Kerala Blasters took an easy win against Chennaiyin FC on Wednesday.© Instagram
Kerala Blasters FC recorded an impressive second consecutive win in their 2021-22 Indian Super League campaign after beating Chennaiyin FC 3-0 on Wednesday. The Yellow Army rose to third in the points tally and gave the Marina Machans their second loss of the season, dropping them to sixth place. Jorge Pereyra Diaz (9th minute) gave KBFC the lead by scoring his third goal of the campaign before Sahal Abdul Samad (38th) doubled the advantage before half time.
Adrian Luna (79th) then scored his first goal of the season to leave the result beyond doubt in the second half.
Jorge Diaz sent his team to an early lead after a through ball found the striker in ample space behind CFC’s backline. His right shot to the bottom left corner gave Vishal Kaith no chance of a save.
Prabhsukhan Gill was called into action just before the half hour mark and he made a brilliant right-handed save to keep a header away from his own defender. Germanpreet Singh had a fantastic chance to score the equalizer just before the drinks break, but his shot from around 40 yards went wide, much to the shock of his team-mates.
Sahal Abdul Samad then extended the lead by scoring from the penalty area after a poor distance from Kaith handed the ball to the KBFC attackers in his own half.
Sahal’s first shot was blocked by Reagan Singh, but the midfielder made no mistake with the rebound and calmly placed the ball in the back of the net. Vazquez then had the chance to score a third before half time, but he was unable to beat the keeper from a one-on-one situation.
Salam Singh and Lukasz Gikiewicz were sent off as halftime changes from Bozidar Bandovic to influence the game. Lalthathanga Khawlhring became the first player to be booked for a foul in the second half, which was less eventful than the first. Despite continuing periods of pressure, CFC only got clear scoring opportunities in the second drink break.
After the game resumed, Adrian Luna opened his account with a powerful right footed attack after a lack of communication between the CFC defenders. The Yellow Army kept the game under control after the third goal, taking a further three points with back-to-back 3-0 wins.
Kerala Blasters FC await the challenge of Jamshedpur FC in their next match at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Sunday. Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, will be given a week’s rest before their clash against Bengaluru FC at the same venue on Thursday.
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