Ben­galuru suf­fer sec­ond loss of sea­son

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Mum­bai: Chen­naiyin FC claimed a much-needed vic­tory af­ter down­ing ta­ble-top­pers Ben­galuru FC 2-1 in a closely-con­tested In­dian Su­per League clash in Chen­nai on Satur­day.

Af­ter with­stand­ing some early pres­sure from Ben­galuru, Chen­naiyin roared into a two-goal lead af­ter fine strikes from Jeje Lalpekhlua (32’) and Gre­gory Nel­son (43’). Su­nil Ch­hetri pulled one back for Ben­galuru in the sec­ond half (57’) but the home team held on for all three points and in­flicted only the sec­ond loss of the sea­son on the vis­i­tors. The home team took the lead just past the half an hour mark. Raphael Au­gusto dis­pos­sessed Har­man­jot Khabra be­fore feed­ing CK Vi­neeth who broke for­ward. How­ever, Nishu Ku­mar failed to deal with Vi­neeth’s at­tempted pass and the ball broke to Jeje who slammed the ball in to break his sea­son’s ISL duck. Chen­naiyin started to show more con­fi­dence on the ball. The Ben­galuru de­fence had a tough time deal­ing with the in­creased im­pe­tus from the home team and ended up con­ced­ing an­other goal just be­fore half-time.

Just like they did in their pre­vi­ous game against Ker­ala Blasters FC, Ben­galuru pro­duced a re­sponse af­ter go­ing two goals be­hind in the sec­ond half. Af­ter a spell of in­ces­sant pres­sure, the Blues pulled a goal back three min­utes be­fore the hour mark. Stop­watch: Chen­naiyin FC 2 (Lalpekhlua 32, Nel­son 42) bt Ben­galuru FC 1 (Ch­hetri 57); Play­ing to­day: Pune City vs ATK (Live on Star Sports 1 & 3, 7.30pm)

Su­nil Ch­hetri (R) scores in Chen­nai on Satur­day

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