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Real Kashmir v Chennai City Match Report, 28/01/2019

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Real Kashmir trumped Chennai City FC 1-0 to complete a league double over the league leaders at the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar on Monday afternoon.

A solitary goal from Gnohere Krizo (81') was enough to seal the three points for the hosts who are on a 10-match unbeaten run.

David Robertson made a couple of changes to the side that earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Shillong Lajong. Local boys Farhan Ganie and Danish Farooq were handed a start in testing conditions and the duo did not disappoint.

Roberto Eslava was back in defence for Chennai and Akbar Nawas also handed a debut to midfielder Raja Pandi Soundrapandian.

It was a cautious start from both the sides. The two teams were locked in an intense midfield battle with Chennai struggling to find the rhythm in the opening minutes. Sandro Rodriguez could have drawn first blood from a set-piece but his effort was straight at Bilal Khan.

Kashmir also had their share of chances in the first half but they could not convert. Krizo found himself in a one-on-one situation with Nauset Sanatana on the 34th minute but could not put the ball past the keeper.

Kashmir continued to waste chances after the break but finally earned the rewards for piling up the pressure in the attacking third when Krizo headed home a cross floated in by Danish Farooq from the right flank. The snow leopards could have doubled their lead had Bazie not been denied by the crossbar later in the game. 

This win propels Kashmir to the third spot and the deficit now has been reduced to two points from the top. They will next travel to Goa to take on Churchill Brothers whereas Chennai City will continue their journey on the road as they will next face Indian Arrows on February 8.