2018 Indian Super Cup
|Hero Super Cup|
|Dates||15–16 March 2018 (qualifying competition)|
31 March – 20 April 2018 (main competition)
|Championship venue||Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar|
8 (qualifying competition)
12 (main competition)
|Goals scored||67 (3.53 per match)|
|Attendance||53,969 (2,840 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Sunil Chhetri|
|Best player||Miku (Bengaluru FC)|
The 2018 Hero Super Cup was the inaugural edition of the Super Cup, the main club knockout football competition in India. The competition is sponsored by Hero MotoCorp and is officially known as the Hero Super Cup. The competition began with the qualifiers on 15 March 2018 and concluded with the final on 20 April 2018. The entire tournament is taking place in one stadium, the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
The competition features teams from both the I-League and Indian Super League, both considered the joint top divisions for professional football in India. Both leagues containing 10 teams each, the top six teams from both qualified for the tournament automatically while the bottom four sides contested in the qualifiers. The Super Cup replaces the Federation Cup, which was considered the top knockout competition before this tournament.
A total of 16 teams are participating in the competition proper. The top six teams from both the I-League and Indian Super League qualified for the Super Cup automatically while the bottom four sides have participated in the qualifiers.
(8 teams)[note 1]
(12 teams)[note 2]
On 12 March 2018, the All India Football Federation announced the schedule and full format of the tournament. Due to the participation of Aizawl and Bengaluru in the AFC Cup, the schedule for the quarter-finals shall be decided at a later date.
|Qualification round||15–16 March 2018|
|Main tournament||Round of 16||31 March – 6 April 2018|
|Quarter-finals||8–13 April 2018|
|Semi-finals||16–17 April 2018|
|Final||20 April 2018|
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|Aizawl (pen.)||2 (5)|
|Minerva Punjab||0 (4)|
|Jamshedpur (pen.)||0 (5)|
|Delhi Dynamos||1–2 (a.e.t.)||Churchill Brothers|
|Uche 6'||Report||Plaza 34', 106'|
|NorthEast United||0–2||Gokulam Kerala|
|Report||Kisekka 43', 74'|
|Mumbai City||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Indian Arrows|
|Emaná 90' (pen.)
Round of 16
D. Singh 114'
|Report||Ionescu 22', 91'|
U. Singh 90+2'
|Churchill Brothers||1–2||Mohun Bagan|
|Plaza 30'||Report||Dipanda 45+3' (pen.), 70'|
|Minerva Punjab||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Jamshedpur|
|Pune City||2–3||Shillong Lajong|
Lalmuanpuia 90+2' (pen.)
|Mumbai City||1–2||East Bengal|
|Emaná 22'||Report||Yusa 26'
Odili 81' (pen.)
The dates for the quarter-final matches were scheduled to be announced at a later date to accommodate AFC Cup commitments of Aizawl and Bengaluru. After Aizawl and Bengaluru advanced to the quarter-finals, the following fixtures were confirmed for the quarter-finals. During the game between Jamshedpur FC and FC Goa, six players (three each from both the teams) were sent off at the half-time for violent conduct. In the games against NEROCA F.C., Sunil Chhetri scored the first hat-trick of the tournament.
|Report||Ralte 90+6' (pen.)|
|Mohun Bagan||3–1||Shillong Lajong|
|Kromah 28'||Report||Bheke 39'
Chhetri 69' (pen.), 90+1'
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Robbie Keane (ATK)
- Udanta Singh (Bengaluru)
- Rahul Bheke (Bengaluru)
- Maílson Alves (Chennaiyin)
- Dhanachandra Singh (Chennaiyin)
- Willis Plaza (Churchill Brothers)
- Katsumi Yusa (East Bengal)
- Mahmoud Amnah (East Bengal)
- Dudu Omagbemi (East Bengal)
- Laldanmawia Ralte (East Bengal)
- Ansumana Kromah (East Bengal)
- Manvir Singh (Goa)
- Henry Kisekka (Gokulam Kerala)
- Ashim Biswas (Jamshedpur)
- Pulga (Kerala Blasters)
- Prasanth Karuthadathkuni (Kerala Blasters)
- Sheikh Faiaz (Mohun Bagan)
- Nikhil Kadam (Mohun Bagan)
- Akram Moghrabi (Mohun Bagan)
- Achille Emaná (Mumbai City)
- Jean-Michel Joachim (NEROCA)
- Aryn Williams (NEROCA)
- Felix Chidi Odili (NEROCA)
- Pritam Singh (NEROCA)
- Jonatan Lucca (Pune City)
- Marcelinho (Pune City)
- Rakesh Pradhan (Shillong Lajong)
- Samuel Lalmuanpuia (Shillong Lajong)
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