KERALA BLASTERS 0 – 1 CHENNAIYIN FC
                                  
                                   Bruno Pelissari 87′

Bruno Pelissari’s goal in the 87th minute won the game for Chennaiyin FC against Kerala Blasters in the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in Kochi. The attendance for the game is 61,323.

With two matches remaining, Chennaiyin FC is the first team to have booked their place into the semi-final as they are five points clear at the top of the Indian Super League points table. Chennaiyin FC have 22 points from 12 games and are five points clear of second placed Atletico de Kolkata. Kerala Blasters are still on fourth place in the table with 15 points from 12 games.

Chennaiyin FC is the only team who have not lost at home and this is Kerala Blasters first loss at home, Kerala have only conceded two goals now in their five home games so far.

The last time these two teams met Chennai came out victorious with a 2-1 scoreline. Both sides came into this game on the back of 3-0 defeats.

Kerala Blasters made five changes from the previous game as Milagres, Falvey, Avinabo, Sabeeth, Hume and McAllister replaced Gusmao, Barisic, Ahmed, Godwin, Saumik and Hengbart.

Chennaiyin FC have replaced Maurice and Pelissari with Silvestre and Cristian. Chennai missed their star player Elano Blumer, the highest goal scorer with eight goals with an injury.

Chennaiyin FC started the match on a high but Kerala pulled back things as the game progressed. David James had to be substituted early in the game as he seemed to have pulled a muscle. He left the pitch and has been substituted by Sandip Nandy.

Chennaiyin forward Balwant Singh got many chances but he fails to convert them into goals. He has lost possession every now and then. It had been a below par performance from the youngster.

Both Chennai and Kerala Blasters have had their chances but none have been able to convert them into goals in the first half of the game.
Chennaiyin FC lead the attack index at the half time with 65% to Kerala’s 35%.

 

Mendy puts in a header

Best chance of the game came at the start of second half. Stephen Pearson passes the ball for C S Sabeeth who plays a good through ball to Iain Hume, but Hume hits it across the face of the goal and the ball goes wide of the post.

Avinabo Bag got subsituted for Pedro Gusmao in 63rd minute. Jamie McAllister and Cristian had been substituted for Nirmal Chettri and Bruno Pelissari respectively in the 75th minute of the match.

The winner finally came in the 87th minute through sheer brilliance of Bruno Pelissari for Chenniyin FC. Pelissari ran with the ball from his own half into the other half, he had the support but the Brazilian trusted none but himself as he takes a touch behind and places it in the left top corner with his left foot.

Man Of The Match: Bernard Mendy

Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League

  • SHARE

    Sports enthusiast.

    Related Posts

    Deepak Hooda, Pro Kabbadi League, Puneri Paltan, All-rounder, Telugu Titans,

    Pro Kabbadi League: Interview with Puneri Paltan Skipper and All-rounder Deepak Hooda

    From the hard-working part-time teacher to the Kabbadi professional – the sensational athlete in the form of Deepak Hooda has shown a remarkable improvement...

    England staring at defeat after Day 4 of 3rd Ashes Test

    Perth, Dec 17: England were struggling at 132/4 in their second innings at the end of a rain-interrupted fourth day in the third Ashes Test...
    india vs srilanka

    Third ODI: India restrict Sri Lanka to low score

    Visakhapatnam , Dec 17: India rode on a strong bowling performance to restrict Sri Lanka to 215 runs in the third and final One-Day International...

    Brazilian Vinicius to join Real Madrid after 2018

    Rio de Janeiro, Dec 17: Rising football star Vinícius Júnior who plies his trade for Brazilian club Flamengo on Sunday said he intends to join...

    Would like Barcelona to give us guard of honour: Ronaldo

    Abu Dhabi, Dec 17: Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said he would like arch-rivals Barcelona to give Real Madrid a guard of honour when they clash...