Chandigarh,08.11.17-Northern powerhouse Minerva Punjab FC were invited to play Former I-League Champions and AFC Cup finalists Bengaluru FC at the Bengaluru FC Residental Academy, Vidyanagar, Bellary today. The Mohali based club who recently had a dream run in their debut season of Punjab League missing the title by a whisker to Punjab Police continued their dream run against Bengaluru FC.

Gaffer Juan Luiz Perez fielded his full strength squad against the Blues who boast of names like European defender, Sapinard Juanan – Englishmen John Johnson, Former Barceona “B” midfielders Dimas Delgado and Edu Garcia. Former Venezuelan international Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores (Miku) also made his way into the Bengaluru Line Up for the game.

Mohali based club Minerva Punjab FC started on a brilliant note as Mumbaikar Abhishek Ambekar took the first dig at the goal in the very first minute but was brought down on the edge of the box earning a free kick which was to no avail. The next few minutes in the game, the Mohali based team dominated the possession as they flodded the Bengaluru box with constant attack, Striker Girik Khosla came close to scoring on a couple of occasions along with William Opoko but couldn't bring about a change to the scoreline. Their hardwork however finally paid off when in the 9th minute when midfield lynchpin William Opoko chipped in a brilliant ball to Bhutanese import Chencho Gyeltshen who slotted home the first for Minerva Punjab FC leaving the Bengaluru FC defence and dugout stunned! Right Back Kamalpreet Singh too displayed a rock solid performance as he dropped in some brilliant cross from the flank for Girik, Chencho and William on various occasions as their attempts missed the target by inches. Bhutanese Ronaldo Chencho Gyeltshen however doubled the lead for the visitors again in the 32nd minute thru William Opoko brilliant thru ball to make it 2-0 in the Half an Hour mark.  Bengaluru FC however pulled one back thru their experienced Venezuelan International Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores (Miku) to make it 2-1 as both teams went for a Half Time break at the end an exciting 45 minutes played.

The game started with a couple of changes made to both team’s line up as Minerva brought in Souvik Das in favour of Girik Khosla and Abhishek Ambekar in favour of Rahul Das, Bengaluru FC’s Miku took a long attempt at the goal on the stroke of the second half whistle but our custodian Arshpreet Singh collected it comfortably launching a quick attack from the back via Kamalpreet Singh who fed it well to Chencho on the attack but the Bhutanest failed to convert the attempt. Bengaluru FC held possession into the centre of the park trying to break the rigid Minerva defenders but failed to do so on several occasions, Venezuelan hitman Miku however pulled an equaliser for the home team thru a deflected shot leaving the Minerva gaffer furious as he yelled instructions from the sideline reconstructing the Minerva attack. The spainards efforts paid off well as Bhutanese international Chencho Gyeltshen completed his Hattrick making it 3-2 for Minerva Punjab FC bringing the visitors back into the game. The match ended with the score board remaining unchanged as Minerva Punjab FC emerged victorious against a highly experienced Bengaluru FC team.

With the win, Minerva Punjab FC maintain their 100% win record in the pre-season previously defeating Indian Air Force Football GTeam on various occasion and now Bengaluru FC first Team at home in Bengaluru.