Highlights: Northeast United vs Bengaluru

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NorthEast United and Bengaluru FC saw their winless streaks continue as they played out a drab 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League here on Tuesday. The result meant Gerard Nus’ side are now winless in seven games, while Bengaluru saw their four-game losing streak end but with a draw.

Luis Machado (27’) opened the scoring for the Highlanders but Rahul Bheke (49’) canceled out his goal after the break to help the Blues salvage a point.

Bengaluru started the game strongly and despite dominating possession, they entered the break trailing a goal down against their opponents, who created better chances. Machado put NEUFC ahead with a brilliant strike, after netting a brace against the Blues in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Bengaluru almost found the equalizer a minute before half time when Bheke’s throw-in was flicked on by Erik Paartalu towards Cleiton Silva. The Brazilian’s half-volley was saved by Gurmeet right on the goal-line.

Bengaluru restored parity soon after the change of ends in a rather fortuitous fashion through a set-piece, after a howler from NEUFC keeper Gurmeet. Dimas played Bheke on the right flank, who cut on his weaker foot before launching a shot at goal. Gurmeet made an error while collecting the ball, allowing Bheke to net his first goal of the season.

Following the equalizer, neither side was unable to carve out any clear-cut chances as the game turned out scrappy.