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Chennaiyin FC defeat North-east United 3-0

Chennai: Chennaiyin FC ended their second 2017/18 ISL game with a 3-0 win over NorthEast United at the JL Nehru Stadium. Abdul Hakku (11' OG) was guilty of putting the ball into his own net early on. Raphael Augusto (24') doubled the lead and Mohammed Rafi (84') came on late to register first points on the board for Chennai. Having been consigned by FC Goa to a defeat in their opening game, Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory opted to make four changes to the team that started on Sunday, bringing in midfielders Dhanpal Ganesh, Francis Fernandes, Bikramjit Singh and winger Gregory Nelson. It also signalled a change in shape as Chennaiyin lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Jeje upfront, Bikramjit and Ganesh sitting deep in midfield. North-East United FC coach Joao de Deus opted to stick with the same team that drew 0-0 at home to Jamshedpur in their opening game. Lalrindika Ralte, Marcinho and Adilson Goiano were deployed in midfield while Danilo Lopes spearheaded the attack. Chennaiyin kicked off proceedings but it was the visitors who had the first chance on goal. Danilo chased a long ball from midfield into the Chenaniyin box, only for Karanjit to come rushing and get the ball out of the box.
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