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Chennai bounce back, thrash Mumbai FC 5-1

Chennai bounce back, thrash Mumbai FC 5-1
Brazilian Elano, with his two goals (ninth and 69th minutes) today, became the highest goal scorer in the ISL and was adjudged the hero of the match, while Colombian Mendoza scored the third and fourth goals (40th and 44th). In between, Indian striker Jeje Lalpekhlua netted the second goal for Chennaiyin FC in the 26th minute. For Mumbai, Syed Rahim Nabi scored the consolation goal in the 87th minute following a corner kick. In fact, Elano, who found the target from the penalty spot and from a free kick, could have scored on two other occasions also.

Chennaiyin FC manager-cum-player and 2006 World Cup winner Marco Materrazi took the field for the first time in the ISL and the home side controlled for most part of the match against the visitors who has lost their previous match at home at the hands of NorthEast United FC. With Materrazi coming out to the huge delight of the Chennai fans, the home side showed better co-ordination and cohesion in both attack and defence than against Delhi Dynamos who had thrashed them 4-1 in their previous match at the national capital.

Indian cricket captain and co-owner of Chennaiyin FC, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was seen celebrating at each goal scored by his team. Former France and Chelsea star Nicholas Anelka’s presence did not bring any change on the fortunes of the Mumbai side who have now lost three matches out of the four they have played so far.

Anelka was playing for the first time for Mumbai City FC as he was serving a five-match ban by Football Association in England for quenelle gesture in December while playing for West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League.

With Materrazi deciding to take the field and manning the central defence, there was total transformation in the attitude of the home players who got the gaps at the Mumbai FC defence. Most part of the match, Mumbai players lacked the thrust at the midfield and the defenders played high upfront so often that they left a lot of space open in the midfield.
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