To the joy of its fans, Bengaluru FC reached the finals in the Indian Super League on Monday thanks to a patient and professional performance in its home turf against North East United FC. This is the second time that the team is reaching the finals.
The team will play the final on March 17 against the winners of the other semi final between Mumbai and Goa. Currently the balance is hugely in favour of Goa with them leading 5-1 over their neighbours.
The second leg of the semi-finals were crucial with BFC trailing by a margin of 2-1 in the game held in Guwahati.
Goals by captain Sunil Chhetri, Dimas Degado and Miku on Monday night in front of a 21,000 odd crowd resulted in a cake walk in the end for the Blues.
However, things were not as easy as the scoreline suggests with the game ending 0-0 at half time with striker Miku scrambling two good chances.
With time running out and BFC needing a goal, tricky winger Udanta broke free on the right and crossed in for Miku to slide a smart finish in to the net. At 1-0 and with BFC defending a corner, it was Udanta who raced clear once again and when his chip hit the post, Dimas followed with the finish to make it 2-0, giving the home side the much needed insurance.
NEUFC still needed only one goal to make it 2-1 and get back in the contest but when skipper Chhetri rounded the keeper and finished to make it 3-0.
Last season, Bengaluru FC had to settle as the second best team in the ISL after losing the finals to Chennai FC 2-3 in a closely contested match.