Hero Federation Cup 2017 Semi-Finals: Derby delight for Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC oust Aizawl FC

Hero Federation Cup 2017 Semi Finals
Mohun Bagan beat East Bengal in the semi-finals of the Hero Federation Cup 2017, Picture Courtesy: I-League Media

Federation Cup 2017 - Semi Final 1
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha 
Bengaluru FC 1-0 Aizawl FC
BFC: Cameron Watson(Penalty 8th)

Bengaluru FC registered a hard fought 1-0 victory against newly crowned I-League champions Aizawl FC in a thrilling encounter. Cameron Watson scored from the spot in the 8th minute after Alwyn George was fouled inside the box. Aizawl FC spilled a golden chance to draw level right at the end but Lalram Chullova failed to convert a penalty as Bengaluru FC went through to the final.

Federation Cup 2017 - Semi Final 2
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack, Odisha 
Mohun Bagan 2-0 East Bengal
MB: Darryl Duffy(35th), Balwant Singh(84th)

Mohun Bagan got the better of East Bengal yet again with a sweet 2-0 victory in the second semi-final match. Goals from Darryl Duffy(35th) and Balwant Singh(84th) ensured their progress to the grand finale. Duffy scored from a wonderful Sony Norde cross in the first half to give Mohun Bagan the lead. East Bengal had the better share of chances in the second half but their wastefulness and some fantastic goalkeeping by Debjit ensured a clean sheet for the Bagan defense. Balwant Singh sealed the match in Mohun Bagan's favor with a superbly timed acrobatic volley after being fed by Katsumi Yusa from the right.

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