Bengaluru FC created history on 19 October at the Kanteerava stadium when they kicked their way to a fantastic win against Johor Darul Ta-zim in the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confederation Cup. They are the first Indian club to make it to the finals of the tournament.
Dempo FC in 2008 and East Bengal in 2013 made it to the semi-finals.
The second leg of the fixture, which Bengaluru played at their fortress, held so much important because Bengaluru FC had drawn the first.
The first half of the game saw Bengaluru FC on the attacking mode from the very beginning of the match. Both the teams created chances for scoring a goal in the initial minutes, but it was the defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim which capitalised on Amrinder Singh's poor clearance in the 11th minute and it was Safiq bin Rahim who put the visitors in the lead. The aggregate score stood 1-2 post the goal.
Bengaluru FC kept on attacking the opposition as they created a lot of chances only to be denied every time. Sunil Chhetri hit the crossbar on a number of occasions as Bengaluru drew closer to equal the score.
By the 27th minute, the hosts missed three consecutive chances as the Johor goalkeeper did a clean job keeping the ball at bay. Yet again, on the second rebound, Chhetri hit the crossbar leaving him frustrated.
In the 41st minute, Chhetri rose to the occasion and scored a free header off Lyngdoh's corner kick. Chhetri's strike equalised the score for the Indian team.