Chennai City headed in the right direction as they look to land their Maiden Federation Cup appearance

Koushik Venkatesh  |  Chennai City  |  1 Year Ago

It was anybody’s game as the two newcomers of the Hero I-League pit against each other at the Guru Nanak stadium, Punjab. The game was pivotal for both the outfits as they looked to land a spot in the top 8 which would bring them their Maiden Federation Cup appearance. 


It was a very sloppy game at start from the team from Chennai as they misplaced a lot of passes and the home team launching passes inside the opposition half. The home team seemed to have more control over the game as Thapa continuously proved to be problem for the Chennai City defense. The Home side were constantly pressing high throughout the majority of the first half hoping to poach the ball from them but Ravanan and Anyichie had other ideas as they looked very composed and marshalled the defense.  

Towards the end of the first half, Chennai City were mounting an attack through Charles who squared the ball but Kim was too slow to get to the ball and it was grabbed by Soosairaj Of Chennai City FC, who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the net to give Chennai City FC a much needed boost as the first half came to an end.


Minerva Punjab came out all guns blazing in the start of the second half as they looked to turn this game around but much to their dismay, Karanjit Singh looked to be in top form as he swatted away every single attempt that was on goal. Unfortunately, Minerva Punjab were forced to play with just 10 men as Loveday went down with an injury but since Minerva were all out of substitutions, he had the sit the game out for the last 12 minutes. 4 minutes was going to be the additional time as Chennai city were desperately hanging on to their lead. Right towards the end of stoppage time, Soosairaj sent a ball through on goal which Charles put away with such ease.

 Soosairaj of Chennai city was awarded as the Hero of the match. 

Match Ratings


K.Singh 8/10 

A faultless game right from the beginning to the end. Commanded Control inside the box and made some great saves to keep the Minerva Strikers at bay. 


A.Das - 7.5/10

He is becoming a very consistent player and showed what he can do at both ends of the field.  


E.Anyichei - 8/10

Beast at the back. Kept the Minerva strikers in his pocket the entire game. 


D.Ravanan - 8/10 

Marshalled his troops and played his part in the victory brilliantly. 


D. Roy - 6.5/10

The same problems coming back to haunt Debabrata as he keeps getting caught out of position. 


E.Vanspaul - 7/10 

Solid performance in the midfield. Tested the keeper with a powerful shot and controlled the midfield well. 


L. Mawia - 6.5/10 

Struggled a little to get into the game and his passing wasn’t very neat but showed glimpses of what he can do.


Z. Mundampara - 7.5/10

Solid in his position. Held his ground well and helped Chennai City win the midfield battle. 


D.Ganesh - 6.5/10

Looked very shaky and made a lot of silly fouls. Not his best performance. 


M.Soosairaj - 8.5/10 

A goal and an assist for this youngster who was a constant menace to the Minerva defense. Lots of promise from this man.


Charles - 8/10

A very inspiring performance from the Brazilian who also provided a goal and an assist. 



D.Caldeira – 7/10

Came on at the 63rd minute for Mawia and looked lively right from the moment he came on and kept the pressure on. 



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