- Bengaluru won 3-1
- Haokip, Miku, and Chettri scored for Bengaluru
- Sereno was sent off for Chennaiyin
- Bengaluru are top of the table
Bengaluru FC avenged their defeat against Chennaiyin in December when they took Chennaiyin on, on their home turf. With the top two teams of the league clashing, Chennaiyin looked to repeat their performance of the previous match between the two teams to close down the gap at the top. It was not to be so as Bengaluru’s class outshone in the end as they ran away comfortable winners with a 3-1 scoreline.
The match started off perfect style with both teams attacking from the on go hardy letting either defense breath. With both teams going all out in the first half, it provided as a treat for the packed stadium. Bengaluru raced into the lead in as early as the second minute itself after Haokip got on the score sheet, converting in some style. Chennaiyin were unfazed by the visitor’s early advantage as they continued to penetrate Bengaluru’s defeat with relentless running and attacks down both flanks. Their efforts finally paid off after they equalized through Fernandes in the 31st minute to see both teams go in level at the end of the first half.
With revenge on their mind, Bengaluru came out even stronger in the second half. It was a completely different tale for Chennaiyin in the second half who not only went behind courtesy of a Miku goal for Bengaluru but were also reduced to 10 men after skipper Sereno was giving his marching orders in the 71st minute for an unnecessary rash challenge. Low on confidence, they missed out bringing the score to 2-2 after Lalpekhula scuffed his penalty to miss out on Chennaiyin’s best chance to get something from the game. Chettri rounded up the scoring for Bengaluru after he scored in the fourth minute of extra time to hand the table-toppers a 7 point lead. Chennaiyin stayed second in the table with a game left.
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