Bengaluru FC defeated Neroca FC 3-1 in their Hero Super Cup quarter-final to progress to the last four of the competition, where they will face familiar foes, Mohun Bagan.
A perfect hat-trick from captain Sunil Chhetri helped the Blues secure the win as they overcame some incredibly hot weather at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar.
Chhetri opened the scoring in the 13th minute, scoring through a header after a fabulous counter-attack. Pritam Singh levelled matters in injury-time of the first half, pouncing on an error from goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
The Indian skipper then scored again in the 55th minute, calmly converting after receiving the ball from Miku. He proceeded to complete his hat-trick by scoring later on, just as it looked like Neroca were beginning to turn the screws in their hunt for an equaliser.
This was only Sunil Chhetri's second hat-trick with Bengaluru FC. Here's how Twitter reacted:
A left footer 🔥— Waseem Ahmed (@Waseem_Ahmed11) April 13, 2018
A right footer 🔥
And a header. 🔥
Perfect Hat-trick! 🔥🔥🔥
Never in doubt, @chetrisunil11 ! Come On You Blues! Thank you @bengalurufc! Time to make plans for Bhubaneswar trip @WestBlockBlues! #BFCvNFC
A note on the hot weather
Back to Chhetri now
We have got Chhetri...— Darshan Radhakrishna (@darshandds13) April 13, 2018
I just don’t think you understand...
Oh when he scores, we go fucking mad...
We have go Sunil Chhetri.
Oh my god... what a game he had😍
What a way to score the hat-trick😍
If only I could polish your boots @chetrisunil11 💙
Sunil Chhetri❤— SHRISHAY NAIK (@SHRISHAYNAIK) April 13, 2018
Hattrick Hero ❤❤⚽⚽❤❤
Full Time : Bengaluru FC 3-1 NEROCA FC
THROUGH TO THE SEMI-FINAL of #HERO_SUPER_CUP ⚽💙💙⚽ — watching Hero Super Cup at MIT Academy of Engineering https://t.co/4u7rUzFQcb
#BFCvNFC— Raj Gupta (@Graja0235Raja) April 13, 2018
Yeah! Into the semifinals 🙌
Another day another hat trick by Sunil chhetri @chetrisunil11 💪
No wonder why we call you the man of big moment ❤
You are amazing sir 👏#HeroForever#HeroSuperCup #WeAreBFC
Captain, Leader, Legend...— Suravy Guha (@blaugrana_su) April 13, 2018
Our Talisman 🙌 #SunilChhetri ❤ Bow down to the King.
Well played @bengalurufc against one of the best clubs in India.— Desmond Mathias (@dezmathias) April 13, 2018
So many things done right today; right from not taking the game lightly to the crisp passing, one-touch play and solid defending.
So many things done right 5 years ago too; we signed Sunil Chhetri.#HeroSuperCup