Chennaiyin FC prevailed 2-1 in a thrilling, end-to-end contest against Jamshedpur FC to get off the mark in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Tuesday.
Chennaiyin proved too strong and too quick on the night for its former boss Owen Coyle in the Jamshedpur dugout. New signing Esmael Goncalves scored from the penalty spot and had earlier played his part in the opening goal, which came in the first minute of the game.
It was his low cross from the right which Anirudh Thapa, operating as a right-sided midfielder in a diamond 4-4-2, fired into the net from inside the box. The 22-year-old became the first Indian goal-scorer of the season.
After taking the lead, Chennaiyin looked comfortable playing on the break with skipper Rafael Crivellaro pulling the…