Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC play out goalless draw
Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC played out a goalless draw in Indian Super League (ISL) at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday.
Interim coach Naushad Moosa deployed Bengaluru in a 4-4-2 formation while Csaba Laszlo lined up Chennaiyin in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Chennaiyin took the game to Bengaluru from the first whistle. They had six shots on target.
Chennaiyin failed to take their chances as Bengaluru had to thank their goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for keeping them in the game. The keeper pulled off brilliant saves one after the other while poor finishing from Chennaiyin players also helped his cause to keep another clean sheet.
Chennaiyin should have taken the lead in the 40th minute. Lallianzuala Chhangte picked Harmanjot Khabra's pocket on the left side of midfield, near the half line. He ran forwards and timed his through ball to Manuel Lanzarote to perfection. Lanzarote got into the box and played a lofted ball across for Esmael Goncalves. A combination of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and a retreating defender put the ball behind for a corner before Goncalves could get to it.
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Chennaiyin came closest to scoring in the 85th minute. Memo Moura took a free kick thirty yards from goal. He hit the ball hard as he shoots for a goal from this distance. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu dived to his right but couldn't get to the ball. Luckily for Sandhu, the ball hits the upright and the sheer force it was hit with takes the deflection outside the box.
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The result did not make any change in the ISL table. Bengaluru remained 6th with 19 points from 16 games. Chennaiyin are 8th with 17 points from 16 games.