Churchill thrashes Chennai City to escape relegation

Besides man-of-the-match Talgat’s four goals in 23rd, 82nd, 84th and 90+3 minutes, Chruchill Brothers scored through Ansumana Kromah (67th) and Brandon Fernandes (90th).

Edwin Sydney Vanspaul of Chennai City FC (left) and Bektur Talgat Uulu of Churchill Brothers Sports Club fight for the ball in their Hero I League football match.   -  M. Vedhan

Bektur Talgat scored four goals, including a hat-trick, as Churchill Brothers thrashed 10-man Chennai City 6-1 to avoid relegation in the penultimate round of the Hero I-league here today.

Besides man-of-the-match Talgat’s four goals in 23rd, 82nd, 84th and 90+3 minutes, Chruchill Brothers scored through Ansumana Kromah (67th) and Brandon Fernandes (90th).

Chennai City, which was reduced to 10 players in the second half, netted the ball through Michael Soosai Raj in the 54th minute.

This win takes Churchill Brothers to 20 points from 17 matches. It will play its last match against Bengaluru on April 29.

The team would be finishing sixth even if it loses to Bengaluru.

Chennai City remained on eighth position with 17 points from 17 matches.

Mumbai City, which is lying at the bottom, would be relegated as it would finish behind Churchill Brothers at the end of the league.

Churchill Brothers, needing a win to avoid relegation, played with their beat team.

Both the teams made a slow start, trying to gauge each other’s strength but Churchill Brothers controlled the proceeding and managed to make inroads.

The visiting side came up with occasional forays and had its best chance in the 37th minute but Edwin Sydney’s effort missed the target narrowly.

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