Bengaluru FC coach Alberto Roca deployed the traditional 4-4-2 format with Chhetri and Fedor upfront.
FC Goa, coached by Sergio Lobera Rodriguez, held off a spirited rally by Chennaiyin in the second half,to em erge winners and walked away with three points to go to the top of the table.
The clash between the two rivals would be interesting, for they hardly know each others' game.
NorthEast could have got their opening goal as early as in third minute, but Marcinho fluffed a very easy chance when he hit on high after being on a one on one with goalkeeper Subrata Paul.
New outfit Bengaluru FC will make their much-awaited Indian Super League debut when they cross swords with last season's semi-finalists Mumbai City FC.
The two coaches - John Gregory (Chennaiyin FC) and Sergio Lobera (Goa) sounded upbeat about their preparations and said the pre-season had been very good and the players were looking forward to the first game.
The match was a box-to-box affair with very few chances coming in the way of both the sides.
The former India captain posted a message on his official Twitter account.
The winner of the fourth season will get a direct spot in the AFC Cup (Asia's equivalent of Europe's Europa League).
More Indian players, more teams, more matches and more months - this is already being touted an ISL with a difference.
Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory said the team had a good pre-season ahead of the fourth season of Indian Super League.
Indian fans have been used to seeing the likes of Italy's Alessandro Del Piero and Argentine Diego Forlan during the ISL's first three seasons.
Dynamos' coach Miguel Angel Portugal on Sunday said that the pollution is a problem as they had to train wearing masks.
The Indian Super League coaches said that the new six Indian player rule will help the local players develop their game.
Bollywood star Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will perform at the ceremony and are set to enthrall the audiences just like they do in their movies.
Two-time champions and holders Atletico De Kolkata will take on runner-up Kerala Blasters in the opening match of the Indian Super League season 4 on November 17.
The decision comes after a poor third season which saw Goa finish bottom of the ISL table. In its immediate next step, the club is in the process of appointing a Technical Director.
Kerala Blasters were beaten 1-0 by Atletico de Kolkata in the final of the inaugural Indian Super League season in 2014, and the two sides will come face-to-face again in the ISL 2016 title clash in Kochi on Sunday