Mumbai: A second-half goal by India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua helped Chennaiyin FC beat Colombo FC by a solitary goal and secure a group stage sport of the AFC Cup here on Wednesday. Chennaiyin FC beat Sri Lanka Colombo FC 1-0 here.
With this win in the second leg of the qualifying play-off round at the Arena Stadium here, Chennaiyin became the first Indian Super League outfit to progress to the group stages of the AFC Cup in their debut campaign.
The match started off sedated which saw Chennaiyin to a feeling of breaking the defence of Colombo who was prioritizing it.
Chennaiyin will now be grouped along with 2017-18 I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC, Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club and Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka in Group E of the 2019 AFC Cup.