Bengaluru FC completes COMEBACK to become the first ISL-5 FINALISTS

Rohit Ganguly  |  ISL-5  |  1 Week Ago

Bengaluru FC overturned a one-goal deficit to pump in three late goals to secure their berth in the Indian Super League finals for the second time in their second consecutive appearance in Indian Super League, an incredible record shared or paralleled by none.


North East’s essay to unsettle BFC in the early stages saw Gurpreet pulling off a remarkable save, standing tall against a lashing effort of Mascia who was beautifully teed up by Gallego with a defence-splitting pass.


Twenty-two minutes into the game and Bengaluru came agonizingly close to restoring parity in terms of aggregate as Miku’s rasping header from point-blank range flew past the post.


Miku could have made amends within just a couple of minutes for his earlier miss only if he would not have blazed his shot over the woodwork after being squared off by Udanta from the right.


The Venezuelan marksman pulled off a stellar footwork show while he dribbled past Leudo, Grgic and Regan Singh with consummate ease mixing his right and left foot with equal brilliance but the culminating effort from Miku went straight into the hands of Pawan Kumar.

Just as the first-half was fizzling out into an impasse, Mascia took a shy at goal after curling the ball from distance which was palmed away to safety with equal dexterity by Gurpreet.

Bengaluru was in no mood to relent unless they could have penned a comeback. Just as the second half began, Nishu Kumar’s rasping effort from distance was parried away through a marvellous save from Pawan Kumar.


Bengaluru kept on originating a barrage of attacks until the scoreline reflected equality and Juanan, the central defender came within inches of scoring after being teed up brilliantly from the left, but his final shot was too hefty to roll into the net.


Bengaluru’s unsparing gung-ho finally reaped handsome dividends when Miku scored an absolute beauty from a searing cross of Udanta Singh to make the aggregate 2-2 for the hosts.


Just within a couple of minutes, Bengaluru came close to scoring again when Miku tried repaying the favour to Udanta by squaring him off with a delectable ball to slot home, however, the winger’s attempt was denied by an alert Pawan Kumar.

Bengaluru’s second goal was a perfect archetype of a stupendous counter-attack. After Udanta’s searing run through the middle, he carved a clinically precise lob using the tip of his foot to curl the ball into the goal but the effort came to a halt after striking the woodwork. The rebound fell at the feet of Dimas Delgado with the entire goal at his behest and the Spaniard blasted the ball into an empty net.


The hosts were still not done with the Highlanders. It was the Indian skipper, Sunil Chhetri who completed the rout for a high-soaring Bengaluru when he got the better of Pawan Kumar in a one-on-one situation and kept his calm to make it 3-0 for the hosts. Bengaluru will await the victors of FC Goa and Mumbai City in the final, with Carles Cuadrat already smelling blood.


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