Mailson’s header brace and Augusto’s strike help Marina’s lift ISL trophy.
Bengaluru FC’s winning major trophies run came to an end as Chennaiyin FC stunned them 2-3 in the finals of Hero Indian Super League(ISL) at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday. Sunil Chhetri (9’) opened the scoring sheet for The Blues but Mailson’s (17’, 45’) bracer and Raphael Augusto (67’) scored for the Marina Machans to seal the deal before Miku (90+2’) scored to keep a ray of hope in the campaign.
Albert Roca’s boys came with a clear intention to go ahead in the tie from the early stages and it gave result in the 9th minute. Udanta Singh flicked the ball from the right side which was met by India international Sunil Chhetri and the latter’s Van Persie style header got inside the post to give a lead to the Eagles in the early stage.
Chennaiyin FC didn’t have to wait long as they found their goal at the mercy of Mailson’s header. Gregory Nelson took the corner kick and sailed the ball to Mailson Alves. Mailson leaped into the air and headed the ball toward the post but the ball hit the underside of the woodwork to give an equalizer in the 17th minute.
At the half-hour mark, Bengaluru sobbed on their fortune as Dimas Delgado’s shot was miraculously blocked by Inigo Calderon. Rahul Bheke crossed from the right flank but Chennaiyin’s defender cleared it anyway but it fell for the former Western Sydney Wanderer’s midfielder Delgado. Delgado precisely busted a shot but Inigo Calderon denied it with a header.
It seemed like a cassette been running on the disc-player because in the 45th minute, Mailson again leaped in the air to scorch the ball back into the net as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu kept looking on. Mailson made his team went up ahead in the tie at the end of first half.
At the end of first half, Bengaluru leaves the field with heavy hearts as they trail to Chennaiyin 1-2 after 45 minutes of intense action.
After the resumption of the second half both the teams battled hard in the middle to score but neither of them was successful. Bengaluru FC looked frustrated for the first time in the season as they struggled to get past the Chennaiyin’s defence line.
Minutes after the hour mark, Chennaiyin froze the audience tongues as they took a two goals lead. Gregory Nelson ran down the flank and squared the ball to Mizo sniper Jeje Lalpekhlua. Jeje laid the ball to Brazilian man Raphael Augusto before the latter one fired the shot to which Bengaluru’s custodian Gurpreet kept watching exclaiming as it soars into the net.
Bengaluru strived hard to score as they had a chance in the 82nd minute. Venezuelan man Miku drilled a low cross inside Chennaiyin’s box to Bengaluru’s skipper Chhetri. Chhetri missed the chance to score as his shot went wide from the intended target.
After the end of the regulation time period referee showed one minute as an added time. The former Rayo Vallecano player Miku scored from the header after he got well connected to Udanta Singh’s cross from the right flank.
Peeep peeep peeep, Chennaiyin FC levels ATK to win the championship title for the second time.
Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC would now be competing in the inaugural season of India Super Cup starting this month end March 31.