ISL Final: Chennaiyin FC's night to remember at Kanteerava

Mailson Alves and Raphael Augusto completed an incredible turnaround for Chennaiyin FC to defeat Bengaluru FC in the final.

Who else but him? India's and Bengaluru's star striker Sunil Chhetri made the home side's positive start count by heading home the opener.
The clock showed only nine minutes when Chhetri met a deflected cross from Udanta Singh with a diving header to put the ball past Karanjit Singh.
Chennaiyin's towering centre-back Mailson Alves struck not once but twice to silence the Bengaluru's faithful. Alves rose the highest to rifle a header in to neutralise the advantage gained by the home side. Then, right on the stroke of half-time, he scored another header to give Chennaiyin the lead. Photo: ISL/SPORTZPICS
Mailson Alves was undoubtedly the hero of the final for John Gregory's Chennaiyin FC. The bedrock in defence churned out many match-winning performances in Chennaiyin's championship win. Photo: ISL/SPORTZPICS
Raphael Augusto's curling effort effectively killed Bengaluru's hopes of a comeback. The Brazilian, who has played for Chennaiyin since 2015, yet again rose to the occasion in the final as he proved a constant thorn in Bengaluru's defence. Photo: ISL/SPORTZPICS
The final whistle set off joyous celebrations in the visitor's camp. The boisterous away fans, who arrived in a fleet of buses, made Chennaiyin feel at home on the big night. Photo: ISL/SPORTZPICS