John Gregory’s men go down 0-3 to holder Bengaluru FC.
Chennaiyin (1 point), which is yet to score a goal after four games, is rock bottom. Bengaluru asserted its dominance right from the start, creating several chances in the opening 10 minutes. Chennaiyin custodian Vishal Kaith was called into action in the fifth minute when Raphael Augusto got to the byline and found Juanan with a cutback.
The Spaniard’s first-time shot was blocked by Kaith with his legs. Augusto continued to torment his former team and should have scored five minutes later. Udanta Singh’s cross found its way to him, but he could not sort his feet out in time. Kaith then had to pull off another save to prevent Udanta from scoring.
The host’s domination paid off in the 14th minute when Paartalu, returning from injury, rose highest inside the box to head home a corner from Dimas Delgado. Even after taking the lead, Bengaluru took control of the game as Chennaiyin struggled to cope with its rival.
Not surprisingly, the second goal came in the 25th minute. It was once again Augusto who proved to be a thorn in Chennaiyin’s side. His excellent lofted ball from inside his half found Chhetri in space down the right. The forward beat his marker and unleashed a rasping drive from the edge of the box to beat Kaith all ends up.
The holder continued to have the supremacy, displaying swagger and confidence as Chennaiyin looked out of sorts. After the break, the visitor displayed a bit of urgency and John Gregory sent in Lallianzuala Chhangte for Rahim Ali. However, apart from a header from Dhanpal Ganesh, Chennaiyin could not trouble its opponent much.
In the 83rd minute, CFC almost pulled a goal back when Ganesh tried to flick in a corner from Dragos Firtulescu, but his effort bounced back off the post. Bengaluru, however, punished the away side almost immediately. A long ball from Paartalu found Haokip, who held off Eli Sabia and scored past Kaith to complete a resounding victory.