Chennaiyin FC’s possibilities of progressing into the highest 4 obtained an enormous blow following their irritating goalless draw towards Bengaluru FC in an Indian Super League match right here on Friday.
Coach Csaba Laszlo’s facet put up a spirited efficiency however their misfiring assault could not get previous Bengaluru keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who was stored on his toes all through the match at Fatorda Stadium.
BFC interim coach Naushad Moosa rang in two adjustments to his Bengaluru facet which received towards SC East Bengal as Erik Paartalu and Parag Srivas got begins.
Manuel Lanzarote was handed his debut for Chennaiyin as Anirudh Thapa and Enes Sipovic returned.
Chennaiyin bossed possession and dominated the primary session, forcing Gurpreet into motion on quite a few events.
Chennaiyin had the primary probability of the sport when Esmael Goncalves made his approach into the Bengaluru space however his shot was saved by a diving Gurpreet. Rahim Ali bought the rebound, however his tame shot was simply stopped by the custodian.
Moments later, Thapa swirled in a cross into the field, which was met by Lallianzuala Chhangte, however the header discovered Gurpreet. It was Ali subsequent, who on coming into the realm, launched the ball to Chhangte on the left. The winger lower inside and shot straight valiantly.
Chennaiyin’s protection was a tricky nut to crack as Eli Sabia and Vishal Kaith got here with essential interceptions and blocks to disclaim Sunil Chhetri and Paartalu.
Chennaiyin have been denied with a gap aim simply earlier than the breather. Chhangte raced down the far facet and set Lanzarote by.
The Spaniard bought into the field and performed a lofted go to Goncalves however Gurpreet anticipated hazard and charged forward to get the essential contact, to deflect the ball off Goncalves for a aim kick. This was arguably the perfect probability of the sport.
In the second session, Chennaiyin continued their hunt for the aim. Lanzarote almost scored from a set-piece however the BFC custodian managed to get a fingertip save onto the crossbar.
Bengaluru managed to get the ball at the back of the web however their celebrations have been lower brief when the referee disallowed the aim. Xisco Hernandez picked Francisco Gonzalez on the again put up, and he headed into the again of the web however the assistant referee had raised his flag.
The BFC put up had extra motion with Gurpreet exerting but once more. The India worldwide pulled off one other diving save to disclaim Chhangte late within the sport.
Chennaiyin almost took the lead with Memo Moura’s 30-yard free-kick however it was the woodwork that got here to Bengaluru’s rescue.