Brilliant Anirudh steers Chennaiyin into the Super Cup Semis

Rohit Ganguly  |  Super Cup  |  1 Week Ago

After a forgetful experience in this year’s Indian Super League, Chennaiyin FC turned around a one-goal deficit to breeze past North-East United in a closely contested quarter-final. Despite the Highlanders drawing first blood, Chennai turned the tide around riding on Anirudh Thapa’s brilliance in the midfield. The Indian international crafted the equalizer for Mailson Alves and scored the second for Chennai to seal the semi-final berth.


It was as early as eight minutes into the game when The Highlanders surged ahead, thanks to some scintillating team effort. Puitea’s powerful long ranger was parried away by Karanjit after the youngster’s wonderful dummy.


The ensuing corner was taken by Triadis, who passed the ball to a surging Nikhil Kadam and the latter squared off Triadis with a delectable through. The Greek attacker ran almost a foot before pulling the ball in for a raring Rowllin to tap home.


The equalizer arrived from another corner at the other end. Anirudh Thapa whipped in a scouring cross from the right and Mailson Alves powered home a towering header to restore parity for Chennaiyin.


Chennaiyin’s attacks revolved around Anirudh Thapa who was playing the game of his life. The second goal was an upshot of his unfettered diligence as he went on to snatch the ball from Puitea in the latter’s own half and muscled his way past a couple of defenders to slam the ball home.

It was just around the hour mark when the woodwork put a spanner in North East’s celebrations. Girik Khosla revved down the right wing to tee up Mascia and the Uruguayan striker unleashed a meaty piledriver that ricocheted off the woodwork.


Fifteen minutes later, Mascia’s dalliance with the woodwork intensified after he went on to head another corner into the side post. With the final quarter left for the Highlanders to equalize, Chennaiyin FC shifted to defending gears,


After an unsparing salvo in the dying embers of the game, North East United had to say goodbye to this year’s Super Cup, bowing down to a resolute Chennai rearguard.


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