Chennai City FC pick up a crucial win away from home to climb up the I-League table….
Chennai City FC beat Gokulam Kerala FC 3-2 in their sixth match of the ongoing I-League 2019-20 season on Thursday at the EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode.
Fito (44′), Pravitto Raju (54′) and Sriram B (77′) were on target for the visitors while Shibil Muhammed (81′, 90′) netted a brace for the hosts.
Fernando Santiago Varela made two changes in the Gokulam lineup. Lalromawia and Haroon Amiri came in for Malemnganba Meitei and Jesti George.
Akbar Nawaz, on the other hand, made three changes in the Chennai City starting XI. Tarif Akhand, Adolfo Miranda (Fito) and Syed Suhail Pasha replace Jockson Dhas, Mashoor Shereef and Pravitto Raju.
Gokulam Kerala started the game on the ascendancy and could have easily picked up the lead in the sixth minute when skipper Marcus Joseph got a golden opportunity to score. The Trinidadian failed to find the back of the net from a handshaking distance with the goal.
The hosts were punished for missing numerous chances at the stroke of half time when against the run of play Fito broke the deadlock for Chennai City. The striker received a through ball inside the box and scored past Vigneshwaran Baskaran from a one-on-one position.
Gokulam maintained the pressure in the second half as well and should have equalised in the 51st minute when Joseph received a long ball from Nathaniel Garcia inside the box but once again he failed to score.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Fito entered the box from the right side and squared it for Pravitto Raju. Baskaran had managed to stop Raju’s first shot but he scored from the rebound.
Chennai then further piled on Gokulam’s misery when Sriram netted a third for his team in the 77th minute from Suhail Pasha’s pass. Suhail did very well to go past Andre Ettienne inside the box before setting the ball up for Sriram.
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