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Highlights, ISL 2018 final, Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin: Chennaiyin win second title after 3-2 win over Bengaluru FC
Catch Live score and updates of 2017-18 ISL final between Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC from the Sree Kanteerava stadium
Chennaiyin lift the trophy!
The moment has arrived for Chennaiyin who lift the title for the second time Excellent scenes at the Kanteerava
CHENNAIYIN ARE CHAMPIONS!
FT: Bengaluru FC 1-3 Chennaiyin FC
The referee blows the full time whistle and John Gregory's men have done a job on Bengaluru in their own backyard. A ruthlessly clinical performance from the visitors hands them their second title in 4 years. Chennaiyin players are ecstatic, Bengaluru are crestfallen. Great scenes at the Kanteerava.
67' Bengaluru FC 1-3 Chennaiyin
GOAL! Raphael Augusto with fine finish. Jeje does well to hold the ball after failing to go behind the the defence, and lays it off for Augusto who curls it into the far post. Chennaiyin have been ruthlessly efficient and have one hand on the trophy
HT: Bengaluru FC 1-2 Chennaiyin
What a top half of football. It's been non-stop action in this first half. Bengaluru have edged the play in this one but find themselves behind after conceding 2 goals from as many corners to Mailson Alves. Albert Roca will be disappointed. All to play for in the second half.
45' Bengaluru FC 1-2 Chennaiyin
GOAL! Mailson Alves again! The big center-half rises again and the Bengaluru defenders have no answer to it. There is nothing Gurpreet Singh Sandhu can do about it. Chennaiyin having trailed lead after 2 goals from set-pieces.
16' Bengaluru FC 1-1 Chennaiyin
GOAL! Mailson Alves equalises for Chennaiyin from a corner. Chennaiyin once again show resilience. It's all square. What a start to the game!
8' Bengaluru FC 1-0 Chennaiyin
GOAL! It's that man Sunil Chhetri again. And once again it's Udanta Singh who provides the assist. The winger gets behind the defence with his pace and sends a brilliant cross for Chhetri. The cross takes a deflection to perfectly fall in Chhetri's path who makes no mistake
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Preview: Having dominated the competition in their debut season in the Indian Super League (ISL), Bengaluru FC face one last hurdle in Chennaiyin FC in the final in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Bengaluru were by far the strongest team during the league phase, winning 13 of their 18 matches to lead the table with 40 points, eight more than second placed Chennaiyin.
They produced ample evidence of their form during the semi-finals, riding a hat-trick by skipper Sunil Chetri to thrash FC Pune City 3-1 in the second leg.
While Bengaluru dominated their opponents, Chhetri proved once again that he is one of the most consistent performers in Indian football.
Bengaluru fans will expect more of the same from their captain on Saturday.
In their short history of four years, Bengaluru have enjoyed unprecedented success.
They have won either the I-League or Federation Cup in every season and are overwhelming favourites to win the ISL title on debut.
"We started (our preparations) earlier than other teams because of the AFC Cup. We have tried to succeed. There is one more step to do right now but until now I am happy for everyone. The fans have always been behind us," Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca said on Friday.
"Tomorrow is a big game against a very difficult team. Chennaiyin have shown a lot of quality. I am not expecting an easy game. It will be the most difficult game of the season," he added.
Significantly, Bengaluru FC are unbeaten in their last 10 matches, winning eight of them.
However, Bengaluru face formidable foes in Chennaiyin FC.
Chennaiyin FC will also fancy their chances, having defeated Bengaluru FC 2-1 at their own den during the league stage, thanks to a last-minute goal from Dhanpal Ganesh.
Against FC Goa in the semi-finals, Chennaiyin FC negated the threat of Goa's dangerous strike pair of Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote and will hope to do the same against Sunil Chhetri and Miku, who have combined to score 27 of Bengaluru's 38 goals.
"We are going into this game with a lot of confidence. We know that we have won there before, and we are not the only team (to defeat Bengaluru FC at home). We have utmost respect for everything they have achieved. We are Chennaiyin. We are not afraid of anyone," Chennaiyin coach John Gregory said during the pre-match media interaction.
With inputs from IANS
Expressing concerns over safety of the away team and its supporters, FC Goa has called for an inquiry into the incident.
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