Bengaluru FC create history to reach AFC Cup final
Bengaluru FC made history on Wednesday by becoming the first Indian football club to reach the AFC Cup final. They beat Malaysian opponents Johor Darul Ta’zim 3-1 in the second semi-final at Bengaluru’s Krantiveera Stadium. The first leg between the two ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Malaysian side went opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a goal from Shafiq Rahim. A thunderous strike from Safiq from the right side was straight to BFC goalie Amrinder who made an error let the ball go over him.
Bengaluru FC responded back when Sunil Chhetri struck the equaliser in the 41st minute and put the side ahead in the 67th minute. Bengaluru’s win was sealed when Spanish defender Juan Antonio González Fernández found the back of the net in the 75th minute.
It proved to be a historic day for Indian football as no club from the country has ever made it to the summit clash of the prestigious second-tier continental tournament. Bengaluru FC will face Iraq’s Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in the AFC Cup final on November 5.