On Saturday, Chennaiyin FC drew 0-0 with Churchill Brothers in their second Group D encounter. It is of the Hero Super Cup 2023 at the Payyanad Stadium in Manjeri, Kerala. Chennaiyin, who had won their last encounter against NorthEast United FC, dominated from the start. They got out to a fast start and kept pouring pressure on the opposing defence with their aggressive attitude.
As a result of the goalless draw in Group D, Churchill received their first Super Cup point.
It was also a well-earned point for the Goan team, who battled valiantly against its difficult opponent. The top player in Churchill’s defence was Joseph Clemente.
Churchill was reduced to ten men near the end when Richard Costa was sent off for a second yellow card. Chennaiyin was unable to capitalise on this. Just as it was unable to capitalise on all of the opportunities. It produced during the game or the far higher % of possession (63).
Sixty-one percent possession and multiple goal-scoring possibilities, including seven corners, but no conversions in the first half.
One such opportunity came as early as the sixth minute, when the Anirudh Thapa-led side nearly opened the score from a corner, but the opposition defenders managed to clear the ball.
Chennaiyin had 17 shots on goal (compared to Churchill’s seven) and 10 corners (compared to five).
Aakash Sangwan made some dangerous moves for Chennaiyin on the left flank from the start. He made an excellent ball to Edwin Vanspaul in the ninth minute, but he failed to connect.
Though Churchill was forced to defend for much of the game, it did produce several scoring chances, particularly for Ansumana Kromah. The subject of the game was poor finishing.
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