Jagrick Dey, Bhubaneswar: A 10-man Bengaluru FC rallied past I-League giant Mohun Bagan by a resounding 4-2 margin, as the Blues are through to the final of the Super Cup, where they will fight for the title against Kolkata Giant East Bengal. It was Miku who stole the show with ineffable hat-trick.
The first chance of the game came for Mohun Bagan in the 14th minute. Great vision by Sunil Chhetri and a superb run in the box by Udanta, a nice touch and a shot on the turn, but it slided wide of the left post.
Mohun Bagan got the opening goal of the game in the 42nd minute. It was Dipanda with the easy job of tapping home from across the face of goal after a brilliant pass from the left by Akram Moghrabi.
Mohun Bagan could have easily extended their lead in the next minute as Moghrabi almost scored. The flag was already raised against Faiaz who passed it back to see the Lebanese hit the upright.
Bengaluru FC was down to ten men in the 50th minute. Nishu Kumar was the last defender and is rightly sent off for pulling down Kadam was had outrun the Bengaluru defender with a brilliant solo run.
Bengaluru scored the equalizing goal in the 63rd minute when Miku fired his shot below Shilton. He had two defenders in front of him but that didn’t matter for the Venezuelan after he was played back a pass by Udanta from the right.
Bengaluru took their lead in the 65th minute through Miku again. It was a quick free-kick by Bengaluru. Bagan found themselves in a braindead moment as the Bengaluru forward gets two goals in three minutes.
Miku completed his hat-trick in the 88th minute from the spot as Rana Gharami made a rash challenge inside the box. Miku did the rest from the spot kick.
Sunil Chhetri scored BFC’s 4th of the game in the 90th minute to make it 4-1 in favour of the Blues. It was a well-placed strike from the left side of the box, completely out of Shilton’s reach.
Bagan scored a consolation goal to make reduce the margin as Dipanda found the back of the net.