AFC Cup | Despite last-gasp winner, Chennaiyin FC fail to qualify for knockout stage

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AFC Cup | Despite last-gasp winner, Chennaiyin FC fail to qualify for knockout stage

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SportsCafe Desk

06/27/2019

Chennaiyin FC scored a last-gasp goal to beat Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal 3-2 in their final group match but failed to make the knockout stage of the ongoing AFC Cup. Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka clinched the top spot after beating Minerva Punjab 1-0 in the other Group E tie in Guwahati.

Chennaiyin FC worked hard as they scored a last-minute goal against Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal 3-2 in their final group match. Mohammed Rafi struck an 88th-minute winner after the two sides were locked 2-2. However, the 2017 ISL winners failed to secure a knock-out berth in the AFC Cup despite picking up 11 points at the end of the group stage. Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka clinched a top spot after beating Minerva Punjab 1-0 in the other Group E tie in Guwahati.

The Chennai-based side were hoping for either a win or a draw as Minerva went up against Abahani to book a knock-out berth but the Dhaka side scored an injury time goal register a 1-0 win and break Chennaiyin hearts.

Chennaiyin finished second in the group with 11 points from six matches while Abahani ended on top with 13 points to advance to the knock-out stage. On the same points, Chennaiyin would have gone through as they have a better head-head record against Abahani. 

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