Chennaiyin FC defeat Bengaluru FC to win Indian Super League 2018 title (Image Source: ISL twitter)
Sunil Chhetri led Bengaluru FC will take on Chennaiyin FC in the final of the Indian Super League 2018 (ISL) at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru on Saturday.
Debutant Bengaluru FC were heavy favourites to clinch the league title. They topped the round-robin league and stormed to the finals. They will host Chennaiyin FC with a hope to seal their maiden ISL title victory.
Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri has been in superb form throughout the league and scored a magnificent hat-trick in the second leg of the semi-final against FC Pune City.
The two-time I-League and two-time Federation Cup champions have been one of the best run clubs in India and displayed that why they are called so, in the glamour-filled ISL also and have one final hurdle to cross before being crowned the best in Indian football.
Catch all the Highlights here:
# FULL TIME whistle and Chennaiyin FC are the champions of Indian Super League 2017-18.
# Mailson Alves is the Man of the Match
#91' GOAAALLL!! Miku scores a powerful header for BFC! Can they equalise?
# 4 minutes of added time
#89' Appeal for penalty in BFC's pen box but is ruled out by the referee.
#87' Looks like Chennaiyin players are happy to take the ball at corner and waste some time. Few minutes to go.
#85' MISS! Can you believe it, India most decorated striker missed an open goal from 10 yards out.
#83' Silky turn by Thapa on right wing but is taken down by Chhetri
#80' 10 minutes to go and BFC coach A.Roca has his fingers over his forehead, not looking happy there.
#76' Bengaluru FC are now just hoofing up the ball to create an attack. Not working though!
#73' Chhetri heads it to the top corner but is brilliantly tipped over by Karanjit Singh
#72' Sunil Chhetri takes a free kick but its deflected for a corner
#STAT ATTACK: Bengaluru FC with 3 shots on target and Chennaiyin FC with 5.
#66' GOAAALLLLL!! Raphael Augusto scores!!! what an evening he is having. Cuts back in and curl it to the bottom right corner. Very tough for Bengaluru FC from here. Chennaiyin FC 3-1 Bengaluru FC
#64' Chennaiyin FC are happy to keep the possession and BFC are pressing them quite well, need to score though.
#60' 30 minutes to go now and at this rate, Chennaiyin FC are poised to win the ISL for the second time.
#57' Neither side seem to be creating any clear-cut chances at this point
#54' Chhetri tried to do a Messi there but was outnumbered by Chennaiyin defenders.
#53' Good link-up between Augusto and Nelson, resulting to a corner!
#51' Udanta scores for Bengaluru but is flagged OFFSIDE! Bengaluru showing some urgency now. 1-2 for Chennaiyin FC
#49' A series of corners for Bengaluru FC, but nothing solid by them as the ball is finally cleared off!
#47' Chennaiyin FC looking all calm and composed, taking all the time with the possession.
# The second half begins!!
# Its Halftime and Chennaiyin FC would be jumping in joy after that late goal by Mailson. Stay tuned for the second half.
#45' GOAAAL! It’s Mailson Alves again, who rises up to meet a corner once again! Chennaiyin have the break at a crucial time.
#41' Both the team are being cautious now and that is the obvious thing to do with 5 minutes to go. No one wants to take a risk and concede before HT.
#38' OUCH! Clash of heads between Rahul Bheke and Raphael Augusto. No one is hurt.
#35' The players have lost a bit of energy and the game has slowed down a bit. Jeje looking all pumped up though.
#31' Bengaluru is moving for the second goal here. Dimas Delgado scuffs a shot from close range; really should have done better there.
#29' A little less than 30 minutes played and the match has been fantastic so far. Scores level, both sides looking to attack, hope this continue.
#26' Bengaluru FC are attacking well from the flanks, particularly the right. They need to attack centrally to trouble Chennaiyin more.
#23' Miku does well to a squeeze a cross in from a tight angle inside the box but it goes straight into the arms of Karanjit Singh.Corner!
#16' GOALLLL!!! Mailson Alves equalises for Chennaiyin from a corner. Chennaiyin once again show resilience. It's all square. What a start to the game! Bengaluru FC 1-1 Chennaiyin FC
#9' GOOOOAAAAAAAAL! Its Captain Fantastico Sunil Chhetri! Mike crosses and the skipper finishes in style. Bengaluru 1-0 Chennai
# Kick off! We are live at Sree Kanteveera Stadium
Bengaluru FC - Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Bpoithang Haokip, John Johnson, Juanan, Rahul Bheke, Lenny Rodrigues, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Miku
Chennaiyin FC - Karanjit Singh (GK), Inigo Calderon, Mailson Alves, Henrique Sereno, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Gregory Nelson, Raphael Ausgusto, Francisco Fernandes, Jeje Lalpekhlua