The majority of the 5800 in the stadium were Indian, and the disappointment is palpable.
But there isn't any need to feel so. BFC fought bravely and did so very well to become the first Indian club to enter the final of a major continental tournament. Well played boys, and keep your heads high. Nothing to be ashamed off here.
It has to be said that the slightly better team won in the end. Al Quwa Al Jawiya were irrepressible throughout the tourney, but the Indian champions gave them a helluva fight. Air Force Club become the first Iraqi club to win a major continental trophy (pan-Asia) and no one can begrudge them the honour.
For a nation where the headlines rarely spell out anything other than murder, bombs and other macabre scenes of death and destruction, the people will have something to smile about tonight
That is what football is all about.
And for that mabrook Al Quwa Al Jawiya - champions of the AFC Cup.
It was a pleasure covering this match with you guys. Thank you for reading!
Anirudh Menon signing out!
98' OH HO HO!! THE BALL PINBALLS AROUND INSIDE THE BOX, BEFORE JOHNSON SENDS A LOOPING VOLLEY IN AND TALIB SAVES WELL, and falls on the ball like it's his long lost baby. Nothing you wouldn't expect off the Iraqi
97' Hammadi Ahmed pulled up for offside!
96' One last hurrah for the Indians now. Rino Anto is played in by a delightful Cameron ball, and he puts it in deep... but Talib collects! UFF!!
95' YELLOW for Fahad Talib for time-wasting tactics. Sigh.
93' Every other Iraqi player is down with cramp. Of course they are.
92' John Johnson has taken his Middlesbrough behind up top now! AND HE ALMOST BUNDLES THROUGH.
91' SUBSTITUTION - Samah Saeed OFF, Halkor ON. As my colleague Soumalya Moitra just despondently notes - they are pulling out every trick from the book, here.
90' SUBSTITUTION - Amjed Radhi, arguably the man of the match, so far, OFF; Ali Ghalioum ON
FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON
89' and the Oscar goes to.... Sameh Saeed. Chettri trips him, and Saeed rolls around like he's been mowed down by a tractor.
87' HOLY CAMOLIE!!!! OH CK VINEETH. OH CK VINEETH. Watson plays in a brilliant ball that finds Vineeth all out on his own - five yards out and with an open goal to hit. He swipes at nothing but thin air. OH CK VINEETH!
86' Juanan plays a horribly awkward ball straight back at Ralte. Mawia kills it dead with a beauty of a first touch. The goalkeeper has a first-touch that many of the outfielders out there would do anything to have.
83' Abdulameer Khadim twists and turns inside the BFC box... and promptly loses the ball. Hammadi and Radhi let the midfielder know just what they think of his decision not to square it to them. They weren't polite, shall we say.
82' Saeed walks into the BFC third - Udanta Singh as a wingback is really not a wise choice - and his cross causes all sorts of trouble, but Juanan cracks it clear.
81' SUBSTITUTION - Salam Ranjan Singh ON for an exhausted looking Alvaro Rubio
80' Air Force's keeper Fahad Talib goes down - seemingly with a minor injury - but he gets up after about two minutes. Roca looks exasperated with the time-wasting tactics being employed here.
78' While the three at the back has been a hopeless failure, the additional men attack are starting to press Air Force Club further back!
77' Hammadi breaks forward but Ralte does superbly to sprint off his line and clear the ball.
76' .... Radhi gets played down superbly by a Hammadi flick on, and he whips it inches wide of the post. THAT WAS SO CLOSE!
76' Bengaluru have a brief moment of magic but Vineeth miscontrols and Air Force break...
73' OH HAMMADI!!!! The goalscorer breaks through on goal, but Johnson crowds him out. JUST. Bengaluru are playing 3-5-2 and they are looking completely lost.
It all started with a brilliant raking ball from Al Medani!
72' LUCKY LUCKY BENGALURU. Emad Mohsin breaks free down the BFC left and with no one but the keeper to beat he squares it Radhi. The striker is a centimeter offside!! That was so silly from arguably the player of the match - Amjed Radhi!