Kerala Blasters on Sunday spoiled Chennaiyin FC’s wishes of ending the season on a excessive after holding them to an exhilarating 1-1 draw within the Indian Tremendous League at GMC Stadium, Bambolim.
Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev gave Chennaiyin a lead within the 10th minute which was cancelled out by Gary Hooper’s 29th-minute aim from the spot. Csaba Laszlo’s facet completed the season with 20 factors from 20 video games.
Chennaiyin received off to an electrifying begin and created quite a few possibilities within the opening minutes of the match. Anirudh Thapa fired a shot within the first minute forcing Kerala keeper Albino Gomes into an early save.
After practically creating half-a-dozen possibilities, the Marina Machans have been profitable in breaking the impasse. Bakary Kone’s header fell to Edwin Vanspaul, who performed it over the left flank to seek out Fatkhulloev. The ahead minimize inside earlier than unleashing a robust strike that beat Gomes.
Chennaiyin nearly scored their second however Enes Sipovic noticed his header hit the crossbar.
Kerala gained momentum within the second quarter and through this era, they pressed their opponents excessive, placing them beneath stress.
After sustaining an excellent spell in Chennaiyin territory, Kerala earned a penalty when Deepak Tangri was the offender of dealing with the ball within the space. Hooper ensured he transformed the spot-kick to get his staff on stage phrases.
Hooper practically put his staff forward earlier than the break. Lalruatthara diverted Jeakson Singh’s lobbed go into the trail of Hooper on the fringe of the field. Nonetheless, his chip shot sailed over the crossbar.
The second half noticed a extra balanced play as each groups had an identical possession and passes. They matched one another with a much-relaxed sport plan. Although there have been possibilities being created, it was Vishal Kaith coming with an important save to maintain the scoreline stage.
Hooper’s cross on the far publish discovered Jordan Murray whose header was parried away by Kaith.Chennaiyin was lowered to 10 males after Sipovic received his marching orders.
Prasanth Karuthadathkuni swiveled away from Sipovic. The defender unwittingly stamped Prasanth’s foot and the referee deemed that to be dangerous sufficient for a second yellow.
Having numerical benefit, Kerala saved looking for the match-winner. Jessel Carneiro struck a goal-bound shot from a distance, however Kaith’s brilliance denied the ball from getting into the aim.
Chennaiyin defended nicely within the ultimate couple of minutes of the sport to finish their season with a draw.
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