Pune, April 6 (IANS) Bengaluru FC missed a chance to claim the top spot in the I-League football standings managing only a 1-1 draw with DSK Shivajians here on Wednesday.
Bengaluru went ahead in the 34th minute when Eugeneson Lyngdoh intelligently followed up a Sunil Chhetri free-kick to put the rebound into the goal after goalkeeper Subrata Pal valiantly dived t hios right to effect a partial save.
But Bengaluru were not able to hold onto the lead for long, conceding the equalising goal just after two minutes.
Striker Asier Dipanda outjumped his marker to head home a Juan Quero centre from the left.
The draw pegged back Bengaluru’s title ambitions as they tied with leaders Mohun Bagan with 26 points after 13 matches. Mohun Bagan, however, have played a match more.
Third-placed East Bengal have 24 points from 13 matches.
At Margao, hosts Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 1-1 draw by Aizawl FC in an I-League football clash here on Wednesday. Alfred Jaryan (28th minute) put Aizawl ahead before Mahmoud Al Amna (36th) restored parity.
Sporting now have 15 points after 13 matches and are fifth in the standings. Aizawl are just a spot behind with 13 points from 14 matches.
Aizawl came into the match on the back of a 1-3 defeat against Shillong Lajong FC.
Joel Sunday lead an Aizawl counter-attack before his miscued shot at the end of his run fell perfectly into the path of Alfred who slotted it away.
After going ahead, the visitors seemed mindful of protecting their advantage but conceded an equaliser only eight minutes later.
Al Amna scored with a left-footer from the edge of the box to make it 1-1.
The home team were the more adventurous towards the end of the first half but the score remained 1-1 going into the break.
Goal scoring chances were scarce in the second period and the match meandered to a draw.