Bengaluru FC emerged triumphant after an action-packed South Indian derby against Kerala Blasters FC 1-0 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium here on Saturday.
Though Kerala Blasters battled valiantly, Bengaluru captain Sunil Chettri score a winner with a brilliant header in the 55th minute to preserve his side's unbeaten record in the Indian Super League.
The win sees the Blues climb up to second on the table with nine points from five games while Kerala Blasters, winless after the opening match, are seventh.
Bengaluru, after a slow start, started to get more on the ball and create chances. They thought they had the lead in the 28th minute when Harmanjot Khabra played Udanta Singh free down the right-wing. The winger's cross from the byline was headed in by Raphael Augusto, but the linesman deemed the ball to have gone over the line before Udanta got the cross in.
An energetic Kerala Blasters continued to dictate terms and should have taken the lead six minutes later. Bartholomew Ogbeche fed Raphael Messi Bouli into the box. He tried to return the favour, but a sliding Ogbeche just could not get there.
That goal broke Kerala Blasters' rhythm as Bengaluru started creating chances galore. They should have scored a second within three minutes of Chhetri's goal when Rehenesh gave away the ball cheaply inside his own box. Dimas received the ball and took a shot at goal, but Raju Gaikwad blocked it heroically.