Bambolim: Bengaluru FC got their first win of the season, notching up a 1-0 victory in a heated affair with arch-rivals Chennaiyin FC in the Hero Indian Super League Season 7 at the GMC Stadium, here on Friday.
A 56th-minute penalty by Sunil Chhetri was the difference between the two teams as Chennaiyin suffered their first loss of the season.
Chennaiyin made just the one change to the eleven that drew with Kerala Blasters as Jerry Lalrinzuala replaced Chhuantea. Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat made three changes — Kristian Opseth, Udanta Singh and Fran Gonzalez were replaced by Deshorn Brown, Dimas Delgado and Rahul Bheke.
The match was off to a physical start with Anirudh Thapa left limping in the fifth minute after a clash of heels with Ashique Kuruniyan. The latter picked up a yellow two minutes later for going in rough on Deepak Tangri. Then came a big blow for Chennaiyin. Thapa had initially continued after his clash with Kuruniyan, but by the 16th minute, he was asking to come off. Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo had to replace him with Edwin Vanspaul.
— ISL Media