Matchday Four - Group E: New Radiant SC 2-0 JSW Bengaluru FC
Male: New Radiant stunned JSW Bengaluru FC 2-0 in Group E of the 2018 AFC Cup on Wednesday.
Coming off the back of defeat in the reverse fixture a week ago, Maldivian club New Radiant started strongly at the National Stadium and were rewarded on the half-hour mark when forward Ali Fasir calmly converted after fine play from strike-partner Ali Ashfaq to open the scoring.
Going into the break the hosts continued to grow in confidence, but it was only after half-time that they doubled their advantage. On this occasion, Ashfaq took advantage of a mistake from defender Rahul Bheke to extend his side’s lead after 47 minutes.
It was to prove an unassailable advantage, with New Radiant seeing out the remainder of the game under little pressure of a comeback with Fasir squandering several further opportunities to put his side further ahead.
The result takes New Radiant back ahead of Bengaluru in Group E with nine points from their four games thus far, level with the Indian side but ahead on goal difference.
In next week’s fixtures, New Radiant host Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh, while Bengaluru will host their compatriots Aizawl FC.