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Semifinalists spotted in Hero Super Cup
Sportslogon Team April 7th 2019

Bhubaneswar : I League champion Chennai City FC and ATK will face ISL runner up Goa FC and Chennaiyin FC in the semifinals on April 9 and 10 respectively of the 2nd Hero Super Cup here at Kalinga Stadium.

Conceding a goal down Chennaiyin FC barged into the semifinals by winning over North East United (NEU) 2-1 on Sunday.

Chennaiyin who was finished bottom of the Indian Super League point table with nine points, while NEU was in the fourth place with 29 points.

Midfielder Lalthathanga Khawlhring's strate shot was deflected by the goalkeeper in the eighth minute and referee called a corner kick. NEU midfielder Rowllin Borges draw the first blood in the early ninth minute and the team script a 1-0 lead.

Anirudh Thapa's cross pass from the right corner of the D area reached captain Mailson Alves, who was completely unmarked by the NEU defenders, he was netted the equaliser in the 33rd minute with a powerful header.

Misjudged by NEU midfielder Lalthathanga, who failed to clear the ball, Anirudh Thapa took the adventage of the situation and beat the goalkeeper Gurmeet in a one to one encounter to double the lead for Chennaiyin FC in the 40th minute.

After the change of sides, both the team was in hurry to stamp their supremacy. NEU had the lion's share of possession but could not found the ways to level the score.

After a somewhat scrappy first 15 minutes of the second half, NorthEast came close to finding an equaliser yet again. Khosla bombed down the right, got past Tondonba Singh and found Juan Mascia inside the box. The striker beat Karanjit with a powerful drive, only to rattle the crossbar. Mascia hit the woodwork once more with a diving header on the 77th minute and it certainly looked that it won’t be NorthEast's day.

Luck Chennaiyin team got walkover in the qualifying stage with Aizawl not turned up for the Super Cup. Then, they beat Mumbai City 2-0 in the Round of 16. Today they were displayed a tremendous potential of defence in the second half and entered the semifinals. .
This news was added and updated on : April 7th 2019
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