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Aizawl FC ease past Chennai City at home

ANI  |  Aizwal (Mizoram) [India] 

After suffering their second defeat of the season at the hands of Mohun Bagan, Aizawl FC got back to winning ways as they overcame City FC 2-0 at the Stadium on January 13.

Japanese striker (26') and Hero of the Match (32') scored a goal each in the first 45 minutes to garner their fourth win of the ongoing Hero season.

The champions made four changes from the side that lost to as K. Lalthathanga, Leonce Dodoz, Lalramhmunmawia and were replaced by Lalrosanga, Yugo Kobayashi, and

City's

made only a single change as the French striker was slotted in the playing XI in place of Murilo Almeida.

Menezes' boys proved him right as they started the game on a positive note to press hard on their opponents.

Aizawl midfield pass-master who was introduced in the playing XI after suffering a proved vital for the home side as the former earned a penalty when he was brought down in the box by the Kyrgyz Republic defender Shumeiko in the 24th minute.

stepped up in the game as he calmly slotted the ball in the back of the net to notch up his third goal of the season.

City FC, who stunned the Kolkata giants before holding Shillong Lajong in a chilly weather, did little to halt Aizawl's free-flowing game and key could hardly make any impact on Aizawl's defence.

David again put the sword to Chennai's heart as he scored Aizawl's second goal in the 32nd minute.

His shot from just outside the box hit the woodwork after a huge deflection; goalkeeper dived the right way but the ball ricocheted off his arm to the goal.

made two substitutions right after the second half began as Antony and Beautin Antony replaced and to balance the play in their favour but the substitutes could not produce any trickery in favour of the away side.

strechered off just before the hour mark but could not master any passes in Aizawl's box.

Vanspaul's shot from inside the box flew away from Avilash Paul's goal and Junior's powerful shot towards the end of the game was carried away by Paul.

To add much woes to the visitors camp, Chennai's was kept quiet throughout the game by Dinliana and found it hard to find the net without the influence of their

Menezes' boys tried to hurl more in the dying embers of the game but the third goal eluded them finally.

Aizawl will now host Kingfisher East Bengal which is touted to be an emotional homecoming for who steered the Highlanders to lift the silverware last season.

With nine points from 10 games, City FC have settled the eighth spot on the table whereas Aizawl FC are two places above having garnered four points more with three matches in hand.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 23:39 IST
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