AFC Cup: Daunting task ahead for Bengaluru FC

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Last season, Bengaluru FC made an exit in the inter-zonal playoff final by a similar Central Asian side, Tajikistan’s Istiklol FC. PC: Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru, August 28: Bengaluru FC have a daunting task ahead of their AFC Cup inter-zonal semifinal clash against Altyn Asyr in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

Having conceded three away goals in the 3-2 defeat at home, BFC will need to register a win by a two-goal margin.

“It was a bit of a shock to go down by three goals,” mentioned coach Carles Cuadrat. “But we slowly took control of things in the second half and had enough chances to put Altyn Asyr in trouble. We have two goals that make us believe we have a shot at going ahead in this competition.”

Altymyrat Annadurdyyew and Wahyt Orazsahedow, both of who were on target in Bengaluru, will be biggest threats for BFC. Winger Myrat Yagsyyew, who was substituted early in last week’s match owing to a groin injury, remains a doubtful starter.

Harmanjot Khabra, who missed the game for BFC with illness, has made the trip to Turkmenistan but is still not sure of playing a part.

The match kicks off at 5 p.m. IST

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