Bengaluru suffer second loss of season
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