Chennai City FC on Thursday degraded Churchill Brothers 3-1 to register their initial win of a ongoing 38th Hero Federation Cup to finish their debate on a winning note, in Cuttack.
The win, however, came too late for Chennai City FC as they crashed out of a contest along with Churchill Brothers as Aizawl FC and Kingfisher East Bengal competent for a semi-finals from Group A.
Strikes by Dhanpal Ganesh (18th minute), Edwin Sydney (61st) and Brazilian Charles de Souza (79th) led Chennai City FC to 3 points, leapfrogging Churchill Brothers to finish a Hero Federation Cup in third place in Group A with 3 points, after Brandon Fernandes scored from a mark in a 81st minute.
Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers find themselves during a bottom of Group A with one indicate and no wins from 3 matches.
Both teams played a initial half of a diversion with counsel and while Churchill Brothers dominated possession, it was Chennai City FC that found a behind of a net to lead 1-0 during half-time.
In a 18th minute, Ganesh bombarded into a chastisement box after hidden possession and his shot from a parsimonious angle flew past Churchill goalkeeper Naveen Kumar into a behind of a net to palm Chennai a lead.
Brandon Fernandes in a 31st notation rattled a woodwork from a free-kick 25 yards out for Churchill Brothers.
There was minimal movement in a second half as both teams were stranded on a midfield.
Bright moments came for Chennai City FC in a form of Ganesh who took on some-more of an aggressive role, joining play between a midfield and a strikers.
In a 59th minute, Fernandes took it on himself to measure a equaliser though his shot could usually pile-up opposite a side-netting after he wriggled into a box from a left flank.
Two mins after Chennai City FC doubled their lead after Sydney’s shot from inside a box crept into a behind of a net withdrawal Naveen wrong-footed.
Charles de Souza tripled Chennai City’s lead in a 79th notation after his absolute shot crashed into a net withdrawal a Churchill protector stunned.
Churchill Brothers were awarded a chastisement in a 81st notation and Fernandes stepped adult to finish a mark flog with palliate and revoke Churchill’s deficit.
However, it was too late for a quip and a full-time scoreline review 3-1 in foster of Chennai City FC.
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