January 8, 2018
Sunil Chhetri struck a scorcher on Sunday night and set alight the Sree Kanteevara Stadium in Bengaluru.
The ‘Captain-Legend’ has not had a run full of goals this Indian Super League (ISL) season but last night was different. With a magnificent strike from 25-yards out, Chhetri put Bengaluru FC on top of things.
Chhetri scored his fifth goal of the season and in the most stunning fashion.
In the 39th minute of the ISL match against ATK, Chhetri intercepted Conor Thomas’ loose pass and opened up space for himself on the right foot.
With about a yard of space, India top-scorer smashed the ball past ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar to put Bengaluru ahead in the game.
As Chhetri found the back of the net, the Fortess went into frenzy.
Chhetri is an impeccable figure at the Bengaluru club and the reaction of the supporters showed exactly that.
Chhetri treats them no different.
He makes sure he thanks them with his hands folded in a ‘namaste’ after every single game and the ‘West Block Blues’ and the rest of the crowd thanks him back with the famous Vikings clap.
Chhetri has provided Bengaluru FC with a whole lot of moments to celebrate and this particular one will surely count somewhere at the top.
Eventually, it was Chhetri’s strike that got Bengaluru the win on the night and sent them on top of the league table with 18 points from nine games.
Bengaluru began the match on a high tempo with chances coming thick and fast. They got their first chance in about the fourth minute but Chhetri’s strike put them ahead in the game.
BFC was all over ATK in the first half and it was only in the second half that they began to find their footing.
Robbie Keane came close to scoring when he tricked two markers and went for the strike, only for BFC keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to pull off a fine save.
Keane continued to influence the proceedings for ATK and found Rupert Nongrum in space. Nongrum’s cross found Tom Thorpe, whose across the face of goal went begging.
On the other end of the pitch, Debjit was called into action when Miku went for a first-time drive.
Braulio Nogreba then had two chances in quick succession in the dying minutes to consolidate the game for BFC, but he first shot wide from a narrow angle and then was brilliantly stopped by defender Jordi Montel.