RF Development League: Bengaluru extend perfect run, Hyderabad keep top-two hopes alive

Bengaluru FC's perfect run continued as they scripted a 5-2 victory over Jamshedpur FC, while Hyderabad FC kept their top-two hopes alive with a thrilling 3-2 win over Chennaiyin FC in sixth-round Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) matches here on Saturday.


ANI | Panaji (Goa) | Updated: 08-05-2022 16:38 IST | Created: 08-05-2022 16:38 IST
RF Development League: Bengaluru extend perfect run, Hyderabad keep top-two hopes alive
Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur (Photo: Twitter/Bengaluru FC). Image Credit: ANI
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Bengaluru FC's perfect run continued as they scripted a 5-2 victory over Jamshedpur FC, while Hyderabad FC kept their top-two hopes alive with a thrilling 3-2 win over Chennaiyin FC in sixth-round Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) matches here on Saturday. The result means Bengaluru consolidated their place at the top of the table with 18 points from six games and it could boil down to their last game of the campaign against second-placed Kerala Blasters FC to decide the champions of the inaugural RFDL.

Hyderabad, meanwhile, have 10 points from six matches and can still harbour hopes of a top-two finish provided other results go in their favour and they beat Jamshedpur in their last fixture. The Red Miners are out of contention while Chennaiyin had bowed out before. Jamshedpur took an early lead against Bengaluru riding Lenin Singh's fourth-minute strike at the Nagoa Ground, but it was all Bengaluru after that.

Goals from top-scorer Rahul Raju (17th, 52nd), Lastborn Mawphniang (45+1), Bekey Oram (47th) and Jagdeep Singh (60th) sealed the deal for Naushad Moosa's boys who have won all their matches so far. Substitute Nikhil Barla scored for Jamshedpur in the 70th minute but it was too little too late as the Red Miners succumbed to their third straight defeat.

In the evening kickoff at the Benaulim Ground, Abhijit Pa (21st) gave Hyderabad the lead after Chennaiyin keeper Devansh Dabas made a series of saves only to be beaten by Abhijith who latched on to a stray ball and smashed it into the back of the net. Chennaiyin equalised inside the next eight minutes, Johnson Mathews (29th) latching on to a through ball from Joseph Lalvenhima to slot it past the keeper. Six minutes before halftime, Hyderabad got back their lead, Lalchungnunga Chhangte (39th) dribbling past a few blue shirts to slam home a pass from Abdul Rabeeh.

Chennaiyin made it 2-2 after the break, Solaimalai (57th) finding the top corner after a bit of pinball inside the box. Both teams tried hard for the winner and created a few chances before Mohammed Rafi (85th) scored the winning goal for the Indian Super League champions. (ANI)

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