ISL 2018 final, Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC, highlights: CHE crowned champs

Get highlights of ISL 2018 final between Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC here. Chennaiyin FC beat Bengaluru FC 3-2 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday to be crowned ISL 2017-18 champions.

football Updated: Mar 17, 2018 22:45 IST
Shayne Dias
Shayne Dias
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Get highlights of ISL 2018 final between Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC here. Chennaiyin FC beat Bengaluru FC 3-2 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday to be crowned ISL 2017-18 champions. (ISL / SPORTZPICS)

Indian Super League (ISL) debutants Bengaluru FC lost 3-1 to Chennaiyin FC in the final of the 2017-18 edition of the tournament on Saturday. Sunil Chhetri gave Bengaluru FC an early lead but Mailson Alves equalised for Chennaiyin FC minutes later. Right at the stroke of half-time, Alves scored again to put Chennaiyin FC in front. Raphael Augusto scored in the 67th minute to all but kill off the game. Miku pulled one back for the home side in stoppage time but Chennaiyin FC held on to become two-time ISL champions. Get highlights of Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC here.

10:45 PM IST: That’s it from our side, thank you so much for joining us! Until next time, goodbye and goodnight.

10:40 PM IST: Chennaiyin FC collect their winners medals and hoist the ISL trophy aloft!

10:35 PM IST: Bengaluru FC players now collect their runners-up medals. The West Block Blues serenade them one last time for this season.

10:30 PM IST: Sunil Chhetri is unsurprisingly given the player of the season award.

10:25 PM IST: The end of season awards are now being handed out.

10:20 PM IST: Mailson Alves is unsurprisingly given the Man of the Match award. His brace turned the game on its head.

10:15 PM IST: Chennaiyin join ATK in becoming two-time ISL champions. John Gregory has built a solid side here and it wouldn’t be surprising if he receives a contract extension very soon.

10:10 PM IST: Bengaluru FC will feel a little hard done by. Aside from Udanta’s goal harshly being ruled out for offside, they were denied what seemed a stonewall penalty as well. But the game could have also been so different had Chhetri finished that chance late in the second half. Nevertheless, the ISL debutants have no reason to be ashamed after how their season has gone.

10:05 PM IST: Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory after the win: “The support has always been amazing from the staff, owners, fans, everyone! I’ve felt at home from the first moment.”

10:00 PM IST: And the curse of the ISL group-toppers continues. A side that finishes top in the ISL group stages has never gone on to win the trophy. Bengaluru FC were expected to break the jinx this year, but Chennaiyin FC were the better side on the day.

9:57 PM IST: Full-time - Bengaluru FC 2-3 Chennaiyin FC. Chennaiyin FC are champions again!

9:53 PM IST: GOAL! Miku scores in the beginning of stoppage time. Can Bengaluru somehow mount a comeback?

9:48 PM IST: Oh Chhetri! The skipper has essentially an empty net to aim at from six yards out after some confusion inside the box, but somehow skies his effort.

9:44 PM IST: The game has slowed down even more over the past few minutes, if that is possible. Not that Chenaiyin FC fans will complain...

9:40 PM IST: A little over 10 minutes to go and Chennaiyin seem to have one hand on the trophy.

9:36 PM IST: Meanwhile, Inigo Calderon took a knock to the head and is going off for treatment. The game rolls on.

9:32 PM IST: Bengaluru figuratively throwing the kitchen sink at Chennaiyin now. They need a goal, and fast.

9:28 PM IST: GOAL! There it is! Raphael Augusto gets Chennaiyin’s third and that looks to have all but killed the game off.

9:25 PM IST: Chennaiyin are probing Bengaluru’s defence now but they’re sure taking their sweet time in getting forward. If they can get a third now, that’s game over.

9:22 PM IST: 30 minutes to go now and at this rate, Chennaiyin FC are poised to win the ISL for the second time.

9:19 PM IST: Neither side seem to be creating any clear-cut chances at this point.

9:15 PM IST: Bengaluru continue to pile pressure on Chennaiyin but the away side sit tight. We could be in for a very tactical second half.

9:12 PM IST: Chennaiyin now showing some urgency whilst going forward. Meanwhile, Udanta scores for Bengaluru but is flagged offside in what was a very close call by the official!

9:09 PM IST: The pace of the game remains slow. Not that Chennaiyin would mind, but Bengaluru need to show some urgency to get back in the game.

9:06 PM IST: The second half is now underway!

8:51 PM IST: Half-time:Bengaluru FC 1-2 Chennaiyin FC. A Mailson Alves double cancels out Sunil Chhetri’s opening goal and the away side lead at half-time.

8:48 PM IST: GOAAAL! It’s Mailson Alves again, who rises up to meet a corner once again! Chennaiyin have the break at a crucial time.

8:43 PM IST: The game has slowed down considerably but with 5 minutes to go before the break and scores level, that’s expected. Neither side wants to concede just before the break.

8:39 PM IST: Ouch. Nasty collision of heads between Rahul Bheke and Raphael Augusto. Luckily no one was hurt.

8:36 PM IST: The game has slowed down a bit now as the end of the half draws nearer. Chennaiyin need to work harder to get the ball to Jeje in dangerous positions.

8:33 PM IST: Bengaluru looking likelier to get the second. Dimas Delgado scuffs a shot from close range; really should have done better there.

8:30 PM IST: A little less than 30 minutes played and this final has been a good one thus far. Scores level, both sides looking to attack... long may this continue.

8:27 PM IST: So far, Bengaluru are attacking solely from the flanks, particularly the right. They need to attack centrally more often to trouble Chennaiyin more.

8:24 PM IST: Miku does well to a squeeze a cross in from a tight angle inside the box but it goes straight into the arms of Karanjit Singh.

8:20 PM IST: GOAL! Chennaiyin FC won a corner and it results in Mailson Alves rising over everyone and heading past Gurpreet. The scores are level.

8:18 PM IST: Chennaiyin are responding well to falling behind early, but need to do more in the final third. That killer ball has been lacking and Jeje can’t do much if devoid of service.

8:15 PM IST: This is exactly the start Chennaiyin FC would not have wanted. Conceding early means they will have to push forward in search of an equaliser now.

8:12 PM IST: GOAL! It’s Sunil Chhetri who gives the home side the lead with a wonderful diving header after a cross from Udanta finds him in space. Bengaluru FC lead!

8:08 PM IST: Chennaiyin finally beginning to grow into the game. However, no clear-cut scoring chances have been created just yet.

8:05 PM IST: Bengaluru starting the game in full-on attack mode. Chennaiyin are happy to sit back in the early stages of the match.

8:02 PM IST: The referee blows his whistle and we are officially underway!

7:55 PM IST: The players have emerged from the tunnel and the atmosphere is electric. This is a big moment for all players involved.

7:50 PM IST: Only 10 minutes to go till kick-off. To kill some time, click here to find out who will be the key players for their respective sides and why.

7:45 PM IST: Beginner’s luck - Bengaluru FC could become the only side to win both the ISL and the I-League in their debut season.

7:40 PM IST: Elite club - Should Chennaiyin FC win today’s final, they will become the only the second side after ATK to have lifted the trophy twice.

7:35 PM IST: Stat attack - No side that has topped the table in the league stages has gone on to win the title previously. Can Bengaluru FC reverse this trend today?

7:30 PM IST: We are only 30 minutes away from kick-off now. Till then, read about the potential strengths and weaknesses of Bengaluru FC here. For a look at Chennaiyin’s high and low points, click here.

7:20 PM IST: Given that this is the final, no surprise at all that both sides are going with their strongest possible starting XI. Both XI’s pick themselves at this point.

7:10 PM IST: Chennaiyin FC starting XI - Karanjit Singh; Inigo Calderon, Mailson Alves, Henrique Sereno, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Dhanpal Ganesh, Bikramjit Singh, Francisco Fernandes, Raphael Augusto, Gregory Nelson; Jeje Lalpekhlua.

7:10 PM IST: Bengaluru FC starting XI - Gurpreet Singh Sandhu; Boithang Haokip, John Johnson, Juanan, Rahul Bheke; Lenny Rodrigues, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Sunil Chhetri; Miku.

7:00 PM IST: Kick-off is exactly an hour away now. The game promises to be an interesting battle of styles between two extremely well-oiled sides. Team line-ups will be out soon enough...

6:50 PM IST: Ahead of the summit clash, click hereto get know about Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca and Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory.

6:40 PM IST: Bengaluru FC will be eyeing their maiden ISL title today. In contrast, Chennaiyin FC were crowned champions in 2015 and will hope to repeat that feat.

6:30 PM IST: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Indian Super League final between Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC!

Bengaluru FC only made their ISL debut this season but they have impressed all and sundry with their attractive style of play. Led by Indian football team talisman Sunil Chhetri, the home team have been in dominant form throughout the season. In Chhetri and Venezuelan striker Miku, they have a forward line that has scored 27 goals between them so far in this campaign. The Albert Roca-coached side go into the final as the favourites to win the trophy.

By contrast, Chennaiyin FC had a slow start to the campaign but their emphasis on solidity at the back and working hard as a team saw them outlast the other sides to reach the final for a second time. The John Gregory-coached side are not bereft of star power, with star striker Jeje Lalpekhlua leading their front-line. They stunned everyone by beating FC Goa 4-1 on aggregate in the two-legged semi-final and will hope to pull off another upset today.

First Published: Mar 17, 2018 17:53 IST