Indian Super League: Bengaluru FC beat Chennaiyin, open 7-point lead at top
Bengaluru FC underlined their class, winning the ‘Southern Derby’ against Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) match in Chennai on Tuesday to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
The talismanic Sunil Chhetri scored in the fourth minute of added time towards the end of the match, to take his tally to nine this season, as the visiting Bengaluru earned an important victory. It was sweet revenge for BFC having lost 0-1 at home to the former champions. The win takes Bengaluru to 30 points from 14 games while Chennaiyin stay on 23 but has played one match less.
Chennaiyin let slip a great opportunity to level at two- all in the 75th minute when Jeje Lalpekhlua muffed the penalty. The sharp marksman’s weak shot was saved by Bengaluru goalie Gurpreet Singh. The penalty came about after Harmanjot Khabra fouled Dhanpal Ganesh inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
In the 71st minute, Chennaiyin skipper Henrique Sereno was sent off, after what appeared to be an unnecessary challenge. He had won an aerial challenge against Miku, but then pulled him down from behind for no reason. The visiting side went ahead in the …read more