ISL: Chennaiyin FC settle for draw with Pune despite woodwork
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
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.
Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.comSubscribe
Ravi Shastri re-appointed as Team India head coach