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Popovic, Roca enthralled by Chhetri's magic

Bengaluru: FC Pune City head coach Ranko Popovic called Sunil Chhetri "the best ever Indian player" while his Bengaluru FC counterpart, Albert Roca, was at a "loss of words to define him". Bengaluru FC rode on Chhetri's hat-trick to make it to the final of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 season. The India skipper's triple strike gave Bengaluru FC a facile 3-1 win in a tense second-leg semifinal at the Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday. Jonatan Lucca's free-kick goal gave Pune some hope of a fightback at 1-2 but Chhetri was too good on the day and sealed the deal with a minute to go for the final whistle.
"I think Sunil Chhetri is the best ever Indian player till now, and these kind of players know how to play these kind of games. He scored a hat-trick, and he was the hero today. The young players should learn from this," said Popovic lauding Chhetri.
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