Mendy’s goal to make it 2-1 for Chennayin FCAfter a day of break in the Hero Indian Super League, all eyes were shifted to the region of South in the beautiful Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Chennai where Chennayin FC played their first home game against their regional rivals Kerala Blasters. Being only the second outing for both sides, Chennaiyin FC edged past a tough Kerala Blasters by 2-1 in a thrilling derby encounter today. The fans turned out in bunches to back their side irrespective of skepticism that surrounded the home crowd in terms of attendance which did surprised many.Here, we look at the five major talking points of the match.
#1 First ever Southern derby of ISL
In a highly electrifying encounter between the regional rivals Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters saw the former edge past the latter by 2-1.
A game regarded as the first ever South Indian derby in the Hero Indian Super League saw an energetic crowd in the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, that had stayed an alien to football for a very long time. From heated verbal exchanges and physical clashes to some rare acrobatics, this game had it all, making it surpass all the expectations of a usual derby clash.
Celeb owners of both sides, Abhishek Bachhan and Sachin Tendulkar, along with other stars such as Amitab Bachhan and Rajnikanth cheered for their sides along with the fans making it one of the most festive atmospheres in the nation.