Ogbeche scores his first ISL hat-trick as Highlanders nick 4-3 thriller

NorthEast United came from 2-0 down to beat the reigning champion Chennaiyin 4-3 in an incredible Indian Super League match.

Despite trailing by two goals after 30 minutes, the visitors turn the game around, with Ogbeche scoring three goals and Rowllin Borges second half strike handed NorthEast Untied all three points in a genuine thriller at Marina Arena.

The hosts were looking comfortable after going 2-0 up inside the first 15 minutes with goals from Eli Sabia and Thoi Singh. Three goals in the second half of the first-half from Ogbeche gave the hosts hope though.

They completed the comeback in the second half, with Rowlin Borges scoring the winner, as they moved up to top of the table and deny their guests the chance to win the first game of the season.

It was all going so well for Chennaiyin

Without a win in two games, the hosts started the match with urgency and were rewarded with an early goal after they forced a corner in the fourth minute. Issac Vanmalsawma whipped a devilish delivery in and Borges inadvertently headed it into his own net from inside the six-yard box.

Thoi Singh of Chennaiyin FC celebrates a goal during match 11 of the Hero Indian Super League 2018 ( ISL ) between Chennaiyin FC and Northeast United FC held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, India on the 18th October
Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for ISL

Though NorthEast started dominating possession, it was Chennaiyin who struck again. In the 15th minute, Jerry Lalrinzuala spotted Issac’s run down the left and sent in a wonderful through-ball for the winger to latch on to. Issac surged forward and squared the ball for Thoi who finished the move.

Goals galore

The Highlanders pulled a goal back minutes before the half an hour mark after the energetic Federico Gallego managed to get a shot on target. Goalkeeper Karanjit SIngh, however, could not hold on to it and Ogbeche capitalised on the offering before slotting a finish into the far corner.

Chennaiyin, though, restored their two-goal advantage almost immediately. Raphael Augusto wriggled free of his markers down the left wing and got to the touchline. His square-ball was bundled in by Thoi at the near post.

The see-saw nature of the game continued but it was NorthEast who would take the game by the scruff of its neck. Ogbeche came into his own and struck twice to pull the Highlanders level.

First, he outjumped Francisco Fernandes to meet Borges’ cross and steered it home. Minutes later, he met Gallego’s wonderful through ball and rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net.

Borges finish the comeback

NorthEast continued their ascendancy after the break and soon went into the lead. Gallego found Reagan Singh down the right wing. His cross was blocked and Borges latched on to the loose ball on the edge of the area and swept a brilliant finish into the bottom corner.

Chennaiyin pressed hard for a way back into the game but NorthEast showed composure to hold on to their advantage.

Chennaiyin coach John Gregory threw on Jeje Lalpekhlua in a bid to conjure up an equaliser. He almost got on the end of a header from Andrea Orlandi in added time but just could not steer it in as Eelco Schattorie’s team held on to register a famous victory.

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