Bengaluru FC and Al Wehdat players vie for the ball during the AFC Cup qualifier in Amma, Jordan on Tuesday
Amman (Jordan): I-League title holders Bengaluru FC's quest for qualification in the AFC Champions League failed at the first hurdle as they lost 1-2 to Al Wehdat of Jordan in the qualifier here on Tuesday.
Both sides were goal-less at half time but winger Ahmed Maher (48th) put the Jordan giants in the lead three minutes after resumption. Bengaluru's Sena Ralte then gave away a 65th minute penalty, which Baha Faisal converted to extend Al Wehdat's lead to 2-0.
Bengaluru skipper Sunil Chhetri reduced the deficit with a strike from a corner in the 68th minute, but it was a case of too little too late for the Indian side.
Bengaluru FC now have the possibility of facing an Indian side in Mohun Bagan at the group stage of the AFC Cup. They are now placed in Group E alongside Maziya (Maldives), Abahani Limited (Bangladesh) and one of the four teams from Bhutan, Valencia (Maldives), Mohun Bagan (India) and Colombo FC (Sri Lanka).