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Fri , 17 Nov 2017



BENGALURU FC CREATE HISTORY - Becomes FIRST INDIAN CLUB to Enter AFC CUP FINAL

An inspired captain's display from Sunil Chhetri played a major role in JSW Bengaluru FC becoming the first Indian club to reach the AFC Cup final after they ended Johor Darul Ta'zim's reign in a 3-1 semi-final second leg win at home to advance 4-2 on aggregate.
 
The Indian champions fell behind against the run of play after 11 minutes when Johor skipper Safiq Rahim nodded the ball into an empty net after Arminder Singh could only parry Safee Sali's fierce shot onto his path.
 
After coming close midway in the first half when his shot was turned away point-blank by Izham Tarmizi, Chhetri was not to be denied four minutes before the break when he nodded home a Eugeneson Lyngdoh corner inside the box to level the score.
 
The Indian international added his second of the evening in the 68th minute with a curling shot outside the box, while Spanish defender Juan Antonio completed the scoring 13 minutes from time with a powerful header off a Lyngdoh free kick inside the box.
 
Bengaluru held off desperate waves of Johor attacks at the final whistle to set up a final showdown with Iraqi side Air Force Club on November 5, 2016.