Eugeneson Lyngdoh scored an essential away objective as Bengaluru FC earned a 1-1 draw against reigning champion Johor Darul Ta'zim in their AFC Cup elimination round first-leg match at the Larkin Stadium here on Wednesday.
The mid-defender's 56th moment equalizer — a left-footed exertion from right around 30 yards out — sets up the arrival leg in Bengaluru on October 19 rather pleasantly, where even an objective less attract will be sufficient to send BFC through to the last.
Chief Albert Roca rolled out a lone improvement from the group which drew against Tampines Rovers in Singapore in the quarterfinal second-leg a week ago.
Salam Ranjan returned in for left Nishu Kumar and after that swapped positions with general right-back Rino Anto as BFC arranged in a 3-5-2 set-up.
The begin would have most likely satisfied Roca with his wards declining to sit back. There were even a few half risks at an opportune time with Sunil Chhetri, Eugeneson and John Johnson all in the blend.
The hosts gradually played themselves into the match yet found a match in the undaunted Amrinder Singh, the BFC goalie.
He initially denied a headed exertion from Juan Lucero from point-clear range and afterward kept him out again in the 44th moment.
Be that as it may, on 52 minutes, it was the other Argentine, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, who broke Amrinder's resistance when he gestured home from a corner.
Scarcely four minutes after the fact, Lyngdoh counterbalanced Johor's lead and gave BFC a slim preferred standpoint going into the second leg. Johor will be without both Lucero and Diaz as the two got their second appointments in the thump out stages.
"In the wake of going 1-0 down, to leave away with a draw is constantly troublesome," said Roca.
"A couple of individual mix-ups permitted them to take control of the diversion and score.
"At half time, we balanced a smidgen and I think we did entirely well and turned out with the outcome we merited."