Goal sparks protest, disallowed
Chennaiyin FC defeated Kerala Blasters FC 3-1 in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter here on Friday to secure its second win of the 2019-20 season.
The home team rode on goals by Andre Schembri (fourth minute), LZ Chhangte (30th minute) and Nerijus Valskis (40th) to secure victory after two straight draws.
Bartholomew Ogbeche scored for the Kerala team.
The game took a turn in the 25th minute when Chennaiyin caught the Kerala defence off-guard with a quick free-kick. Schembri was sent clear on goal and the Maltese striker squared it for Nerijus Valskis to turn it in.
However, the goal sparked huge protests from the Kerala players and officials, with the referee eventually disallowing it after consultation with the linesmen.
CFC regained the lead immediately after the match re-started.
Rafael found some space in the middle and chipped a pass for Valskis.