Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

ISL Final: Chennaiyin FC defeat Bengaluru FC

ISL Final: Chennaiyin FC defeat Bengaluru FC

Though they pulled one back in the 90th minute through Miku, it was more of a consolation for their valiant effort as Chennaiyin celebrated their second ISL title in three years.

By Shashank Nair Chennaiyin FC denied a partisan home crowd its desire as they pulled off an upset to beat debutants Bengaluru FC in the final of the Indian Super League on Saturday at the Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore.

The two-time I-League and two-time Federation Cup champions have proved their mettle in the glitzy ISL too and have one final hurdle to cross before being declared the best in Indian football. "Taking the lead just before half-time gave us a huge advantage. Sadly, we could not win the final". "I've been on the opposite side at times and conceding before the break really deflates you", he said.

Chennaiyin FC kept their composure and their attempts materialised ten minutes later when Mailson Alves scored the equaliser in the seventeenth minute of the game.

"And the third goal kind of helped us relax a little bit more. I understand they want me here but I need to think of my family, of my future", he said. But after ending the league as the team's top-scorer with 15 goals, he termed it as "a disappointing end".

Chhetri had a glorious opportunity to make the last few minutes exciting but he inexplicably blazed the ball over the bar with a couple of minutes left.

The chants "When the Blues go marching in" and "Hum Honge Kaamyaab" vibrated through the stadium as a dejected Bengaluru team mourned a disappointing defeat.

"And they made it hard for us".

And then he scored again at the stroke of half-time, sending the Machans into delirium.The support at the other end, however, never died.

Gurpreet was called into action soon into the second half with Nelson testing him with a right-footer and moments later Udanta went flying down the right, only to see his cross go across the face of goal without troubling Chennaiyin.

He also lauded his players for their grit and never-say-die attitude to turn the tables and win a final at their opponents' den.

BFC have already seen Spanish midfielder Edu Garcia sign for Chinese Super League team Zhejiang Lucheng this season for an undisclosed fee, a deal that made them the first Indian club to earn a fee from a foreign club for the transfer of a player. The home team were now all in.

"We showed a lot of gumption". And that's been the story of our season. "They are an fantastic and incredible bunch of players". Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text.

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