THE CLASH OF CHAMPIONS: I-League prevailed over ISL in an epic #CheBen encounter

Rohit Ganguly  |  Super Cup  |  2 Weeks Ago

In a clash of champions, Chennai City FC had the last laugh over their ISL counterparts, Bengaluru FC, in the first quarter-final of the Super Cup 2019. Bengaluru came undone to the Spanish Armada that fired home two of the finest strikes from Nestor Gordillo and Pedro Manzi respectively while the Blues managed to pull one back through Sunil Chhetri.


Despite running early rings around Chennai City FC, Bengaluru was left stunned to Nestor Gordillo’s momentary brilliance. Tarif Akhand unleashed a vicious through ball right from the defence, intended for a surging Nestor. The ball found its man, splitting through a couple of BFC defenders and Nestor, with an adept first touch, controlled the delivery and blasted it into the net past a flying Gurpreet.


Bengaluru came within inches of restoring parity within just six minutes of Chennai’s goal only if Xisco could have kept his blazing pile driver on target.


After being pegged back by Nestor’s screamer, Bengaluru started firing on all cylinders as Mauro Boerchio was summoned to pull off a flying save from Miku’s long ranger in the 25th minute.


The 6’5 towering Chennai custodian stole the night when he stood tall to deny Sunil Chhetri the equalizer from the spot. The referee did not hesitate in pointing at the dreaded spot when Sunil was yanked by Romario even without a ball at his feet. Chhetri stepped up and in an attempt to pull off a Pogba stance while taking the penalty, blasted the spot kick right at the strong hands of a diving Mauro.

Just at the other end of this attack, Chennai City doubled their cushion as Pedro Manzi belted an exquisite curler beyond Gurpreet into the top–right corner of the net, being squared off by Nestor Gordillo.


Just when things seemed to be spiralling out of BFC’s control, an unmarked Sunil Chhetri headed home an impeccable corner from Dimas Delgado.


Bengaluru upped the ante on several gears in the dying embers of the game to find that most coveted equalizer. The towering Chennai custodian pulled off another miraculous save diving to his left from a Delgado header. Chhetri made brilliant use of his right foot’s out-step to carve a peach of an opportunity for Delgado, only for Mauro to deny him.


In the dying embers of the game, the Italian shot-stopper dived low to his right to pull off the finest save of the night to parry Sunil’s strike from close quarters. After a topsy-turvy slugfest of 90 regulations minutes, it was Chennai who booked the first semi-final berth of the Hero Super Cup 2019.


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