Cleiton Silva (27’) and Juanan Gonzalez (57’) put Bengaluru ahead before Goa hit back through a brace from Igor Angulo (66’, 69’). Goa dominated possession early on, with Bengaluru happy to sit back and maintain its defensive shape. However, both teams failed to create clear-cut opportunities in the opening quarter.
Three minutes before the half-hour mark, BFC got its lead in unusual fashion. Harmanjot Khabra’s throw from the left was flicked on towards the face of goal after Jorge Ortiz Mendoza’s clearance. Silva was the first to react and headed home to hand Bengaluru the lead.
It wasn’t until the 45th minute that Goa got its first shot on goal. BFC made one change after the change of ends, with Deshorn Brown replacing Kristian Opseth. Bengaluru soon doubled its lead and it came through a set-piece again, with Juanan getting on the scoresheet.
Goa’s defence was caught napping as a free-kick by Ashique Kuruniyan was nodded on by Brown towards Erik Paartalu. The Australian headed the ball onto Juanan’s path. The Spaniard made no mistake from close range and scored on the volley. Goa made two attacking substitutions around the hour mark, bringing on Brandon Fernandes and Alberto Noguera, and soon found its way back in to the contest with two goals from Angulo.