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03 Dec 2019, 00:35 IST

Chennai Metropolis FC 1 (Adolfo Miranda Araujo 49’) – Zero TRAU FC

Coimbatore, December 1, 2019: Defending champions Chennai Metropolis FC (CCFC) began their title defence in a strong method as they defeated debutants TRAU FC through a solitary objective by Hero of the Match Adolfo Miranda at a rain-soaked Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore, on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The match kicked-off with the defending champions and the debutants lining up in 3-4-Three and 3-5-2 formations respectively as each groups applied main impetus on assault.

The primary half began at a quick tempo and TRAU acquired an early free-kick within the attacking third, however CCFC’s Roberto Eslava cleared the ball within the field safely. CCFC had been constructing patiently from the again and their new signing Katsumi Yusa was already creating issues down the left flank with some skilful and misleading motion.

The house aspect quickly began exhibiting their class as final season’s joint high scorer Pedro Manzi went very near getting the group in entrance as his header went over the put up. With 30 minutes on the clock, it was an beautiful transfer by the defending champions as captain Manzi headed it straight on the objective put up from a cross by Charles, however to the group’s disappointment, the ball didn’t go in.

Within the dying moments of the half, Chennai once more got here near scoring. This time, it was Katsumi, whose shot from shut vary on the close to put up went simply extensive. Regardless of Chennai’s dominance, the primary half ended with each groups locked at 0-0.

The second half began equally with Chennai Metropolis FC dominating the play. It was within the 49th minute, when the breakthrough got here from a mistake by the TRAU defence, as a miscued clearance gave Chennai’s new signing Miranda a straightforward likelihood to faucet it over the objective line.

Quickly after, Chennai might have simply gone clear by two objectives when a superb run by Katsumi led to an excellent higher cross straight on the head of the unmarked Mashoor Shereef. Nonetheless, poor ending denied him of his first I-League objective as his effort went simply extensive of the put up.

It was assault after assault by the house group, however Akbar Nawas’ costs stored falling in need of including to their lead. Goalkeeper Gurpreet denied Pedro Manzi his first objective of the season.

With 15 minutes to go within the match, TRAU made two modifications with a purpose to make issues occur as they introduced on Deepak Devrani and Abinash Ruidas. Nonetheless, Chennai dominated the sport until the top, coming near scoring the second many occasions. TRAU one way or the other survived the scare.

Pedro Manzi might have closed the sport as soon as and for all in added time, however Gurpreet denied him as soon as once more, as he dived low on the close to put up to tip it away. CCFC lastly wrapped up the sport 1-Zero to safe their first victory of the season.

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