ISL: Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast 3-0 in 2nd leg to reach second consecutive final

first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 22:34 IST ISL 2018-19: Bengaluru FC’s second leg-win over NorthEast United took them to the final. (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBengaluru FC finished as runners-up of last season’s ISLBengaluru FC lost the 1st leg but beat NorthEast United in the second to reach the finalNorthEast United had scored two goals at home but failed to score any in BengaluruBengaluru FC made it to the final of the Indian Super League for the second season in a row after they defeated NorthEast United FC at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday. Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast United FC 3-0 in the second leg to make it to the final 3-2 on aggregate.Bengaluru FC had lost the first leg in Guwahati 2-1 but they roared in front of a massive home support on Monday to win the match and get to the final stage of the competition.Miku (72′), Dimas Delgado (87′) and Sunil Chhetri (90+2′) scored for Bengaluru to take them to victory.Earlier, Bengaluru FC had finished on top of the table after the league stage of the competition.Bengaluru FC had finished as the runners-up of the ISL last season after they lost to Chennaiyin FC in the final at home.After a dominant first few minutes by Bengaluru, it were NorthEast who threatened first against the run of play. Federico Gallego nicked the ball off Dimas’s feet and charged at the Bengaluru defence. The Uruguayan fed Juan Mascia into the box who, with just Gurpreet Singh to beat, shot straight at the goalkeeper from a narrow angle. With NorthEast posing a threat from counter-attacks, Miku missed two glorious chances to score in the space of two minutes. In the 23rd minute, Nishu Kumar delivered a delightful cross into the centre of the box from the left flank but Miku headed it over the bar. Two minutes later, Udanta Singh was released down the right flank and the winger’s cut-back from the byline was sent wide from close-range by the Venezuelan striker. Miku nearly made amends for his misses with a terrific solo run after the half an hour mark. The striker shimmied past multiple NorthEast players on his way into the box, but sent a weak effort straight into the gloves of Pawan Kumar. The visitors rang the alarm bell again before the break as Mascia’s thunderous strike from outside the box swerved towards goal but Gurpreet kept his eyes on the ball to make a good save.advertisementBengaluru got off the blocks quickly after the restart and put pressure on NorthEast United defence but brilliant saves from Pawan Kumar kept NorthEast in the game. As Bengaluru chased a goal, NorthEast were pushed further back into their own half as the second half wore on. A cross from the right flank by Xisco Hernandez was flicked into the path of Juanan by Harmanjot Khabra but the defender blasted the ball over the bar from close-range. Bengaluru finally found the net in the 72nd minute when Khabra found Xisco on the right flank. The Spaniard passed to Udanta who whipped a brilliant cross into the box for Miku who guided the ball into the net with a faint left-footed finish and broke NorthEast United hearts.NorthEast desperately sought an equaliser and were caught out on the break by Udanta in the 87th minute. He charged into space from his own half and attempted a chip that ricocheted off the post into the path of an onrushing Dimas who slotted home.A desperate NorthEast were punished again in added time. Chhetri played a one-two with Udanta and dribbled into the box. With just Pawan Kumar to beat, the Indian international skipped past the goalkeeper and caressed the ball into the net to spark jubilant scenes in Bengaluru.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Bengaluru FCFollow NorthEast United FCFollow ISL 2018-19Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow MikuFollow Dimas DelgadoFollow Sunil Chhetri Next ISL: Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast 3-0 in 2nd leg to reach second consecutive finalIndian Super League: Bengaluru FC scored three goals against NorthEast United FC in the second leg of the semi-final at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru to advance to the final 4-2 on aggregate.advertisementlast_img

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