Bengaluru FC got their I-League campaign off to a winning start as they went past hosts Salgaocar FC 2-1 in the first round clash at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama on Saturday.
C.K. Vineeth (5th minute) scored the opener while skipper Sunil Chhetri (61st) got the second for the side via sublime free-kick to ensure full points for the visitors.
Darryl Duffy (41st) scored via a penalty to be the only scorer for the hosts.
With this win, Bengaluru held on to their domination over Salgaocar, by beating them in all six meetings so far.
Defending champions Mohun Bagan quelled a spirited challenge from top flight newcomers Aizawl Football Club to win the inaugural match of the new I-League season 3-1 at the Barasat Stadium near Kolkata on Saturday.
Bagan’s newest recruit Trinidadian striker Cornell Glen (sixth, 22nd minutes) scored a brace and striker Balwant Singh (29th) netted the other. Bagan defender Pritam Kotal scored an own-goal to get Aizawl FC on the score sheet.