That was a truly historic victory! An Indian club enters the AFC CUP FINAL for the FIRST TIME EVER!
How fitting that it was Sunil Chettri's majesty that got them there! Vineeth, Lyngdoh, Rubio, Anto - everyone did their bit for Bengaluru Football Club.
Johor meanwhile were under-par and will be disappointed with how sloppy they were!
This has been A FANTASTIC NIGHT for Indian Football, and it's been my absolute pleasure to bring this to you.
Thank you for reading, JAI HIND
On behalf of an ecstatic Sportskeeda football team, Anirudh Menon signing out, Toodle-ooo
92' Vineeth tries to break, but he is foiled by Adil
91' Antonio smashes into Amrinder. The wily keeper wastes half a minute as he recovers from that
90' SUBSTITUTION - Nishu Kumar OFF, Salam ON
90' CK Vineet NEVER GIVES UP DOES HE! Almost creates something out of nothing by chasing a lost cause and spreading panic in the JDT ranks - as he has done all night long!
88' JDT are finally going route 1 - but BFC are holding strong - Amrinder collects and pumps it forward
87' SUBSTITUTION for Bengaluru - Lyngdoh OFF, Len Doungel ON
86' As if wounded by my commentary, Kunanlan puts the ball in. Keegan Perreira clears it with ease
85' WHY ARE JDT NOT SWINGING IT IN? They have the big men forward, but are not doing anything with it
84' Anto swings it in deep, but Lyngdoh can only head it wide from two yards!!!!
83' Eugenson has been imperious today, and he toys and torments Kunanlan but JDT clear
82' Safee has a snapshot that is on target, but it is well saved by Amrinder!
81' SUBSTITUTION for Johor - Eldstal ON, Akil OFF. Marcos Antonio too has moved forward, and now with Eldstal on they have three BIG men in defence. Juanan and Johnson are no dwarves themselves
80' SUBSTITUTION - Chettri limps OFF, Keegan Perreira ON. Hopefully, that is not too serious for the BFC Captain. Roca has sensibly decided that defensive is the way to go
79' Johor win a corner, and Safiq stands over it - the corner is rubbish
78' OH CHETTRI! The captain has a whack from distance and it flies just high
77' FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!! Robbat puts in a horrible challenge on Rubio. Juanan and Johnson take exception to that! There is much pushing and shoving, but it's calmed down well by the ref! YELLOW for the Johor man
Lyngdoh swings in a superb ball that just requires a glance. A glance is exactly what Juanan provides! SUPERB HEADER!
74' CK Vineeth gets booked after getting involved in a fracas that started with Lyngdoh and Kunanlan taking exception to each other
73' CHANCE FOR CHETTRIIII!!! Lyngdoh skins Kunanlan with contemptuous ease. He smacks it at Izham, who can only parry it into the box. Chettri arrives on the spot, but his shot is well blocked by Antonio
71' JDT have been decent in the second half, but they haven't tested Amrinder yet. There is going to be no extra time now, and Johor HAVE to go all in if they are to get a chance to defend their crown
70' BFC are right back in Johor's grill. George wins a succession of throws deep in JDT territory
Izham should have done better than in the Johor goal. But take nothing away from Chettri! That was right out of the top drawer from a man who ALWAYS steps up for the big occasion
Holy Mother of ....!! WHAT. A. GOAL. Chettri receives the ball at the edge of the box and works an inch of space for himself before unleashing an absolute belter that rifles into the net.
Christ, I love that man. By the sound of it, so does the Kanteerava
65' CHANCE FOR LYNGDOH!!! CHETTRI PUTS HIM ONE ON ONE WITH THE KEEPER WITH AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS BALL THROUGH! But Eugenson is on his heels a bit there and cannot reach the ball ahead of Izham. The resultant corner is wasted
64' Juanan finds George on the right with an absolute peach of a ball. He in turns lays it off to the overlapping Rino Anto, but the Malayalee fullback's cross is too deep
63' Johor are knocking at the door here - Juanan steps to clear a dangerous looking Kunanlan cross!
62' SUBSTITUTION for Johor - Amirul OFF, Gary Steven Robbat ON. Mr. Robbat has a beard that would make Joe Ledley go green with envy. It is majestic!
60' Sunil Chettri tries to find an unmarked Vineeth at the far post, but he doesn't get it past the massive noggin' of Marcos Antonio
58' Safiq sends the ball to Majestic bus stand after he bought himself some space with an exquisite touch. If only the finish matched the build-up. Johor are playing much, much better here - and are pegging Bengaluru back
57' Safee has the chance to prompt a break, but his ball to Safiq Rahim is poor! Johor are a constant danger when the counter though - they move forward in unrelenting waves of red
56' Amrinder PAAAJI!!!!! He comes racing out of his penalty area to clear a JDT long ball. Ali clatters into Lyngdoh as the BFC tries to chest down his goalie's clearance.
54' Lyngdoh's corner is not upto his usual standards, but Johor are panicking everytime the ball comes into the box. It falls to Anto outside the box, but his cross in is far too deep
53' OH LYNGDOH!!! Eugenson is found by a superb reverse ball from Chettri and he runs at a backtracking Marcos Antonio. The Big Brazilian does well though to keep the rampaging BFC man at bay and concede a corner
52' John Johnson smacks it out of the ground, as he unceremoniously clears an Amirul ball
51' Johor must have gotten an earful from Mario Gomez in the break. They are playing much better here, and are stringing passes together with far greater purpose. Fazly breaks down the left, and sends an inviting cross in, but it's well cleared by Juanan. Fazly then commits a silly foul on Anto and hands back the initiative to BFC
49' Chettri finds some space on the left once again, but as he cuts back in - he's crowded out
47' OH CHETTRIIIIIII!!! The captain is well found by Vineeth after some strong hold up play and Chettri shapes to curl it into the far corner. 9 times out of 10, that was going in. Unfortunately for BFC, this was the exception. Has to go down as a wasted chance!
46' OOO! CHANCE FOR JDT as Amirul runs into the box, but Amrinder is ought to collect
45' Cameron attempts to find Chettri on the left right from kickoff - it's not a great pass. The Stadium is ringing with chants of "BFC! BFC! BFC!". Can the home team pick it up from where they left it?
Safiq gave the Malaysian champions, and defending AFC CUP champions the lead with a counter attack (and with the help of some shockingly poor keeping from Amrinder). Bengaluru's Captain Marvel brought them right back in, though, with a superb header from a brilliant Lyngdoh cross.
The way both these teams are defending, there are MORE GOALS in this game, for sure!
46' The freekick is rubbish. But Nishu Kumar retrieves and just as he was about to cross it back in, the ref blows the whistle for halftime! BFC are not happy!! SCENES!!
45' THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN ADVANTAGE!!! COME ON REF!! Lyngdoh is fouled, but Rino Anto collects the ball and whips in a superb pass that finds Vineeth in the middle. But the ref pulls play back for a foul
44' Vineeth outruns Antonio with embarrassing ease. The Kerala lad is fast, and he keeps on keeping on, doesn't he? There's not a blue shirt in support though, and Johor win the ball back
42' JDT go straight back up.... Hariss Haran has a wild shot that flies well wide
Eugenson Lyngdoh sends in a delightful corner which is met superbly by a completely unmarked Sunil Chettri. Captain Marvel's header is unsavable.