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Bengaluru down NEUFC 2-0

Sunil Chhetri scores from the spot for Bengaluru FC against NorthEast United FC in the Hero ISL match in Guwahati, on Wednesday.
 GUWAHATI, Dec 18: After a defeat in the last game, their first in the Hero Indian Super League, defending champions Bengaluru FC bounced back with a 2-0 win against NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here on Wednesday.

 After an even first-half, Bengaluru pulled ahead when Sunil Chhetri (68th minute) converted a penalty conceded by the hosts for a handball inside the box. Centre-back Albert Serran (80th) headed in his team’s second to seal full points for Carles Cuadrat’s team as they climbed to the top of the table with 16 points from nine matches.

NorthEast are without a win in four matches and find themselves at the sixth spot with 10 points after eight games.

Bengaluru’s attempts to build up play patiently in the opening minutes were thwarted by NorthEast’s aggressive press. But clear-cut chances were few and far between for both teams in the first half.

A poor pass by Nim Dorjee Tamang helped Chhetri charge straight at the hosts’ defence in the 11th minute. The Blues skipper squared the ball for Ashique Kuruniyan whose shot towards goal was blocked by Tamang, who had by then recovered in time.

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