Deccan Chronicle

Lukasz strike earns win for Chennaiyin


Bambolim, Jan. 3: Chennaiyin FC got back to winning ways after a narrow 1-0 victory over Jamshedpur FC in their Indian Super League match at the Athletic Stadium here.

Jamshedpur were squeezed out of the first four positions after Kerala Blasters FC earned a point against FC Goa earlier in the evening. Post this result late on Sunday night, they slipped to sixth place as Bozidar Bandovic’s men handed them their second loss of the campaign.

Lukasz Gikiewicz (31’) opened the scoring with his first shot on target and eventually, it was enough to separate the teams.

Narender Gahlot was shown the yellow card at the 20th-minute mark following a nervy start by both teams. Mirlan Murzaev sent his attempt above the goal from the subsequent long-range freekick.

A few minutes later, Lukasz Gikiewicz broke the deadlock with CFC’s first shot on target at the half-hour mark. The striker comfortabl­y headed a cross from Vladimir Koman past the goalkeeper from inside the box.

He was left unmarked by the

JFC defenders and the striker from Poland made no mistake with his header.

Greg Stewart had a brilliant opportunit­y just before the halftime whistle to score the equaliser but he uncharacte­ristically aired his shot from the edge of the penalty area. The Marina Machans held on to their lead before heading into the break at half-time.

Ritwik Das, the substitute, also took an attempt six minutes post the restart but he sliced his shot which went wayward in the end. Ricky Lallawmawm­a then became the second JFC player to receive a yellow card for a poorly timed challenge.

Shortly after, Germanpree­t Singh had a superb chance to increase the lead at the hour mark. However, his shot from the edge of the box post a counteratt­ack was blocked by a JFC defender.

In the 72nd minute, Debjit Majumder got down quickly to keep Stewart’s attempt at bay after the forward weaved past multiple defenders to release a left-footed shot.

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