For the second year on a row, FC Bengaluru are in the finals of the Indian Super league (ISL) as they take to the field against FC Goa at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday. Both the sides will eye their maiden ISL title after earlier competing in the final and ending up in the runners-up position. Hello and welcome to the Live blog of the much-0anticipated ISL final. Heading into the match the Sunil Chhetri-led BFC boasts of a better record as they remained at the top of the table throughout the campaign. FC Goa are the underdogs here but as they say, in football, nothing is predictable. We are in for an absolute entertainer, stay tuned!
120′: Bengaluru are champions of the Indian Super League! Rahul Beke’s goal at the dying minutes of the extra time sealed it for the Blues. It was a tightly contested match against Goa but the red card completely changed the game. Sunil Chhetri-led BFC have topped the table throughout the campaign and they have finally won it this campaign after losing the final last year against Chennai.
117′: GOOOAAALLLL!! It had been coming for Bengaluru and it is the Indian defender Rahul Beke who heads it in for the opener! 1-0 to BFC!
114′: Another great save by FC Goa’s Naveen to keep them in the game.
113′: Nice turn from Mike, he strikes it on target but his shot lacks power. It remains BFC 0, FC Goa 0.
109′: Substitution for FC Goa, Jakichand comes off for Manvir!
Second half of extra time begins!
106′: RED CARD! Jahouh is out with a second yellow after he struck a boot straight into Miku’s ribs. The forward also receives a yellow for fouling the FC Goa player initially. BFC 0, FC Goa 0.
100′: Jackichand crosses it in but in what was a strange piece of defending, the BFC defender headed the goal towards his own keeper. That could have landed at the back of the net! Gurpreet Singh sighs in relief, he could hold on to it!
96′: It has been all Bengaluru after the first few minutes of the extra-time! a goal from distance was attempted but it fell way wide. BFC 0, FC Goa 0.
91′: Extra time begins!
Full-time before extra time: It remains goalless! Now both the teams will play extratime till the 120th minute and iff still nothing separates them, it will head to penalties.
93′: CLOSE! WHAT A BLOCK! Miku took a perfect pass with a deft touch and made no mistake to strike it with perfection from a tight angle but it was blocked by the Goan defender! Still Goalless!
90′: Three minutes have added on after full-time.
84′: Audacious effort from the Goa right back! He strikes the ball from half-line, not sure what he was thinking there! It falls way wide. BFC 0, FC Goa 0.
80′: Very, Very Close! It came from BFC striker Miku! He strikes the ball as he was one on one with the keeper but it hit the post! It remains goalless but we can sense there’s a goal coming here! BFC 0, FC Goa 0.
72′: They are both up now, ready to play on…It still remains goalless at the Mumbai Football Arena. BFC 0 – FC Goa 0.
71′: Sunil Chhetri and Jahouh have just gone down after a nasty clash of heads!
64′: A couple of great chances for FC Goa but Gurpreet has stood tall for Bengaluru! At this point, it is just difficult to predict who will open the scoring in this evenly contested finals
60′: Right-back Jaikichand is clear after a delicious pass by Coro but yet again to no avail. It remains nil-nil at the Mumbai Football Arena.
51′ : Bedia heads a free-kick but it falls wide.
47′ : Booking for Goa! It is Jahouh who is fouled on Xisco. Free-kcick for Goa but to no avail.
46′: Second half begins! All to do for both the teams, let’s see if there is any change in the formation.
45′: It’s half-time, it’s goalless! Chances have been created at both ends, the keepers have done well to contain the opposition forwards but there has not been any clinical effort as such. Both teams will now have to regroup and sketch out a different tactic to come out on top.
44′: Mandar Dessai is stretched off with a hamstring injury, he will be substituted by Gama, number 21. He comes straight into the left-back position. BFC 0 – FC Goa 0.
42′: Massive blow for FC Goa, Mandar Dessai, the winger has pulled his hamstring and it does not look good! There is no way he can continue now!
35′: It has been an evenly contested half at both ends. Chances have fallen for both Bengaluru and Goa but the strikers have not been clinical. That could change soon, for now, it’s goalless.
28′: Brandon fires after the rebound fell to him from Jahouh’s effort – again to no avail. It remains goalless.
24′: Another great combination play from Chhetri and Miku, the former crossed it in for the Spaniard who could not get the right connection with his head but that was close! BFC 0 – FC Goa 0.
20′: It remains goalless at the Mumbai football Arena.
16′: Great play from Jahouh, who passes it to Jackichand, who passes it forward to Coro but it is fired wide!
10′: 10 minutes played, it is nil-nil at the Mumbai Football Arena.
6′: A great bit of play from Sunil Chhetri and Miku, the latter recieved the pass and dribbled past a couple of defenders, but his touch was too strong and the keeper claims it.
4′: A great pass falls for Jackichand on the right flank up top, he crosses it and it hits Nishu and goes behind for the first corner of the match.
7:32 IST: It’s begun – Kick off! One of these teams will script history tonight at the Mumbai Football Arena.
7:21 IST: Some Insights ahead of kick-off: Benaguluru are on a three-match winning run against their opponents.
FC Goa’s Ferran Corominas has scored 16 goals this campaign, the highest in the league. BFC’s Sunil Chhetri has nine to his name.
FC Goa previously played the finals in 2015, Bengaluru played the finals last year.
7:18 IST: We are moments away from the kick-off:
7:14 IST: In case you missed out on starting XI, here are the line-ups again:
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK); Rahul Bheke, Juanan, Harmanjot Khabra, Nishu Kumar; Dimas Delgado, Xisco Hernandez, Udanta Singh, Alejandro Garcia Barrera, Sunil Chhetri (C), Miku.
FC Goa: Naveen Kumar; Seriton Fernandes, Carlos Peña, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Dessai; Ahmed Jahouh, Lenny Rodrigues; Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Jackichand Singh; Ferran Corominas
7:13 IST: Players to watch out for will be Goa’s Corominas and Benguluru’s forward Miku and defender Rahul Beke. The latter has gained a lot of attention after some sturdy performances at the back. Skipper Sunil Chhetri will also be vital for the blues, while Mandar Dessai, who has the experience of playing finals with Goa in 2015 could play a key role.
7:00 IST: The fans are out loud, and in numbers at the Mumbai Football Arenal in Mumbai. The match will kick-off at 7:30 IST, stay tuned!
6:47 IST: The BFC and FC Goa have arrived in the Mumbai City Arena
6:45 IST: The final line-ups for both the sides are out!
Both the sides have played good football and hence find themselves featuring in the summit clash. On a head-to-head basis, Bengaluru FC lead 3-1, but given the fact that it is the all-important finals all that will not be taken seriously. Chhetri has had a good season where he has found the back of the net on nine occasions and he also has three assists to his name. Keeping a lid on Chhetri will be what Goa would look to plan.
“I think, in general, in football a lot of psychological things are happening. So, in some moments maybe it will affect, maybe not. It is something that we will know tomorrow. I don’t think it is going to give us confidence or they will approach the game in another way because they lost the last two games against us. I feel that it’s a final and a final is a completely different situation,” Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat.
Bengaluru FC vs FC Goa: Probable Lineups
Bengaluru FC (4-2-3-1): Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Albert Serran, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Alex Barrera, Harmanjot Khabra, Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado, Sunil Chhetri, Miku
FC Goa (4-2-3-1): Naveen Kumar, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena, Mandar Rao Desai, Ahmed Jahouh, Lenny Rodrigues, Jackichand Singh, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes/Manvir Singh, Ferran Corominas