Momentary brilliance witnessed Bengaluru FC being crowned as ISL 5 champions

Nitish Bhan  |  ISL-5  |  1 Month Ago

In what one would call to be the finale of the first waters, one moment of individual brilliance from a budding Rahul Bheke won the ISL crown for Bengaluru FC, leaving a numerically depleted Goa in shambles at the Mumbai Football Arena.


Bengaluru was set to fire on all cylinders seeking redemption for their loss in the preceding edition’s final at the hands of Chennaiyin FC, who weren’t even in the frame for this edition. FC Goa, on the contrary, was hellbent to prove a point after a phenomenal season under the chaperonage of Lobera.  


Despite the stands not being filled to the rafters, there was a considerable number of fans who poured in from all over the world to grace the historic finale between Goa and Bengaluru. The game kicked-off in what one would label as an electrifying ambience.


Amongst all the emotions brewing in the stands, the first-half petered out to an uneventful impasse. To add to the woes of the concourse, the only noteworthy essay in the entire half was Brandon Fernandes’ piledriver from the edge of the box missing the net by whiskers.


FC Goa probed Gurpreet’s herculean ability under the woodwork for the first time in the 66th minute when Ahmed Jahouh played a lovely one-two with Jackichand Singh to unleash a belter from the distance, only for Gurpreet to pull off a decent save.

The 80th minute of the game witnessed an incredible miss from the Venezuelan talisman, Miku. After a cheeky flip from the heel of Xisco, the ball fell right at the feet of Miku with the entire goal at his mercy and all he could manage was to strike the woodwork with the outside of his left foot from point-blank range.


The dying embers of the regulation time witnessed a couple of stupendous defending acts from both the contingencies. With Udanta squaring off a surging Miku with a delightful ball to slot home, Mourtada Fall hurled himself in the line of the Bengaluru striker to trade it for a corner. Delgado at the other end, committed to a leap of faith to cut short a scouring cross from FC Goa.



A couple of debatable calls in the first half of extra time shaped the fortune of the game and both of them went against the Gaurs.


The first one was a penalty appeal turned down when Serigne Mourtada Fall was tripped in the box. Fall’s sarcastic riposte to this decision clearly articulated his unhappiness about it.

The second incident saw Miku challenging Ahmed Jahouh for the ball, but the Moroccan star retaliated with a kick into the Venezuelan marksman’s gut and the referee did not hesitate in giving marching orders to Jahouh for a second yellow.


Despite FC Goa’s dogged efforts to rally back and put up the wall against a soaring Bengaluru, the damage was already done. Bengaluru took over the reins and Rahul Bheke rattled the deadlock in the 116th minute with an ingenious header flying into the back of the net, despite Pawan Kumar’s full-stretch dive.


After a dominant season and with some disappearing steam at the end, it was indeed a challenge for Cuadrat’s wards to go the extra mile for the glory. FC Goa did put up an extremely redoubtable fight but was undone to a minute of momentary brilliance from Rahul Bheke.


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