Get live football score of Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune City, Indian Super League semi-final here. FC Pune City were held to a 0-0 draw by Bengaluru FC in the first leg of their Indian Super League 2017-18 semi-final in Pune. Both teams have it all to play for in the second leg which takes place at thee Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore today, with both sides targeting a maiden appearance in the final of the ISL. The reintroduction of the away rule goal, however, means Pune can settle for a score draw to ensure their passage into the final.
7:50 PM IST: Bengaluru FC have kept the most number of cleansheets this season (8). A 9th cleansheet tonight would go a long way in ensuring their passage into the summit clash of the ISL.
7:45 PM IST: “There’s a lot of quality in both sides in the midfield. That is where the game will be won or lost,” said Bengaluru FC midfielder Erik Partaalu ahead of the game.
7:40 PM IST: Kick-off is only 20 minutes away now. This is a big moment for both sides, who have never made the final of the tournament.
7:35 PM IST: The last time Pune came to the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, they held Bengaluru to a 1-1 draw. A repeat of that result will see them progress to the finals.
7:30 PM IST: Miku, who has scored 14 goals this ISL season for Bengaluru FC, isn’t as prolific at home as he is on the road. The West Block Blues will hope that’s something that changes today.
7:25 PM IST: Kick-off is not too far off now. Till then, you can read about how legendary Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan’s tips are helping current FC Pune City forward Emiliano Alfaro.
7:20 PM IST: Away game kings – FC Pune City have kept four clean-sheets and let in just six goals away from home. Additionally, 60% of their points in the group stages came in away games.
7:15 PM IST: Stat attack – Bengaluru FC are currently on a nine-game unbeaten streak and have conceded only six goals at home, the least by any ISL side this season.
7:10 PM IST: Both teams predictably going with very strong starting line-ups. What’s interesting is that Bengaluru are going with a three-man midfield whilst the visitors are going with their usual double pivot midfield. The home side seem keen to dominate in the middle of the park.
7:05 PM IST: FC Pune City starting XI – Vishal Kaith (GK), Gurtej Singh, Rafael Lopez, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Rohit Kumar, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Diego Carlos, Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelinho (c).<?EM-dummyText>
7:05 PM IST: Bengaluru FC starting XI – Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Rahul Bheke, Juanan, John Johnson, Boithang Haokip, Subhasish Bose, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Miku, Sunil Chhetri (c).
7:00 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second leg ISL semi-final between Bengaluru FC and FC Pune City!
Bengaluru FC have been one of the most consistent attacking sides in the ISL this season and their home form has been solid. Led by Miku and Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri, the two-time I-League champions have been in dominant form all season as they finished on top of the league standings at the end of the group stage.
FC Pune City have recently been embroiled in drama, with coach Ranko Popovic getting suspended by the AIFF for his comments against referees before the suspension was overturned. They will have to focus entirely on the game in order to get past a formidable Bengaluru FC.