Chennaiyin’s attack was on song against the ATK defence…
Antonio Lopez Habas made just one change in the ATK lineup which defeated Odisha FC in the last match. Anas Edathodika replaced Michael Soosairaj.
Anirudh Thapa and Andre Schembri returned into the Chennaiyin FC lineup replacing Thoi Singh and Masih Saighani.
It was an action-packed first half with end to end football right from the beginning as both teams took an attacking approach.
Chennaiyin broke the deadlock in the 7th minute of the match. Rafael Crivellaro picked up a through ball from Eli Sabia near the centre circle and made a solo run down the middle and found the back of the net. The ATK midfielders did not even attempt to block the Italian’s run.
The visitors found the back of the net once again in the 17th minute when Schembri converted a header off Thapa’s corner but he was given offside!
ATK came close to equalise on quite a few occasions but failed to convert them. Roy Krishna looked a bit off-colour as he failed to convert some easy chances.
The visitors then doubled the lead in the 39th minute when Andre Schembri found the back of the net from Thapa’s corner. Arindam misjudged the flight of Thapa’s corner as Schembri headed the ball into the net.
ATK responded almost immediately as they pulled one back. Roy Krishna received a long ball from Javier Hernandez inside the Chennaiyin box and pushed the ball into the net.