Today Kerala Blasters take on a struggling Chennaiyin FC in a southern derby match of the Indian Super League football match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Kerala did well to secure an important win against FC Goa in their last home clash and they are now at fifth spot in the league table with 12 points from nine matches. Defending champions Chennaiyin on the other hand have slumped to the seventh spot after they suffered a 1-4 drubbing at the hands of Delhi Dynamos.
“Football is a beautiful game. You have another chance right after this game. After one game, you have to focus on the next,” said Materazzi.
Alexis Sanchez plays a great ball that Dudu does well to chest down and lay off to Jeje. The Indian cuts in and attempts an ambitious attempt from distance.
Lack of concentration by Kerala nearly proved dangerous for them early in the contest. The clearance didn’t travel far but the Chennai striker Jeje could only manage to find the goalie’s gloves. It remains 0-0.
In first 20 min,Belfort with a lovely through ball attempt from outside the the box but the ball was too close to the defender who cuts it off with a desperate dive.
GOAL: KERALA BLASTERS 0-1 CHENNAIYIN FC ( Bernard Mendy)
Bernard Mendy goes for glory and the deflection takes the ball into the net. The skipper covers good ground from the left, enters the business area and fires the shoot to give Chennai 1-0 lead. Kerala attempt to pull one back immediately. The ball is worked out to Vineeth who lays it off to Belfort, but the Kerala striker’s shot is well blocked. Belfrot leaves the field on a stretcher, and Antonio German comes in. Kerala’s search for their opening goal continues.
A good chance was came near the first half time, when DUDUpowers his way through the entire kerala defence,he trickles sanay jhingan and gets his shot away. That was the superb chance of goal. Vineet have a desperate shoot from an acute angle, goalie Kerr, caught wrong-foot, does well to get down in time.
GOAL: Kerala blasters 1-1 Chennaiyin fc (KADIO)
The yellow submarine again equalise. Josu plays in a beautiful ball to German. The striker bullies Sabia off the ball – unfairly it appears. Then he drives in to the box, and squares it to Kadio, who has the simple task of tapping in from half a yard.
Chennai are slowing the game down as much as they dare. Zakeer and Mulder exchanging passes as they to play in the strikers.
GOAL: KB 2-1 CFC (CK VINEEEEETH)
That was horrible from Kerr. Josu swings in a good-looking, but essentially harmless ball into the box. Dwayne Kerr lets the ball run THROUGH his hands and ends up at the feet of who else but Vineeth. He scissor kicks an AWESOME finish in!
Rino breaks up play and then sends the ball harmlessly back. The volume of the crowd is INSANE! Chennai have it all do here, and they have four minutes to do it in. Jayesh Rane has a very decent strike at goal, but what it has in power, it lacks in direction – and Stack saves comfortably.
GOAL: Kerala blasters 3-1 Chennai fc (Ck vineeeth)
It’s that man Vineeth again. Fantastic ball forward from German and Vineeth fires it in, from some distance, beats the goalie and finds the back of the net. It’s 3-1 in Kerala’s favour. Superb comeback by the hosts in the second half. Goals from CK Vineeth and Kadio seal the deal for the yellow brigade. THE CROWD IS FULL OF YELLOW COLOURS.
Kerala blasters (3-1) Chennaiyin fc
47% ball possession 53%
9 shots 8
9 fouls 13
5 corners 6
Four minutes of added time but change to the scoreline. Kerala Blasters come back from 0-1 behind to beat Chennai 3-1 in the ISL 2016 contest in Kerala. Kerala’s adventurous approach in the second half pays dividends as they rampage home 3-1 winners. kerala blasters secured 2 position with 15 points table whereas Chennai fc at 7 position with 10 points in the ISL table.
Hero of the match: CK VINEEEEETH ( kerala blasters)