Hero ISL 2018-19 semi-finals fixture list finalised after NorthEast-Kerala draw
NorthEast United FC's 0-0 draw against Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday sealed the four qualified teams' positions in the table, thereby setting up the fixture list for the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 semi-finals.
Bengaluru FC finish top followed by FC Goa in second. Both Goa and Bengaluru have 34 points from 18 matches, but the Blues finish over the Gaurs owing to their superior head-to-head record against them. Irrespective of Mumbai City FC's result on Saturday's match against FC Pune City, the Islanders are poised to finish third followed by NorthEast in fourth (29 points from 18 matches). Mumbai are currently on 30 points from 17 outings.
The confirmed standings, in turn, finalizes the semi-finals engagements for the season. Table toppers Bengaluru will face off against fourth-placed NorthEast on March 7 and 11 in the two-legged semi-finals. The first leg will be played at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati while Bengaluru will enjoy home advantage at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium for the return leg.
The other semi-finals will see second-placed FC Goa go up against third-placed Mumbai City FC. The two's first engagement will be at the Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai on March 9. The second leg will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on March 12.
The eventual winners will face off for the title at the Mumbai Football Arena on March 17.
Here's the overall fixture list for the semi-finals:
NorthEast United FC vs Bengaluru FC
Date: March 7, 2019
Venue: Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa
Date: March 9, 2019
Venue: Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai
Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United FC
Date: March 11, 2019
Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru
FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC
Date: March 12, 2019
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa