Despite hitting the woodwork thrice, Chennai franchise settle for 1-1 with FC Pune City
Pune: Chennaiyin FC were unlucky to be held to a 1-1 draw against hosts FC Pune City in yesterday's Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Balewadi sports complex.
FC Pune City's Arindam Bhattacharya (in black) cheers after Elano Blumer misses a free kick at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium yesterday. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
While Kostas Katsouranis scored for the hosts, John Stiven Mendoza found the equaliser for the Chennai franchise. A win for either side would have taken them to the top of the standings.
Pune struck as early as 9th minute as Israil Gurung's brilliant left-footed cross from the right found Katsouranis, who effortlessly turned it in at the nearpost.
Thirteen minutes after restart, Mendoza played a one-two with Balwant Singh before sliding the ball under Arindam to score. The home side had the goalpost and their 'keeper Arindam Bhattacharya to thank for getting away with a point.
"Blame it on the goalpost," said Vivek Nagul, Chennai's assistant coach, as the South India-based side hit the post thrice during the match.
In an electrifying first session, Chennai had the better share of the ball and should have taken a comfortable lead, had it not been for Elano's miss from the dreaded penalty spot in the 16th minute. Mendoza then hit the woodwork twice.