Federation Cup Semifinal: Bengaluru through to the Final after winning a tough match against I-League Champions Aizawl

Koushik Venkatesh  |  Bengaluru FC  |  1 Year Ago

Aizawl FC were coming out of their group undefeated with two wins and draw and have a clean record against Bengaluru FC in the Federation Cup, having won both their games last season. Whilst Bengaluru FC have a couple of injuries to deal with and more importantly they are also missing their captain, Sunil Chhetri from a minor hamstring problem.


Bengaluru started the game strongly by taking an early lead in the eighth minute through the botched tackle of an Aizawl defender which saw the referee award Bengaluru FC a penalty to be eventually converted with ease by Cameron Watson, who picked up his first goal for the Blues. Bengaluru FC built their defence around this lead by thwarting away any chance that Aizawl had on goal. Juanan came up with a brilliant tackle to stop Kamo who was through on goal and was certain to score. The Aizawl attackers threw everything at Bengaluru but the blues were well equipped to stop anything and everything. Aizawl, who were always going all out, had a lot of clear cut chances with one of them being a free header to Kamo who completely headed the ball off target.


The Second half began with a flourish for the reds as they were on the search for the equaliser. Renowned for always coming back from a losing situation, they were not ready to give up just yet with Kamo constantly proving to be a menace to the Bengaluru backline. Just like in the first half, Aizawl had their fair share of chances but it was to no avail as the Blues defending seemed to be seamless on the day. There were seven minutes that were to be added on at the end of regulation time. The game was far from over when Aizawl had a penalty awarded right at the end of stoppage time when Kamo was brought down by Jhingan.  


The game looked like it was poised for another thirty minutes but Amrinder Singh had other ideas who pounced on the right to save the penalty which was the last play of the game.


Bengaluru FC wins the game 1-0 and are through to the finals of the Federation Cup. They will now face either Mohun Bagan or Kingfisher East Bengal in the finals of the Federation cup.


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