FULL TIME: Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Mumbai City FC. Both sides will be disappointed with the results after seeing a host of chances go to waste.
90+4’ RED CARD! Souvik Chakrabarti gets sent off for a second yellow. Quite a let down afternoon his previous showing.
90+2’ A corner to Mumbai is just shepherded out for a goal kick.
89’ The match is petering out to a rather anticlimactic end after the drama in the first half. Four minutes added on.
84’ A flowing CFC move sees Valskis fire a shot on goal. Borges hurls himself at it and blocks. Unlucky.
83’ Substitution. Angoue is bizarrely taken off the pitch and replaced by Bipin Singh.
81’ Substitution. CFC make their final substitution with Thoi Singh on in place of Schembri.
79’ Yet another counter attack from the home side comes to nought as Valskis this time shoots wide from the edge of the box. A frustrating night so far.
74’ Substitution. Masih Saighani comes on for Rafael Crivellaro. The Italian had a host of chances in the first half but has struggled since.
69’ Substitution. Nerijus Valskis comes on for Dragos. The Romanian has had an anonymous game.
67’ Both sides struggling to keep possession as the chances come and go. Vishal Kaith makes a smart save to keep out Angoue.
62’ Substitution. Paulo Machado comes on to replace Fernandes who is on a yellow card.
56’ Larbi goes down in the area. The ref is having none of it. Yellow card for diving.
54’ Eli Sabia is played in from a Chennaiyin free kick. The Brazilian fires straight at Amrinder.
48’ Yellow card! Souvik Chakrabarti is the next player in the book for a foul on Chhangte.
47’ Yet another chance for for Schembri who finds himself in shooting range but inexplicably cuts the ball back across the six yard box.
46’ The players are back out for the start of the second half. Mumbai kick off.
45’ Half time! It’s 0-0 at the break. Both sides have dominated for parts of the game. All to play for in the second half.
41’ Chhangte with the half chance, straight at Amrinder in the Mumbai net.
39’ The game has calmed down a little. Both sides conceding possession too easily.
33’ Yellow card! Borges is booked for a foul on Chhangte. The Mumbai midfield have to be careful.
32’ Terrible miss! It should have been three goals to Mumbai, so far. Angoue slides the ball wide with only the keeper to beat.
29’ Yellow card for Fernandes for a foul on Anirudh Thapa
27’ Chermiti with the latest Mumbai chance as he heads over underneath pressure from Goian.
25’ Host of chances for Mumbai going to waste. Larbi firing over from close range.
24’ Blow for MCFC as Sougou goes down injured. He is replaced by No. 7, Angoue
22’ Silky play from Thapa and Chennai have their third corner of the match.
19’ Mumbai have got a modicum of control back. Modou Sougou wasn’t almost in on goal, but for the linesman’s flag.
15’ Corner to the visitors. Their first of the game. Mumbai need to calm things down.
12’ Crivellaro coming close twice in the space of a few minutes. CFC are on top in the early stages.
5’ End to end action in the early stages as Bose’s cross is turned into a CFC attack.
2’ Schembri is in the thick of the early action as he’s hurled to the floor while contesting an air ball in the Mumbai half.
1’ And we are off! CFC kickoff and the game is underway. Early chance for Chennai as Schembri nearly puts the hosts ahead with a instinctive strike.
7:20 The teams will head out of the tunnels soon for the pre-match pleasantries. Kickoff is scheduled at 7:30PM
7:11 Both sides are back in the dressing rooms. Not long to go now.
7:05 The players are being put through their paces on a relatively calm Diwali evening in Chennai.
7:00 30 minutes to kickoff. Modou Sougou starts for MCFC. The Portuguese was the second highest scorer in the league last season with 12 goals.
6:58 John Gregory has recalled Anirudh Thapa to the starting lineup, hoping for a more creative showing from his side.
6:50: Chennaiyin FC are looking for their first win, to kick start their campaign. Mumbai are looking to carry on their momentum and challenge at the top of the table. 40 minutes to kickoff.
6:45 Here are the lineups for today’s game.
Chennaiyin FC:Vishal Kaith, Tondonba Singh, Lucian Goian (C), Eli Sabia, Chhangte, Vanspaul, Dragos, Thapa, Dhanpal Ganesh, , Schembri.
Subs: K. Singh, Saighani, Valskis, Thoi Singh, Jerry, R.Ali, Laldinliana.
Mumbai City FC: Amrinder Singh, Chowdhary, Chermiti, Fernandes, Borges, Bose, Goloui, Oliverira, Larbi, Chakrabarti, Sougou.
Subs: Angoue, Rafique, Machado, R. Kumar, S.C. Singh, Bipin Singh, Hmingthanma Wia.
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John Gregory feels the refereeing must improve in India
“That (the late penalty call from CFC) was the clearest penalty I have ever seen in 50 years of professional football and the referee ruled it out. If it would’ve been in Europe, the referee would’ve been demoted to some lower league, where you won’t even hear his name. The standard of refereeing must improve,” he said.
Jorge Costa revealed he hasn’t give much though on the starting XI against Chennaiyin FC
“To be honest, I haven’t thought about the XI tomorrow. Some players are injured and we have only 25 players in the squad, all of whom I trust. The eleven I pick tomorrow will give me the 100% guarantee that we can get the three points and I will choose that squad tomorrow,” said coach Costa leaving people in thoughts about his tactics and personnel for tomorrow’s game.