2018 Indian Super Cup

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2018 Super Cup
Hero Super Cup
Dates15–16 March 2018 (qualifying competition)
31 March – 20 April 2018 (main competition)
Championship venueKalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Teams20 (overall)
8 (qualifying competition)
12 (main competition)
Runners-upEast Bengal
Matches played19
Goals scored67 (3.53 per match)
Attendance53,969 (2,840 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Sunil Chhetri
(6 goals)
Best playerMiku (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.[1] The entire tournament is taking place in one stadium, the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.[1]

The competition features teams from both the I-League and Indian Super League, both considered the joint top divisions for professional football in India.[2] 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.[2] The Super Cup replaces the Federation Cup, which was considered the top knockout competition before this tournament.[3]


A total of 16 teams are participating in the competition proper.[2] 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.[2]

Qualification round
(8 teams)[note 1]
Main competition
(12 teams)[note 2]
Indian Super League
Indian Super League

Round dates[edit]

On 12 March 2018, the All India Football Federation announced the schedule and full format of the tournament.[4] 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.[4]

Phase Round Match dates
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 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
31 March
Aizawl (pen.)2 (5)
8 April
Chennaiyin 2 (3)
5 April
East Bengal1
East Bengal2
16 April
Mumbai City1
East Bengal1
2 April
Minerva Punjab0 (4)
12 April
Jamshedpur (pen.)0 (5)
3 April
20 April
East Bengal1
1 April
Churchill Brothers1
11 April
Mohun Bagan2
Mohun Bagan3
4 April
Shillong Lajong1
Pune City2
17 April
Shillong Lajong3
Mohun Bagan2
1 April
13 April
Gokulam Kerala1
6 April
Kerala Blasters2

Qualification round[edit]

After the conclusion of the I-League and Indian Super League seasons, the All India Football Federation announced the draw for the qualification round of the Super Cup.[5]

Delhi Dynamos1–2 (a.e.t.)Churchill Brothers
Uche Goal 6' Report Plaza Goal 34'106'
Attendance: 2,000

NorthEast United0–2Gokulam Kerala
Report Kisekka Goal 43'74'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar

Mumbai City2–1 (a.e.t.)Indian Arrows
Emaná Goal 90' (pen.)
Santos Goal 104'
Report Praveen Goal 77'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ajitkumar Lairenlakpam

ATK4–1Chennai City
Sharma Goal 37'
Zequinha Goal 58'
Mehta Goal 76'
Keane Goal 83'
Report Joachim Goal 45+7'
Attendance: 3,000

Round of 16[edit]

The All India Football Federation announced the draw for the round of 16 of the competition on 12 March 2018.[6]

Bengaluru2–1Gokulam Kerala
Miku Goal 69'
U. Singh Goal 90+2'
Report Kisekka Goal 33'
Attendance: 4,233
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar

Churchill Brothers1–2Mohun Bagan
Plaza Goal 30' Report Dipanda Goal 45+3' (pen.)70'
Attendance: 8,120
Referee: Venkatesh R

Coro Goal 45+1'
Boumous Goal 70'
Fernandes Goal 77'
Report Keane Goal 50'
Attendance: 2,583

Pune City2–3Shillong Lajong
Lucca Goal 17'
Marcelinho Goal 21'
Report Koffi Goal 29'
Pradhan Goal 61'
Lalmuanpuia Goal 90+2' (pen.)

Mumbai City1–2East Bengal
Emaná Goal 22' Report Yusa Goal 26'
Amnah Goal 73'
Attendance: 4,354
Referee: Venkatesh R

NEROCA3–2Kerala Blasters
Joachim Goal 68'
Williams Goal 79'
Odili Goal 81' (pen.)
Report Pulga Goal 11'
Karuthadathkuni Goal 49'
Attendance: 1,865


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.[6] After Aizawl and Bengaluru advanced to the quarter-finals, the following fixtures were confirmed for the quarter-finals.[7] 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.[8] In the games against NEROCA F.C., Sunil Chhetri scored the first hat-trick of the tournament.

Aizawl0–1East Bengal
Report Ralte Goal 90+6' (pen.)
Attendance: 3,286

Mohun Bagan3–1Shillong Lajong
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: Santosh Kumar

Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Venkatesh R

Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar


The semi-finals were played on 16 April and 17 April 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium.[6]

East Bengal1–0Goa
Dudu Goal 78' Report
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: Santosh Kumar

Mohun Bagan2–4Bengaluru
Attendance: 3,600
Referee: Tejas Nagvenkar


The final was played on 20 April 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium and Bengaluru won the inaugural Super Cup by defeating East Bengal in the final.[6]

East Bengal1–4Bengaluru
Kromah Goal 28' Report Bheke Goal 39'
Chhetri Goal 69' (pen.)90+1'
Miku Goal 71'
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: C. R. Srikrishna (Tamil Nadu)


6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Saharoy, Shilarze (12 March 2018). "Chennaiyin to face Aizawl in Super Cup on March 31". Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Inaugural Super Cup's final round from Mar 31-Apr 22: AIFF". Times of India. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ Hussain, Sabi (24 January 2018). "Super Cup set to be a 16-team affair". Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Final Round of Hero Super Cup to Kick-off on March 31". The All India Football Federation. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Bhubaneswar to host Super Cup". Times of India. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Super Cup Draw Announced, Final Round to Kick Off on March 31". The All India Football Federation. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Super Cup - Fixtures and Results". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Super Cup 2018: Red cards spoil the contest as five-star FC Goa thrash Jamshedpur". 12 April 2018.


  1. ^ Teams listed based on final position in either I-League or Indian Super League.
  2. ^ Teams listed based on final position in either I-League or Indian Super League.

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