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Super Cup: Sunil Chhetri Brace Powers Bengaluru FC To Beat East Bengal FC In Title Clash

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| April 21 , 2018 , 13:02 IST

Sunil Chhetri once again led Bengaluru FC from the front as he helped his team manifest a come from behind win against East Bengal on Friday. They won by 4-1 with Chhetri scoring two goals and took the inaugural Hero Super Cup.

Bengaluru made a positive start and tried to wrest control of the midfield early. Off a counter-attack, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Bengaluru FC goalkeeper, got the first booking of the match when Kromah broke free and Gurpreet brought him down just outside the Bengaluru box.

The game came to life in the 28th minute when East Bengal took the lead quite against the run of play. Off the fourth East Bengal corner which was fisted away by Gurpreet, Kromah pulled off a lobbed back volley from inside the box which went in despite Erik Partalau's valiant attempt to keep it out.

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Bengaluru FC responded immediately and levelled the scoreline through Rahul Bheke’s header.

However, a red card to Samad Ali Mallick reduced East Bengal to 10 men just before the halftime with the odds thoroughly in favour of Bengaluru FC.

BFC surged into the lead in the 68th minute when Gurwinder Singh handled the ball off a corner and the referee pointed to the spot from which Chhetri gleefully converted.

Three minutes later, in the 71st minute, a Dovale-Perez combo from midfield found Miku inside the box, who side-stepped his marker and blasted it in.

Deservedly, the skipper finished it off in the 90th minute, when off an Udanta cross, Chhetri rose above Lalram Chullova in the East Bengal defence to head it in.