The NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin FC match was a thrill to the home team fans as their team defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-0 on their home turf. The highlanders registered their first win of the Hero ISL season and it was a pretty convincing one. On the other hand, Chennaiyin FC are yet to contribute anything to the points table and at the moment occupy the last possible place on the table.
The NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin FC scoreline might suggest that the match was one sided but it's absolutely not true. Both the teams had equal share of chances and the home team took theirs while the visitors was unable to capitalise on the opportunities they were provided with.
Chennaiyin FC looked good on the attack in the opening minutes of the game but was unable to threaten the Northeast defence. Nester for NorthEast United was inches away from giving the lead to the hosts when his shot saved by the goalkeeper.
Both the teams went toe to toe and cancelled each other out in the open 30 minutes. The people in the stadium were witnessing end to end football where neither of the two teams were backing down.
Farukh of Chennaiyin FC came up with an amazing shot which was directed towards the top right corner, but unfortunately it missed the target. Just before the drinks break Parthib Gogoi was presented with an opportunity, but his effort was blocked by the Chennaiyin defence.
After the break, something changed in Northeast's strategy. They started attacking with more intent and were looking dangerous om the counter. But unfortunately, Chennaiyin stood firmly in their box and defended well.
Farukh came up with another chance for the visitors but his effort was saved by the goalkeeper. In the meantime, at the 43rd minute, Parthib Gogoi gave NorthEast United the lead with a stunning goal.
NorthEast United went to the dressing room with a smile on their face as Parthib Gogoi put them in front just before the halftime and it was a great goal.
The second half began to the dismay of the Chennaiyin players, in just three minutes after the restart Northeast United doubled their lead through Phalguni who was assisted by Nestor.
After NorthEast United went 2-0 up the Chennaiyin players started to loose hope as the support was also not in their favour and the second goal came as a shock to them. Chennaiyin FC made some changes too, hoping for a miracle.
Till the one hour mark, both the teams made some very tactical changes but we didn't witness any well orchestrated attack or anything by both the teams. The gameplay was full of interceptions and interrupted by fouls. But Chennaiyin was pushing hard as they were the more desperate side.
NorthEast tried to make the most of the corners they were winning in the middle stages but it was of no use as Chennaiyin defence stood strong. Chennaiyin also tried to counter the home team in the process but unfortunately was caught offside.
It seemed as if nothing was going in their favour and they were set up to take no points whatsoever from the north. Conor Shields came up with a shot after a while, but it went straight to the keeper, so no harm was done.
Conor Shields influenced Chennaiyin's attack a lot and was creating a lot of trouble from the right wing and the end product was missing. In the later stages NorthEast defended well and didn't let Chennaiyin get back into the back.
All the NorthEast players were defending their two goal lead with their lives and the visitors got exhausted as they were not getting a sight of goal whatsoever. The Highlanders were closing towards a clean sheet and a 2-0 victory.
Just before the final whistle, Asheer Akhtar scored a thunderbolt of a strike from outside of the box in the top right corner for NorthEast United and gave them a 3-0 lead. It was meant to be the last kick of the game and it was the home team who thrashed the visitors.
At the end of the match, the scoreline read NorthEast United 3 Chennaiyin FC 0, and it was a big blow to the team from the south. On the other hand, the highlanders registered their first win of the season.