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ISL 2018-19 Final Highlights, Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa match updates: Bengaluru win title after late win

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ISL 2018-19 Final Highlights, Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa match updates: Bengaluru win title after late win

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Mar 17, 2019 - 22:57 (IST)

That's it from our coverage of the ISL final. Congratulations to Bengaluru FC for lifting their maiden title. We thank our correspondents Anish Anand and Aadi Nair for their updates. Good night!

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:55 (IST)

BENGALURU 2018-19 ISL CHAMPIONS!

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:33 (IST)

PERENNIAL WINNERS!

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:26 (IST)

A new ISL champion! Bengaluru FC!

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:20 (IST)

THREE-TIME INDIAN CHAMPIONS! BENGALURU FC! 

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:19 (IST)

FC Goa go down fighting!

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:10 (IST)

FT:  Bengaluru FC 1-0 FC Goa    

BENGALURU ARE CHAMPIONS! Rahul Bheke, the Mumbai lad wins it for the Blues in his hometown. What a performance!

 

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:08 (IST)

ET- 120' Bengaluru FC 1-0 FC Goa    

Two minutes added on after extra time. Bengaluru are almost there!

 

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:05 (IST)

ET- 117' Bengaluru FC 1-0 FC Goa    

GOAL! Rahul Bheke rises highest to find the back of the net. Bengaluru have the breakthrough and in all likelihood the title. What a header from the Mumbai lad

 

Mar 17, 2019 - 22:01 (IST)

ET- 112' Bengaluru FC 0-0 FC Goa    

Kean Lewis comes on for Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar goes off for Boithang Haokip

 

 

FT:  Bengaluru FC 0-0 FC Goa    

Phew! Exciting last few minutes. First it was Fall's brilliant bit defending and then Goa's break almost saw the goal if not for Delgado's clearance. Lobera was not happy with the referee for not giving the last corner. Overall, it has been a decent half but both teams didn't do enough to create good chances.

Preview: Pipped at the post by a common nemesis in the past, Bengaluru FC and FC Goa will take another shot at glory when they square off in the final of Indian Super League in Mumbai on Sunday.

Both the teams made it to the summit clash, to be played at the Mumbai Football Arean, in rather contrasting manner.

Bengaluru had sealed their place in the final for the second successive year with a 3-0 win against NorthEast United FC in the second leg of the play-off, recovering from a 2-1 defeat in the first leg.

Goa, despite a 1-0 loss to Mumbai City FC in the second leg semi-final, made it to the final on better aggregate, having won the first leg 5-1.

Goa were the runners up in 2015, while Bengaluru ended up second best last season. Coincidentally, both the teams had lost to Chennaiyin FC in their respective summit clashes.

Going by history, Bengaluru have edge against Goa. In four meetings between the two teams, Bengaluru have won thrice while Goa's only win came in a tight clash (4-3) last season, in which Bengaluru were down to 10 men after goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was sent off.

The in-form Goa will pin their hopes on 36-year-old star striker Ferran Corominas of Spain, who is the leading scorer this season, with 16 goals to his name.

Corominas has only got better as the tournament progressed and is in line for his second successive Golden Boot award. A good outing on Sunday will only help his cause.

Apart from the strikes, Corominas has seven assists to his credit. He will be a key player along with compatriot Edu Bedia, who has seven goals to his credit and six assists.

The duo form a lethal pair and can breach any defence on their day, and Bengaluru's could be no exception.

Two other important cogs in Goa's wheel are mid-fielders - Moroccon Hugo Boumous, who has five assists to his name, and 26-year old Manipur-born Jackichand Singh.

Added to these names, the likes of Brandon Fernandes, Zaid Krouch and Mandar Rao Dessai make Goa a formidable outfit and the Bengaluru defence could come under immense pressure.

Goa's defence would be manned by Mourtada Fall, Mohamed Ali, Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes and Lalhmangaih.

It would be also interesting to see whether Goa use the services of experienced custodian Laxmikant Kattimani or opt for Naveen Kumar, who also has been quite impressive this season.

While Bengaluru's Indian players are in better form, Goa's game is heavily dependent on their foreigners, especially Corominas, Ahmed Jahouh and Bedia and if they don't play well, Goa tend to suffer.

For Bengaluru, two important players who have the ability to change the course of a game anytime are Miku and the charismatic Sunil Chhetri.

Chhetri has so far netted nine goals and Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat would want him to be at his best and will expect the same from Miku, who has scored five times.

Bengaluru will also have high expectations from speedy winger Udanta Singh, who has so far struck five goals.

They also have an array of strong mid-fielders and defenders, who will have to be on their toes against an impressive FC Goa forwardline.

The southern outfit also has in its ranks India's vastly experienced custodian Gurpreet, who has made 59 saves this season. He would be more than keen to maintain a clean sheet, but considering Goa's form it won't be an easy task.

With inputs from PTI

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