19.11.2016 MUMBAI CITY 5-0 KERALA - FT...
MUM : Diego Forlan 5', 14', 63', Orlando Alves 67', Goian 74'.

MOM : Diego Forlan - MUMBAI
CLUB AWARD : Mumbai City
Fitest Player of the Match : Lucian Goian - MUMBAI
Moment of the Match : Otacilio Brito Alves - MUMBAI CITY
Emerging Player of the Match : Sehnaj Singh - MUMBAI
Winning Pass of the Match : Matías Defederico - MUMBAI

MUM : Amrinder Singh, Gerson Vieira, Anwar Ali, Lucian Goian, L. Ralte, Krisztian Vadocz, Sehnaj Singh, Otacilio Brito Alves, Matías Defederico, Sunil Chhetri, Diego Forlan.

KER : Graham Stack, Pratik Chaudhari, Cedric Hengbart, Sandesh Jhingan, Rino Anto, Josu Currais, Azrack Mahamat, Mehtab Hossain, Didier Boris Kadio, CK Vineeth, Antonio German.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Diego Forlan scored the first hat-trick of Hero Hero Indian Super League 2017 season as Mumbai City FC demolished Kerala Blasters 5-0 at Mumbai Football Arena, Mumbai, on Saturday. The Uruguayan striker and Marquee player of the club struck twice inside the first 14 minutes and then completed his hat-trick in the second session as Mumbai City ran riot against the in-form visitors, who had come to Mumbai with a back to back two match win. Mumbai led 2-0 at the break and added more goals through Brazilian midfielder Cafu and Lucian Goian.

The big victory took Mumbai City to the top of the table with 19 points from 12 matches, leaving Kerala Blasters stuck to third spot with 15 points from 11 matches. Mumbai City have both their remaining matches at home and will feel confident that they can do enough against Chennaiyin FC and Delhi Dynamos to take them to the play-offs. On Saturday night, it was all about Forlan, who helped Mumbai City register their biggest win at home. The Uruguayan striker started his goal-rush in the fifth minute as he picked-up a lob from Defederico, beat the off-side trap, then sidestepped Sandesh Jhingan and coolly placed the ball past goalkeeper Graham Stack.

Forlan had provided glimpses of his class all through the league but his goal in the 14th minute from a free-kick was worth high praise. Minutes after testing the goalkeeper with a long ranger, Forlan made it 2-0 as his curling free-kick from just outside the box found the top corner. Kerala Blasters did not have too many chances in the opening 45 minutes and Mumbai goalkeeper Amrinder Singh did not have any save to make. All that Kerala Blasters threw at the goalkeeper were long, hopeful shots which were not on target.

Forlan completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute. From a goal-mouth melee, Jhingan’s header fell for Cafu just outside the box and the Brazilian immediately set-up Forlan on the left. The Mumbai City star man lost no time in slotting the ball into the goal for ISL’s first hat-trick this season. Forlan was immediately substituted for some much-needed rest but Mumbai City continued with their goal-scoring ways. Cafu scored a gem of a goal with his left-foot in the 69th minute after accepting a pass from Defederico and running his way past two defenders and then Goian completed the rout in 73rd minute as he jumped high and powerfully headed a corner kick from Defederico.

The embarrassing defeat left Kerala Blasters in a precarious position and they will now need to win two of their last three matches against Pune City, Atletico de Kolkata and NorthEast United FC to be assured of qualification.


18.11.2016 FC PUNE CITY 4-3 DELHI DYNAMOS - FT...
FCP : Rodrigues 55', 63', Lenney 90', Sissoko 62',
DEL : Lewis 44', Ferreira (og 79'), 63', MalswamZuala 90+3'


MOM : Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez - PUNE CITY -
Club Award : FC PUNE CITY
Moment of the Match : Kean Lewis - DELHI
Fittest Player Award : Eduardo Ferreira - FC PUNE
Winning Pass of the Match : Jonatan Lucca - FC PUNE
Emerging Player Award : Kean Lewis - DELHI

PFC : Edel Bete, Eduardo Ferreira, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Gouramangi Singh, Narayan Das, Mohamed Sissoko, Arata Izumi, Jonatan Lucca, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Momar Ndoye, Anibal Zurdo.

DEL : Soram Poirei Ruben Gonzalez Rocha, Souvik Chakraborty, Lalchhawnkima, Anas Edathodika, David Addy, Emerson Gomes de Moura, Marcos Tebar, Kean Lewis, Marcelo Leite Pereira, Florent Malouda

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Pune City made it difficult for all teams to qualify for the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League with a fantastic 4-3 victory over league leaders Delhi Dynamos at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi-Pune, on Friday.

FC Pune City were down by a Kean Lewis (44th minute) goal in the first session but turned the match around in second session with goals from Anibal Rodriguez (55th and 63rd), Mohammed Sissoko (62nd) and Lenny Rodrigues (90th), while an own goal from Eduardo Ferreira (79th) and Malsawmzuala (90th) kept Delhi Dynamos in the hunt till the very end.

The victory took Pune City to the fourth spot with 15 points from 11 matches, just two less than Delhi Dynamos who could have sealed their place in the play-offs with three points in Pune. Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata, both out of the top four now, can move on top with victories on Saturday, while NorthEast United FC (11 points) and FC Goa (11 points) are still in the competition with three matches left to be played.

In an exciting contest, Delhi goalkeeper Soren Porei was the hero for his team in the first 45 minutes after stopping a penalty from Mohammed Sissoko and blocking Momar Ndoye twice in a one-on-one situation.

Pune City had better control and should have atleast taken the lead when Anibal was brought down inside the danger zone and the referee awarded a penalty. But marquee player Sissoko ended up with a poor penalty which Porei saved by guessing correctly and diving to his left. The miss proved costly for Pune as they conceded a goal close to half time. Marcelinho’s back-heel from just outside the box released Emerson Gomes de Moura (Memo) whose ball inside the box saw Kean Lewis find space and time to slot it inside the net in the 44th minute.

The goal was the 400th in the ISL and gave Delhi confidence that they can qualify for the semi-finals with three matches in hand but Pune struck in the 55th minute. A free kick from Jonatan Lucca found Anibal who rose high over two defenders and headed it into the far post. Seven minutes later, Pune City were ahead when Sissoko made amends for his poor penalty and slotted home from inside the box from another free kick.

Pune appeared to wrap up the game only a minute later as Anibal capitalised on a blunder from Delhi Dynamos. Goalkeeper Porei threw the ball away to Ruben Gonzalez who could not control it. Anibal picked it up and beat the goalkeeper at the near post with a lightning strike.

Florent Malouda had a hand in the second goal for Delhi as his shot across the goal hit defender Eduardo and sailed into the goal in the 79th minute. Any chance of a comeback was snuffed out by Pune midfielder Lenny Rodrigues when he finished a pass from Lucca in the last minute of play. Malsawmzuala did manage to pull another goal back for Delhi in added time but there was no more time for the equaliser.


NEU : Nicolas Leandro Velez 5'
ATK : Hume 90'


MOM : Nicolas Leandro Velez - NORTH EAST -
Club Award : Kolkata and North East
Moment of the Match : Robin Gurung - NORTH EAST
Fittest Player Award : Iain Hume - KOLKATA
Winning Pass of the Match : Hélder Postiga - KOLKATA
Emerging Player Award : Seityasen Singh - NORTH EAST

ATK : Debjit Majumder, Henrique Fonseca Sereno, Arnab Mondal, Robert Lalthlamuana, Prabir Das, Borja Fernández, Stephen Paul Pearson, Lalrindika Ralte, Javier Lara Grande, Iain Hume, Hélder Postiga.

NEU : Subrata Paul, Nirmal Chettri, Robin Gurung, Gustavo Lazzaretti, Mailson Alves, Rowllin Borges, Seityasen Singh, Koffi Christian N'dri, Katsumi Yusa, Nicolas Leandro Velez, Emiliano Alfaro.

90': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1. Hume equalized the score line from a pass of Sereno.
HT : North east is leading 1-0.
21': Postiga was fouled by Mailson.
16': Alfaro was fouled by Borja.
5': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-0 to North East. Nicolas Leandro Velez score. Snatching a back pass of Henrique Fonseca Velez beat Arnab to score.
3': Corner for ATK. Lara's corner. No score.
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Iain Hume proved his worth in the Hero Indian Super League once again after scoring a 90th-minute goal to help Atletico de Kolkata hold NorthEast United FC 1-1 at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Thursday. The Canadian striker is among the leading goal-scorers in the history of ISL and his strike against NorthEast United helped him score against all teams in the ISL. NorthEast United appeared like they had done enough to seal all points after Nicolas Velez capitalised on a defensive lapse in the 5th minute to give his team the lead but Hume struck in the last minute to give his team a precious point. ATK will be happy with the point which keeps them in the top four with 14 points from 10 matches. NorthEast United spent three weeks at the top after winning two matches in a row at the start but started at the bottom prior to this game. The point helped them take their points tally to 11, the same as FC Goa, but Zico’s team will be placed at the bottom because of their inferior goal difference. Velez gave NorthEast United a dream start after scoring in the fifth minute. The Argentinean striker could not believe his luck after Henrique Sereno, under pressure from Emiliano Alfaro, played a suicidal ball across for Arnab Mondal, which Velez intercepted on top of the box, rounded off goalkeeper Debjit Majumder and slotted it inside an empty goal. Atletico de Kolkata’s attack was found wanting in the first session and they could not do much to trouble the rival defence. Helder Postiga’s shot in the 28th minute which missed the target narrowly was their best attempt and Sereno could have done better to beat Paul in the 35th minute with his header from Javi Lara’s free-kick.The second session saw Atletico de Kolkata press hard for the equaliser. A direct corner-kick from Lara almost gifted them the goal but as the ball evaded goalkeeper Paul and sailed towards goal defender Robin Gurung was on the line to head the ball away. NorthEast United should have killed the game before ATK fought back. In the 72nd minute, Katsumi Yusa’s cross from the right found Alfaro with plenty of time and space to head home but he only ended up picking the goalkeeper. Again in the 82nd minute, Alfaro had another chance from close range but again his header went straight to the keeper at the other end. Those clear chances came back to haunt NorthEast United as ATK got the equaliser in the 90th minute. Lara’s free-kick from the right found Postiga inside the box who headed it towards the far post where Hume stabbed it in much to the delight of home crowd. ATLETICO TO FACE NORTH EAST IN AN TOUGH ENCOUNTER

PREVIEW - 16.11.16: The champions of the inaugural edition of ISL, Atletico De Kolkata will face the challenge of North East United in an important encounter at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Thursday evening.

After a draw in the last match against Delhi Dynamos, the Kolkata franchisee are now set to earn full points against North East United, though they are yet to consolidate in some departments. Atletico De Kolkata will miss the service of the South African striker Sameehg Doutie, who was injured in the last match.
WON : 3
LOST : 2
While interacting in the media meeting at Kolkata, the chief coach of Atletico De Kolkata Jose Molina said, "Some of our important players are injured and Doutie is one of them. But, we are confident and the team are in right shape and are still within the first four teams. So, we will try our best and go all out to win the match." While answering a question regarding the penalty in the last match Jose Monila refused to answer anything about the judgements of the match supervisors.
WON : 3
LOST : 5
The chief coach of North East United Nilo Vingada feels that it will be a tough fight against a strong and well balanced side on Thursday evening. While interacting Vingada said, "Neither of the teams are qualified in the last four. It is really a hard task for us to qualify but not at all impossible. We had lost points due to some unfortunate mistakes in the previous outings. We are here at Kolkata to chance the situations and will fight for a win undoubtedly." The North Eastern coach feels that it was lack of concentration which restrict his team to earn points in the previous matches.


16.11.2016 FC GOA 0-0 MUMBAI CITY FC - FT.

MOM : Rafael Coelho Luiz - GOA Club Award : GOA and MUMBAI
Moment of the Match : Laxmikanth Kattimani - GOA
Fittest Player Award : Gerson Vieira - MUMBAI
Winning Pass of the Match : Krisztian Vadocz - MUMBAI
Emerging Player Award : Romeo Fernandes - GOA

GOA : Laxmikanth Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Raju Gaikwad, Gregory Arnolin Keenan Almeida, Sanjay Balmuchu, Richarlyson Felisbino, Mandar Rao Dessai, Romeo Fernandes, Rafael Coelho Luiz, Robin Singh.

MUM : Amrinder Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee, Gerson Vieira, Lucian Goian, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Krisztian Vadocz, Sehnaj Singh, Matías Defederico, Sony Norde, Sunil Chhetri, Diego Forlan.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Goa and Mumbai City FC were forced to accept a goalless draw in their 11th round battle of the Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda-Goa, on Wednesday. The draw did not enhance any team’s chances of qualification to the semi-finals but with three matches still left to be played, neither team has been ruled out. Mumbai City climbed to the second spot with 16 points while FC Goa climbed from the bottom to seventh with 11 points, one more than NorthEast United FC.

For the second successive game, FC Goa chief coach Zico started with several domestic players in his starting line-up. If he chose nine Indians against NorthEast United in the previous game, Zico opted to start with eight domestic players against Mumbai City FC and just three foreign players when rules allow him to use as many as six foreign players. Mumbai City FC used their entire quota of international players and enjoyed more of the ball in the first 45 minutes. With players like Sunil Chhetri and Diego Forlan to count upon, Mumbai City repeatedly threatened, although these were the only two players who looked like breaking the deadlock.

Chhetri was the first to test Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani with a left-footed shot that went straight to the keeper, who saved without much difficulty. Forlan also tested Kattimani on a couple of occasions and twice he proved equal to the challenge. In the 27th minute when Chhetri put Forlan clear just outside the box, the Uruguayan striker delayed his shot, allowing Kattimani a simple collection. Towards the closing stages he tried his luck again but this time Kattimani was well positioned to parry the ball away for a corner kick.

FC Goa relied on counter attacks and had a couple of chances to draw first blood. Romeo Fernandes, who struck the match winner in the previous game, came closest to scoring when he was sent through by Rafael Coelho but his attempt hit the side netting in the 14th minute. Romeo and Rafael combined to create another opportunity in the 22nd minute but once again Romeo could not keep his attempt on target.

In the second session, Mumbai City came close to scoring several times. The best chance of the half came early in the game when Forlan beat Gregory Arnolin to the ball inside the danger area and set it up for Chhetri. The India captain shockingly missed his first attempt and his second shot hit a Goa defender before bouncing into the lap of Kattimani.

Forlan himself missed a glorious chance in the 65th minute. A brilliant ball from Krisztian Vadocz fell nicely for Forlan, who even beat the onrushing goalkeeper but defender Arnolin snatched the ball away from the goalline. Even as Mumbai continued to apply pressure, Chhetri then had a curling attempt saved by the keeper in the 83rd minute but it could have gone horribly wrong for the visitors had Goa’s Brazilian striker Julio Cesar given the finishing touches in the final minute when he had only the goalkeeper to beat from an excellent through ball.


15.11.2016 CHENNAIYIN FC 2-0 FC PUNE CITY - FT..
CFC : Jeje 44', Succi 51'
MOM : Raphael Augusto - Chennaiyin FC
CLUB AWARD: Chennaiyin FC
Moment of the Match Award : Jeje Lalpekhlua - Chennaiyin FC
Fittest Player of the Match : Davide Succi - Chennaiyin FC
Winning Pass of the Match : Raphael Augusto - Chennaiyin FC
Emerging Player of the Match Jerry Lalrinzuala - Chennaiyin FC

CFC : Karanjit Singh, Eder Monteiro Fernandes, Bernard Mendy, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Zakeer Mundampara, Hans Mulder, Manuele Blasi, Raphael Augusto, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Davide Succi.
FCP : Apoula Edima Edel Bete, Augustine Melwyn Fernandes, Eduardo Ferreira, Yumnam Raju, Gouramangi Singh Moirangthem, Narayan Das, Lenny Rodrigues, Mohamed Sissoko, Jonatan Lucca, Dramane Traore, Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez.

ISL PRESS RELEASE Chennaiyin FC were back in reckoning for a place in the semi-finals of Hero Indian Super League after a composed 2-0 victory over FC Pune City at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Tuesday.

Chennaiyin FC used their head to good effect as goals from Jeje Lalpekhlua (44th minute) and Davide Succi (51st minute) in either half gave the defending champions their first win in six matches. Chennaiyin FC had wretched form in the last five matches but they put their woes behind to climb up the ladder. From seventh, Chennaiyin FC are now in fifth spot with 13 points from 10 matches and are only outside the top four due to an inferior goal difference.

Pune City will be concerned about their chances of qualification for semi-finals. The team coached by former ISL champion Antonio Habas is now placed sixth, although they are only a point behind the defending champions. Needing to win to keep their chances alive, Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi made five changes to his starting line-up as he introduced players like Eder Monteiro, Hans Mulder, Davide Succi and Manuele Blasi to the starting line-up while Karanjit Singh was preferred as goalkeeper.

Habas did not change much, making just one opting for Raju Yumnam in place Rahul Bheke.Pune City infact started well and had decent chances before they fell by the wayside. Anibal Zurdo was the first to try his luck with a free-kick that missed the target by a whisker and Lenny Rodrigues made a fine run on the right but his final attempt lacked power and direction, despite being in a good position.

Raphael Augusto was the most impressive player for Chennaiyin FC. The Brazilian made his intention clear in the 21st minute when he intercepted a pass from Jonatan Lucca, ran down the flank but ended with a disappointing right-footer when passing to Succi would have been a better option.

Succi also had a shot on goal but his effort was wayward in the 24th minute. Chennaiyin FC drew first blood just before half-time through Jeje. Bernard Mendy started the move by playing the ball for Raphael in the middle. The Brazilian found Hans Mulder whose cross for Succi, got a touch before reaching Jeje and the highest Indian goal-scorer in the ISL did the rest by beating Pune goalkeeper Edel Bete with a smart header from close.

Bete and Pune were down again early in the second session. In the 51st minute, Succi rose high to head a brilliant cross from Raphael and beat both his marker, Eduardo Ferreira and a leaping goalkeeper Edel Bete. Pune City tried to fight their way back but Chennaiyin FC were just too solid in defence, not giving any chance whatsoever to their rivals.


ATK : Hume 17', Lara 71'
DEL : Miln Singh 63', Malouda 74'

MOM : Miln Singh - DELHI
Moment of the Match Award : Debjit Majumder-GK - KOLKATA
Fittest Player of the Match : Souvik Chakraborty - DELHI
Winning Pass of the Match : Sameehg Doutie.- KOLKATA
Emerging Player of the Match Lalchhawnkima - DEL

ATK : Debjit, Henrique, Arroyo, Robert, Prabir, Jewel (Bidyananda), L. Ralte, Borja , Doutie (Lara), Postiga, Hume (Belancoso).
DEL : Doblas, Niasse ( Addy), Souvik, Lalchhawnkima, Anas, De Moura, Milan, Malouda, Kean Lewis (Allwyn), Marcelo (Pelessari), Badara Badji.
90': 4 minutes added time
79': YELLOW CARD to Milan Singh
74': Maluda scored from inside the 18 yards beating Tiri and Sereno
74': GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL.........Delhi equalized
73': YELLOW CARD to Hume of ATK
71': Lara's right footed long ranger from top of the 18 yards finds the net
71': GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL.........Atletico leading
63': Milan Singh's curling left footed shot beat Debjit following a pass from Lewis
63': GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL...........Delhi Dynamos equalized
62': A brilliant save by Debjit, he saved a penalty from Florent Maluda diving towards his left
61': PENALTY for Delhi Dynamos
55': YELLOW CARD to Marcelo of Delhi Dynamos
51': YELLOW CARD to Tiri of ATK.
50': Delhi Dynamos are playing in 10 men as Badara Badji were sent off the ground at the closing stages of the first half
46': Second Session starts. Delhi kicks off
45': 3 minutes added time
43': RED CARD to Badara Badji of Delhi Dynamos, He handled the ball inside the penalty box of ATK and were in a mood to push the ball in goal. His second YELLOW CARD which ultimately results a marching order.
21': YELLOW CARD to Dika of ATK
20': YELLOW CARD to Badara Badji of Delhi Dynamos
17': Hume scored following a pass from Doutie from the right.
17': GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL...........Atletico scored
0': Match started, ATK kicks off.


PREVIEW - 12.11.16 : Atletico De Kolkata will going to face the strong challenge of the League leaders, Delhi Dynamos in a second round encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, on Sunday evening. Delhi Dynamos are leading the league table, while Atletico De Kolkata are placed at the third seeded team so far in the competition. The Delhi franchisee won the first round at Kolkata by a solitary goal.


WON : 4
LOST : 1

Delhi Dynamos are the only team in ISL 2016 who are unbeaten at home. They have earned nine points at home, the most by any team at home in the third edition of ISL. While interacting in a pre match media meeting at New Delhi the chief coach of Delhi Dynamos, the Italian World cupper said, I'm am happy not just about two players but the entire team. They are working sincerely. Of course, I am happy but we have to get better. If we work stronger day by day we have margin to get better.�


WON : 3
LOST : 2

After facing a defeat in the last match against Pune FC, Atletico De kolkata are eagar to be back on the winning track against Delhi Dynamos. The chief coach of Atletico De Kolkata Jose Molina said on Saturday afternoon at New Delhi, �Losing to Pune was not good for us but that's football. We know every match is different. We trained during this week, got time to prepare for this match and we know it will be difficult game. Delhi are at top, may be they are the best team in the league right now, but we want to be there and fight tomorrow.


CFC : Mendy 22'
KER : Kadilo 66', C.K.Vineeth 85', 89'
MOM : CK Vineeth - KERALA
Moment of the Match : CK Vineeth - KERALA
Fittest Player Award : Raphael Augusto - CHENNAI
Winning Pass Award : Antonio German - KERALA
Emerging Player Award : CK Vineeth - KERALA

KER : Graham Stack , Pratik Chaudhari, Cedric Hengbart , Sandesh Jhingan, Josu Currais, Mehtab Hossain, Azrack Mahamat, CK Vineeth, Mohammed Rafique, Kervens Belfort, Michael Chopra.

CHN : Duwayne Kerr, Bernard Mendy, John Arne Riise, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Raphael Augusto, Zakeer Mundampara, Jayesh Rane, MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : CK Vineeth scored two goals in the last five minutes as Kerala Blasters stunned Chennaiyin FC 3-1 for their first league win over their Southern rivals in Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, on Saturday. Bernard Mendy’s 22nd goal put Chennaiyin FC ahead but the hosts left their rivals stunned in the second session with goals from substitute Didier Kadio in the 67th minute and Vineeth, who struck in the 85th and 89th minute to give Kerala Blasters full points.

Kerala Blasters had never won against Chennaiyin FC in the league stages and will relish the three points that takes them to the second spot with 15 points, the same as Mumbai City FC. Both teams have played 10 matches and have a goal difference of plus one. For Kerala Blasters, who had just one point from their first three matches, this was a remarkable turnaround and follows a similar story like against FC Goa in the previous game where they fought back after being a goal down at the break.

Chennaiyin FC were the dominant team in the opening 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead in the 22nd minute through Mendy. The French defender, who started in midfield, was unchallenged on the left and took a shot at goal from just outside the box which deflected off Kerala captain Cedric Hengbart into the goal.

The defending champions had two more chances to kill the game in the first session but Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi was not at his best. Dudu missed from close range when Mendy turned the ball to him from the left and the Nigerian striker again shot wide after doing well to outmuscle Hengbart only to push the ball away with his right foot from inside the box. Chennaiyin FC had to pay for the missed chances as Kerala Blasters were stronger with the inclusion of Kadio for an off-colour Michael Chopra in the second session.

Kadio was on target for Kerala Blasters in the 67th minute when he was presented with an inch-perfect pass from Antonio German. The Ivory Coast striker only had to tap the ball inside the goal after German had done well to get inside the box. There was more trouble for Chennaiyin FC as goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr dropped a regulation cross from Josu Prieto in the 85th minute and Vineeth showed good technique to slam the ball into an empty net.

Four minutes later, the local lad scored his third goal in just two matches to assure Kerala Blasters of victory after he made a perfect run to meet a pass from German and slot it past the goalkeeper.