One of the most anticipated matches of ISL, Atletico De Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC ended with a goalless draw. Both the teams who are on the top of the league failed again to pick up full points. The match at salt lake stadium ended in a 0-0 scorline making it the 4th consecutive draw for both the teams.
The most closest chances to score a goal was created by Luis Garcia whose bending free kick in 62nd minute missed the goal by hitting the post and deflecting away, the visitors also had a scoring opportunity when a wonderful through pass by Jean-Eudes could have converted to a goal if only the ball didn’t had flicked from Balwant Singh’s hand before going in the empty goal.
Atletico De Kolkata had two changes as they replaced Cavin Lobo and Kingshuk Debnath with Jofre who returned from suspension and Lester Fernandez.
Materazzi also made two changes in the starting line up with replacing Denson Devadas for Dane Pareira and Eric Djemba-Djemba was given his first start for Chennaiyin by replacing Bojan Djordic.
FC Chennaiyin could have scored in the fifth minute itself when a wonderful pass exchange by Elano and Mendoza could have led to a penalty, since the Colombian was caught in a tackle by Josami but he stayed on the ground and managed to take a shot which was blocked and then cleared by Biswajit Saha.
In the 21st minute home team also came close to score when a pass given by Ofentse Nato was hit wide by the lone striker Fikru.
After a lot of chances created and lost by the home team at the Salt Lake Stadiummthe away team tried to score again when a cross by Dane Pereira was headed straight to Atletico goalkeeper Subhash Roy Chowdary by Elano.
In the second half goalkeeper Roy again made a wonderful save by intercepting a lob through pass by Elano to Balwant Sing and holding it in his grasp.
Suspension returned Jofre was one of the key players for Atletico De Kolkata; he showed brilliant cross control and dribbling skills and several times passed by the Chennaiyin FC denfense smoothly.
62nd minutes in the match and Atletico De Kolkata were wrongly awarded a free kick when a tackle by Silvestre put Fikru down just at the edge of the box. The free kick taken by Luis Garcia could have passed the Chennaiyin goalkeeper easily but only was deflected by the post and the goalkeeper was left as a mere spectator.
Atletico De Kolkata did some wonderful counter attack which involved a trio of Luis Garcia, Jofre and Fikru passing one two and in the later minutes tried scoring a goal when a shot by Jofre was deflected by the Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper and was received again by the Ex- Liverpool player Garcia who shot the ball in the hand of the goalkeeper.
Chennaiyin FC’s goal was disallowed when a wonderful pass by Jean Endos was received by Balwant Singh infront of an empty goal and passed the goal line only after getting deflected by Balwant’s hand.
The match ended in a goalless draw with both the teams not able to penetrate and breach the defense of the opposite team. Atletico De Kolkata remain at the top of the table of Indian Super League and Chennaiyin share the same point but are only on second due to the goal difference.
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