A 10 man Bengaluru FC fell just short of scripting a comeback for the ages when Albert Roca’s side went down 4-3 to FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Goa, on Thursday. Down 3-1 and a man after Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was sent off in the 35th minute, Bengaluru battled hard to make it 3-3 before going down to Ferran Corominas’ hat-trick. Corominas fired the hosts into a lead in the 16th minute. But it took just a little more than five minutes for Bengaluru FC to equalise when Miku scored in the 22nd minute.
Just when things seemed to be coming together for Bengaluru, Corminas turned up with his and Goa’s second of the night in the 32nd minute of the match.
Things hit a dismal low for Alberto Roca’s side when Gurpreet was given marching orders for an off-the-ball incident with Manuel Lanzarote.
With the tide heavily against them in the second half, Bengaluru decided that to swim against it was the only way to stay afloat as Roca’s boys began stitching a brave comeback. Paartalu rose high to nod Garcia’s corner to make it 3-2 in the 57th minute. And then Miku produced a moment of magic in the box on the hour mark to make it 3-3. But Corominas would go on to score the season’s first hat-trick, just three minutes after Goa conceded to make it 4-3 to the hosts.