Chennaiyin FC continued their exceptional run within the Indian Super League with a 3-1 win over ATK on the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday. Goals from Rafael Crivellaro (7′) and Andre Schembri (39′) gave them a 2-Zero lead earlier than Roy Krishna pulled one again along with his 14th objective of the season (40′). A late objective from Nerijus Valskis (90+4′) sealed full factors for the guests. The three factors see Chennaiyin increase their play-off probabilities and are actually only a level behind Mumbai City FC who’re fourth on the desk. ATK, in the meantime, have seen their probabilities of touchdown the highest spot take an enormous beating. They are actually three factors behind league leaders FC Goa with solely a match left for the league stage to conclude.
The sport received off to a really energetic begin with each side displaying loads of intent. But it was the away aspect who appeared extra threatening and duly took the lead after an exquisite run by Crivellaro.
Eli Sabia gained the ball in midfield from Krishna and set Crivellaro on his manner within the seventh minute. He marauded previous a bunch of ATK defenders and positioned a cool end into the underside nook to depart the house followers shocked.
There have been additional probabilities for Chennaiyin to take the lead with Edwin Vanspaul nearly forcing an personal objective from Sumit Rathi earlier than stinging the palms of ATK goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya with a shot simply the previous the half an hour mark.
ATK began to seek out plenty of pleasure down the right-wing with Prabir Das sending in a number of harmful deliveries. But it have been Chennaiyin who scored the subsequent objective. Bhattacharya got here out to gather a nook and missed it altogether, permitting Schembri to direct a header into an empty web.
ATK then hit again inside seconds. From the kick-off, Javier Hernandez pinged an extended ball excessive of the defence for Krishna who directed the ball in first-time to tug a objective again.
Chennaiyin began the second half higher and will have scored within the 49th minute. Schembri discovered Crivellaro contained in the field who compelled a save from Bhattacharya and the rebound fell for Lallianzuala Chhangte. The winger, nevertheless, with the objective at his mercy, slashed his effort vast.
Though Chennaiyin appeared harmful when going ahead, ATK confirmed a bit extra urgency and customary a number of probabilities to attain. Second-half substitute David Williams added a bit extra tempo to the ATK assault and, at occasions, it took determined defending from the likes of Eli Sabia and Lucian Goian to maintain Krishna out.
Krishna thought he had a second objective when he headed in a cross from Prabir within the 85th minute, just for the linesman to rule him offside. Minutes later, Chennaiyin goalkeeper Vishal Kaith spilled a ball contained in the field and Victor Mongil didn’t direct the free ball into the web. But Valskis made positive ATK have been left to rue these misses when he broke ahead on a counter in damage time and lifted a end previous Arindam who was manner off his line to seal an excellent consequence