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Jeje shines in Chennaiyin win

Press Trust of India, Chennai, Dec 8 2017, 0:24 IST

Jeje Lalpheklua scored two goals, including the winner in the 90th minute, as Chennaiyin FC beat ATK 3-2 in an exciting Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.

ATK's star signing Robbie Keane made his much-awaited ISL debut, coming in the 61st minute and orchestrated the team's goals but could not finish on the winning side.

After a lacklustre first-half which saw both teams try hard to break the deadlock without success, the home side came up trumps in the last 25 minutes.

It was Jeje who did the trick for John Gregory's men by calmly slotting home a deflection off ATK goalie Debjit Majumders.

Jeje had scored the game's first goal in the 65th minute following some fine play by Chennaiyin. Jaime Gavilan took a short corner and immediately received the pass back from the far post. He swung his cross into the box where skipper Henrique Sereno jumped and headed it towards the goal. It ricocheted off the inside of the post for Jeje to put it back into the empty net.

It was Jeje's first goal of the season. ATK equalised with 12 minutes to go for the final whistle when Zequinha slotted home after a faulty clearance from skipper Sereno.

Inigo Calderon put Chennaiyin ahead in the 84th minute. Five minutes later, Njazi Kuqi slotted home a pass from Keane. The joy was short-lived as Jeje fired home close to the final whistle. The three points sent Chennaiyin to the top of the standings with nine points from four games, including three wins. ATK suffered their second loss from four games and are at the bottom of the points table.

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