The Marina Machans registered their first home win of the season.

Chennaiyin FC overcame their humbling defeat against Mumbai City with a solid 3-1 win over Jamshedpur FC in ISL 2022-23. Playing the early kick-off at the Marina Arena, Thomas Brdaric’s side showed good intent and composure to see off the Men of Steel. The home side rode on goals from Petar Sliskovic, Vincy Barretto and Nasser El Khayati to take all three points against Jamshedpur FC, who will be disappointed with their efforts once again.

With the win, Brdaric’s men have now amassed 10 points from their first six games. Most importantly though, they won their first home game of the season.

Let’s take a look at the player ratings from the entertaining game at the Marina Arena.

Chennaiyin FC (by Kaushik G Viswanath)

Debjit Majumder – 7

Only Ishan Pandita’s wonderfully taken shot denied Debjit his second clean sheet of the season. Otherwise, the goalkeeper had a great night in goal. He made three saves and six clearances to aid his resolute defence.

Ajith Kumar – 7

He had 53 touches in the game (third most by a CFC player). He completed only 46% of his passes and didn’t contribute much to the attack. But defensively, he put up strong numbers of two tackles, four clearances and one block.

Fallou Diagne – 7.5

Diagne led his defence admirably to keep the Jamshedpur FC attack at bay. He completed 79% of his passes adding well to Chennaiyin FC’s possession game. He won three tackles and made seven clearances and three successful interceptions on the night.

Vafa Hakhamaneshi – 7.5

He had the second most number of touches by any CFC player (54, only behind Aakash Sangwan). Vafa came back from suspension and slotted straight in to put in a sturdy defensive performance. He won two tackles, made nine clearances (the highest by any player on the night) and made one successful interception as well.

Aakash Sangwan – 8

The 27-year-old was once again solid for Chennaiyin FC. He had the most touches by a CFC player on the night (93). He completed 60% of his passes and also attempted four crosses on the night. Defensively, he was solid as a rock, winning three tackles, blocking one shot and making six clearances and interceptions, respectively. He was taken off in the final few minutes to cap another wonderful performance which led to his side’s win.

Jockson Dhas – 6.5

The lad from Kanyakumari dazzled in his first game for Chennaiyin FC. Given the task of supporting Petar Sliskovic, he passed it with aplomb. Dhas’ direct approach and pace caused many problems for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

He assisted the first goal which was a shot deflected into the path of Petar Sliskovic. He completed only four passes throughout the game and made one clearance on the night. Dhas was taken off in the 65th minute for Edwin Sydney Vanspaul.

Julius Duker – 7

His composure and class were evident in tonight’s game. His work rate shone through and he was the heartbeat of the home side’s performance tonight. Duker created four chances and completed 75% of his passes. He assisted the third goal scored by Nasser El Khayati. The German also won both his attempted tackles and also made two clearances and one interception to cap off a complete night.

Sajal Bag – 5

He didn’t have much to do in the game and completed only five passes in the time that he was on the pitch. Sajal was taken off in the 65th minute to cap off a quiet night.

Prasanth Karuthadathkuni – 6.5

He put in a sturdy performance tonight and contributed at either ends for the home side. Prasanth completed 56% of his passes and attempted three crosses. He also won a tackle and made an interception. He blocked two shots on the night to add to Chennaiyin FC’s sturdy defence. Prasanth also caused problems with his pace and directness.

Petar Sliskovic – 6

Sliskovic scored the opener for the Marina Machans by showing a good striker’s instinct. He completed 52% of his passes and defensively won a tackle and made two clearances. He was taken off in the 75th minute for Nasser El Khayati.

Substitutes

Edwin Sydney Vanspaul – 5

Edwin came on for the final 25 minutes and didn’t have much to show for his efforts. He won one tackle which he attempted and completed only two passes at an accuracy of 33%. He was also caught in possession many times and seemed to be a player short on confidence at the moment.

Jobby Justin – 5

He joined the action along with Edwin in the 65th minute and didn’t fare any better than his midfield colleague. Jobby completed only four passes during his time with an accuracy of 44% and didn’t register any shots on goal. He attempted one cross which was cleared away.

Vincy Barretto – 6.5

He came on in the 75th minute along with El Khayati and scored the second goal for Chennaiyin FC. Vincy scored a well-taken volley with his first touch in the game assisted by El Khayati. Other than the goal, he didn’t have much to do but caused some problems for Jamshedpur FC with his pace on the right wing.

Nasser El Khayati – 8

His introduction changed the course of the game tonight. The Dutchman was a class apart and contributed to the other two goals for Chennaiyin FC. He assisted Vincy Barretto to restore Chennaiyin FC’s lead after Jamshedpur had equalized only a minute earlier.

His goal afterwards was a piece of art as he showcased some incredible trickery to wrongfoot Peter Hartley and TP Rehenesh to tap into an empty net. You can only see it to believe it! His dribbling skill flummoxed the Jamshedpur defence time and again on the pitch.

Gurmukh Singh – N/A

He came on in the final few minutes of the game and didn’t get to do much.

Jamshedpur FC (By JN Balraj)

Rehenesh TP (GK) – 6

The custodian is lacking consistency this season and it was visible against the Marina Machans. He made two saves in the game, both from inside the box.

Pratik Chaudhari – 6.5

Prateek was influential at the back with his four clearances and five timely interceptions. The defender held the defence tight until the last few minutes.

Peter Hartley – 6

The skipper was caught out of position quite a few times. Overall, Hartley made six clearances and blocked one shot in the game.

Ricky Lallawmawma – 6

The seasoned left-back struggled to cope in a new position. Ricky made six clearances on the night but was dribbled past twice.

Farukh Chowdhury – 5.5

Farukh struggled badly in a five-man midfield and was rarely seen in the game. Consequently, he played only nine passes in the whole game.

Wellington Priori – N/A

The midfielder was substituted due to an injury in the initial phase of the game.

Jitendra Singh – 6.5

The youngster was back to his best while distributing the ball and had a high work rate. Jitendra attempted 25 passes with 80% accuracy.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – 7

The former Arsenal man created two big chances in the game. JET was influential in the playmaking but lacked the pace to go up against the young Chennaiyin lads.

Muhammed Uvais – 6.5

Uvais impressed on his first start with timely body blocks and constant overlapping runs to support Pandita. Overall, he made two tackles and won four duels.

Boris Singh – 6

Boris did not make an impact like last game, mostly because of frequently changing positions on the field. The winger only had 31 touches despite playing the complete game.

Ishan Pandita – 7.5

The goal-scorer for Jamshedpur FC is no longer a super sub. Ishan equalised with a world-class volley in the 76th minute. But again it went in vain as Jamshedpur conceded seconds after that.

Substitutes 

Seiminlen Doungel – 6.5

Len replaced Wellington in the initial phase. He had 68 touches and created a goal-scoring chance.

Harry Sawyer – 6

Harry Sawyer is yet to show what he has got except his height. The Australian assisted the goal with a flick-on and did nothing apart from that contribution.

Ritwik Das – 6

The winger got only 25 minutes under his belt and did not create any impact.

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