Chennai enter Top 4 after 4-0 win over Delhi

Chennaiyin FC produced a stellar display as they rippled Delhi Dynamos FC’s net at will in their 4-0 win in the 2015 Hero Indian Super League on Tuesday evening. A 25,531-strong crowd was treated to a brilliant display of attacking football at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai as a brace from Jeje Lalpekhlua and goals from Bruno Pelissari and Stiven Mendoza were enough to see them register a convincing win over a formidable Delhi outfit.

Both teams made a circumspect start to the match but the home side was seeing more of the ball in the opening stages. It was the visitors, however, who had the first big chance of the game when Adil Nabi played Florent Malouda through on goal in the 13th minute. The Frenchman shot wide of the target.

The Super Machans took the lead shortly after. A long ball from Jeje saw Delhi keeper Toni Doblas rush out of his line hoping to clear the threat posed by a rampant Mendoza who was chasing down the ball alongside Souvik Chakraborty. Doblas’ headed clearance of the loose ball fell straight to Mendoza who side-footed the game’s opener into an open net.

Pelissari almost made it 2-0 soon after but he couldn’t keep his effort on target. The Brazilian though had a second bite at the cherry in the 21st minute after Lalpekhlua had his initial shot saved by Doblas. The rebound came directly at Pelissari who made no mistake this time around as he scored Chennai’s second past three Delhi defenders in goal.

Robin Singh tried to pull one back for Delhi in the 29th minute courtesy of another defence-splitting pass from Malouda. His shot was tipped behind for a corner by Apoula Edel who looked resolute in goal. Things got worse for Delhi Dynamos FC before half-time. Rafael Augusto found Mendoza brilliantly with space on the left. The Colombian then played the perfect low cross to find Lalpekhlua in the box who calmly finished to make it 3-0 for the hosts five minutes before the break.

The Lions’ marquee player-cum-coach Roberto Carlos responded by bringing on Richard Gadze for Nabi before the interval. The pacey Ghanaian tried to inject some impetus into Delhi’s attack but the score remained 3-0 at the half-time interval.The game was put beyond any reasonable doubt nine minutes into the second period when Lalpekhlua got his second of the night. It was Mendoza again who caused havoc in Delhi’s penalty box as a flustered Dynamos defence somehow kept out his shot. Lalpekhlua, however, was in the right place at the right time to make it 4-0 after the ball dropped to him in the midst of chaos inside the penalty area.

Delhi Dynamos FC, to their credit, never stopped trying to find a way back into the game. Chennaiyin FC’s 4-0 lead though proved to be too much of a deficit for the Dynamos. The win now propels Chennaiyin FC into fourth spot in the table with 16 points, while Delhi Dynamos FC sit one place above them with 18 points from 11 games.

MATCH AWARDS

Club Award – Chennaiyin FC

Swift Moment of the Match – Stiven Mendoza [Chennaiyin FC] (Watch here)

Amul Fittest Player of the Match – Raphael Augusto [Chennaiyin FC]

ISL Emerging Player of the Match – Jeje Lalpekhlua [Chennaiyin FC] (Watch here)

Hero of the Match – Bernard Mendy [Chennaiyin FC]

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