Seiminlen Doungel´s hat trick hand Highlanders the third victory of the season
The 51st match of the Hero Indian Super League 2017-18 seasons saw underdog NorthEast United FC humiliating Chennaiyin FC 3-1 at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati on Friday night.
Although visitors started off on the positive note, however, home side picked up the momentum and started to threaten Chennaiyin back line.
The lead came for Highlanders in the 42nd minute through Seiminlen Doungel who picked up the rebound from Karanjit Singh on Cezario´s shot, that was blocked, and Doungel sent the ball into the net beating struggling Karanjit.
Doungel scored his second just at the start of the second half, which was officially is the fastest goal of the second half in ISL history. Cezario received a long ball from Gonvcalves and fitted through ball for rushing Doungel who made a fine run onside to place the ball into the net beating three Chennaiyin defender.
As the Chenniyin were pressing hard to come back into the game and Highlanders took advantage of the space. Narzary made the run at the left wing before placing the ball for Doungel who made slight flick on the ball to beat diving Karanjit to complete his hat-trick.
Anirudh Thapa pulled back one for Super Machans in the 79th minute to give some hope to visitors however NorthEast defense stood tough to avert all the danger in the final minutes.
This was NorthEast United FC´s third win while Chennaiyin FC´s third defeat of the season.
Full Time: NorthEast United FC 3-1 Chennaiyin FC
90+2: Substitution for NorthEast United FC Danilo Lopes OFF Helio Pinto IN
90: Yellow card Dhanapal Ganesh
88: Substitution for NorthEast United FC Halicharan Narzary OFF Robert Lalthlamuana IN
79: Goal!! Anirudh Thapa scores for Chennaiyin FC
74: Yellow card Gregory Nelson
72: Substitution for Chennaiyin FC Rene Mihelic OFF Jaime Gavilan IN
68: Goal!! Seminlen Doungel scores for NorthEast United FC
62: Yellow card Seminlen Doungel
61: Substitution for Chennaiyin FC Thoi Singh OFF Mohammed Rafi IN
52: Substitution for Chennaiyin FC Henrique Sereno OFF Raphael Augusto IN
46: Goal!! Seminlen Doungel scores for NorthEast United FC
46: second half kick off
Half-time: NorthEast United 1-0 Chennaiyin
45: Two minutes added on
42: Goal!! Seminlen Doungel scores for NorthEast United FC