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Aizawl FC upset ISL Champion Chennaiyian FC in Super Cup
Sportslogon Team March 31st 2018


Bhubaneswar : The double goal strike by Andrei Ionescu in the regulation time helped the Aizawl FC to upset the Indian Super League Champion Chennaiyian FC by defeating them 7-5 vie through penalty shootout in the inaugural pre-quarterfinal match of the first edition Hero Super Cup at Kalunga Stadium here on Saturday. The match was ended in 2-2 goals draw in the stipulated time.

What a start by Aizawl FC in the extra time, in the first minute Andrei Ionescu once again gave the lead to the team in the 91st minute and adjudged as the hero of the match.

ISL Champion Chennaiyian bounced back in the 114 minutes to level the score 2-2 again. While the team was in a need to score the equaliser, L Dhanachandra Singh got the ball at his feet from a throw in from the right and attempted a low long-range effort that got past the crowded penalty area and reached the back of the net.

Aizawl coach Santosh Kashyap had surprised everyone by opting for what looks like a 3-5-2 formation. His normal lined-up was four central defenders and two full-backs. Romania midfielder Andrei Ionescu was scored the inaugural goal of the Super Cup in the 21st minute and gave lead to Aizwal FC. Ionesuc was easily skip past Chennaiyin midfielder Anirudh Thapa to charge forward, his slightly deflected effort past goalkeeper Karanjit Singh to open the account for the team.

Chennaiyin mid-fielder Anirudh Thapa was missed a golden scoring opportunity in the first half extra time, he barged into the D area by crossing the strong Aizwal backline, in the one to one encounter his powerful kick was equally deflected by AIzwal goalkeeper Arup Debnath and the score board read as 1-0 in favour of Aizwal.

The Chennaiyin skipper Mailson Alves was broke the deadlock in the 88th minute to levelled the score. Midfielder Jaime Gavilan was pushed the ball into the centre , Thoi Singh’s header strikes the crossbar. The rebound was reached to Mailson, who made no mistake to levelled the score 1-1. .
This news was added and updated on : March 31st 2018
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