4/13/2018 8:52:04 PM (GMT+3)

Chhetri hat-trick takes Bengaluru to Super Cup semis

Chhetri hat-trick takes Bengaluru to Super Cup semis

BHUBANESHWAR, Odisha: Sunil Chhetri scored a hat-trick to help Bengaluru FC beat Neroca FC 3-1 here at the Kalinga Stadium on Friday evening.

Albert Roca’s side will meet Mohun Bagan in the semifinal on April 17.

Chhetri got into action with a header in the 13th minute which gave his side the lead. But Neroca equalised in the first-half injury brought the North-East side back into the frame.

An uncharacteristic error from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu let Neroca claw back into the tie. Sandhu failed to latch on to a free-kick, spilling the ball at the feet of Pritam Singh, who shot home from close.

Bengaluru began to put pressure on Neroca in second half, and Chhetri made the charge count with a calm finish in the 55th minute.

Chhetri was picked out by second half substitute Toni Dovale before caressing the ball past Thapa with just the perfect hint of a curl, giving the skipper his second hat-trick in a Bengaluru shirt.