Play-off - 1st Leg: TC Sports Club 2-3 Bengaluru FC
Male: Bengaluru FC overcome a fightback from TC Sports Club to walk away from their 2018 AFC Cup play-off first leg tie with a 3-2 win at the National Stadium in Male on Tuesday.
Indian side Bengaluru led 2-0, only for TC Sports Club to draw level before Haokip Thongkhosiem scored his second of the night to ensure the 2016 runners-up take a lead into next week's return leg.
After a scoreless first half, the match burst into life after the half-time break with Thongkhosiem's glancing header off a corner in the 51st minute giving Bengaluru the lead.
Another corner in the 69th minute saw Bengaluru widening their lead with Erik Paartalu nodding home.
Bengaluru looked to be cruising but Maldives side TC Sports Club refused to wilt and pulled one back through Vlasichev Anatolii in the 71st minute, with his shot flying into the top right hand corner of the net.
Two minutes later, TC Sports Club were level as striker Ibrahim Mahudhee collected a poor clearance, evaded a tackle and placed the ball into the net.
That set the stage for an exciting finish as both teams went in search of a winning goal but it was to be Bengaluru's night as Thongkhosiem turned hero with a scorching effort in the 78th minute, turning his marker before unleashing a shot from 20 yards out.