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Bengaluru FC squad warms up at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on the eve of the AFC Cup semifinal against Johor Darul Ta'zim from Malaysia.BFC / Press release

Bengaluru FC (BFC) have won two I-League titles in three years as well as one Federation Cup. Can they now become the first Indian football side to win the coveted AFC Cup? That remains to be seen, but first, on Wednesday, the Sunil Chhetri-led side have to make sure that they reach the final by recording a win against defending champions Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) at Bengaluru's Sree Kanteerava Stadium. LIVE UPDATES HERE

Who will prevail in the battle between India and Malaysia? Going into the second-leg AFC Cup 2016 semi-final match, BFC have an away goal advantage as the first-leg match turned out to be a 1-1 draw in Malaysia three weeks back. 

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The Indian football side now needs either a win or a clean sheet to continue making history.

"Johor are the champions of this competition. They are still favourites for me but it is a nice opportunity for us and Indian football," said Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca in the pre-match press conference.

"It's going to be a tough mission but we are ready for it. We have shown that we are a competitive team and we have to do the same," he added.

The good news for the home side is that none of the top players are injured or suspended, unlike JDT, who have a major worry as the likes of Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Juan Martin Lucero and Yahyah Amri are suspended after picking yellow cards in their previous fixture.


AFC Cup 2016 semi-finals: Bengaluru FC vs Johor Darul Takzim is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm IST (9 pm HKT) on October 19.

Where to watch

India: TV: Star Sports 1/HD 1. Live streaming: Hotstar.

Malaysia: TV: Fox Sports 3. Live streaming: Fox Sports Play.

Live scores: official Bengaluru FC Twitter handle.