The result has put both the teams in tricky positions in the table.
Former ISL champions, Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC, played out a goalless stalemate on a night that was not short of action. Neither side looked to take any risks as they started off the game at a very slow yet cautious pace. The visiting side had the most number of chances to grab the opener but were let down by misfiring attackers.
The Marina Machans had their fair share of chances, but the Bengaluru defenders didn’t give the hosts an inch of space in the box and did well to keep their clean sheet throughout the ninety minutes.
Chennaiyin had their closest chance cut off by Rahul Bheke, whose effort on the goal-line kept Bengaluru in the game. Bengaluru had an opportunity go to waste when Semboi Haokip’s one-on-one with the keeper was kept out by the goalposts. Thoi Singh’s late red card didn’t affect a change in scoreline as the Marina Machans managed to hold the visitors until the final whistle.
WATCH: Match Highlights – Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Bengaluru FC
Here are the player ratings from Chennaiyin FC vs Bengaluru FC:
Vishal Kaith (GK) – 7.5
The ‘keeper wasn’t tested too much throughout the game but managed to pull off a few fine saves towards the end and was saved by the post on one occasion.
Laldinliana Renthlei – 6.5
The young right-back contributed well in the team’s attacking transitions and managed to create a few chances. He put in an average performance in defence as he conceded a few fouls that could’ve turned the game in Bengaluru’s favour.
Jerry Lalrinzuala – 7.0
Jerry was often seen causing trouble on his side of the flank as he looked to set up a few chances and grab a goal. His performances in defence were solid as he didn’t face much of a threat from Bengaluru until the final minutes of the game.
Edwin Vanspaul – 6.5
The midfielder had a quiet night as he was restricted to a defensive role in midfield. His passing was top-notch however he couldn’t create many chances to help his strikers find the back of the net.
Thoi Singh – 4.5
The 29-year old midfielder had an awful night out against Bengaluru, he escaped early caution and proceeded to play walking on a thin line. Thoi Singh could’ve become the villain for the night but was lucky that his red card did not harm the team.
Lallianzuala Chhangte – 6.0
The young winger didn’t contribute much to the team’s chances in attack. However, he was given an opportunity in the final third to grab the lead, he chose to fire away without considering other options and missed by a mile. He was actively involved in the team’s counter-attack but was kept out by the Bengaluru defenders.
Deepak Tangri – N/A
Came on too late to make an impact on the game.
Gurpreet Sandhu (GK) – 7.5
The Indian international was kept quiet for major parts of the game, however, stood up with some fine clearances and punches. His delivery was very poor and could hardly pick his teammate in the other half of the field. The possible counter-attacks and moves went to waste as he often misfired them outside the field of play.
Rahul Bheke – 7.0
Bheke had a shaky start to the game and managed to work it off with some great touches in the attacking front. He was often outrun or not in position during Chennaiyin’s counter-attacks. However, Bengaluru were kept in contention thanks to his goal-line clearance.
Nishu Kumar – 6.0
The young full-back had a poor evening considering his fine form off late. The movement from his side of the flank was null and he was often brought down by the Chennaiyin defenders. His frequent movements in attack couldn’t be seen and he was dull throughout the second half of the game.
Suresh Wangjam – 7.5
Bengaluru’s youngster has stepped up to the big stage in great style. Having won his third consecutive starting spot, the midfielder played his role to perfection and was a thorn in Chennaiyin’s midfield. He made his presence felt in all parts of the field and had the Chennaiyin midfielders on their back-foot with his timely interceptions and clearances.
Udanta Singh – 6.0
Udanta failed to shine on yet another night when his services were required the most. With Sunil Chhetri’s absence, the pacey winger’s contribution to the team was very vital but he was often running into defenders and losing the ball in the final third.
Ashique Kuruniyan – 6.0
Ashique too had a lot riding on him at the start of the game but couldn’t make anything from the ninety minutes he featured on the field. Apart from a few chances he created and a couple of runs into the Chennaiyin defence, the winger still has a lot to improve in his decisions in the final third.
Semboi Haokip – 4.5
Semboi came on for Udanta in the second half in the hope of changing the tide of poor finishing in the attack. He was set up for a brilliant one-on-one chance and fired into the post and threw away Bengaluru’s hopes of grabbing a goal.
Kean Lewis – N/A
Came on too late to make an impact. Had a few touches and managed to play a couple of crosses into the box.