Chennai City vs Mohun Bagan: The Mariners finish strong in the final home fixture

Koushik Venkatesh  |  Chennai City  |  1 Year Ago

Chennai City FC, who were on the back of a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Churchill Brothers, visited Mohun Bagan in the last round of the I-League season. 


The game progressed as expected with Bagan on the attack and Chennai playing them on the counter. The home side got a glimpse of the goal at the 16th minute mark when they almost scored one through Norde’s cross to R.Fernandes. 


Much to everyone’s surprise, the away side were the first to break the deadlock and they did this through Nandakumar at the 31st minute. Nandakumar whizzed past the Bagan defence, catching them off guard and showed great composure in front of goal whilst slotting the ball into the net.


The Mariners equalised through Katsumi, who put his foot through the ball when Balwant chested it down for him. It was a pretty routine attack which was followed by an amazing strike. The goal couldn’t have come at a better time with the referee blowing for half time. 


The referee was given so much stick from the fans for some of his decision for fouls which seemed too soft to be given. Mohun Bagan were constantly looking for opportunities to grab the lead but it was to no avail. Jeje Lalpekhlua was substituted in for Sehnaj Singh at the 65th minute. This meant that the Mariners were now playing a front three. Around the 70th minute mark, Chennai City FC received a free kick just 22 Yards from goal, only for it to be wasted. At the 71st Minute, news got out to the Mohun Bagan fans that Aizawl had equalised in their game and with just 20 minutes left, there was little to play for now but they hadn’t given up just yet. Jeje puts in a cross towards Duffy who brilliantly rounded it off the first time to give Mohun Bagan the lead with less than 15 minutes to go in the match.


With just a few minutes to go, the title was slowly slipping away from Mohun Bagan and by the time the referee had blown the full time whistle, news broke out that Aizawl FC had drawn their match 1-1 which meant that they were the Champions. Mohun Bagan finished as the runners up for two seasons in a row now whilst Chennai City FC finished an impressive 8th in their debut season.


Five Standout players from the game for CCFC were: 


#3 Wayne Vaz - 6/10

He was handed his first team debut in this final game of the season following Anyichie’s suspension. He was solid at the back barring a few mistakes but this young defender is full of promise. 


#2 Karanjit Singh – 6.5/10

Yet another match and Karanjit pulls out all the stops and kept Chennai in the game during the early stages of the match.


#1 Nandha Kumar – 7/10

Has been one of the best players for Chennai City FC all season. He scored the opening goal against the home team after leaving the opposing defence clueless. He is Undoubtedly, the future of Chennai City FC.


(The article was written from Chennai City FC's point of view)


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