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ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

The only goal came out of nowhere when in the 40th minute, Miku latched on to a pass, outran Chennai's Gregory Nelson and fired his shot at the bottom of the net's roof

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Bengaluru FC's Miku celebrates after scoring against Chennaiyin FC (Photo: indiansuperleague.com)
Bengaluru FC's Miku celebrates after scoring against Chennaiyin FC (Photo: indiansuperleague.com)

Full-time report: started where he left. Last season, the Venezuelan forward found the back of the net 15 times, and now already has a goal to his name after scoring in the very first match of Indian Super League's 2018-19 season. The 33-year-old forward's goal was the only one in the match between FC and FC at Kanteerava stadium, with the contest touted to be a revenge affair for the men in blue, who lost last year's final to Chennai.

But Sunday night was a welcome change for and Co. who outplayed the visitors, especially during the second half and Miku's goal was the cherry on the top that helped them wrap up the night with full three points and climb to the second spot in points table.

FC started the game positively but Chennai looked to take control of the game as the minutes passed by. Jeje had two glorious opportunities to give his team the lead. The first chance came as soon as the 17th minute when Nelson put a delicious-looking through-ball, leaving Jeje in a one-on-one situation but the Chennai captain's chipped shot (or pass?) went off target and Germanpreet who was rushing to the far post failed to get there on time. Jeje had a chance at redemption in the 32nd minute when he intercepted a poor backpass by Bengaluru's but this time his first touch failed him as he looked to round the goalkeeper.

The only goal came out of nowhere when in the 40th minute, latched on to a pass, outran Chennai's Gregory Nelson and fired his shot at the bottom of the net's roof. took charge of the proceedings in the second half and initiated waves of attack after attack. Chhetri, who had been quiet during the night, got a glorious chance in the 71st minute. The Indian captain was left alone in the box and received a good pass but failed to control the ball in time, allowing the Chennai defenders to take the ball off him.

Having assured a point, the home team sat back in the final 10 minutes, happy with pinging the ball out of their defensive line, and try as they might, the Chennayin players and their captain Jeje could neither create nor score that elusive goal.

In the end, Chennayin paid the price for the opportunities they missed and Bengaluru were rewarded for the handsome strike their star forward made. Before the game, coach Carles Cuadrat had dismissed the talk of this match being a revenge match for Bengaluru who would have wanted to give it back after falling against Chennai in last year's final. 

"We do not want to treat the clash as a revenge match as we do not want to be emotional about the final which lost against last year. To be emotional is not good for the team, instead, focus is what is needed," Cuadrat had said. But the celebrations at the end of the game defied the manager's word, who himself seemed elated. But that's okay, after all, what's football without a spoonful of passion and a bottle of revenge, eh?

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Presenter: "Can you run us through that strike? What a beautiful goal it was." Miku: "Well, it's a part of my job. It's what I do." #BENCHE #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/E0a0Phl50d — Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) September 30, 2018 That's one way to celebrate a win.

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

The final whistle rings out and @bengalurufc have scripted their first win at home over @ChennaiyinFC to start their #HeroISL season with three points!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #BENCHE pic.twitter.com/uh5JXkc7z9 — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) September 30, 2018

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 90+4 -- The refree blows his whistle and brings the proccedings to a halt. Bengaluru earn three points at home in their opening game of the season over the reigning champions. Miku the hero of the evening. FULL-TIME

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 90+2 -- Substitution for Bengaluru: Miku goes off for Semboi Haokip

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 90+1 -- Gurpreet makes a fine save off a Gregory shot. The goalkeeper gets both his body and hands behind to parry the shot for a corner which is dealt with safely

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 90 -- 4 minutes of additional time awarded. That's the time Chennai have to mount a comeback.

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 88 --Substitution for Bengaluru. Boithang comes in for Udanta Singh

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 87 -- Bengaluru sit back and defend and happily ping back any ball that dares enter the box

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 80 -- Time is ticking. 10 minutes of regular time remaining. The champions need to step up their efforts if they want to rescue a point or take all three away from this game. Both look very unlikely though at the moment

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 79 -- Chennai get a free-kick just outside the Bengaluru box. That's a needless, and a dangerous, free-kick to concede. Calderon steps up for the free-kick but the free-kick is awry -- too high, too wide

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

Minute 76 -- Chennai substiution: Carlos Salon comes in for captain Nelson Alves. An aggressive change

First Published: Sun, September 30 2018. 17:12 IST

ISL 2018-19: Miku the hero as Bengaluru edge out Chennaiyin in 1-0 win

The only goal came out of nowhere when in the 40th minute, Miku latched on to a pass, outran Chennai's Gregory Nelson and fired his shot at the bottom of the net's roof

Full-time report: started where he left. Last season, the Venezuelan forward found the back of the net 15 times, and now already has a goal to his name after scoring in the very first match of Indian Super League's 2018-19 season. The 33-year-old forward's goal was the only one in the match between FC and FC at Kanteerava stadium, with the contest touted to be a revenge affair for the men in blue, who lost last year's final to Chennai.

But Sunday night was a welcome change for and Co. who outplayed the visitors, especially during the second half and Miku's goal was the cherry on the top that helped them wrap up the night with full three points and climb to the second spot in points table.

FC started the game positively but Chennai looked to take control of the game as the minutes passed by. Jeje had two glorious opportunities to give his team the lead. The first chance came as soon as the 17th minute when Nelson put a delicious-looking through-ball, leaving Jeje in a one-on-one situation but the Chennai captain's chipped shot (or pass?) went off target and Germanpreet who was rushing to the far post failed to get there on time. Jeje had a chance at redemption in the 32nd minute when he intercepted a poor backpass by Bengaluru's but this time his first touch failed him as he looked to round the goalkeeper.

The only goal came out of nowhere when in the 40th minute, latched on to a pass, outran Chennai's Gregory Nelson and fired his shot at the bottom of the net's roof. took charge of the proceedings in the second half and initiated waves of attack after attack. Chhetri, who had been quiet during the night, got a glorious chance in the 71st minute. The Indian captain was left alone in the box and received a good pass but failed to control the ball in time, allowing the Chennai defenders to take the ball off him.

Having assured a point, the home team sat back in the final 10 minutes, happy with pinging the ball out of their defensive line, and try as they might, the Chennayin players and their captain Jeje could neither create nor score that elusive goal.

In the end, Chennayin paid the price for the opportunities they missed and Bengaluru were rewarded for the handsome strike their star forward made. Before the game, coach Carles Cuadrat had dismissed the talk of this match being a revenge match for Bengaluru who would have wanted to give it back after falling against Chennai in last year's final. 

"We do not want to treat the clash as a revenge match as we do not want to be emotional about the final which lost against last year. To be emotional is not good for the team, instead, focus is what is needed," Cuadrat had said. But the celebrations at the end of the game defied the manager's word, who himself seemed elated. But that's okay, after all, what's football without a spoonful of passion and a bottle of revenge, eh?

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