16.10.2016: ATLETICO KOLKATA 1-1 FC GOA ( FT )
ATK : Sameehg Doutie 6'
FCG : Zofre (Pen 76')
M.O.M : Sameehg Doutie - KOLKATA
Club Award : ATLETICO KOLKATA and FC GOA
Swift Moment of the Match : Subhasish Roy Chowdhury - GK GOA
Fittest Player of the Match : Javier Lara - KOLKATA
Winning Pass : Iain Hume - KOLKATA
Emerging Player Award : Abinash Ruidas - KOLKATA
ATK : Debjit, Prabir, Pritam, Arnab, Sereno, Fernandez, Pearson, Doutie, Lara, Hume.
FCG : Subasish, Keegan, Dumas, Arnolin, Raju,Trindade, Sanjay, Gonselves, Luwis, Robin, Raffael.
90+3': FULL TIME SCORE : ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 1-1 FC GOA
90+1': YELLOW CARD to Dumas .... he tackles Balencoso
90': 3 minutes added time
83': REPLACEMENT FOR FC GOA : Raphel out, Cesar in
80': ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 1-1 FC GOA
77': REPLACEMENT FOR ATK: Hyme out, Belencoso in
76': Zofre converts the penalty
76': GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL..........FC Goa scored
75': Penalty for FC Goa, Fernandez handled the ball from a corner
75': FC Goa are playing in 10 men still in search to reduce the margin
71': A save by Subashish , he blocked a powerful shot from Hyme
62': REPLACEMENT FOR FC Goa: Robin out, Mandar in
60': RED CARD to Sanjay Balmuchu, he trips dangerously to Prabir
57': A save by Subasish , he denies Lara, fisted his powerful shot from a close range
56': REPLACEMENT FOR FC Goa : Romeo in, Keegan
55': REPLACEMENT FOR ATK: Bikramjit in, Abhinash out
47'; YELLOW CARD to Robin .... he tackles from behind
45+3': HALF TIME SCORE : ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 1-0 FC GOA
45': 3 minutes added time
45': YELLOW CARD to Pritam ... he tackles dangerously to Robin
38': A brilliant save by Debjit.....he saved a powerful shot from Robin from a close range
30': ATK still maintaining the lead though FC Goa had some positive attacks
20': ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 1-0 FC GOA
15': Goal line save by Arnab, he saved a push from Tridade who beat Debjit and was about to score
8': YELLOW CARD to Gregory of FC Goa for rough play
6': Doutie scored following a back pass from Hyme from inside the box, Doutie's right footed curling shot finds the target
6': GOOOOOAAAALLLLL........ATK scored
5': YELLOW CARD to Raju , he tackles to Robin dangerously
1': YELLOW CARD to Arnab , he fouled to Zofre
0': Match started , FC Goa kicks off
0': Match number 15 between ATK and FC Goa coming up shortly
PREVIEW - 15.10.16 : Atletico De Kolkata and FC Goa will going to face in an important forth round encounter at the Rabindra Sarobar stadium, Kolkata on Sunday evening. Atletico currently placed at the third position are in search of full points at home in order to establish a commendable position in the league table. The marquee footballer Helder Postiga as well as Ofentse Nato is recovering injuries as their participation is against the Goan franchisee is not confirm.
ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
It's a must win situation for FC Goa as the last years runners up are yet to earn a point in the competition are at the bottom of the league table. Though , FC Goa coach Zico feels that there ia still a chance for his team to bounce back in the tournament.
The views of the coaches at the pre match Press conference :
JOSE MOLINA : FC Goa have not won as yet and they will fight to register a win. It’s not a problem for us. We are playing at home and we have to try to win. All of us, which includes me and the players, will give our best to win. ”I am sure it will be a tough match on Sunday evening. I am not concern about the past results of FC Goa and Atletico De Kolkata but I am certainly look forward to earn full points on tomorrow."
ZICO : "All the matches that we have to play are tough games. We must have the strength to rectify the situation, especially against Atletico de Kolkata which is a strong team.If we win two games we will be at par with ATK. So nothing is lost yet. In this tournament it does not matter if you finish first or fourth. What matters is making the play-offs. We are focussed on that. ATK are a nice side and we will do our best to neutralise their power. The phase is hard for us, but we will revert back in the competition. ”
The match will kick off at 7 pm IST.
15.10.2016: DELHI DYNAMOS 1-1 NORTH EAST UNITED ( FT )
DEL : Kean Lewis 37'
NEU : Alfaro 51'
MOM : Emiliano Alfaro - NEU
Club Award : DELHI DYNAMOS and NORTH EAST UNITED
Moment of the Match : Ruben Gonzalez Rocha - DELHI
Fittest Player of the Match : Holicharan Narzary - NEU
Winning Pass of the Match : Nicolas Leandro Velez - NEU
Emerging Player of the Match : Kean Lewis - DELHI
DEL : Doblas, Souvik, Rocha, Lalchhanwkima, Milan, Tebar, Chinglensana ,Moura, Lewis, Perira, Gadze
NEU : Subrata, Zokora, Regan, Gustavo, Souvik, Borges, Holicharan, Koffi, Katsumi, Velez, Alfaro.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Delhi Dynamos were lucky to have maintained their unbeaten record in the Hero Indian Super League after settling for an entertaining 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, on Saturday.
Delhi Dynamos surge ahead after Kean Lewis capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Subrata Paul in the 38th minute but the visitors earned a point through Emiliano Alfaro in the 51st minute. The draw left NorthEast United FC at the top of the table with 10 points from five matches while Delhi Dynamos are on third position on the points table having five points from three matches.
In a hugely-entertaining clash at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and watched by an impressive crowd, both teams had chances to get the upper-hand early in the game but sadly they were found wanting in front of the goal. The strikers of both the teams saw plenty of chances to move ahead, only to be spurned.Former Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Tebar was the first to go close in the 18th minute for Delhi Dynamos as his free header from Marcelinho’s corner-kick was misdirected from close distance.
A minute later, NorthEast United goalkeeper Paul was called into action twice to keep away tries from Milan Singh and Kean Lewis. Marcelinho then had a chance to finish off the move but only ended up aiming at the sky.NorthEast United had their chances as well, largely from defensive mistakes. First Ruben Gonzalez gave away the ball to Nicolas Velez and the Argentinean squared it for Alfaro whose shot from handshaking distance was embarrassingly wide. Katsumi Yusa and Velez too went close for the visitors.
Delhi Dynamos got the breakthrough in the 38th minute. Marcelinho's corner saw goalkeeper Paul completely miss the flight of the ball and the ball fell nicely for Lewis, who controlled it well and directed it into the goal.
NorthEast United fought their way back into the match six minutes after the second half kicked off. Typically, it came from a defensive mistake by Delhi Dynamos after Ruben gave the ball away to Velez. The Argentinean striker, who troubled his markers with pace and swift movements, then picked up Alfaro whose shot was blocked by Delhi defender Chinglensana Singh. However, the rebound fell for Alfaro again and this time he made no mistake to put his team on level terms.
Either team could have walked away with full points had their strikers remained sharp. Immediately after drawing level, Holicharan Narzary shot wide with only the goalkeeper at his mercy and then Gadze had a chance at the other end but Paul came to his side’s rescue by saving the attempt with his knee.
14.10.2016: Kerala Blasters - 1-0 - Mumbai City FC (FT)
KER : Michel chopra 58'
MOM : Michael Chopra - KERALA
Club Award : Kerala Blasters
MOoment of the Match : Aaron Hughes- KERALA
Fittest Player of the Match : Josu Currais - KERALA
Winning Pass of the Match : Kervens Belfort - KERALA
Emerging Player of the Match : Aiborlang Khongjee - MUMBAI
KBFC :Sandip Nandy, Aaron Hughes, Cedric Hengbart, Sandesh Jhingan, Azrack Mahamat, Josu Currais, Mehtab Hossain, Mohammed Rafique, Kervens Belfort, Mohammed Rafi, Michael Chopra.
MCFC : Roberto Volpato Netto, Facundo Cardozo, Lucian Goian, Anwar Ali, Aiborlang Khongjee, Krisztián Vadócz, Léo Costa, Boithang Haokip, David Lalrinmuana, Matías Defederico, Sehnaj Singh.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Michael Chopra scored his first goal in the Hero Indian Super League assisting Kerala Blasters notching up their first win of the season as the hosts put it across Mumbai City FC 1-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Friday.
Chopra scored the only goal of the match in the 58th minute, curiously Kerala’s first in this edition of the ISL as the inaugural ISL year finalists finally managed to get their campaign back on track and hand Mumbai City FC their first defeat after four matches.
Kerala Blasters manager Steve Coppell had promised entertaining football to Kerala’s legion of fans and he did not disappoint with his selection of players, opting for an ultra-attacking line-up. Kerala Blasters showed their intent from the minute go, as they attacked Mumbai’s territory four times in the first 9 minutes. Striker Mohammad Rafi, who was among the goals last season, was handed his first start and the local lad dived straightway into the action.
In the first minute itself, Kervens Belfort charged down the left flank and essayed a good ball inside the danger zone where Rafi put his height to good use but his header went straight into the hands of the Mumbai City goalkeeper Roberto Netto.
A minute later, Rafi again found space for himself on the right flank but instead of passing the ball to an unmarked Chopra, he went for glory himself, ending up with an embarrassing shot that sailed wide. There was another chance for Rafi inside the first six minutes when he was through from a long ball but the Mumbai goalkeeper got to the ball before Rafi could do any damage with his third chance of the game.
Mumbai City FC were surprisingly subdued and could never really enforce themselves. There were hardly any chances for the visitors and they should be considering themselves lucky for heading into the breather with a clean slate.
It was Chopra who got closest to breaking the deadlock in the 45th minute when his low grounder after a superb long ball from Josue Prieto was kept away by the fingertips of the Mumbai goalkeeper. In added time, Kerala went close for another time, this time Rafi’s header missing the target by a whisker.
Kerala Blasters finally got the goal they deserved in the 58th minute with Chopra breaking his duck in the Hero ISL. It was Belfort who tried his luck at goal but the ball deflected and fell for Chopra. The former Newcastle striker thanked his stars and a static Mumbai defence as he just worked the ball past the goalkeeper to score Kerala’s first goal in this edition of the ISL.
Mumbai City were clearly second best on the night, yet they could have escaped with a point. Substitute Sony Norde danced his way inside the danger zone from the left and took a shot at goal. The ball seemed headed for goal with keeper Sandip Nandy beaten but Kerala marquee Aaron Hughes jumped to his team’s rescue and effected a timely clearance. Kerala Blasters now have four points from four matches while Mumbai City FC have seven points.
13.10.2016: CHENNAIYIN FC - 2-0 FC GOA (FT.)
CHN : Mulder 15', Mehrajuddin 26'
MOM : Hans Mulder - CHENNAI
CLUB AWARD : Chennaiyin FC
Swift Moment of the Match : Hans Mulder - CHENNAI
Fittest Player of the Match : Sanjay Balmuchu - FC GOA
Winning Pass of the Match : Mulder - CHENNAI
Emerging Player of the Match : Jerry Lalrinzuala - CHENNAI
CHE : Karanjit Singh, John Arne Riise, Eli Sabia, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Hans Mulder, Manuele Blasi, Raphael Augusto, Baljit Sahni, Davide Succi, Jayesh Rane.
GOA : Laxmikanth Kattimani, Lucio, Rafael Dumas, Raju Gaikwad, Fulganco Cardozo, Sanjay Balmuchu, Trindade Goncalves, Sahil Tavora, Joffre Mateu Gonzalez, Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveira, Rafael Coelho Luiz.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC heaped misery again on FC Goa by handing them their third successive defeat in the Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Thursday.
Chennaiyin had won last year’s final in dramatic fashion after scoring two late goals in Goa and when they met again on Thursday, the defending champions needed no such late drama after scoring twice in the first half for a 2-0 victory at home. The victory helped Chennaiyin FC accumulate four points from three matches and leapfrog mid-table while FC Goa are placed at the bottom of the pool without any point from three matches. FC Goa is the only team without a point in the league.
Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi had told his boys that he wouldn’t be around to guide them next season if they do not improve and qualify for the semi-finals. The message, however, was lost when the match kicked off as Chennaiyin FC were tentative and made mistakes in defence.
In the second minute itself, FC Goa could have gone ahead when Fulganco Cardozo’s long ball forward should have been easy collection for goalkeeper Karanjit Singh but the goalkeeper instead tried to control the ball with his feet and gave it away to Reinaldo Oliveira. The Brazilian, however, could not stay on his feet and did not get anything for his fall inside the danger zone.
Once the nerves were settled, Chennaiyin FC went ahead immediately. The breakthrough came in the 15th minute as Mulder collected a ball from Raphael Augusto just outside the box, kept his calm and curled the ball past a diving Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani even before the defenders could react.
Chennaiyin FC made it 2-0 in the 26th minute, this time in fortunate circumstances. Chennaiyin FC captain Mehrajuddin Wadoo was looking to cross the ball inside the goalmouth but instead managed to get a wicked deflection off Goa defender Richard Dumas which beat Kattimani under the Goa bar again.
FC Goa had chances to fight their way back into the game but lacked sharpness. Rafael Coelho was the most likely player to score in the first 45 minutes. First the Brazilian striker’s header from Joffre Gonzalez’s cross sailed just wide and then he tried to pick the top corner from a narrow angle but the ball went wide in the 42nd minute.
In the second session, FC Goa chief coach Zico tried to change the equation with a flurry of attacking changes but Chennaiyin FC defended in numbers. The hosts should have won by a much bigger margin had the strikers kept their cool. Davide Succi had a golden chance to make it 3-0 when Mulder’s long overhead ball saw him within touching distance of the goal, only for Kattimani to get a touch. Then Mulder found Baljit Sahni with another well-measured cross but the Indian striker could only hit the side-netting.
12.10.2016: PUNE - 0-1 NORTH EAST UNITED ( FT )
NEU : Emiliano Alfaro 78'
M.O.M : Emiliano Alfaro - NEU
CLUB AWARD: NorthEast United FC
Swift Moment of the Match: Nicolas Leandro Velez - NEU Fittest Player : Koffi Christian N'dri- NEU Winning Pass of the Match : Katsumi Yusa - NEU Emerging Player of the Match : Francis Fernandes -PUNE
PFC : Edel Bete, Ferreira, Z.Ralte, D.Ravanan, Gouramangi, Sissoko, Lenny, Lucca, Francis, Anibal, Jesus.
NEU : Subrata, Nirmal, Gustavo, Shouvik, Zokora, Koffi, Yusa, Rowllin, Holicharan, Velez, Alfaro
North East United sweat it out for solitary goal win over Pune City
ISL PRESS RELEASE : NorthEast United FC returned to the top of the Hero Indian Super League table with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi-Pune, on Wednesday.
In a match that saw fortunes-fluctuating and both teams reduced to 10 man, NorthEast United scored the only goal of the match through Emiliano Alfaro in the 79th minute.
The win took NorthEast United back to the top of the table with nine points from four matches, although this encounter will be better remembered for the two red cards that were issued to Nirmal Chhetri (NorthEast United) and Eduardo Ferreira (Pune City) in the 36th and 72nd minute respectively.
NorthEast United were adventurous at the start and seemed determined to make up for the loss in their last match against Mumbai City FC. Rowlin Borges and Katsumi Yusa were in fine fettle and Nicolas Velez was creating plenty of problems for Pune City defenders.
In the 13th minute itself, NorthEast United’s Romaric went close with a shot from just outside the box which missed the target after Borges and Katsumi had done the spadework. NorthEast United’s next chance came five minutes later. This time it was Katsumi who slid the ball for Emiliano Alfaro, and the Uruguayan striker did well to sell a dummy for Velez, who couldn’t give the finishing touches from inside the box.
Just at the half an hour mark, Velez turned provider for Alfaro with an excellent cross which Pune defender D Ravanan missed but Alfaro was inches away from the ball. The match turned on its head in the 36th minute when NorthEast United defender Nirmal Chhetri was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Anibal Zurdo. The sending off pegged NorthEast United back but the visitors did well to hold fort at the change of ends despite repeated attacks from Jonatan Lucca and Mohamed Sissoko of Pune City.
Pune knew they had the numerical advantage in the second session with NorthEast United reduced to 10 man. They tried to attack in numbers but NorthEast were defending well, allowing very little space for their rivals. The match then took another dramatic turn in the 72nd minute when the encounter saw a second red card, this time for Pune City. Eduardo Ferreira was adjudged to have fouled Romaric and the referee had no hesitation in booking the defender. It was his second Yellow booking of the match and had to be sent off.
NorthEast United were now back in control of the match and were rewarded in the 79th minute. Velez started it all with a fine run on the right and relayed the ball to Alfaro. The Uruguayan striker then passed the ball on the left to Yusa, whose shot from inside the box took a deflection and fell nicely for Alfaro again who put it across a diving Pune goalkeeper Edel Bete.
Host FC Pune City have three points from three matches after picking up their second loss today and rally at 5th position on the points table with Mumbai City on 2nd (7 points); ATK on 3rd place (5 points) and Delhi on 4th place (4 points).
MUMBAI & KOLKATA SHARED POINTS IN A CONTESTED ENCOUNTER
11.10.16: MUMBAI- 1-1 ATK ( FT )
MCF :Defederico 27'
ATK :Zavi Lara81'
M.O.M : ZAVI LARA ( ATK )
CLUB AWARD : MUMBAI & KOLKATA
Moment of the Match : Matías Defederico - MUMBAI
Fittest Player : Borja Fernández - ATK
Emeging Player : Boithang Haokip - MUMBAI
Winning Pass : Aibo Khongjee - MUMBAI
MFC : Netto,Ibor,Gerson, Goian, Ralte, Haokip, Pranay, Vadocz, Costa,Shehnaj, Defederico.
ATK : Debjit, Pritam, Arnab, Tiri, Prabir, Fernandez, Bikramjit, Doutie, Hume, Lara, Balencoso
REFEREE : ALI EBRAHIM ( BAHARIN )
90+5': FULL TIME SCORE : MUMBAI CITY FC 1-1 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
90+1': YELLOW CARD to Doutie ... he fouled Gioan dangerously
90': 5 minutes added time
87': Pearson's shot saved by Natto following a defection from a corner kick
84': It's a truly contested match as the score are even though Mumbai are in 10 men
81': A superb goal by Zavi Lara, his right footed curling shot from almost 25 yards curling inside the goal
81': GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL...........Atletico equalized
81': REPLACEMENT FOR ATLETICO ... Dika in, Pritam out
80': MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
78': A good solo effort by Sony, but cleared by Arnab out of the danger zone
77': REPLACEMENT FOR MUMBAI ... Shehnaj out, Anwar in
75': Pearson failed to control the ball following a pass from Prabir, Pearson was almost in an open space
74': YELLOW CARD to Shehnaj he fouled Lara from behind
71': RED CARD TO PRANAY HALDER OF MUMBAI.....HIS SECOND YELLOW CARD.....he fouled dangerously to Fernandez
70': MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
67': REPLACEMENT FOR MUMBAI ... SONY NORDI in, Costa out
64': A good combined attack by Atletico ... Doutie missed a easy chance following a pass from Pritam from the right
62': REPLACEMENT FOR MUMBAI.....Jackiechad in Boithang out
61': A good clearance by Ralte, he blocked on rushing Doutie
60': MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
57': A good clearance by Lucian , he denies Doutie
52': Match stopped temporarily .... Debjit injured following a clash with Pranay, YELLOW CARD to Pranay
51': Lara's shot cleared by Ibor following a pass from Abhinash from the left
47': A weak shot by Balencoso easily collected by Netto
46': REPLACEMENT FOR ATLETICO : Abhinash in, Bikramjit out
46': REPLACEMENT FOR ATLETICO : Pearson in, Hyme out
46': Second session start Mumbai kicks off
45+3': HALF TIME SCORE : MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
45': 3 minutes added time
42': Belencoso's header missed the target following a free kick from Lara from the left.
40': MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
36': Gerson cleared a cross pass from Hyme from the right
32': Mumbai leading by a goal attacking continuously in Kolkata's citadel
30': MUMBAI CITY FC 1-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
29': Defederico's free kick collected by Debjit neatly
27': Defederico scored beating Tiri in sheer space, his left footed shot beat Debjit
27': GOOOOOAAAALLLLL.......Mumbai City scored
23': YELLOW CARD to Bikramjit ... he fouled Boithang
22': YELLOW CARD to Ibor ... he fouled Prabir dangerously
20': MUMBAI CITY FC 0-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
18': A long pass from Bikramjit towards the right wing, but too long for Doutie ball rolled over the goal line
15': Mumbai in complete command over Atletico, could converted two easy chances
11': Chance missed by Mumbai...Boithang's powerful shot hit the cross bar following a forward pass from Defederico
10': MUMBAI CITY FC 0-0 ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
9': Defederico's free kick cleared by Arnab out of the danger zone
8': Boithang failed to place in open goal following a pass from Defederico easy chance wasted
5': A good movement by Atletico, Doutie's head collected by Netto following a pass from Hyme
3': Vedocz propmt shot following a defection sailed over the bar
1': A long forward pass from Fernandez collected by Netto, Doutie was slow in reacting
0': Match started,Atletico kicks off
0': An important match coming up between Mumbai and Kolkata
PREVIEW - 10.10.16 : Atletico De Kolkata will face the challenge of Mumbai City FC in the third round encounter at Mumbai Football Arena, on Tuesday evening. Mumbai City FC won the first two round matches, while the Kolkata franchisee shared points with the defending champions Chenniyian FC in their opening encounter but came back strongly against Kerala Blasters, are currently placed at the forth position in league table with four points.
MUMBAI CITY FC
PLAYED : 2
WON : 2
DRAWN : 0
LOST : 0
POINTS : 6
It will be undoubtedly a good opportunity for the home team, Mumbai City FC to prove their supremacy over Atletico De Kolkata and place them on the top of the league table. On the contrary Atletico De Kolkata needs a win on Tuesday evening in order to place them to the top of the league table. The views of the coaches at the pre match media meeting :
Alexandre Guimaraes : “We are all quite pleased with the start to the season. It’s a totally different feeling that the team and fans have. The echo from the other teams is also different; they are thinking this is going to be a different season for Mumbai City. It’s good but we know that we have just started. In such a league, you have to stay alert. There is not much time to celebrate or cry. There will not be any easy games in the ISL as the difference between all teams is minimal. Tomorrow is a tough game against a good team that retained players from last season, particularly foreigners. They have a good knowledge of each other. We have to continue to play our game and remain focused. We have to be solid and compact.”
ATLETICO DE KOLKATA
PLAYED : 2
WON : 1
DRAWN : 1
LOST : 0
POINTS : 4
Jose Molina : “We know we are here to play against a strong team. They played two matches, won both, six points and two clean sheets. That’s a very good beginning for Mumbai. We want to play our game (against Mumbai). We have similar styles and it will be an interesting match,”There is no special plan (for Diego Forlan). I don’t like to focus on one player. I think they have good players in attack, midfield and defence. I like my team defending as a team, together, and against a team, not one or two players. We know how to defend .”
The match will kick off at 7 pm IST.
09.10.2016 : KERALA BLASTERS - 0-0 DELHI DYNAMOS (FT)
KER : Sandip, Pratik, Hengbart, Sandesh, Mehtab, Mahamat, Josu, Rafique, Chopra, German, Duckens.
DEL : Doblas, Ruben, Konsham, Souvik, Lalchhawnkima, Milan, Marcos, Malouda, Lewis, Marcelo, Badji.
MOM : Sandesh Jhingan - KERALA
CLUB AWARD : KERALA and DELHI
Moment of the Match : Antonio Doblas - GK DELHI
Fittest Player : Badara Badji - DELHI
Emeging Player : Mohammed Rafique - KERALA
Winning Pass : Josu - KERALA
ISL Press release : Kerala Blasters secured their first point in the Hero Indian Super League season 3 with a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos but their inability to score remained the talking point at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Sunday.
Kerala Blasters lost their first two matches with narrow margins. Against Delhi Dynamos, cheered by a capacity crowd again, the home team had their chances to kill the game but for the third successive match, their strikers drew a blank.
Delhi Dynamos were nowhere close to the dazzling performance from their opening match when they upset defending champions Chennaiyin FC. They were the second-best side for long spells and never really had clear chances to grab their second successive victory.
Kerala Blasters manager Steve Coppell opted to start with three foreign players up front, handing Michael Chopra his first start of the season. The former Newcastle striker was accommodated after the home team opted for an Indian goalkeeper in Sandip Nandy, and the choice to have more foreign power upfront did not surprise anyone.
Chopra was determined to not just open his account in this edition of ISL but also of his team. The England striker moved quickly, got into open spaces but remained unsuccessful all night.
It was Chopra who was presented with the best chance of the first half and probably the match just seconds before the breather. Chopra received a long ball from his own half which evaded the entire Delhi defence. He was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but the narrow angle meant Delhi goalkeeper Doblas was able to get his hand to the ball and parry the danger away.
Delhi Dynamos were surprisingly subdued. Coming into this game on the back of an entertaining win over Chennaiyin FC, Delhi were expected to hit the ground running. The visitors, however, lacked direction and enterprise in the first session even though former Chelsea FC midfielder Florent Malouda was included in the starting XI. Delhi rarely had clear looks at the rival goal and were restricted to long hopeful attempts which did not trouble the goalkeeper.
The closest they got to the rival goal was when Brazilian striker Marcelinho, who scored a brace in their opening win, worked his way inside the danger zone beating a couple of defenders but Sandesh Jhingan stopped his run.
Jhingan was also on hand to turn away a dangerous free-kick towards the closing stages with a slide and was later adjudged Hero of the Match.Delhi Dynamos now have four points from two matches while Kerala have a point and are just above FC Goa at the bottom of the table.
08.10.2016: FC GOA - 1-2 PUNE CITY (FT)
FCP : Lucca 25', Monar 90'
FCG : Rafael Coelho 33'
MOM : Jonatan Lucca - FCP
CLUB AWARD : FC Pune City
Moment of the Match : Edel Bete - MCFC
Fittest Player : Trindade Goncalves - FCG
Emeging Player : Arata Izumi - FCP
Winning Pass : Jonatan Lucca - FCP
FCG : Kattimani, Sanjay, Lucio, Rafael, Raju, Fulganco, Goncalves, Mandar Rao, Joffre , Reinaldo, Rafael.
FCP : Bete, Rahul, Eduardo, D.Ravanan, Gouramangi, Lucca, Y. Raju, Arata, Sissoko, Anibal , Jesus.
Momar Ndoye scores a dramatic late winner to help Pune beat Goa.
ISL Press release : FC Pune City beat FC Goa 2-1 courtesy of a late strike in front of a 19,000-strong crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Saturday evening. The Stallions took the lead in the 25th minute through Arata Izumi before Rafael Coelho equalised for the Gaurs before half-time to make it level-pegging at the break. Super-sub Momar Ndoye proved to be the difference by coming off the bench and scoring in the last minute of regulation time to secure his side’s first win of Hero Indian Super League 2016.
The hosts started brighter of the two sides and earned a free-kick in the sixth minute after Joffre was brought down on the edge of Pune’s penalty area. Coelho took the free-kick but failed to trouble Edel Bete in the Stallions goal.
Pune started seeing more of the ball as the half wore on and made the breakthrough in the 26th minute to silence the home support. Izumi put the Stallions into the lead after a thunderous shot from Jonatan Lucca was helped on to the post by Laxmikanth Kattimani. The ball rattled the frame of the goal and fell invitingly to an alert Izumi, who tapped the ball into the net and give his side a 1-0 lead.
The Gaurs responded seven minutes later through Coelho, who got his first goal of the season to bring the home crowd back to their feet. Coelho ran on to a headed flick by Joffre before brushing aside Gouramangi Singh and slotting the ball past Bete in goal to make it 1-1.
It was end-to-end action in the last 10 minutes of the opening period with neither side content on going in at half-time with the scores level. However, a combination of some great defending and assured goalkeeping made sure it was 1-1 at the break.
The first chance of the second half came in the 51st minute after Coelho broke with pace and fired in an effort from distance straight at Bete. Goa had two more golden opportunities to take the lead through substitute Romeo Fernandes three minutes later. The pacey winger first shot directly into Bete after a quickly taken free-kick and then seconds later blazed over the crossbar in a one-on-one situation.
The visitors weren’t prepared to just sit back and defend though and had two opportunities of their own in the 61st minute. Jesus Tato was first denied courtesy of a goal-mouth clearance by FC Goa, while Lucca’s shot on goal from outside the area went straight into Kattimani’s arms.
Bete was called into action again in the 70th minute after Coelho played a ball out wide to find Fernandes on the right flank. Fernandes’ perfectly weighed cross was met with an acrobatic scissor-kick from Trindade Goncalves that the Armenian keeper parried over the bar.
Coelho unleashed another shot from distance seven minutes from time but Bete once again came to the Stallions’ rescue. It proved to be pivotal as substitute Ndoye received a pass from Lucca before turning Lucio and placing a left-footed shot into the top left corner in the 90th minute to seal his side’s first win of the season in spectacular fashion.
2nd win of Mumbi City FC, beat North East at home.
07.10.2016: MUMBAI CITY FC - 1-0 NORTH EAST UNITED -FT
MCF : Forlan 56' (Pen)
MOM : Krisztián Vadocz - MCFC
CLUB AWARD : Mumbai City FC
Moment of the Match : Diego Forlan - MCFC
Fittest Player : Gustavo Lazzaretti - NEU
Emeging Player : Sehnaj Singh - MCFC
Winning Pass : Pronay Halder - MCFC
MCFC : Neto, Anwar, Aibor, Goian, L.Ralte, Sehnaj, Defederico, Pronay, Costa, Vadocz, Forlan.
NEU : Subrata, Reagan, Robin, Lazzaretti, Zokora, Koffi, Yusa, Seityasen, Rowllin, Alfaro, Velez.
FT: SCORE: MCFC 1-0 NEU
56': GOAAALLLL 1-0 as Mumbai city as Diego Forlan scored form Spot kick.
55': Penalty to Mumbai as Pronoy was fouled in Box.
HT: SCORE: 0-0
1': Match starts.
0': Match will start soon.
0': Mumbai City to face North East at home.
ISL Press release : Mumbai City FC head coach Alexandre Guimaraes' joy knew no bounds following his team's second successive win in the 2016 Hero Indian Super League, at the Mumbai Football Arena on Friday.
Mumbai, who finished sixth last season, began their Hero ISL 2016 campaign with a 1-0 win against FC Pune City on Monday and followed it up with another 1-0 win against NorthEast United FC on Friday, thanks to marquee player Diego Forlan's penalty early in the second half.
When asked if he thought they were a bit lucky on the night, a pleased Guimaraes said: “I think that speaks really well of our performance because as you play more matches you get more wins. For them, it was the third game while it was the second for us. It was the first time here that we practised in our home. We had to be patient, it was that kind of game. We took our chance and then we defended like lions.
“Two games, two victories, it is like a very good start…We believe in the work we did in the pre- season and are doing currently, so these results are just a reflection on our hard work. But if the players do not believe in themselves, then you cannot achieve. My players are showing good character and determination to win. Sometimes we play good, sometimes we play bad but this fighting spirit always makes you achieve something.”
The Mumbaikars were awarded the penalty in the 55th minute when Reagan Singh fouled Pronay Halder in the box, after which Forlan did the rest. The former Costa Rica manager expressed his satisfaction at his marquee player's performance. “Again I think he played a very good game, other players also tried to find him much more and that is normal as he plays more, everybody will know his movements better and he has played two games and has an assist and a goal,” Guimaraes said.
This was Mumbai's first home game of the season at a new venue as over 6,000 people thronged the Mumbai Football Arena. Commenting on the crowd support for his team, Guimaraes said: “The support was okay and I think also because of the holidays you have here [they were fewer fans]. I understand the situation but I hope in the next game we will have more fans coming in to support the players and have a fully packed stadium.”