Indian Super League season 5, matchday 2: Bengaluru FC defeated Chennaiyin FC 1-0 in the first south Indian derby of the ISL 2018 campaign at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. The match was a replay of the ISL season four final, where Chennaiyin overpowered Bengaluru 3-2. Also Read - ISL Final 2019: Sunil Chhetri-Led Bengaluru FC Lifts Maiden Indian Super League Title After Defeating FC Goa 1-0
It was the number 7, Miku who drew the first blood for Bengaluru FC at the 41st minute of the game when he fired a stunner into the top corner of the goal. Also Read - ISL Final 2019: Bengaluru FC Edges Past Goa 1-0, Crowned Champions of Indian Super League
Chennaiyin had a flurry of chances at the early stages of the game which saw Jeje Lalpekhlua miss two crucial opportunities to take the lead. The first chance came out of a great inter-link play between Nelson and Jeje, the former played a stunning reverse ball for Jeje, who dinked it through for Germanpreet to tap home and his shot rippled the side-netting. The second chance came out of a defensive error by Bengaluru FC defender Bheke, which was poached by Jeje, but he failed to keep the right control and missed out a great chance to capitalize. Also Read - ISL Semifinals 2nd Leg: NorthEast United Aims For Historic Final Berth as Key Test in Sunil Chhetri's Bengaluru Awaits
Throughout the game, Chennaiyin played decent passes and created several chances but there was a lack of efficiency from an otherwise very proficient front line. Bengaluru made the most of their relatively lesser number of chances and the stunning goal from Miku was enough to see them off with a victory.
Statistically, Chennaiyin recorded more number of chances, firing nine shots, out of which four were on target. Whereas, Bengaluru showed more efficiency firing just six but three were on target.