2/10/2019 11:52:10 PM (GMT+3)

Chennai beat Bengaluru as search for playoff spot continues

Chennai beat Bengaluru as search for playoff spot continues

KOLKATA: Bengaluru FC suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

First-half goals from Jeje Lalpekhlua (33’) and Gregory Nelson (43’) extended the Blues’ wait to make the play-off stages while Sunil Chhetri pulled one back. But John Gregory’s side held fort at the back to thwart the Blues.

For the Bangalore side, Spaniard Luisma Villa was handed his first start in an eleven that included Xisco Hernandez and Miku. Udanta Singh, Dimas Delgado and Albert Serran were left out of a squad that had Rahul Bheke partner Juanan Gonzalez in the centre of defence.

Lalpekhlua capitalised on Nishu Kumar’s failure to get rid of the ball in the box, and fired past Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to give the hosts a lead.

Miku had Bengaluru’s best chance moments earlier, after being put through by Xisco but the Venezuelan’s attempt to fire inside the far post from the right rolled inches wide.

Chennai then increased their lead ten minutes later when Nelson rose and tucked home a cross from Laldinliana Renthlei. (Pic credit: Bengaluru/Twitter)