Chennaiyin capitalized on Bengaluru’s careless defence twice at the Kanteerava Stadium as they thwarted the Blues’ chance of going top of the table. After Bengaluru equalized through skipper Sunil Chhetri with five minutes to go, poor defending saw Chennai get the winner three minutes later.
Finally ! Some quality officiating
Quite contrary to yesterday’s game between Delhi Dynamos and FC Goa, which saw the officials showing cards from as early as the 6th minute, the Kanteerava Stadium saw a much more composed game after a frenetic first 15 minutes. After the referee showed patience and authority amidst repeated interruptions in the opening stages, both the teams settled in over the course of time. Barring a booking for Bengaluru enforcer Harmanjit Khabra in the first, the referee kept his cards to himself for a majority of the half.
However, it was during Bengaluru’s aggressive attempt to make a comeback in the second-half that saw the official standing on shaky ground. The feigned dives by the visiting side to churn out fouls and waste time from every little body contact saw Chennaiyin FC players getting booked thrice in a space of 20 minutes, which were not all bookable offences. The game eventually ended with 26 fouls and 4 yellow cards.
After the terrible officiating we have seen throughout the ISL campaign so far that saw terrible decisions by the referee pretty much deciding the results, both Bengaluru and Chennaiyin FC would hardly have any complaints with the officiating in today’ game.
Bengaluru need to stop with the lethargic starts
This was Bengaluru’s third game of the season where they tried to make amends for their
Chennaiyin, today, went one step further as they exploited Bengaluru’s thin defence in the closing stages after they had equalized three minutes earlier. However, as unfortunate as it may
Bengaluru’s tactics force them to rely majorly on making the most of little or half-chances that they manage from counter-attacking with a high backline. And they couldn’t get the ball in the net today, more than once despite enjoying 60% of the possession and having eight shots on goal. The plethora of
Though both of Chennaiyin FC’s goals came from defensive lapses in the Bengaluru camp, the hosts displayed some fabulous defending in the second-half to fend off Bengaluru’s incessant attacks. And the biggest credit for this should go to centre-half Mailson Alves.
The Brazilian has been a veteran
Alves even went up from time to time and even ended up creating a genuine chance only for Jeje Lalpekhlua to squander it with a poor finish. Bengaluru could have made an early comeback in the second-half through Miku only for Alves to commit a clever foul that earned him a yellow card and ended a potential goal threat.