Bengaluru storm into Inter-Zone final leg

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The victor of the two-legged match will face either Syria's Al Wahda or Air Force Club of Iraq in the 2017 AFC Cup final on November 4.

Bengaluru FC advanced to the Inter Zone finals of the AFC Cup as they beat North Korean side 4.25 SC 3-0 on aggregate.

Last edition's runners-up side Bengaluru went into Inter-Zone Semifinal match with a 3-0 victory in the home leg last month and they produced a solid performance today to deny the home side any goal at the May Day Stadium here. "We are happy to have made it through and now look to get back to Bengaluru and prepare for the big game against FC Istiklol", Bengaluru manager, Albert Roca said at the post-match press conference.

However, Dimas Delgado, Lenny Rodrigues and Harmanjot Khabra are walking a tightrope after having been booked in the first leg; another booking will see them suspended from the inter-zonal final should BFC make it through.

The Indian side ensured they held on to their advantage from the first leg against 4.25 SC.

The North Korean side named their top-scorer in the AFC Cup, Kim Yu-Song, in their starting-lineup after a slight niggle had prevented him starting in the first-leg.

While the first half saw Bengaluru create a few half chances, most notably through Toni Dovale, the hosts managed to control the game.

Fielding an unchanged team from the first leg, BFC put on a composed display to keep the home team at bay. As the game progressed, Hwang Yong Song's side continued to attack and substitute An Il-Bom, who came on in the 61st minute, forced Gurpreet into another brilliant diving save in the 70th. Gurpreet dived to his right to deny midfielder Ri Hyong Jin from the penalty spot.

"They dominated majority of the game and deserved to win".

The pressure culminated into another chance in the dying moments of the game, as midfielder Won Song hit the crossbar with an effort from 20-yards out but it wasn't to be for the home side.

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