I-League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Aizawl FC lost to Chennai City FC
Nothing is going right for Aizawl FC at this moment. The former I-League champions slumped to another defeat at home when they went down to Chennai City FC 1-2 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl on Friday.
Chennai consolidated their lead with 13 points from five matches after this win, means they have only dropped two points on the run.
They are now seven points clear of second-placed East Bengal, though the latter has two matches on their hand.
The season is turning from bad to worse for Aizawl. Only two seasons ago they were crowned the winner of this tournament and now they are languishing at the bottom of the table to only two points from five matches.
On a day when star striker Pedro Manzi was on the bench, the goal scoring responsibility was taken over by Sandro Rodrigues.
The Spanish striker scored both his team’s goals, including one from a sumptuous free-kick. In between his goals, Ansumana Kromah scored one for the home team, although to no avail.
There were numerous questions regarding the referee after the match. The most controversial one among them came around the half an hour mark.
Vanlalduatsanga tried to tackle Ajith Kumar inside in his own box and in the process, handled the ball to put it out of danger.
Referee Tanmay Dhar was only five or six yards away but even after watching the incident clearly, he decided to carry on the game, much to the frustration of Chennai players. Ajith was even showed a yellow card for his dissent.
The repeat telecast showed that was a clear penalty and Vanlalduatsanga should’ve been shown a red card for his offence.
But nothing happened and Aizawl should’ve been very lucky to have escaped the punishment.
The second controversy occurred after the end of the first half. Visibly angry with the referee’s decisions, Chennai’s coach Akbar Nawas protested to the referee and earned a red card. As a result, he was sent in the stand and had to watch the entire second half from there.
Let us look what went wrong from Aizawl FC:
#3 Home is no more a hunting ground for Aizawl
Aizawl FC were unbeaten at home in their title-winning campaign two years ago. They have drawn one and won rest of the eight matches. They were superior in their home last year too, having lost only two matches in the process.
In fact, teams would fear before coming to play at Aizawl’s home stadium. Not only the low temperature but the vociferous supporters and high altitude were also a problem.
But the times have changed. There were only a few supporters on Friday who came to the stadium to cheer for their team. The large numbers of newly-installed bucket seats were empty. This was quite unnatural given the state’s love for football.
The home stadium has become a curse for Aizawl FC this time. They played three matches at home this season and not won any of them, losing twice in the process.
The teams are accustomed with the condition and don’t fear to come here anymore. Chennai City FC, who have lost all their previous games on this ground, proved that.