BENGALURU FC PUT ON A splendid show in North Korea today to clinch a memorable away draw against April 25th Sports Club.
This 0-0 result is good enough for the Blues as they won the home leg 3-0 at Kanteerava.
Fielding an unchanged team from the first leg, BFC put on a composed display to keep the home team at bay. April 25th SC, knowing they had to achieve a high scoring victory to have a chance of winning the tie, went at them from minute one but the BFC defence showed resilience to hold them at bay.
This goalless draw may be one of the most significant results for Bengaluru FC as it signified that they were able to go toe to toe with one of the best clubs in North Korea, a country that has played in the World Cup multiple times, regardless of the weather conditions or venue.
For the Federation Cup winners, though, their AFC Cup journey is about to reach the pinnacle. This win has set up an Inter Zone Final (semi-final for the whole tournament) clash against FC Istiklol, a top club from Tajikistan. The tie will be played over two legs (27th September away, 18th October home).
A win against Istiklol will give Bengaluru FC a ticket to the AFC Cup final for the second year in a row, and going by their show of grit against a North Korean club against whom they were considered to be the overwhelming underdogs, they may be in a better shape to compete for silverware in this second-tier conitnental championship that ever.
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