PUNE, Dec 3: Chennaiyin FC got the better of FC Pune City by a solitary goal in the Indian Super League clash to move up to the second spot at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi Stadium on Sunday
It was the 82nd minute goal from captain Henrique Sereno which secured the win for the former ISL champions in their second match on the trot after the disastrous opening day loss against FC Goa.
After a cagey opening 15 minutes, Pune took control but couldn�t create any clear-cut goal scoring chances. Some of their best chances of the half came from set plays. Marcos Tebar�s free-kick in the 19th minute was headed down by a Pune player to Alfaro, who in turn passed it on to Rafael Lopez. But the Spanish defender�s side-footed shot went inches wide of the Chennaiyin goal.
Chennaiyin FC�s best chance of the first half fell to Gregory Nelson in the 40th minute. After stringing together a few passes in midfield, Inigo Calderon sent in a delightful cross into the box for Nelson to meet. The Dutchman�s diving header, however, was cleared well off the line by Rafael.
Both sides started the second half much like the first � unable to create chances going forward. It looked like both sides would settle for a point each but there was a twist in the tale. With just eight minutes left for the final whistle, Sereno gave Chennaiyin the lead. The defender rose above everyone to thump Gavilan Martinez�s corner past the FC Pune City goalkeeper. � Agencies