East Bengal FC boosts playoff chances with win over Chennaiyin FC

East Bengal FC edges past Chennaiyin FC with a 1-0 victory in ISL Matchweek 17 kickoff

East Bengal FC claimed victory over Chennaiyin FC with a 1-0 scoreline at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata in the latest ISL 2023-24 Matchweek 17 fixture. Nandhakumar Sekar’s goal in the second half secured the win for the struggling Carles Cuadrat-led side, propelling them to the eighth position in the league table and keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Despite earlier efforts to break the deadlock, it was Nandhakumar who proved to be the hero, capitalizing on a cross by Victor Vazquez which deflected off Cleiton Silva and into the path of the attacker. His precise finish caught Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Debjit Majumder off guard, netting the only goal of the match and solidifying his position as the top Indian goal-scorer in the league with five goals.

Nandhakumar’s standout performance included completing 14 passes out of 20, a crucial tackle, creating a scoring opportunity, and demonstrating clinical finishing to secure the vital three points for East Bengal FC.

Looking ahead, East Bengal FC will face Odisha FC on February 29, while Chennaiyin FC will seek redemption against the same opponent on March 3.

Final Score:
East Bengal FC 1 (Nandhakumar Sekar 65′) – 0 Chennaiyin FC

For more details and updates, visit the match center at https://www.indiansuperleague.com/matchcentre/62567.

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