Chennaiyin FC pulled off a exhausting fought 1-0 win over Hyderabad FC in their opening match of the Indian Super League right here on Tuesday.
Vlagyimir Koman (66th minute) scored from the spot to give Chennaiyin a essential lead, ultimately sealing all three factors as Hyderabad had been left to rue their wastefulness in entrance of aim, particularly within the first half.
Hyderabad, whose common age of the Indian gamers within the lineup was simply 24, was dealt a main blow early on with Halicharan Narzary limping off in underneath 10 minutes.
That didn’t deter their resolve to stamp their impression as former ATK Mohun Bagan man Edu Garcia’s shot was cleared away in a hurry however Bartholomew Ogbeche couldn’t comply with by.
Chennaiyin had goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to thank for holding the previous champions within the recreation. The Himachal Pradesh-born was examined a few instances however he emerged unscathed.
Hyderabad had been actually wasteful within the alternatives the brittle Chennaiyin defence gave them. Ogbeche missed greater than helpful possibilities however substitute Nikhil Poojary’s work-rate close to the field solely gained him new admirers.
Kyrgyz playmaker Mirlan Murzaev nearly gave Chennaiyin a glimmer of hope late within the first half, however his header went off-target from a darting cross in by Reagan Singh.
Chennaiyin carried over the momentum publish the break. Mirlan Murzaev and Lallianzuala Chhangte proved exhausting to comprise. Chhangte arguably had the perfect probability of the evening when he beat Akash Mishra on the run, minimize in and shot exhausting, solely to be tipped off by Kaith.
New captain Anirudh Thapa then made it rely for his facet successful a penalty as he was introduced down by Hitesh Sharma contained in the field.
Former AS Monaco man Vlagyimir Koman stepped up to ship a highly effective piledriver that gave goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani no probability, breaking the impasse with little over 20 minutes to play.
Chennaiyin led against the run of play, leaving Manolo Marquez to make 4 adjustments at a go. Joel Chianese, Javi Siverio, Sahil Tavora and younger striker Rohit Danu had been launched within the 77th minute.
However, there wasn’t to be one other aim within the recreation.