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Highlights, ISL 2018 Semi-final 2nd leg, Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune City: Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick powers hosts to final

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Highlights, ISL 2018 Semi-final 2nd leg, Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune City: Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick powers hosts to final
  • 22:32 (IST)

    So that's it from us. It was a great game of football as Bengaluru booked their place in the final. Sunil Chhetri with a sensational hat-trick made all the difference. They will now await the winners between FC Goa and Chennaiyin in the other semi-final on Tuesday. We will bring you all the updates from there. Our correspondent Anish Anand will bring all the updates from the Marina Arena. Till then keep following Firstpost for all the ISL news. Good night! 

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri on second half: We were slightly worried about the away goal. We got a bit calmer after the second goal but the alarm bellls started ringing after the 82nd minute. I am glad we got the third goal

  • 22:26 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri on playing final: We work very hard every day at this club. Right from the ball boy to the owner everybody puts in a shift. I am glad we are going in the right direction

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri on Panenka penalty: I didn't mean to be cheeky. I wasn't playing for the fans. I just wanted to mix it up. I saw him dive one way and that's what I did at that time

  • 22:24 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri on first goal: I didn't mean the first goal. It was a pass back for Miku

  • 22:21 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri's game in numbers! 

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Ranko Popovic on loss: Today our inexperienced showed. We didn't have a lot of experience especially in our Indian players like Bengaluru FC. That's why we lost today. But Sunil Chhetri deserved that hat-trick. He is a fantastic player

  • 22:18 (IST)

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri on the win: We beat one of the best teams in the ISL. They were so good. They made us work very hard.

  • 22:13 (IST)

    Sunil Chhetri: on the win The final is at the Sree Kanteerava. It would have been sad if we would have not been there. I told the boys in the bus. We have to do this.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Chhetri and Sandhu. Bengaluru's big boys turned up when it matters! 

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Bengaluru FC deserve it! 

  • 22:07 (IST)

    They got what they wanted! 

  • 22:07 (IST)

    Chennaiyin and FC Goa will have something to say! 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    The goal that got Chhetri his hat-trick and Bengaluru the ticket to the final! 

  • 22:01 (IST)

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    Bengaluru in the final! 

  • The party started fairly early here in Bengaluru and now the stadium is buzzing

  • 21:55 (IST)

    FT: Bengaluru FC 3-1 FC Pune CIty (Bengaluru win 3-1 on aggregate)

    All over! Bengaluru FC are in the final. They make history again. And it's all down to that man Sunil Chhetri. Hat-trick for the captain who proved to be the difference in the end. FC Pune City were second best for most parts but a piece of magic from Lucca gave them serious hope in the end. But Bengaluru prevailed and they will now play in the home final on 17 March.

  • Bengaluru fans are on their feet again. They know their team is going to the final. Chhetri has sealed it

  • 21:51 (IST)

    90' Bengaluru 3-1 Pune (Agg: 3-1)

    Meanwhile, 4 minutes of stoppage time has been added on. Surely not enough time for Pune to get 2 goals. But football is a funny game

  • 21:48 (IST)

    89' Bengaluru 3-1 Pune (Agg: 3-1)

    GOAL! Sunil Chhetri finishes it off. He gets his hat-trick and surely now Bengaluru are in the final. Pune left the door open for a counter and Chhetri kept his cool to finish it off. What a player! What a legend! 

  • 21:46 (IST)

    85' Bengaluru 2-1 Pune (Agg: 2-1)

    Bengaluru shutting up shop. Miku is off. Pune have the wind in their sails now. Nervy end to proceedings at the Kanteerava. Can Bengaluru hold on?

  • Oh oh, nobody was expecting that goal from Lucca. The crowd went silent for a moment before chanting their teams's name again. Pune showing much-needed urgency now.

  • 21:41 (IST)

    81' Bengaluru 2-1 Pune (Agg: 2-1)

    GOAL! Jonatyhan Lucca with a stunning free-kick. A goal from out of the blue for Pune and like I said they needed an inspiration. Now that they have it, can they break Bengaluru's hearts?

  • 21:40 (IST)

    80' Bengaluru 2-0 Pune (Agg: 2-0)

    The hosts slowing the game down. Pune seem out of ideas at the moment. Too many heavy touches and misplaced passes from the visitors. Rank Popovic's side need an inspiration from somewhere and need it quickly

  • 21:36 (IST)

    Emiliano Alfaro comes OFF for Pune City for Marcos Tebar. That's a surprise especially with Pune needing goals!

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Here's a the Marcelinho penalty incident before Chhetri's second goal

  • 21:32 (IST)

    75' Bengaluru 2-0 Pune (Agg: 2-0)

    Pune look deflated. They need to get their act together before it's too late

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Jonathan Lucca comes on for FC Pune City in place of Diego Carlos. Pune now need 2 goals to progress to the final

  • There's a sense of relief among the crowd after Chhetri converted the penalty. Maybe they think the game is over. While Chhetri was getting prepared to take the spot-kick, Roca called Erik Paartalu for an animated discussion.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    BANG! OFF THE CROSSBAR! What a strike from Rahul Bheke who fires a half volley onto the woodwork. Just like the frame of the goal, FC Pune City are arttling. Bengaluru on top. 

  • 21:25 (IST)

    65' Bengaluru 2-0 Pune (Agg: 2-0)

    GOAL! Panenka from Sunil Chhetri. He puts Bengaluru in the driver's seat. What a cool finish. Truly a legend

  • 21:22 (IST)

    PENALTY to Bengaluru! SunilChhetri fouled inside the box

  • 21:20 (IST)

    60' Bengaluru 1-0 FC Pune City (Agg: 1-0) 

    Much more even contest this. Pune's second half improvement has reduced the threat from Bengaluru in the second half. This was exactly what Popovic would have wanted from his troops in the opening fifteen minutes of the restart. Now Popovic would want to see more as an attacking force from his Pune side

  • Albert Roca gave plenty of instructions to Lenny Rodrigues before sending him on for Haokip. Lenny gets a warm applause from the crowd

  • Ranko Popovic went to the corner to argue with the referee about that penalty few minutes ago. He was swiftly sent away,  but he needs to be careful

  • 21:16 (IST)

    58' Bengaluru 1-0 FC Pune City (Agg: 1-0) 

    Bengaluru replace Boithang Haokip with Lenny Rodrigues. Albert Roca perhaps wants more energy to counter an improved Pune in this second half

  • 21:14 (IST)

    55' Bengaluru 1-0 FC Pune City

  • 21:11 (IST)

    53' Bengaluru 1-0 FC Pune City

    Pune appealing for a penalty as Marcelinho is fouled. But replays show that he was fouled outside the box. Right decision from the referee.

  • 21:10 (IST)

    50' Bengaluru FC 1-0 FC Pune City

    Slow start to the second half. Emiliano Alfaro going close for Pune but the cross for him was a tad too high. The longer it stays at 1-0, the more nervous this stadium will get. Pune have to stay in this encounter.

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Second half begins! 

  • 20:49 (IST)

    HT: Bengaluru FC 1-0 FC Pune City

    Quite clearly Bengaluru's half as they have dominated the play so far. They had chances to add to their lead and Chhetri came close just before half time. But as it stands it is his goal that has Bengaluru heading towards the final on 17 March. Pune have threatened in patches but they just need one goal to get into the driver's seat. Big second half coming up!

  • 20:46 (IST)

    45' Bengaluru 1-0 FC Pune City (Agg: 1-0) 

    Ohh dear! Subhashish Bose is booked for a foul and he will now miss the final if Bengaluru make it. So far they are on course and are leading 1-0 with half time around the corner

  • Intense stuff on the pitch. Ranko Popovic not at all happy with Pune players arguing with the referee over the  foul on Udanta.  He came screaming at his players near the corner flag. Meanwhile the crowd is chanting, "Fu****g disgrace"

  • 20:41 (IST)

    40' Bengaluru 1-0 FC Pune City (Agg: 1-0) 

    Pune losing their cool a bit. Thei players aren't happy with few tackles and have made their displeasure clear to the referee. But with 3 players on yellow cards, they could risk going down to ten men and making their task very difficult

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Rafael Lopez now into the referee's book. He is the third Pune player to have seen yellow today. Pune have to be careful

  • 20:36 (IST)

    Yellow card for FC Pune City's Diego Carlos

FT: Bengaluru FC 3-1 FC Pune CIty (Bengaluru win 3-1 on aggregate)

 

All over! Bengaluru FC are in the final. They make history again. And it's all down to that man Sunil Chhetri. Hat-trick for the captain who proved to be the difference in the end. FC Pune City were second best for most parts but a piece of magic from Lucca gave them serious hope in the end. But Bengaluru prevailed and they will now play in the home final on 17 March

Preview: After firing blanks in their first outing, Bengaluru FC will start as favourites at home against FC Pune City in an Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal second leg clash in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Pune and Bengaluru played out a 0-0 draw at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Pune on Wednesday. The game had few chances of note with the visitors getting the best of them but failing to make the most of their opportunities.

Sunil Chhetri's header put Bengaluru FC 1-0 up in the first half. Image Courtesy: ISL

Sunil Chhetri's header put Bengaluru FC 1-0 up in the first half. Image Courtesy: ISL

On Sunday, Bengaluru will hold the aces at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium where they have lost only twice out of nine league engagements.

The two-time I-League champions, who are in their debut season in the ISL, have rarely put a foot wrong since the first day.

The Albert Roca-coached side won 13 times out of their 18 league games, losing on just four occasions with one draw to show for.

They finished on an astounding 40 points, eight more than second-placed Chennaiyin FC who won the high-profile tournament in 2015.

In the goalscoring charts as well, Venezuelan striker Miku is on second in the list behind FC Goa's Ferran Corominas netting 14 times.

Skipper and talismanic forward Sunil Chhetri has been among goals as well, finding the back of the net 10 times.

Bengaluru have been unbeaten in their last nine games, winning seven of those.

Coming to their rivals, Pune have had somewhat of an inconsistent season finishing fourth in the league table with 30 points from 18 outings.

They Ranko Popovic-coached side banked on the pair of Uruguayan Emiliano Alfaro (9 goals) and Brazilian Marcelo Pereira (8 goals) for the goals and did just enough to win five of their first ten fixtures and solidify the base.

Pune will be without their head Ranko Popokovic, who was suspended by the disciplinary committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday due to public comments against referees and match officials.

Roca, after the last game, had told reporters that it was a "scare" for his players as the occasion got the better of them.

"We were the only team to create a couple of good chances, both of which came from set-pieces. But unfortunately, we have not scored. I think this game was a scare for the players," Roca had said.

Roca's counterpart Popovic had remarked that though he was happy with his team's performance, the result left him high and dry.

"I am satisfied with the performance, not with the result. The result is only the consequence of the work. Today we worked very hard and very well."

For the hosts, Harmanjyot Khabra is still nursing a rib injury he picked up during an AFC Cup game away to Maldives while Pune have no injury or suspension issues.

Nishu Kumar and Víctor Pérez Alonso are also out injured for Bengaluru.

At this venue, the two sides played out a 1-1 stalemate in February

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Mar 11, 2018 22:33 PM

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