ISL 2016 Full Time: Chennaiyin FC 1-1 Atletico De Kolkata
FULLTIME Chennai eke out a draw after going down in the first half. Kolkata climb to the top half of the table while the Marina Machans remain sixth. Materazzi is furious despite the hard-fought draw.
90+2' Majumder eats a yellow for wasting time as Chennai look desperate to win this contest. The Chennai bench looks furious, with Kolkata looking happy to take home a point.
90' Four minutes has been added on as Chennai look for a winner in front of 25,000 spectators. They should be cautious as they are also a single counter away from losing this game.
88' Blasi tries his luck from outside the penalty area after receiving a pass from Danial. However, given the amount of space he had, he should have opted to find a teammate like he had done until then.
86' Jerry beats a defender but passes into no man's land, ignoring an unmarked Daniel's calls. Materazzi is furious, and that is putting it lightly.
85' Chennaiyin are attacking with five men, with teenager Jerry operating in the final third, leaving the defensive duties to midfielder Blasi.
83' A mis-pass from Blasi sparks a Kolkata counter-attack, but Javi Lara's audacious cross falls safely into the hands of Karanjit.
80' The Chennaiyin technical area is on their feet as marquee player Riise looks the most animated of everyone on the bench.
77' GOOOALLL!! Succi Scored for Chennai. Eli Sabia manages to keep the ball in after a tussle with a Kolkata defender down the right flank.Succi leaps above every head in the penalty box as he heads home Chennai's equalizer. Did I talk about the crowd erupting? Marina Arena is abuzz.
Davide Succi went close moments before scoring the equalizer for Chennai .
75' An excited Mendy downs Borjain the attacking half after making a forward run. The Spaniard makes the most out of the contact as he sees the tackler eat a yellow card.
73' Postiga is substituted as Botswana midfielder Nato enters the pitch. Molina is happy with a narrow victory as that will take them to the top half of the table.
70' With Succi, Dudu, and Daniel all lining up against the Kolkata defenders, the Chennai midfielders shall feed them. However, by the looks of things, it will need a piece of genius or a moment of luck to take anything away from Kolkata's defense.
67' Mulder leaves the pitch making way for under-performing striker Dudu, but the fans have nothing but love for the Nigerian as they cheer him as he comes on. Perhaps, they just need a few men forward.
66' Augusto curls in a cross from the right side but, with Mulder and Mendy going for the same ball, Kolkata make an easy clearance.
65' Materazzi is furious as Wadoo makes a foul throw. His foul throw followed a poor attempt at crossing, so the Italian's reaction is understandable.
63' The match day referee Ajit Metei takes charge of hyping the fans up as the home fans show their unrest over his not awarding a corner kick in favour of the Marina Machans.
60' Kolkata are stringing passes together in the Chennai half, but resolute defending from the men in blue means Karanjit is untroubled. However, Chennaiyin need to send men forward as the game enters the final half an hour.
57' Augusto has been his usual self, breaking up play, feeding exquisite forward passes, and showboating his spectacular skill set, but his colleagues seem unwilling to play to his tune.
54' After 50 minutes of non-stop chanting, the crowd seems tried as rare claps of appreciation can only be heard besides crickets. Chennai need to give them a goal to see the stadium erupt again.
50' Sorneo is stretchered off the pitch after going to the ground in pain. Indian defender Debnath replaces him as Kolkata now play with more Indians than Chennai do.
49' No matter how hard the Chennaiyin midfielders try, the Sereno-Mondal marshalled defense keeps them away. Succi looks isolated up front as Chennai put everyone but Eli Sabia in the attacking half.
47' Mundampara tries his luck from outside the box as Kolkata's defense looks too rigid to be undone.
46' Second half is underway . Fans are hyping up the team as Chennai search for an equalizer in front of a packed Marina Arena.
HALF-TIME Despite playing some good football,Chennaiyin find themselves trailing, with Postiga handing Kolkata the lead as Kolkata lead 1-0 at half time. Jeje's injjury surely has impacted the game hugely as Chennai now lack the chemistry with Danial on.
45' Jerry has received little to no support from left winger Mulder. The youngster continues to be targeted.
43' Kolkata seem confident on the ball after the goal as Mulder and Augusto, two players who had been playing predominantly in the attacking half, drop down to help out the team in defense
41' Augusto wins a free kick in a dangerous position, but a quick free kick from Chennai is easily read by the Kolkata defense. Chennaiyin look desperate
39' GOOOALLL!! Postiga Scored for ATK. Unsurprisingly, the cross came in from the left flank,with Jerry having an average game so far. Jeje's absence has brought down the vibes for sure as Chennai struggle to string passes together in the attacking half.
35' Postiga has been rendered obsolete with Eli Sabia having yet another decent game. Kolkata's passing has looked aesthetically pleasing, but they have looked incapable of creating chances.
33' Pereira downs Succi, and the Italian looks in pain as the medical team rush to the pitch. He looks likely to continue, though.
30' Augusto has been all over the pitch, with the Brazilian helping out his teammates in defense whilst also being the major threat that he is in the attacking half. His ability to win back possession in the attacking third can be crucial, but the Chennaiyin players have been unable to find the killer pass so far.
29' Wadoo has been Chennaiyin's go-to plan as the Indian defender has often been relied on for the perfect cross. Pereira needs to up his game as just a single cross will put Kolkata out of the equation.
27' Kolkata's passing looks composed as Javi Lara, Borja and Postiga make sublime passes only for Mendy to guide the ball to Karanjit, who collects it promptly.
24' Danial's first touch of the game is sloppy as he fails to cross after receiving a superb pass from Mundampara.
23' Augusto wins possession in the attacking third before spraying a pass to Majumder, who passes first-time to Wadoo. Wadoo turns Pereira but waste sp much time on the ball as his cross is read perfectly by Majumder.
20' Jeje goes down injured and asks to be substituted. Daniel replaces the Indian international striker as Rane cheers his teammate.
18' Javi Lara sends in a dangerous cross after receiving the ball from Borja, who had dispossessed Jerry. A poor header from Belencoso means Wadoo goes up against Pearson only to concede a corner. The corner is wasted as Chennai look defensively solid.
15' Blasi proves the conductor of the orchestra as he finds an unmarked teammate who can prompt a chance every time he gets the ball.
Debjit Majumder continues his rich vein of form to deny Hans Mulder.
13' Augusto earns a free kick in the defending half as the men in white and red elect to down him after being tantalized.Chennai take a quick free kick, with Augusto finding an unmarked Mulder down the left flank, but a poor first touch from the Dutchman avert a potential goal-scoring chance.
10' Chennai almost go ahead. Augusto chips in a pass from outside the 18-yard-box to Jeje to knocks it down only for Mulder to shoot straight at Majumder. Chennai have the best chance of the game so far despite Kolkata seemingly dominating.
8' Mulder finds a unmarked Mundampara near the edge of the penalty box, but the Indian midfielder's effort flies miles away from the post as Kolkata earn a goal kick
5' Chennaiyin get their first breakthrough as Succi manages tries his luck from the left, but Majumder dives only to see the ball go off the target.
3' Kolkata start on the front foot with Jerry's flank now looking their area of target, especially with Javi Lara targeting the youngster.
1' Belencoso kicks this off in Chennai in front of arguably the loudest Marina Arena crowd of the season so far.
6:55 pm First half is under way. Yesterday's Clash of Champions featuring Arsenal and Manchester United was a snoozefest,and here's hoping the Indian clubs put on a decent show for this crowd absolutely deserves a belter.
6:50 pm Kolkata supporters fans have come out in huge numbers as they make their voice heard. Cheers followed Kolkata players emergence from the tunnel, but Chennaiyin fans respond swiftly with a chorus of boos. We are in here for a battle in the stands besides the one on the pitch.
6:42 pm Team sheet is out. Chennaiyin have named an unchanged line-up from the previous game, but Kolkata have elected to rest ISL top-scorer Iain Hume.
Chennaiyin FC: Karanjit; Wadoo, Mendy, Eli Sabia, Jerry; Blasi, Mundampara, Mulder, Augusto; Jeje, Succi
Atletico de Kolkata: Majumder; Kotal, Mondal,Sereno, Pereira; Pearson, Fernandez, Postiga; Granda, Ralte, Belencoso
6:31 pm Besides the home advantage – the Chennaiyin fans have been vocal unmindful of the results – the boost from the 2-0 drubbing of Pune City on Tuesday night should serve to give them the upper hand whilst the visitors are heading into the crunch clash on the back of two consecutive draws.
6:27 pm Chennaiyin coach Marco Materazzi’s future in the Indian Super League has been up in the air, with the former Italy international intending to send a message across in the pre-match press conference whilst Kolkata coach Jose Molina seems “absolutely confident” in his team.
6:25 pm Chennaiyin take on Atletico de Kolkata in the Clash of the Champions at Marina Arena. With a play-off berth at stake, both teams are desperate for a win, akin to the two match days, goals galore could be on the cards in spite of either team’s poor goal-scoring record this season.
6:23 pm Hello there, Khel Now readers, this is Praveen R. Paramasivam reporting from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.It looks as though it will rain, but the fans have already begun filling the seats. With the game being played on a Sunday night, you can be forgiven for expecting a record attendance today.
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Published: Sun Nov 20, 2016 08:59 PM IST