Chennayin FC drew 2-2 with NorthEast United FC right here on Tuesday to complete fourth on the desk and can now tackle FC Goa within the play-offs of the Indian Tremendous League.
Masih Saighani fired Chennaiyin into the lead (17th minute) earlier than two objectives in both half by Martin Chaves (43rd, 71st) appeared to have handed all three factors for NorthEast United. However a late equaliser from Lallianzuala Chhangte (90+3) ensured the guests took some extent.
NorthEast with 14 factors completed on the ninth spot.
Chennaiyin, alternatively, completed fourth with 29 factors and can now tackle FC Goa within the play-offs. The opposite play-off will function Bengaluru FC and ATK.
With not a lot using on this recreation, each the groups made massive modifications to their beginning XI’s with as many as 19 Indian gamers concerned.
Whereas Masih Saighani was the one abroad participant for Chennaiyin FC, Martin Chaves and Jose Leudo have been the foreigners for the house aspect.
The opening exchanges have been sluggish and scrappy. The primary probability fell for Ninthoinganba Meetei who noticed his shot on objective deflected away by an alert Deepak Tangri.
Within the 17th minute, Chennaiyin surged forward after NorthEast did not clear a throw-in into the field. Saighani reacted shortly to lash a left-footed shot previous Sanjiban Ghosh within the NorthEast objective.
The guests tried to maintain possession after going forward and did have a number of probabilities to double their lead. Anirudh Thapa did nicely to make some room to shoot contained in the field however noticed Leudo block it away for a nook.
A couple of minutes earlier than half-time, Leudo helped NorthEast claw its manner again into the sport. His sensible cross-field go noticed Meetei get forward of Tondonba Singh into the penalty field. The left-back introduced the NorthEast attacker down and concede a penalty.
The referee additionally deemed the foul worthy of a purple card and despatched Tondonba off. Chaves duly transformed the spotkick and pulled NorthEast degree.
Chennaiyin was on the backfoot after the restart. Nevertheless, NorthEast lacked a little bit of high quality as a objective eluded it. Chaves then took issues into his personal arms within the 71st minute. Nim Dorjee Tamang laid off the ball for Chaves on the sting of the field. The Uruguayan despatched in a terrific volley to tug the Highlanders forward.
Nevertheless, there was a late twist within the story as substitute Lallianzuala Chhangte scored the equaliser for Chennaiyin in harm time with a sensible shot from the sting of the field.
The outcome: NEUFC 2 (Martin Chaves 43 & 71) drew with Chennaiyin FC 2 (Masi Saighani 17, Lallianzuala Chhangte 90+4).