Bengaluru FC create history, beat defending champs to become 1st Indian club to enter AFC Cup final

Bengaluru FC ride on Sunil Chhetri's two goals to become first Indian club to enter AFC Cup final after beating Johor Darul Ta'zim.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:October 19, 2016 9:37 pm
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A brilliant Bengaluru FC created history after becoming the first football club from India to reach the final of Asian Cup. The Bangalore based club defeated defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim 3-1 in the second leg of the semi-final in Banglaore on Wednesday.

Bengaluru, a came which came into being just three years back, were led by their skipper Sunil Chhetri who scored two goals on either side of the half to put Bengaluru in the lead and Joanan sealed the game with a header in the 75th minute.

They will play the final of AFC Cup against Iraq’s Air Force Club on November 5. The venue of this match will be decided through a draw later.

The match began with Bengaluru dominating the possession but it was JDT who opened the scoring through Shafiq Rahim in the 11th minute. A thunderous strike from Safiq from the right side was straight to BFC goalie Amrinder who made an error let the ball go over him and into the goal after taking his hand.

But Chhetri equalised in the 40th minute with a header. He had a couple of misses before the goal but amended them with BFC’s first goal. Both teams went into half-time tied 1-1.

The second half began with Bengaluru once again showing intent but it was Chhetri once again who scored for them and it was a stunning strike.

From the left corner of the box, Chhetri moved backwards and fired in a shot on the turn, some 30 yards from the goal. The shot went like a rocket and into the top left corner to give BFC the lead.

Joanan headed home the third goal and sealed the game which gave BFC the win and knocked out defending champions JDT.