ISL 20: Chennaiyin FC beat Kerala Blasters 6-3 in Kochi goal fest

ISL: Chennaiyin beat Kerala Blasters

Chennaiyin roared into a three-goal lead at half-time, thanks to a brace from Rafael Crivellaro (39th, 45th) and another goal from Nerijus Valskis (45th).

The South Indian derby in the Indian Super League turned out to be a high-scoring affair as Chennaiyin FC demolished Kerala Blasters FC 6-3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Saturday.

Chennaiyin roared into a three-goal lead at half-time, thanks to a brace from Rafael Crivellaro (39th, 45th) and another goal from Nerijus Valskis (45th).

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But a hat-trick from Bartholomew Ogbeche (48th, 65th, 76th), the first of the season, threatened to bring Kerala Blasters back into the match. A brace from Chhangte (59th, 80th) and another Valskis goal (90th) sealed the result in favor of the away side.

The victory saw Chennaiyin climb to the fifth spot, just two points behind fourth-placed Odisha FC, while Kerala Blasters’ hopes of finishing in the top four virtually ended, with them placed eighth now.

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Though Kerala started the first half well, they could not fashion any real opening. Chennaiyin too were a bit passive as the match was locked down in the midfield. However, Chennaiyin came to life in spectacular fashion just as the first half was drawing to a close.

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In the 39th minute, Chennaiyin took the lead after Kerala goalkeeper TP Rehenesh passed the ball straight to Crivellaro who sweetly tucked it home.

Things got worse for Kerala in the 45th minute when Valskis combined beautifully with Crivellaro before receiving the return pass and lashed a finished home.

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Absolute goal-fest.

A minute later, Kerala was caught napping again. Anirudh Thapa sent a through ball forward for Valskis who was offside. But the Lithuanian did not interfere with play and Crivellaro took advantage, surged towards goal and finished with aplomb to make it 3-0 in no time.

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The setbacks sparked a reaction from Kerala in the second half with Ogbeche leading them. Three minutes after the resumption, the Nigerian got on the end of a hopeful cross into the box from Jessel Carneiro and turned it in past goalkeeper Vishal Kaith.

However, Chennaiyin restored their advantage after yet another howler from the Kerala defense. Abdul Hakku’s intended pass for Rehenesh was intercepted by Valskis who set up Chhangte for Chennaiyin’s fourth goal.

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