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Bengaluru flex attacking muscle to turn frustrating night around

It could have been one of those nights for Bengaluru FC and Miku. One of those where nothing could go right. For 72 minutes, nothing had.

NorthEast United had come to the Kanteerava Stadium with a clear plan -- stay disciplined, stay deep, frustrate -- and it looked like it was going to pay off in the second leg of their ISL semi-final. With a 2-1 lead from the first leg, they were on course to knocking BFC off their pedestal and sealing a place in the ISL final.

BFC had tried everything, playing...

Player ratings: Jose Leudo 9/10, Harmanjot Khabra 3/10 as NorthEast break BFC jinx

NorthEast United will take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their semifinal with Bengaluru FC, thanks to Juan Mascia's injury-time penalty and a stunning opener from Redeem Tlang in the first half. NorthEast put in a stellar performance for the majority of the game, but will rue the away goal they conceded to a moment of brilliance from Sunil Chhetri, who set up Xisco Hernandez with a wonderful assist. Here are the player ratings for each team. 

NorthEast United

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Dominated the first...

Chencho Gyeltshen's spectacular strike could mark the start of something special at Bengaluru

Chencho Gyeltshen scores with an acrobatic effort for Bengaluru against NorthEast.
Chencho scores with an acrobatic effort for Bengaluru against NorthEast.

Two minutes into injury time against NorthEast United in Guwahati on Wednesday, Bhutan's Chencho Gyeltshen soared in the air, turned his body upside down and met Sunil Chhetri's header near the NorthEast penalty spot with a precise back-volley to salvage a point that maintained Bengaluru's unbeaten start to the Indian Super League (ISL) season.

Yet, this wasn't the only reason this goal was special. It points to a bigger role Chencho can play for Bengaluru for the rest of the season. In fact, the...

I have an offer from a Chinese club - BFC's Miku

BFC striker Miku on a possible move to China and being away from family.

After a stellar first season in the blue of Bengaluru FC, Venezuelan forward Miku is unsure if he is going to continue his Indian adventure.

"I have an offer from a China club," Miku told ESPN after Bengaluru were beaten 3-2 in the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday. "The club (BFC) don't want to sell me. Two times, two different clubs from China (have approached me). I understand they want me here but I need to think of my family, of my future."

Miku has been a vital cog in Albert...

Clinical Bengaluru FC a cut above the rest

BFC became the first team to book their place in the playoffs this season

If Bengaluru FC (BFC) weren't pre-season favourites for their maiden Indian Super League (ISL) already, their win at home on Friday evening against FC Goa confirmed their place in the playoffs and reinforced the fact that it looks nearly impossible to look beyond them as the main contenders for this season.

With each game they play in the league, they appear tactically, strategically and personnel-wise a cut above the rest of the competition.

The bold selections

BFC coach Albert Roca, managing his...