Churchill Brothers thump Chennai City FC 6-1, survive relegation.

Srihari GS  |  Chennai City  |  1 Year Ago

Man-of-the-match Bektur Talgat Uulu scored four goals, including a Second half hat-trick as Churchill Brothers thrashed Chennai City 6-1 in their last home game to avoid relegation in the I-league today. Apart from Bektur, Ansumana Kromah and Brandon Fernandes also scored for the home side.


Chennai reduced to 10-men after Celestine Anyichie was sent off in the 61st minute, who was already on a yellow, handled the ball while trying to make an interception resulting in a second yellow card. Chennai's only bright spot came through M.Soosairaj in the second half who beautifully curled the ball into the top corner with his left foot leaving Naveen Kumar in the Churchill brothers goal with no chance whatsoever to try and stop it from rolling inside.


The Red Brigade came all guns blazing in the must win fixture in the second half. As the clock ticked, both the teams made a very cautious start with Churchill showing experience on the pitch, trying to gain control over the entrants Chennai. The visitors created chances occasionally and in the 37th minute had their best chance only to see Edwin Sydney's shot miss the target by a whisker. 


Top Talking Points —


#1 Bektur Talgat's four goals:

Bektur Talgat's second half hat-trick ensured the crucial win for the home team. The Kyrgyz midfielder was at the right place on the right time. Churchill looked to take maximum advantage of the 10-men Chennai side to bigger the margin of win. Bektur's goals ensured that the Chennai side could not make a comeback of any sort, if ever there was one. He was fast, agile and confident who was push to and forth between Central midfield and the box.


#2 Aniychie's Red card:

Chennai's Aniychie was sent off in the second half for handling the ball. It wasn't the foul but the misconduct that followed the foul that prompted the referee to send off the player. This meant that Dhanpal Ganesh would fall back to join forces with Ravanan to fill up Aniychie's position but this would create a high impact as the visitors conceded 5 goals after the loss of their defender.



#3  Survival of Relegation battle:

This win meant that Churchill Brothers escaped the relegation battle to play another year of I-league football (if it remains). The Goan outfit has now taken 20 points from 17 matches and are set to take on Bengaluru FC in their final fixture of the season. Chennai are now hanging on the 8th position having taken 17 points in as many matches. Mumbai FC, who are lying at the bottom of the table, have already relegated with Churchill claiming today’s match, while the sandwiched Minerva are on immunity.



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