Sunil Chhetri Scores From the Spot as Bengaluru FC Beat Chennaiyin FC 1-0 in South Indian Derby

Dec 4, 2020, 10:22 PM GMT+5:30
Indian Super League

Bengaluru FC beat Chennaiyin FC 1-0 courtesy of Sunil Chhetri's penalty goal in the 56th minute of the match to register their first victory of the seventh edition of Indian Super League.

The Blues had been held to draws in their previous two matches, while Chennaiyin FC came into this game having won their league opener against Jamshedpur FC and sharing spoils with Kerala Blasters in their second outing.

Chennaiyin were handed an early blow in the game when midfielder Anirudh Thapa went down in pain and was replaced by Edwin Vanspaul in the 16th minute of the match.

Chennaiyin had their first real chance in the 18th minute, but Gurpreet Sandhu comfortably saved Rafael Crivellaro's attempt from outside the box.

In the 30th minute, Bengaluru FC defender Rahul Bheke's free header after a cross had been played into the box went wide of the far post. Six minutes later, Carles Cuadrat's men had a shot on target, but Juanan's header did not have much power and Vishal Kaith caught the ball without much struggle.

In the 52nd minute, Gurpreet Sandhu made a good save to deny Deepak Tangri's header from a Crivellaro freekick from finding the target.

Two minutes later, referee awarded a penalty for Bengaluru FC after Vanspaul brought Cleiton Silva down inside the box. Chhetri stepped up for Bengaluru and slammed the ball to the right which Kaith, despite diving to the right direction, could not keep out.

Bengaluru almost scored their second goal of the match in the 60th minute, but Kaith pulled off a stunning save, tipping Dimas Delgado's long-ranger out for a corner.

In the 64th minute, Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev attempted from a rather tight angle after receiving a wonderful ball into the box, but Gurpreet Sandhu thwarted the 30-year-old's shot from going in.

Fatkhuloev had another opportunity in the 79th minute, but his shot could only manage to hit the side-netting. Jakub Sylvestr could have helped Chennaiyin grab a crucial point in the third minute of the extra time, but despite being in a promising position, the Slovakian could not drill a shot past Gurpreet Sandhu, who again denied Csaba Laszlo's side.