ISL 2020-21: Sunil Chhetri penalty against Chennaiyin FC gives Bengaluru their 1st win of season


The loss at GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Friday was Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo’s first of the season after they drew their last match against Kerala Blasters.

Bengaluru FC registered their first win of the ISL 2020-21 on Friday. (@IndSuperLeague Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chennaiyin FC were dealt a blow when Anirudh Thapa got injured and had to be substituted in the 15th minute
  • A poor error of judgement from Chennaiyin midfielder Edwin Vanspaul gave Bengaluru the penalty
  • He lunged at Bengaluru FC’s Cleiton Silva inside the box in the 54th minute

Bengaluru FC registered their first win of the ISL 2020-21 season in a closely contested game against arch-rivals Chennaiyin FC, thanks to a 56th minute penalty by Sunil Chettri.

The loss at GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Friday was Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo’s first of the season after they drew their last match against Kerala Blasters.

A poor error of judgement from Chennaiyin midfielder Edwin Vanspaul gave their rivals the advantage after his lunge at Cleiton Silva inside the box in the 54th minute gave Bengaluru FC a penalty.

Sunil Chhetri converted it with ease and Bengaluru had a chance to double the advantage four minutes later when a powerful long-ranger from Delgado looked to be going in. Channaiyin goal-keeper Kaith, however, got the slightest of touches to it, diverting the ball from its path.

Laszlo responded to the goal by throwing on Fatkhullo Fatkhulloev and the Tajik nearly scored the equaliser, unleashing a volley off Jerry’s cross only for Bengaluru keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to block it.

Chennaiyin thought they had a penalty in the 69th minute after Crivellaro’s header struck Kuruniyan’s hand on the way out. But referee Rahul Kumar Gupta instead pointed to a corner.

A highly-anticipated clash

The match got off to a physical start with Anirudh Thapa left limping in the fifth minute after a clash of heels with Ashique Kuruniyan.

The latter picked up a yellow two minutes later for going in rough on Deepak Tangri. Then came a huge blow for Chennaiyin. Thapa had initially continued after his clash with Kuruniyan, but by the 16th minute, he was asking to come off. Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo had to replace him with Edwin Vanspaul.

Bengaluru began to take the upper-hand after Thapa’s exit. Around the half-hour mark, Cleiton Silva found Bheke unmarked inside the box, but his header was off target. Seven minutes later, Juanan had a chance to head in from Silva’s cross, but only managed to divert it into Chennaiyin keeper Vishal Kaith’s hands.

Chennaiyin dominated the final period, searching frantically for an equaliser. But they were unable to find a finish to the many chances they created as Bengaluru held on for the win.



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