Full time: Kerala Blasters 3-1 Chennaiyin FC
What a game. A second successive comeback win for Kerala. Vineeth the hero once again but German and Kafdio played their part. More woe for Chennai who now have two massive home games. The Saturday night party has well and truly begun here in Kochi. But from me and all the team its a very good night.
90+5' There goes the final whistle received by a massive roar.
90+4' I must tell you that the Blasters fans haven't stopped giving Materazii stick all night. Zidane masks selling like hot cakes reminding us all of that incident at Germany 2006.
90+3' The desperate run of form for Chennaiyin goes on. They have Goa for company at the foot of the table and are without a win since mid-October.
90+2' The Chennai defenders are not even interested in tracking runs anymore. But, offside flag is up. It was German.
90+1' We are into four minutes of added time.
89' GOOOALLLLL!!! C K V I N E E T H SCORED AGAIN.Chennai with the high line. German's ball in behind. Vineeth gets to it and calmly rolls it past thekeeper and smashes it into the net.
88' I cannot put this atmosphere into words but I will try. Quite simply the roof has come off this place.
85' Substitution for Chennai Risse off Succi on.
85' GOOOOOOALLLLL!!!! CK VINEETH SCORED . How many times have we seen this. Cross comes in keeper flaps striker profits. What was Kerr thinking?
82' Ping pong just outside the breaks. Just breaks to Dudu's whose shot deflects off Jhingan with Stack out of position. The corner is cleared.
80' Another cross this time Vineeth heads it straight at the keeper.
79' Another Kerala cross again can't pick out German.
78' Jerry has been impressive again tonight. There nicking the ball off Vineeth as he tried to go on a run on the right.
Chennai bring on Mulder for Jeje.
76' Substitution for Kerala as Rafigue goes off and Rino comes on.
75' Its cleared easily.
74' German's ball across evades everyone and as Rafi tries to get it back in Jerry is there to concede a corner.
73' Its a wave of Kerala attacks here.
72' Blasters fans you can tweet all your slack for my forecasting of German. @KhelNow
71' What a finish we have here into the last 20 minutes.
69' As Chennai counter Stack races off his line and gets there just before Dudu.
68' Jhingan's ball Kadio's run. Its partially cleared and second cross is just over German the penalty spot.
67' GOAAAAL Kerala.We are level. German with the run from the left gets to the line and cuts it back on a plate for Kadio who cannot miss. 1-1.
65' Kadio tries to bend one but it goes well past the far post.
64' Augusto's foul on Kado free-kick Blasters.
61' Vineeth's shot from inside the box takes another deflection and almost wrong foot' Kerr who saves just.
59' Almost into the final 30 minutes.
57' A spell of possession now for Chennai.
54' Wow. Kerr has a rush of blood and rushes out. German rounds but the keeper clips his man who can't finish into an open net. The ball rolls away and he tumbles to the ground. The referee books him for diving
53' This time German storms into the box but the defender does well.
52' Kadio in the boxc again. Dudu lunges in on him. He tries to stay on hit and can't control the ball.
51' Ball in the box but Kadio's shot is weak.
50' The second half is just warming up as Jeje is flagged off.
47' There has been a substitution for Kerala with Kadio replacing Chopra.
46' We are back underway in the second half.
What a frenetic first half. Chennai's lead is deserved. They could and should have had more. Kerala have had spells but the final ball has let them down. Belfort's injury hasn't helped their cause A massive second half ahead. Back in a bit.
The whistle has also gone for the break.
45+2' Another Josu corner is cleared and when he floars in a cross after that, he overhits it and it goes out.
45+1' A Kerala corner gets cleared as we enter into two minutes of added time.
45' Chennai attack and Dudu breaks the offside line, Rounds the keeper but fires wide of an open net.
43' Things just calming down as head to halftime.
41' Josu with another free-kick but Chennai block well as German tries to shoot.
40' Vineeth fizzes one in near post it gets cleared for a corner. Josu takes it but his delivery is poor and goes out.
38' Vineeth's cross from the line. Jerry's clearance but he then fouls his man.
37' Kerala attack and as Pratik crosses the keeper gathers.
34' I don't want to count the chickens before they hatch, Kerala fans. But, I have done a lot of Kerala games this season and German has been a peripheral figure struggling to influence most games he has played. He's not in the form of last season.
31' Mendy again at it they can't touch him. He gets to the line and cuts one back for Dudu who can't convert from close range. What a chance.
30' Belfort's injury is not what Blasters needed with a game to chase and an hour to play.
28' The striker just pulled up as the ball went out play but he won't play any further part. Antonio German replaces him.
27' Belfort has gone down in some agony this could be his night done. Didn't see what happened there.
25' Kerala straight back on the attack as Belfort flashes another across goal. It deflects but the keeper prevents the corner.
24' The Frenchman once again roars down the left no one tracks his run and he curls one from inside the box which deflects and flies in.
22' GOOOALLL!!! Bernanrd Mendy Scored for Chennai. What's Mendy having for breakfast these days? He scored in Delhi and he scores again.
20' The Haitian who has been live produces another attack but then shows too much of it to the defender who nicks it off him.
18' A low floated cross skims accross the face of goals and as play is recycled the ball is chipped in towards the industrious Belfort , but the keeper gets their first.
16' Riise's inswing free-kikick from the right is charged down and forces a corner which is cleared. As Kerala counter with Belfort the Chennai back four almost make a mess if it.
14' Riise's long throw eventually leads to Chennai attack. Dudu;s shot from distances produces a corner but nothing off it.
12' Play is now back underway both sides with their full complement of players.
10' Mehtab has gone down and stayed down. Getting some treatment.
7' The piece produces a header that is comfortable for the keeper.
6' Chennai attack and Augusto runs at the defence Jhingan just turns his back on him. The ball comes off his header and out for a corner.
5' Both sides trading blows in the early going. Or rather attacks.
3' Kerala free-kick taken by Jhingan. Initially cleared but as play is recycled. Chopra crosses and the keeper gathers.
2' Mistake by Jhingan and Dudu profits. Jeje's shot is straight at the keeper.
1' We have kickoff Chennai.
6:58 pm The anthems are done. Almost ready.
6:54 pm The teams come out. Its a 'Wall of Sound' here. Yellow Sound.
6:53 pm Both the teams are coming out for national anthem .
6:44 pm Line ups are out.
Kerala Blasters FC lineup: Graham Stack(GK), Pratik Chaudhari, Cedric Hengbart(C), Sandesh Jhingan, Josu Currais, Mehtab Hossain, Azrack Mahamat, CK Vineeth, Mohammed Rafique, Kervens Belfort, Michael Chopra.
Chennaiyin FC lineup: Duwayne Kerr(GK), Bernard Mendy(C), John Arne Riise, Eli Sabiá, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Raphael Augusto, Zakeer Mundampara, Jayesh Rane, MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi, Jeje Lalpekhlua.
6:23 pm Good evening from Kochi. Its Kerala its Chennai. One region and two mohicans vying to rule it. Only one will succeed The last game between these two ended in a 0-0 draw. But with games running out there is more at stake for both sides and indeed sets of fans, than just bragging rights. The stage is set and so are we. This Saturday evening no other. Join us right here. Right now.
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Published: Sat Nov 12, 2016 09:13 PM IST