I-League: Chennai City FC crashes to its first defeat

Real Kashmir FC went home in a merry mood having scored a 1-0 win over Chennai City FC in the Hero I-league clash at the Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

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Nestor Jesus (14) of Chennai City Football Club in action against the Real Kashmir FC the ball in the Hero I-League football match at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.   -  S. Siva Saravanan

Table topper Chennai City FC did the bulk of the hard work, but it was Real Kashmir FC that went home in a merry mood having scored a 1-0 win over the former in the Hero I-league clash at the Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

The winning goal came off a ‘lucky penalty’, which was neatly converted by Koffi Tetter in the 78th minute.

The first half was more about quick passes and holding the fort in the first ten minutes.

Defensive skills

Both teams preferred to sit back in their comfort zone, but after having had a close look at the defensive skills of the Kashmir stars, known for their cool-headedness, the local boys began to march forward in a confident manner.

The first real chance for Chennai City came in the 31st minute when Nestor Jesus got on to a pass from Pedro Manzi. The former was quick to pick the ball and had a good shot at the goal only to find it go slightly wide.

Real Kashmir was quick to counter but an alert defence manned by Roberto, Gaurav Vora, Kamaraj and Edwin Vanspaul did not crack under pressure. The ‘Snow leopards’ further created chances and looked solid enough to score.

They could have well gone a goal up midway through, had it not been for some smart work from Garcia Santana, the Chennai City custodian, who showed great eye and amazing reflexes.

After an absorbing first half that saw both teams failing to score, Chennai City played an attacking second session. It planned its moves well and raided the citadel time and again but the goal was hard to come by.

Just when the match seemed to be heading for a draw, Real Kashmir earned a penalty and it was all over for Chennai City from there.

The result: Real Kashmir 1 (Kofi Tetter 78) bt Chennai City FC 0.