3/6/2019 4:48:05 PM (GMT+3)

AFC Cup: Chennaiyin hold Sri Lanka’s Colombo FC goalless

AFC Cup: Chennaiyin hold Sri Lanka’s Colombo FC goalless

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Chennaiyin FC played out a 0-0 draw with Sri Lanka’s Colombo FC in their AFC Cup debut in the qualifying playoff first leg at the Race Course Ground here on Wednesday.

It was a closely contested affair with chances at a premium for both sides on a humid afternoon in Colombo.

The second leg of the qualifying playoff will be held at The Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on March 13.

“It was a tough game as we had expected. We didn't get the away goal we were hoping to get but we managed to keep a clean sheet. It's all to play for in the second leg in one week's time,” said Chennaiyin coach John Gregory.

Chennaiyin became the first ISL side to qualify for the AFC Cup after having won the 2017-18 ISL title. There were two changes to the side that concluded their ISL campaign against FC Goa last week.

Midfielder Germanpreet Singh came in for Australian Chris Herd who missed out due to illness while Francisco Fernandes replaced CK Vineeth, who started from the bench.