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BFC eye win to start AFC group stage campaign on a high

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

High on confidence after making it to the final of the in their first season, would look to begin their AFC Cup group stage campaign on a high note with a win over Abahani Limited here tomorrow.

Bengaluru are going into the match with their tails up after an enthralling 3-1 win against FC Pune City in the second leg of the on March 11 here.

In contrast, the champions Abahani have come here after a 0-1 loss to in their backyard.

Bengaluru have made it to the group stage after routing T C of 5-0 in the second leg here on February 21 with a splendid hat-trick by The other two goals were scored by and

This is not the first time Bengaluru are facing Abahani. They had met each other last April here when Bengaluru had emerged 2-0 winners, riding on Nishu Kumar and Marjan Jugovic's goals.

Bengaluru skipper and Miku, who are in tremendous form, would like to continue with their flare of getting goals for the side.

In the last match, Chhetri came up with a magnificent hat-trick. Between Chhetri and Miku, both have scored 27 goals in ISL, with 13 and 14 strikes respectively.

and will also be looking to repeat their AFC Cup performance.

Apart from possessing some top class strikers and effective mid-fielders, Bengaluru boast of having India's number one in their ranks.

Sandhu had been able to bring up some spectacular saves at crucial stages of the matches.

Abahani, on the other hand, will be banking on their strikers and Sunday Chizoba, besides the fresh inclusions of Japanese and Nigerian defender Nigerian

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:55 IST