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Hero I-League kicks-off with Pedro Manzi’s Hatrick

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India’s premiere football competition, I-league started off with the Chennai City FC vs Indian Arrows at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.

Indian Arrows have roped in four U-16 players and amongst them Gurkirat Singh has made his debut today in the first match of I-League 2018-19. In the last season Chennai City finished eight leaving behind Indian Arrows.

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In the early two minutes Amarjit Singh Kiyam already opened the first goal of the season for the Indian Arrows. He volleyed the ball into an open net after being fed from the right wing by Ashish Rai.

The Chennai City were not far from scoring an equalizer through Pedro Manzi assisted by Nestor Jesus Gordillo Benitez in the 32nd minute. It was once again the Spanish partnership that did the trick for coach Akbar Nawas.

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Before going for the lemon break Indian Arrows were successful creating a pressure on the Chennai City FC whom they haven’t allowed to beat for a long time. Chennai have not been able to beat the Arrows till date as they hammered 3-0 in their first encounter and the two teams had met for the second time where the Tamil Nadu based club could only eke out a 0-0 draw.

It was an effective start to the second half of the inaugural I-league match as Pedro Manzi takes the lead for Chennai City FC. The Arrows looked fragile at the back in the second half and Manzi took an advantage of it to take a 2-1 lead for Nawas.

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The Spanish striker isn’t laying back to miss any of the chances to score for his side. In the 64th minute Manzi touches the ball in the penalty box to turn it into the third goal settling himself for a hatrick in the first match. The second half was a Chennai show as Kabir has not been troubled much.

The opening goal by the Arrows was shut completely with the fourth goal of the evening by Alexander Jesuraj.

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It was followed by two contrasting changes by Floyd Pinto for the Indian Arrows. Under tremendous pressure and losing hope to make a comeback in the game, Boris made his way onto the pitch and took his position on the right whereas Danu positioned him right up front. J. Singh was offered a seat in the bench as a result.

Having failed to maintain their shape the Arrows look clueless going forward where Chennai exposed their back line time and again.

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Floyd Pinto went back home with a very disappointing result of 4-1 in the very first match of the new season of the Indian premiere competition and will set the men for the next face off with Shillong Lajong after 9 days.


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