INDIAN FOOTBALL

Chennaiyin FC 2-4 Bengaluru FC: Bengaluru grab their second win

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Bengaluru FC grabbed their second win of the season against Chennaiyin FC on Thursday. The Blues ended their 7 game winless streak to overcome a tough task in the form of Chennaiyin FC.

Meanwhile, the Marina Machans fell to their 3rd defeat in 4 matches. The loss keeps Chennaiyin in 6th place and 3 points adrift from the top 4. On the other hand, Bengaluru are 8th in the standings, 4 points off top 4.

Chennaiyin FC 2-4 Bengaluru FC: The Game

A dismal and slow start from Bengaluru saw them concede just 4 minutes in. Mirlan Murzaev scored a fantastic goal to add another to his tally. A pass from Germanpreet set Murzaev free on the left flank. The latter then shifted to his right and powered an effort beyond the keeper’s reach to make it 1-0.

Murzaev threatened to double the lead 15 minutes later. However, Sadhu was up to the task and stuck a leg out to make a brilliant save. A shot from Kuruniyan hit Llarinzuala’s hand, heralding a penalty. Cleiton Silva was the man assigned as he stepped up. The marksman made no mistake from the spot as he dispatched it coolly, sending Sadhu the wrong way to equalize for Bengaluru(39′).

Close to the break, an error from Vishal Kaith gifted Bengaluru the lead. Kaith attempted to punch away a Cleiton Silva corner but missed it completely. The ball found its way to Alan Costa’s shoulder and deflected into the net(1-2′). The Blues ended the first half with a goal’s advantage.

Bengaluru’s players celebrate after Udanta’s goal

Second Half

Chennaiyin made amends for their poor finish to the first half with an equalizer in the 49th minute. Rahim Ali grabbed his maiden goal and had Sandhu to thank for it. The goalkeeper let the ball through his legs and was gutted to concede a poor goal.

Bengaluru FC then responded with 2 goals of their own in quick succession. A dummy from Cleiton Silva outdid the entire defense and left Farooq unmarked. Farooq finished off a brilliant move with a neat finish to make it 2-3.

Vishal Kaith was once more at fault for the 4th goal as well. His mistake dashed Chennaiyin’s hopes of a comeback. Kaith was again sloppy and let the ball slip his grasp. It fell to Pratik Chowdhary and he was on high alert, converting to make it 2-4.

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