Guwahati: NorthEast United FC scripted an incredible 2-1 victory over table-toppers Bengaluru FC in the first leg of the semifinal clash of the Indian Super League (ISL) here Thursday.
In four attempts since last season, NorthEast United were the second best side, but when it mattered most, the hosts turned it around majestically at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
The second leg will be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore March 11.
Bengaluru struggled to make an impact in the attacking third and paid the price in the first half as Redeem Tlang (20th) put the hosts in front.
An improved second-half from the visitors culminated in a goal by Xisco Hernandez (82nd). But a late penalty from Juan Mascia (90+3rd) handed the advantage back to Eelco Schattorie’s side.
NorthEast, however, were dealt a huge blow as Bartholomew Ogbeche and Rowllin Borges were forced off the field at the end of the first half due to injuries.