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Odei Onaindia’s own goal sends Simon Grayson’s men to Summit Clash; To face Mumbai City FC

A resolute and courageous performance aided by an own goal from Hyderabad FC’s Odei Onaindia (30′) saw Bengaluru FC qualify for their first-ever Durand Cup final with a 1-0 victory at Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan, in Kolkata, on Thursday. Simon Grayson’s Blues will now face Mumbai City FC in the summit clash, which will take place at the same venue on Sunday, September 18.

Earlier, Grayson brought a change to the Blues team which beat Odisha FC, as Jayesh Rane replaced Javi Hernandez. Manolo Marquez started with Joel Chianese in attack, with Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche playing behind him.

Hyderabad had the first chance of the game when Ogbeche found a pocket of space and got a shot in the 8th minute, but Blues goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was right up there. Moments later, on the other end, Roy Krishna had his own shot which Anuj Kumar parried safely.

Bengaluru opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Jayesh Rane advanced into possession and found Prabir Das on the flank. The Blues full-back’s perfect cross was met by Krishna and then deflected into the back of the net by Hyderabad defender Onaindia.

Bengaluru took the lead in the break and Grayson sounded a change early in the second half as Namygal Bhutia came on for Rohit Kumar. Gurpreet was called into action shortly after the restart when Ogbeche nodded on target, but the Blues keeper made a save to keep his team ahead.

The Blues made further changes just before the hour mark, as Denmark’s Farooq and Udanta Singh replaced Rane and Naorem Roshan Singh. Bengaluru continued to push forward in attack but ran into a stubborn Hyderabad side. Marquez made his own changes as Nim Dorjee Tamang and Borja Herrera came out to replace Mohammed Yasir and Onaindia.

Bengaluru was forced into a fourth substitution of the night when Prabir was stretched off, prompting Grayson to turn to Leon Augustine with just over ten minutes left. Herrera created the visitors’ best chance of the second half when his layoff found Ogbeche arriving and unmarked in the box, but the Nigerian’s 77th-minute shot was off target.

Hyderabad made several forays into the final third and had their best chances from set pieces but were denied by a stubborn defense as Bengaluru’s trio of Sandesh Jhingan, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Parag Shrivas made their prowess count air to see the victory.

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