Super Cup: Sunil Chhetri hat-trick sets up Bengaluru FC's 3-1 win over Neroca FC

Neroca had sealed their quarterfinal spot by defeating Kerala Blasters after coming from behind but they could not really repeat the feat today.

Published: 13th April 2018 11:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2018 11:19 PM   |  A+A-

Bengaluru FC during their match against Neroca FC (Twitter/Bengaluru FC)

By PTI

BHUBANESWAR: Star India captain Sunil Chhetri struck a hat-trick as Bengaluru FC beat Neroca FC 3-1 to book a semi-final spot in the inaugural Super Cup football tournament here today.

Chhetri scored in the 13th, 55th and 90+4 minutes while Pritam Singh (45+3) pulled one back for Neroca.

Bengaluru FC, the losing finalists of the ISL, now face I-League side Mohun Bagan in the semifinal on April 17.

The game began with Bengaluru FC pressing hard for an early lead but the I-League side from Manipur put up a solid defence to thwart the opposition attacks.

Bengaluru were soon rewarded for their consistent attacks in the 13th minute through a cross from the left flank from Udanta Singh that was duly punched out by Neroca goalie Lalit Thapa but Chhetri was there to nod the ball home with a spectacular header.

Neroca thereafter made a few moves in the opponent's box but the lack of quality crosses and some good saves by Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh denied the Imphal outfit from an equaliser.

Neroca struck back with an equalizer in the stoppage time of first half, when a silly mistake from Gurpreet Singh of not collecting the ball properly saw Pritam Singh (45+3) making no mistakes in finding the net.

Bengaluru FC pressed hard right from the start of the second half.

They struck soon through their captain Chhetri again in the 55th minute.

Neroca had sealed their quarterfinal spot by defeating Kerala Blasters after coming from behind but they could not really repeat the feat today.

Their hopes were dashed in the dying moments of the match when Chhetri struck his third goal of the game.

 



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