Exactly one year after the heartbreak at the Sree Kanteerava, Bengaluru FC exorcised their demons by winning the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 title at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday. The road to redemption, however, was not an easy one against a spirited FC Goa side, who gave it their all, and then some, in the hard-fought final.
There was nothing to separate the two sides at the end of the regulation 90 minutes, triggering Extra Time. With a dreaded penalty shootout looking imminent, Rahul Bheke took flight and ensured the long-awaited moment of glory did not evade the Blues for the second season running.
After a goalless first half, Miku hit the post in the second half.
The regulation 90 minutes ended goalless.
FC Goa midfielder Ahmed Jahouh was sent off in the first period of Extra Time with a double booking.
Rahul Bheke scored the championship-winning goal on the 117th minute.
Swift Limitless Player of the Match – Mourtada Fall
DHL Winning Pass of the Match – Dimas Delgado
ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Nishu Kumar
Hero of the Match – Rahul Bheke
Best Pitch of the Season – Kerala Blasters FC, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
DHL Winning Pass of the League – Arnold Issoko, Mumbai City FC
Xiaomi Golden Glove – Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Bengaluru FC
Swift Golden Boot – Ferran Corominas, FC Goa
ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Sahal Abdul Samad, Kerala Blasters FC
Hero of the League - Ferran Corominas, FC Goa
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FULL TIME: Bengaluru FC 1-0 FC Goa
120+1 Yellow card for Eduardo Bedia (FC Goa)
119: Substitution for Bengaluru FC-Francisco Hernández OUT Albert Serrán Polo IN
119: Substitution for FC Goa- Carlos González OUT Hugo Boumous IN
117: GOOOAAL!!! Rahul Bheke (Bengaluru FC)
113: Substitution for Bengaluru FC- Udanta Kumam Singh OUT Kean Lewis IN
112: Substitution for Bengaluru FC- Nishu Kumar OUT Boithang Haokip IN
110: Substitution for FC Goa - Jackichand Singh OUT Manvir Singh IN
EXTRA TIME Half-time: Bengaluru 0-0 Goa.
105+2: Second Yellow card for Ahmed Jahouh (FC Goa)