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Valencia’s equaliser keeps Chennayin FC on the top

John Stiven Mendoza Valencia scored a second half equaliser to help Chennayin FC eke out a 1-1 draw against FC Pune City in a Indian Super League match and maintain their supremacy atop the points table, here on Tuesday.

Valencia scored the equaliser in the 58th minute for Chennayin FC after Pune took the lead in the ninth minute through Greek World Cupper Kostas Katsouranis. By virtue of this Chennaiyin FC have managed to keep Pune at bay from top position. The Chennai outfit continues to hold on to the top spot at the halfway stage of the tournament with 12 points from seven games, while Pune, who were held to a goalless draw in their tournament opener before being thrashed 0-5 by Mumbai FC in their next game, is lying a close second with 11 points.

Mumbai FC are placed third with 10 points from seven games followed by NorthEast United FC (9 points). Pune, who made a remarkable comeback in the league after a jittery start, took the lead as early as in the ninth minute through Katsouranis’ spectacular finish. Israil Gurung sent in a lovely ball from the right wing in front of the keeper, and the defender from Greece stroke the ball with great precision into the goal to send the home crowd into a frenzy at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports.

Stunned by the early goal, Chennayin went for the offensive and came close when they were awarded a penalty in the 16th minute after Magliocchetti conceded a foul inside the box. But to the dismay of the visitors, league’s top-scorer Elano Blummer missed the golden chance. After many attemts on goal, Valencia finally managed to score the equaliser for Chennayin. Balwant provided him with a perfect pass into the box and the striker finished the move calmly and stylishly to bring the visitors on level terms.
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