Orange Army stuns Warriors, Earns lifeline for Relegation battle.
Chennai City thumped table toppers Minerva Punjab FC 2-1 to widen the title race at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hero I-League on Friday.
Chennai opened the scoring sheet when their skipper struck the opening goal of the evening in 5th minute itself. Minerva were high in game and standard, but it was Chennai who opened the windows. Vanspaul crossed an inch perfect pass to Soosairaj who triggered an shot to post but was denied by Kiran Limbu. The deflected ball fell in range of Soosairaj and he made no mistake to tap the ball into the post.
In 15th minute, Chencho Gyeltshen showed some of his spectacular moves as he nutmegged two Chennai’s defender but failed to convert it as Chennai’s goalie Kabir collected the ball along the line. In 22nd minute, Kabir was engaged in an other encounter when he made an splendid save of the free kick by William Opoku.
Four minutes later, Amandeep Singh crossed the ball to Chencho who took down the ball and fired the ball into the back of net as Kabir was unable to provide any blocking. Chencho scored the equaliser for the Warriors as the scoreline was 1-1 at half hour mark.
Minutes after half hour mark, Pradeep and Soosairaj were involved in one-two touch pass game as the duo baffled the Minerva defender before Pradeep firing in an shot which was possessed by Kiran Limbu.
At 45th minute, Chennai City’s skipper Soosairaj almost gave an lead to his team when his curler was miraculously been saved by Kiran.
Both the teams went off ground to their sheds with the scoreline at 1-1.
Chennai City started the game with more calm and composed nature. Both the teams fought to regain the possession as both the team lacked creativity to drill in on either side.
On hour mark, Soosairaj passed an through ball to Aleksandar Rakic before the latter one making no mistake to bulge the ball into the net on one-on-one condition against Kiran. Chennai city went ahead in tie and made it 2-1 at 60th minute.
Akash Sangwan would had scored at 62nd minute when his shot was collected by Kabir and he was the only one in between the net and Akash Sangwan. But Akash failed to equalise for the Warriors.
Minerva couldn’t score any goal till the end as the rigid and firm Chennai’s defence line didn’t provide any vulnerability to Minerva. The scoreline remained same 2-1 after Referee blew the whistle to bring the game to halt.
Minerva Punjab is still at the top of table with 32 points from 17 games. This lose now have given chances to NEROCA FC, Kingfisher East Bengal FC and Mohun Bagan to make an comeback into the title race as they are 1, 3, 5 points behind Minerva Punjab. Minerva Punjab would be playing Red Machines on 8th March.
Chennai City has climbed an spot to be at eighth place over Churchill Brothers and Indian Arrows with 19 points from 18 games. They have ended their season on victorious note.