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BENGALURU FC WIN THE 5th EDITION OF INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE - 2018-19
17.03.2019 ( FINAL) : BENGALURU FC
FC GOA (FT)
RAHUL BHEKE (117')
: 105': AMHED JAHOUH OF FC GOA FOR ROUGH TACKEL TO FEDOR OF BENGALURU FC
: Gurpreet, Khabra, Rahul, Juanan, Nishu, Dimas, Barrera, Udanta, Hernandez, Chhetri, Fedor.
: Naveen, Seriton, Fall, Pena, Mandar, Lenny, Jahouh, Jackichand, Bedia, Brandon, Corominas.
MOHUMMED TAKI BIN JAHARI.
Man of the Match
: Rahul Bheke - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match
: Dimas Delgado - DO-
: Nishu Kumar - DO-
: Mourtada Fall - FC GOA
: Bengaluru FC
PRESS RELEASE ISL
:A vociferous crowd stood witness as Bengaluru FC defeated FC Goa 1-0 after 120 minutes of intense football to be crowned the 2018-19 Hero Indian Super League champions at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Sunday. After no goals separated the teams at the end of normal time, Rahul Bheke (118’) headed home a corner to exorcise Bengaluru’s demons from last year’s final as they lifted the coveted trophy for the first time. FC Goa were left to rue the red card Ahmed Jahouh picked up in the first half of extra-time as their wait for a first-ever ISL title continued.
Bengaluru came well prepared and threatened the Goa defence as early as the sixth minute. Nishu Kumar and Sunil Chhetri combined well on the left flank before the latter found Miku at the edge of the box. The Venezuelan striker shimmied his way past a crowd of defenders inside the box but a loose touch at the end of his spectacular solo run allowed goalkeeper Naveen Kumar to get to the ball. Minutes later, Jahouh picked out Jackichand Singh's run down the right flank with a delightful diagonal as Goa countered from their own half. The Indian wingers delivered a brilliant cross to the far post where an onrushing Ferran Corominas skied his volley wide.
Bengaluru had the better of the early exchanges as the trio of Miku, Chhetri and Udanta Singh found joy in the attacking third. But Goa were dealt a blow before the break as Mandar Rao Dessai, in an attempt to get to a through-ball by Edu Bedia, succumbed to a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by young Saviour Gama at left-back.After a sluggish start to the second half, FC Goa slowly took control of the game and started to boss possession. They created chances at will and one such move saw Jackichand’s effort from a tight angle go straight into the gloves of Gurpreet Singh.
A few minutes later, Jackichand found Jahouh at the edge of the box. The Moroccan midfielder's first-time shot, however, was saved by Gurpreet in goal. Cuadrat responded to Goa's growing influence by making an attacking change as Luisma replaced Alejandro Barrera. The Blues went ever so close in the 81st minute when Chhetri's layoff inside the box was cleverly heeled into the path of Miku by Xisco Hernandez. The striker, with just the goalkeeper to beat, curled his strike onto the bar before seeing another strike blocked by Mourtada Fall in injury time.
The tempo slowed down as the game moved onto extra-time with both teams unwilling to take risks going forward. Bengaluru did, however, get their first shot on target when Xisco found space and time on the ball to hit a piledriver from outside the box.Goa were reduced to 10 men in the 105th minute when Ahmed Jahouh retaliated to a challenge by Miku. The midfielder picked up a second yellow and had to take the lonely walk back.
That turned out to be a game-changer as Bengaluru assumed control of the game. And they got the precious goal they were looking for in the 116th minute. Dimas delivered a corner-kick into the box for Bheke who produced a spectacular looping header that Naveen Kumar could only push on to the post and inside the goal as the Bengaluru faithful went into delirium. The Blues stood firm to prevent a 10-man Goa from snatching a late equaliser and clinched their first Hero ISL trophy.
THE FIRST HALF OF EXTRA TIME STILL GOAL LESS.
TO AMHED JAHOUH OF FC GOA FOR ROUGH TACKEL TO FEDOR OF BENGALURU FC AT THE 105TH MINUTE OF THE MATCH.
THE MATCH ENDED GOAL LESS IN 90 MINUTES OF PLAY. THE MATCH WILL MOVE IN TO EXTRA TIME.
PREVIEW ----- BENGALURU & GOA ARE READY TO CLASH FOR ISL TITTLE
The favorites, FC Goa and Bengaluru FC will going to clash on Sunday evening for the tittle honour in Indian Super League at Mumbai Football Arena. These two teams were the finalist in the recent past but had to bow down in front Chennain FC in the final.
Bengaluru FC lost against Chenniyian FC in the last year, while FC Goa had to face a defeat in the year 2015 against the Chenniyian franchise. So. this year Indian football will going to welcome a new champion in ISL.
Goa, despite a loss against Mumbai in the second leg semifinal reached the final by a aggregate goal margin of 5-1. Bengaluru FC scored thrice after being a 2-1 defeat against North East United in the first leg semi final.
Both the teams had a decent performance so far in league stages as well as in the semifinals. It is expected to be a competetive match in the final.
In the pre match press conference FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera said, "Whatever happened in the past stays in the past. The final is a completely different game. We played well in the semi-finals, but the final is a different game. It is true that Bengaluru have won more matches against us. But we come here with the intention of winning the final. We can learn from those mistakes. "
While interacting with the media, Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat said, I know my players. They are eager to play for titles, and they are eager to win trophies. I want them to be calm, to play well and to manage the game in a way that will help us. Finals, in general, bring out one special performance. It happens all over in the history of football. Some players shine spectacularly in the big games. We have players like Sunil, Gurpreet, Udanta and many others who can shine. The problem is that Goa also have many players who can have a great game."
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