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Chennaiyin draw 0-0 with Kerala in ISL

Chennaiyin draw 0-0 with Kerala in ISL
Irom Seityasen of Kerala Blasters FC and Lallianzuala Chhangte of Chennaiyin FC in action during the ISL match at GMC Stadium in North Goa district, Sunday.
BAMBOLIM/ VASCO, NOV 29 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/29/2020 12:01:39 PM IST

Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters played out a goalless draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash on Sunday at the GMC Stadium, Bambolim.

Jakub Sylvestr missed a penalty in the 77th minute as the Marina Machans dropped crucial points.

Kibu Vicuna made three changes to the Kerala Blasters line up which played put a 2-2 draw against NorthEast United in their previous match. Denechandram Meitei, Nongdamba Naorem and Facundo Pereyra came in place of Jessel Carneiro, Puitea and Vicente Gomez. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, were unchanged.

End-to-end football was on display throughout the first half as there was very little to separate between the two teams. While Kerala Blasters had more possession of the ball, Chennaiyin created more chances. 

Rafael Crivellaro came close to breaking the deadlock in the 17th minute when Albino Gomes gave the ball away inside the box. The Chennaiyin skipper did well initially to snatch the ball away from the goalkeeper’s legs but before he could compose himself and push the ball into an empty net, Bakary Kone tracked back and saved the day with a timely challenge. 

Jakub Sylvestr found the back of the net in the 26th-minute from an inch-perfect cross into the box from Crivellaro but the forward was flagged offside. Nongdamba Naorem, at the other end, squandered Kerala’s chance to break the deadlock when he failed to place his shot on target from close range. Costa Nhamoinesu’s header, also from a few years from goal, was blocked by Crivellaro to keep the scoreline unchanged.

Odisha hold Jamshedpur 2-2
Striker Diego Mauricio came off the bench and scored twice, including a stunner in stoppage time, to help Odisha FC draw 2-2 against Jamshedpur after trailing 2-0 in the first half an hour of the match.
Mauricio was brought on in the 60th minute in place of Manuel Onwu as Odisha were pushing to halve the lead that Jamshedpur had on them. The pressure soon paid off as Jamshedpur goalkeeper Rehenesh got sent off for handling the ball outside of his box. It meant that Jamshedpur had to take off Jackichand Singh to accomodate the new goalkeeper.
While Odisha’s goal did not come directly from the ensuing free kick, Mauricio put it in after a scramble inside the box after the kick was taken. While Jamshedpur had a chance through a free kick of their own shortly thereafter, Odisha kept the pressure up. It was only in the 91st minute of the game that Mauricio cut to his right after he was allowed to turn on the left hand side of the box before launching a shot to the far post.
It was quite a different story in the early exchanges of the first half with Jamshedpur keeping the ball near Odisha’s ball. They were given a penalty in the 12th minute due to hand ball and Nerijus Valskis made no mistake with the spot kick. Valskis doubled the lead in the 27th minute after a defensive howler from Shubham Sarangi gave him the ball and he put it past the goalkeeper with aplomb.
Today’s Match
NE United VS Goa FC
Time: 7:30 PM
 

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