. After three back to back wins against Shillong Lajong FC(3-0), Chennai City(2-0), and Mumbai FC(3-0), they also lost three back to matches in all competition. East Bengal and Churchill Brothers stopped their winning run in I-league, whereas Al-Wehdat defeated them 2-1 in AFC Champions League second qualifying round.

DSK Shivajians would have added more trouble in their struggling season, but thanks to Indian captain Sunil Chhetri and Ranjan Singh Bengaluru saved a point for themselves. ISL Club NorthEast United forward Narzary was causing trouble for the visitors from the beginning, as he forced Amrinder Singh to make a save in second minute of the game. Spaniard Juan Quero combining well with Narzari made life tough for the Bengaluru defence before their attack came lively in 28th minute. CK Vineeth setup Eugenson Lyngdoh inside 18-yard box, but he wasted the opportunity allowing the host to have a goal kick. But, before the end of first-half Narzari put forward Shivajians rolling the ball past Amrinder Singh.

Second-half didn’t brought much luck for the defending champion as well, and Narzari once again cause trouble in their defending half. Assam based footballer double the lead of the Shivajians in 55th minute with his second strike. It was only Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri, who brought the defending champion back into the game. Shivajians goalkeeper Subrata Pal made a mistake to allow Chhetri to squeeze past him in order to minimize the shooting angle, and Blues captain made no mistake to cut the lead. But, it was only Ranjan Singh headed effort from Cameron Watson corner which helped Bengaluru to squeeze a draw in dying moments of the match.

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