ISL 2017/18 1st Semifinal, 2nd Leg: Bengaluru FC vs FC Pune City, 5 Talking Points
Bengaluru FC have stormed their way into the finals of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a masterful 3-1 win over FC Pune City at the Sree Kanteeveera stadium in Bengaluru and have beaten the Stallions over two legs. Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Blues rose to the occasion and scored a wonderful treble.
Jonatan Lucca, the substitute for the Stallions scored the only goal for FC Pune City as an impressive campaign for the Stallions was brought to a halt by a professional display from Bengaluru FC.
On that note, let's discuss the second leg of the semifinal in greater detail and look at the key talking points that emerged from the match:
#5 FC Pune City rue the missed chances in the first half
From the get-go, it was the visitors who took the initiative and started the game on the front foot. They were looking to attack, they were pressing with intent in midfield and was looking like the team with more urgency. Pune had 53% possession in the first half and attempted five shots in the first 45 minutes.
Diego Carlos took a fine hit from inside the box which was expertly saved by Sandhu, showing fast reflexes. Marko Stankovic's long-range shot was also parried away by the Indian international whereas Marcelino's effort was held safely by the keeper.
Another counter-attacking move saw the Brazilian forward hit one across the face of the goal but sadly for Pune, no one got at the end of that delicious cross. Pune had some brilliant chances to score that ever so crucial away goal but couldn't manage one through a lack of better composure in the final third.