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Chhetri hattrick takes Bengaluru to ISL finals

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

played like a man possessed as his superb hattrick ensured a convincing 3-1 win for against in an entertaining second leg semi-final of this year's \\

The Indian reserved his best for the big day as he struck in the 15th, 65th and 89th minute to seal the issue for the ISL debutants.

For Pune City, scored through a brilliant free-kick in the 82nd minute to raise visions of a comeback which didn't happen in the end.

An unmarked Chhetri opened the deadlock 15th minute after a nimble-footed Udanta Singh kept a neat cross on the far post.

Chhetri got his 12th goal of the tournament and the second for his side in 65th minute with a penalty. He cleverly stepped up and executed from the dreaded spot to beat The was brought down by his teammate Sarthak Golui with a push from the back after Chhetri had stole possession on the wide left before getting into the box,.

essayed a neat lob for Chhetri, who raced past a helpless before slotting past from the edge of the box to mark his 13th of the tournament in 89th minute.

Chhetri could have had another goal with a curler in 72nd minute which was saved by a diving

Pune also had a couple of chances, before Bengaluru could settle down into the match. They had a wonderful opportunity in the 30th minute as picked out Marcelinho's run into the box on the left. The forward flashed a cross across the face of the goal from the byline, but there was nobody to meet it.

The rivals also missed a very close chance in 48th minute as an unmarked Alfaro at the far post headed over the bar after Golui sprinted down the wide right to keep a measured centre.

Pune also missed another chance in 55th minute as Sarthak's cross from the right was an inch too high for a jumping Alfaro at the far post.

Pune had their chance in sixth minute as defender shot over the bar after Alfaro controlled the ball inside the box off a corner before laying the ball off.

Pune also showed their desperation to get into the match after conceding the goal, as they received three yellow cards including Diego Carlos, who indulged in the most disgraceful acts.

He fouled Udanta, but refused to go away after the referee ordered him to go away. Sahil and were other players yellow carded.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 22:20 IST