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ISL -2018-19 (DELHI DYNAMOS NEWS BELOW)
06.12.2018: MUMBAI CITY FC 2-0 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
MCFC : Raynier Fernandes 27', Modou Sougou 55'

MUMBAI CITY FC <b><font color=red> 2-0 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC

MAN of the Match - Modou Sougou - MUMBAI CITY
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Amrinder Singh - MUMBAI CITY FC
Winning pass of the match - Rafael Bastos - MUMBAI CITY
Emerging player - Raynier Fernandes - MUMBAI CITY FC

MCFC :Sanjiban Ghosh, Tondonba Singh, Eli Sabia, Inigo Calderon, Laldinliana Renthlei, Mailson Alves, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raphael Augusto, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Carlos Salom.

CFC :Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Raynier Fernandes, Sehnaj Singh, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Rafael Bastos.

REFEREE : MB Santhosh Kumar

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02.12.2018 : CHENNAIYIN FC 2-3 ATK (FT.)
ATK :Jayesh Rane 14', Manuel Lanzarote 44'(P), 80'(P)
CFC : Thoi Singh 24', Isaac Vanmalsawma 88'

Man of the Match : Manuel Lanzarote - ATK
Club Award : ATK
Limitless Player : Jayesh Rane - ATK
Winning pass of the match : Manuel Lanzarote - ATK
Emerging player : Hitesh Sharma - ATK
CHENNAIYIN FC <b><font color=red> 2-3 </b></font> ATK (FT.)
ATK : Arindam Bhattacharja, Gerson Vieira, John Johnson, Ricky Lallawmawma, El Maimouni Noussair, Manuel Lanzarote, Balwant Singh, Jayesh Rane, Hitesh Sharma, Andre Bikey, Ankit Mukherjee.

CFC: Sanjiban Ghosh, Andrea Orlandi, Thoi Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Eli Sabia, Inigo Calderon, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Raphael Augusto, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Laldinliana Renthlei, Mailson Alves.

REFEREE : A Rowan

CHENNAIYIN FC <b><font color=red> 2-3 </b></font> ATK (FT.)
ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennai, December 2: Defending champions Chennaiyin FC may have been left with nothing to defend after ATK handed them a 3-2 defeat in the Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Sunday.

Chennaiyin, who were handed their seventh loss from 10 matches, have teams who are doing worse than them. FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos are still below them but never before has a defending champion looked so out of sorts.

A screamer from former Chennaiyin FC winger Jayesh Rane (14’) gave ATK the lead which was cancelled out by Thoi Singh (24’). Manuel Lanzarote then converted two penalties in either half (44’, 78’) to make it 3-1, while Issac Vanmalsawma got a late consolation (88’) for Chennaiyin FC. The result took ATK to the fifth spot with 15 points, the same as Jamshedpur FC just ahead of them.

The match got off to an energetic start with both sides threatening early in the game. However, the scoring woes of both teams came to the fore as those chances were spurned. ATK, however, opened their account in the 14th minute when Hitesh Sharma found Rane in space down the middle. With nobody closing him down, Rane let fly a sumptuous strike from 30 yards out that whistled into the top corner.

ATK continued to test the Chennaiyin defence on occasions but the defending champions hit back in the 24th minute against the run of play. Issac did well to keep a ball alive near the byline before feeding Mailson Alves inside the box. The Brazilian laid it off to Thoi who sent an arrowing shot into the far corner to level scores.

ATK, though, kept on searching for a second goal and it came two minutes before the half-time whistle. Manuel Lanzarote did brilliantly to get to the byline and cut a pass back to Hitesh whose shot hit the arms of Eli Sabia. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which Lanzarote coolly converted.

As expected, ATK sat deep and focused on maintaining their defensive shape in the second-half. The pace of the game died down a bit but Chennaiyin did have an opportunity a few minutes before the hour mark. Issac picked out Jeje Lalpekhlua at the far post but the striker’s header from point-blank range was straight at Arindam Bhattacharya and Thoi could not turn in the rebound.

The home team kept pressing for an equaliser but were dealt a body blow in the 77th minute. A goal-mouth melee saw second-half substitute Carlos Salom use his hands to block a goal-bound ball. The referee awarded another penalty and booked Salom and Laldinliana Ralte for dissent. Up stepped Lanzarote who sent the goalkeeper the wrong way again to make it 3-1.

At the other end, the tale of wasted chances continued with Thoi Singh missing a sitter after Issac had picked him out with a cross. Issac bundled a Thoi Singh cross late on to spark some interest in the game but it was ultimately not to be as Chennaiyin’s title defence stands on the verge of a collapse.

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29.11.2018: CHENNAIYIN FC 0-0 KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
Man of the Match - Dheeraj Singh : KERALA BLASTERS
Club Award - Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC
Limitless Player - Raphael Augusto - CHENNAIYIN FC
Winning pass of the match - Jeje Lalpekhlua - CHENNAIYIN FC
Emerging player - Isaac Vanmalsawma - CHENNAIYIN FC

CHENNAIYIN FC  <b><font color=red> 0-0 </b></font> KERALA BLASTERS (FT)
CFC :Sanjiban Ghosh, Inigo Calderón, Eli Sabia, Renthlei Laldinliana, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mailson, Raphael Augusto, Singh Khangembam Thoi, Issac Vanmalsawma, Andrea Orlandi, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

KBFC : Dheeraj Singh, Mohammad Rakip, Anas Edathodika, Nemanja Lakić-Pešić, Cyril Kali, Sahal Abdul Samad, Nikola Krcmarevic, Kizito Keziron, Zakeer Mundampara, Holicharan Narzary, Matej Poplatnik

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC played out a goalless draw with neighbouring rivals Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday. The hosts had a flurry of chances in the first-half but could not make it count. Kerala were quiet for majority of the match but did turn up during the final stages and nearly took all three points when Seiminlen Doungel struck the post in the last quarter.

At the post-match press conference, Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory lamented his side’s inability to convert their chances. “I feel pleased from a defensive point of view but it’s a game that you got to win, you got to win games like this. You dominated for such a long period of time when you get golden opportunities to score goals and win the match. I sometimes look at my boys and think do they understand how important it is when you’re given an opportunity to score at an empty goal just staring at you. It hurts me sometimes a lot more than some of our players,” he said.

The Englishman encouraged his players to take a leaf out of Bengaluru FC’s playbook by emulating the Blues’ ruthlessness in front of goal. “It was a game that we should have won. You know, when Bengaluru will get a chance, they get one chance, they’ll score. They take those chances. We should have done it at halftime and the game should have been over at 45 minutes. You can’t dominate a game in the manner that we did (and not win).”

Kerala Blasters’ head coach David James was of a different opinion. “I think there is a bit of ambivalence towards the result. When you lose three games in a row, you do not want to lose the fourth, that would have been terrible. We could have won the game. I think we were for once the stronger side towards the end. But we have never won here before. Dheeraj (Singh) was man of the match and deserved the reward for a great performance. But we were still a team that could have won it,” he opined.

James also shed light on his exclusion of Sandesh Jhingan from the starting line-up. “I felt that the way we were going to play, it suited the starting line-up. Because of the injury we were forced into making a change. When Sandesh Jhingan came on, he did what a good professional would do and that is he put in a great shift,” he remarked.

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25.11.2018 : JAMSHEDPUR FC 3-1 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT.)
JFC : Pablo Morgado 14', Pablo Morgado 29', Mario Arques 72'
CFC: Raphael Augusto 68'(P)

JAMSHEDPUR FC <b><font color=red> 3-1 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC (FT.)
Man of the Match - Pablo Morgado : JAMSHEDPUR FC
Club Award - Jamshedpur FC
Limitless Player - Raphael Augusto : CHENNAIYIN FC
Winning pass of the match - Carlos Calvo : JAMSHEDPUR FC
Emerging player - Michael Soosairaj : JAMSHEDPUR FC

JFC: Subrata Paul, Raju Gaikwad, Tiri, Mario Arques, Pablo Morgado, Sumeet Passi, Robin Gurung, Carlos Calvo, Bikash Jairu, Memo, Michael Soosairaj..

CFC: Karanjit Singh, Gregory Nelson, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Eli Sabia, Inigo Calderon, Anirudh Thapa, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Raphael Augusto, Mailson Alves, Germanpreet Singh, Francisco Fernandes.

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06.11.2018 : FC PUNE CITY 2-4 CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)
PC PUNE CITY: ASHIQUE KURIAN (10'), JONATHAN VILA (90')
CHENNIYIAN FC: MAILSON ALVES (54'), GREGORY NELSON (56'), INIGO CALDERON (70'),THOI SINGH (72')

Man of the Match - Mailson Alves - CHENNIYIAN FC
Club Award - Chennaiyin FC
Limitless Player - Gregory Nelson - CHENNIYIAN FC
Winning pass of the match : Mailson Alves - CHENNIYIAN FC
Emerging player - Ashique Kuruniyan - PC PUNE CITY

FC PUNE CITY  <b><font color=red> 2-4 </b></font> CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)

FCPC : Kamaljit, Sarthak, Mills, Gurtej, Fanai, Diaz, Jonathan, Adil, Robin,Kuruniya, Marcelinho.
CFC :Karanjit Singh, Calderon, Sabia, Mailson , Jerry , Germanpreet, Anirudh, Nelson, Raphael, Francisco , Jeje


REFEREE: RAHUL KUMAR GUPTA

FC PUNE CITY  <b><font color=red> 2-4 </b></font> CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Defending champions Chennaiyin FC tasted victory for the first time this season with a convincing 4-2 victory against FC Pune City in their Hero Indian Super League clash at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Pune, on Tuesday. Ashique Kuruniyan's early goal in the ninth minute gave Pune the lead but a strong second half from Chennaiyin allowed John Gregory's men to seal three points. Mailson Alves equalised with a header in the 53rd minute and Gregory Nelson completed the comeback two minutes later. Inigo Calderon and Thoi Singh helped the visitors increase their lead and Jonathan Vila's late goal was nothing more than a consolation.

Brazilian striker Marcelinho was given his marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Germanpreet Singh as Pune ended the game with ten men to compound interim coach Pradyum Reddy’s woes since another striker, Diego Carlos de Oliveira, also remains suspended for another red card against FC Goa.

A tentative start by the defending champions was punished by Pune City less than ten minutes into the match. An audacious cross-field diagonal ball by Robin Singh allowed Kuruniyan to race past Inigo Calderon on the left flank and beat Karanjit Singh from a tight angle inside the box.
John Gregory's men had the lion's share of the ball but struggled to create clear-cut chances with it. The visitors were content to use the turnovers to good effect whenever they sensed an opportunity from their own half.

Chennaiyin came out of their blocks quickly after the restart and scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Martin Diaz fouled Anirudh Thapa outside the box and the young midfielder picked out Mailson Alves at the far post from the resulting free-kick. The skipper's looping header hit the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. The match turned on its head as the champions took the lead two minutes later. The scorer turned provider as Mailson’s long ball found Nelson on the right flank who ran in behind Lalchhuanmawia Fanai before chipping the ball over an onrushing Kamaljit Singh.

Chennaiyin doubled their lead in the 69th minute from Thapa's corner-kick. Pune's defence failed to tackle the delivery from the corner and Raphael Augusto managed to push the ball into the path of Calderon who tapped the ball into the net.

The visitors grew in confidence as the second half progressed and scored their fourth goal three minutes later. Augusto played a delightful ball across the face of goal for Jeje whose shot was kept out by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Thoi who made no mistake from handshaking distance.Augusto almost wrote his name onto the scoresheet with a dipping effort on goal but the swerving effort full of Brazilian flair hit the crossbar.

Pune grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Jonathan Vila rose the highest at the near post to head in Marcelinho's well-taken corner kick. Marcelinho, however, jumped into a dangerous tackle to steal the ball off Germanpreet Singh with just seconds left on the clock and the forward was punished with a straight red card. Pune are now at the bottom of the league ladder with just two points from six matches while Chennaiyin moved up to the eighth spot with four points from seven matches.

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03.11.2018 : CHENNAIYN FC 0-1 MUMBAI CITY FC (FT)
MCFC : Modou Sougou 20'

Man of the Match - Paulo Machado : MUMBAI CITY FC
Club Award - Mumbai City FC
Limitless Player - Arnold Issoko : MUMBAI CITY FC
Winning pass of the match - Rafael Bastos : MUMBAI CITY FC
Emerging player - Anirudh Thapa : CHENNAIYN FC

CHENNAIYN  FC  <b><font color=red> 0-1 </b></font> MUMBAI CITY FC

CFC : Karanjit Singh, Eli Sabia, Inigo Calderon, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Andrea Orlandi, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raphael Augusto, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Francisco Fernandes, Carlos Salom.
MCFC : Amrinder Singh, Arnold Issoko, Joyner Lourenco, Subhasish Bose, Lucian Goian, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Sehnaj Singh, Modou Sougou, Paulo Machado, Milan Singh, Rafael Bastos.

ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC’s nightmarish start to their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) title-defence continued as Mumbai City FC inflicted a 1-0 defeat at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Saturday.

Modou Sougou’s third ISL goal of the season (20’) was enough for the Islanders as Chennaiyin slumped to their fifth defeat in six games. Mumbai City, meanwhile, have moved up to the fifth spot with 10 points from six games.

The home team, chasing a much-needed result, started the game brightly. But they could not fashion any noteworthy opportunity in the initial exchanges. Mumbai City also looked out-of-ideas whenever they ventured forth until the 20th minute as the home team’s troubles at the back continued.

Good work from a persistent Rafael Bastos was rewarded when he slid in Sougou through on goal. The striker scuffed his initial shot which was parried back to him by goalkeeper Karanjit Singh in Chennaiyin goal. The Senegalese reacted well and turned the loose ball home.

There was renewed vigour from the home team as they searched for an equaliser. However, the likes of Raphael Augusto and Carlos Salom just could not make an impact in the final third. Mumbai City also looked comfortable dealing with whatever Chennaiyin threw at them as the home team failed to register even a single shot on target in the first half.

Jorge Costa’s side should have scored the insurance goal early in the second half when Arnold Issoko broke forward before squaring a pass for Sougou whose first touch let him down. John Gregory responded by sending on Gregory Nelson who infused some much-needed energy into their attacks. Around the hour mark, Augusto did well to reach the byline and find Salom with a cut-back. His shot deflected off a defender and came crashing back of the post. But Thoi Singh slammed the rebound against Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh, much to the disbelief of the home crowd.

Nelson, showing some guile, outfoxed a couple of Mumbai defenders before setting Germanpreet Singh up inside the penalty box but the midfielder’s shot was blocked as another chance went begging for Chennaiyin FC. Despite concerted effort to score an equaliser, the home team’s lack of cutting edge up front ensured Mumbai City would go home with all three points while Chennaiyin are left seeking their first win.

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26.10.18 : ATK 2-1 CHENNAIYIN FC : (FT)
ATK : Kalu Uche 3', John Johnson 13'.
CFC : Carlos Salom 17'
Man of the Match : Manuel Lanzarote - ATK
Club Award : ATK
Limitless Player : Gerson Vieira- ATK
Winning pass of the match : Manuel Lanzarote - ATK
Emerging player : Jerry Lalrinzuala - CHENNAIYIN FC
ATK  <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN  FC


ATK :Arindam Bhattacharja , Aiborlang Khongjee, Gerson Vieira, John Johnson, Ricky Lallawmawma, Komal Thatal, Manuel Lanzarote, Pronay Halder, Everton Santos, Kalu Uche, Balwant Singh.

CFC :Karanjit Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Inigo Calderon, Eli Sabia, Francisco Fernandes, Isaac, Raphael Augusto, Anirudh Thapa, Andrea Orlandi, Thoi Singh, Carlos Salom.
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: ATK secured their first home win of the season after a 2-1 triumph over beleaguered Chennaiyin FC at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, on Friday.
ATK  <b><font color=red> 2-1 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN  FC
Nigerian hitman Kalu Uche (3’) and John Johnson (13’) put Steve Coppell’s side 2-0 up before Carlos Salom (17’) pulled one back for the defending champions. ATK, however, held out to hand Chennaiyin FC their fourth defeat of the season and climbed to the fourth spot on the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table.

Chennaiyin FC got off to the worst possible start as a defensive mix-up saw them concede as early as the third minute. Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh’s goal-kick was headed back by Gerson Vieira. It fell to Uche who found himself clear of both the centre-backs and slotted a calm finish past the goalkeeper.

ATK assumed control of the match thereafter as Manuel Lanzarote started to show his quality on the ball. He threaded a delicious ball for Uche in the 11th minute but the Nigerian’s shot was straight at the goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Johnson met his wonderful free-kick into the box and headed into the far corner to double ATK’s lead.

The setback forced the reigning champions into action and they pulled a goal back within five minutes through Salom. Francisco Fernandes’ accurate cross from the right wing was glanced into the net expertly by the Palestinian striker as coach John Gregory heaved a sigh of relief. Chennaiyin FC pressed for an equaliser and created several chances in the first half but failed to convert them. In an attempt to attack, they were leaving spaces behind for the likes of Lanzarote to exploit. However, ATK also could not capitalise on the offerings.

ATK looked a bit more compact at the start of the second half and Chennaiyin had to wait until the 56th minute to fashion a proper opportunity when Salom managed to dart into the box, only to see his rasping shot from close-range go well wide of Arindam Bhattacharya’s goal. The story of spurned chances continued for Chennaiyin FC as Andrea Orlandi saw a brilliant ball across the box just miss the outstretched legs of Salom and Issac Vanmalsawma.

At the other end, Lanzarote continued to threaten the Chennaiyin defence with his set-piece deliveries. One such effort saw Everton Santos send a header just over the bar. Second-half substitute Gregory Nelson could have rescued a point for the Marina Machans when Thoi Singh found him at the far post with a cross. But his header was parried away by an alert Bhattacharya.

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23.10.2018 : DELHI DYNAMOS FC 0-0 CHENNIYIAN FC (FT)
MAN of the Match : Francisco Dorronsoro - CHENNIYIAN FC
Club Award : Delhi Dynamos FC and Chennaiyin FC
Limitless Player : Raphael Augusto - CHENNIYIAN FC
Winning pass of the match : Lallianzuala Chhangte - DELHI DYNAMOS FC
Emerging player : Isaac Vanmalsawma - CHENNIYIAN FC
DELHI DYNAMOS FC <b><font color=red> 0-0 </b></font> CHENNIYIAN FC

DDFC: Dorronsoro, Narayan, Crespi, Rana, Pritam, Zuiverloon, Mihelic, Bikramjit, Chhangte, Andrija, Nandhakumar.
CFC: Karanjit Singh, Jerry, Calderon, Sabia, Vanmalsawma, Augusto, Anirudh, Andrea, Thoi, Francisco, Salom.

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro delivered a masterclass as Delhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC played out an engaging goalless stalemate in the Hero Indian Super League 2018 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday. Chennaiyin FC had the better chances but could not beat the Spanish goalkeeper who refused to concede with brilliant saves throughout the match. The visitors couldn’t get a breakthrough but the point earned lifts them from the bottom of the table. The teams are still searching for their first win of the season.

Andrea Orlandi could have opened the scoring for Chennaiyin FC as early as the second minute of the match. The midfielder rose the highest to head a corner kick from Isaac V but Dorronsoro got down low to pull off a stunning reflex save. Raphael Augusto then looked to be in the mood to score as the trickster surged up the field from midfield before taking aim from 40 yards. His piledriver lacked enough force to trouble Dorronsoro.
The Delhi goalkeeper was called into action again five minutes from half-time. A defence-splitting through-ball by Augusto released Carlos Salom behind the backline. The striker squared the ball to an unmarked Thoi Singh who took a touch before sending a powerful strike that was kept out.

Delhi's first shot of the game came at the stroke of half-time. Lallianzuala Chhangte beat his marker on the left flank, burst forward before crossing perfectly towards Andrija Kaludjerovic. The striker headed the ball first-time and forced goalkeeper Karanjit Singh to a save.
The visitors threatened again soon after the restart. Carlos Salom's first-touch to receive Augusto's through ball from midfield was wonderful but the same could not be said for the end product as the striker sent the ball wide.

The hosts were struggling to find gaps at the other end. Kaludjerovic cut an isolated figure up front and crosses into the box were dealt well by the Chennaiyin backline. The defending champions had a glorious chance to score a breakthrough goal in the 70th minute when a cleared corner kick turned into a counter-attack. Augusto released Isaac into space down the left flank. The winger surged forward and squared the ball to an unmarked Salom whose shot was brilliantly saved by the onrushing goalkeeper.

The Delhi custodian put on a fine show under the bar. The Spaniard flew out from his line to punch away a delightful cross from the left by Thoi as the Lions held on for a point.

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18.10.2018 : CHENNIYIAN FC 3-4 NORTH EAST UNITED FC (FT)
CFC : ROWLIN BORGES (3'- OG), THOI SINGH (14',31') - CFC
NEU : BERTHOLOMEO OGBECHE (29', 36',38'), ROWLIN BORGES(54')
Man of the Match : Bartholomew Ogbeche (NORTH EAST)
Club Award : NorthEast United FC.
Limitless Player : Bartholomew Ogbeche (NORTH EAST)
Winning pass of the match : Federico Gallego (NORTH EAST)
Emerging player : Jerry Lalrinzuala (CHENNIYIAN FC)

CHENNIYIAN FC  <b><font color=red> 3-4 </b></font> NORTH EAST UNITED FC
CFC: : Karanjit, Calderon, Alves, Sabia, Jerry, Vanmalsawma, Anirudh, Fernandes, Augusto, Thoi, Salom.
NEU: : Pawan, Reagan, Grgic, Mislav, Robert, Leudo, Borges, Tlang, Gallego, Nikhil, Ogbeche.
REFEREE: UMESH BHORA.


ISL MEDIA RELEASE: A terrific hat-trick from star striker Bartholomew Ogbeche (29’, 37’, 39’), the second-fastest in the ISL, had pulled the Highlanders level in the first-half after a Rowllin Borges own goal (4’) and Thoi Singh brace (15’, 32’) had propped Chennaiyin FC up. Borges would then make amends for his mistake by netting the match-winner early in the second half.

Without a win in two games, the hosts started the match with urgency and were rewarded with an early goal after they forced a corner in the fourth minute. Issac Vanmalsawma whipped a devilish delivery in and Borges inadvertently headed it into his own net from inside the six-yard box.

Though NorthEast started dominating possession, it was Chennaiyin who struck again. In the 15th minute, Jerry Lalrinzuala spotted Issac’s run down the left and sent in a wonderful through-ball for the winger to latch on to. Issac surged forward and squared the ball for Thoi who finished the move. The Highlanders pulled a goal back minutes before the half an hour mark after the energetic Federico Gallego managed to get a shot on target. Goalkeeper Karanjit SIngh, however, could not hold on to it and Ogbeche capitalised on the offering before slotting a finish into the far corner.

Chennaiyin, though, restored their two-goal advantage almost immediately. Raphael Augusto wriggled free of his markers down the left wing and got to the touchline. His square-ball was bundled in by Thoi at the near post. The see-saw nature of the game continued but it was NorthEast who would take the game by the scruff of its neck. Ogbeche came into his own and struck twice to pull the Highlanders level.

First, he outjumped Francisco Fernandes to meet Borges' cross and steered it home. Minutes later, he met Gallego’s wonderful through ball and rounded the keeper before rolling the ball into the net. NorthEast continued their ascendancy after the break and soon went into the lead. Gallego found Reagan Singh down the right wing. His cross was blocked and Borges latched on to the loose ball on the edge of the area and swept a brilliant finish into the bottom corner.

Chennaiyin pressed hard for a way back into the game but NorthEast showed composure to hold on to their advantage. Chennaiyin coach John Gregory threw on Jeje Lalpekhlua in a bid to conjure up an equaliser. He almost got on the end of a header from Andrea Orlandi in added time but just could not steer it in as Eelco Schattorie’s team held on to register a famous victory.

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06.10.2018 : CHENNIYIAN FC 1-3 FC GOA (FT)
FCG : EDU BEDIA (11'), FERRAN COROMINAS (53'), M.FALL (79')
CFC : ELI SABIA (90+3')
Man of the Match : Ahmed Jahouh - FC GOA
Club Award : FC Goa.
Limitless Player : Ferran Corominas - FC GOA
Winning pass of the match : Lenny Rodrigues - FC GOAV
Emerging player : Mohammad Nawaz - GK/FC GOA

CHENNIYIAN FC <b><font color=red> 1-3 </b></font> FC GOA

CFC : Karanjit, Lalrinzuala, Sabia, Mailson, Calderon, Anirudh, Germanpreet, Nelson, Raphael, Jeje, Francis.
FCG : Nawaj, Konsham, Mourtada, Seriton, Lenny, Jahouh, Bedia, Mander, Boumous, Jackiechad, Corominas.
REFEREE : A ROWAN.
ISL MEDIA RELEASE: FC Goa notched their first win of this Hero Indian Super League season after a convincing 3-1 result over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Saturday. A first-half strike from Edu Bedia (12’) set them on their way before Ferran Corominas (53’) and Mourtada Fall (80’) sealed the result for the Gaurs. Eli Sabia scored the consolation for the home team deep into stoppage time.

FC Goa had all the early possession as expected while Chennaiyin were camped in their own half, trying to get a measure of their opposition. With their full-backs playing high up the pitch, Goa were finding space down the wings and Mailson had to be alert to clear a cross from Coro in the eighth minute. Two minutes later, Jackichand Singh raced down the left wing and fizzed a ball across the box which was almost met by Coro.

The sustained spell of pressure paid off for Goa in the 12th minute as Lenny Rodrigues got to the touchline down the right wing after a smartly worked throw-in routine. His cut-back into the box found Edu Bedia who placed a smart finish into the bottom corner of Karanjit Singh’s goal with the help of a slight deflection. Chennaiyin slowly grew into the game and fashioned several chances. Gregory Nelson set up Anirudh Thapa on the edge of the area around the half an hour mark but the youngster’s attempted curler went wide.

Shortly later, Inigo Calderon ventured into the penalty box before finding Francis Fernandes. However, the winger’s shot was saved by Mohammed Nawaz.
The home team started the second period with urgency but FC Goa doubled their lead, capitalising on some poor defensive work from Chennaiyin FC. A throw-in down the right saw Seriton Fernandes get to the touchline and fizz a low ball across the face of the box. Nobody picked up Coro who darted in at the far post to knock in his third goal of the season. Chennaiyin almost got a goal back in the 67th minute when Calderon’s long throw into the box was flicked on by Jeje Lalpekhlua. It fell for Raphael Augusto who blazed over from point-blank range.

Any hopes of a Chennaiyin comeback were extinguished in the 80th minute. Ahmed Jahouh picked up the ball down the right and swung in a cross which was flicked on by Coro towards Mourtada Fall and the Senegalese managed to direct a looping header into the top corner. Chennaiyin got a consolation goal in the end through Eli Sabia who headed in Andrea Orlandi's corner in the 95th minute. Goa are now on four points from two games while the defending champions are yet to open their account.

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WINNING STSRT OF BENGALURU FC..
30.09.2018. BENGALURU FC 1-0 CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
BFC : NICHOLAS FEDOR (41')
MAN of the Match : Miku - BENGALURU FC
Club Award : Bengaluru FC
Limitless Player : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - BENGALURU FC
Winning pass of the match : Xisco Hernandez - BENGALURU FC

Emerging player
: Jerry Lalrinzuala - CHENNAIYIN FC

BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC

BFC : Gurpreet, Khabra, Serran, Juanan, Rahul, Udanta, Erik, Hernandez, Nishu Kumar, Fedor (Miku) , Chhetri
CFC : Karanjit, Calderon, Alves, Sabia, Jerry, Germanpreet, Isaac, Francis, Augusto, Nelson; Jeje.

MATCH REPORT:

ISL MEDIA RELEASE: Bengaluru FC got their Hero Indian Super League campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava stadium, Bengaluru, on Sunday.

In what was a repeat of last season’s final at the same venue, Miku’s 41st minute strike was enough for the Blues to overcome the visitors’ challenge. Chennaiyin FC will be disappointed as they got nothing out of this game, particularly after they were gifted two gild-edge chances to take the lead.
Bengaluru, though, were quick to get off the blocks with Eric Paartalu being gifted an excellent chance as early as the third minute. After some scrappy play in the Chennaiyin box following a throw-in by Rahul Bheke, the loose ball fell to the Australian midfielder’s feet but his snap shot was aimed straight at goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.
BENGALURU FC <b><font color=red> 1-0 </b></font> CHENNAIYIN FC

The visitors started to gain a foothold in the match through their quick breaks as the minutes wore on and they should have drawn first blood midway into the game. Gregory Nelson and Jeje Lalpekhlua broke at pace following an error by Bheke and Nelson’s perfectly threaded through ball left the India striker one-on-one with Gurpreet. As the Bengaluru goalkeeper rushed forward, Jeje slotted the ball for a completely unmarked Germanpreet Singh but his pass was over-hit with the Chennaiyin midfielder unable to direct it towards an empty goal.
Bengaluru were seeing plenty of the ball but failed to make it count while Chennaiyin continued to look dangerous on the break. Another Bheke mistake around the half an hour mark almost gifted Chennaiyin with a goal after his poor back-pass was intercepted by Jeje. The off-balance Chennaiyin forward had only Gurpreet to beat but lost his footing.

Gurpreet then pulled off a fine save from a long-distance effort by Germanpreet before Bengaluru took the lead against the run of play.
Xisco Hernandez won the ball following a midfield scrap and quickly released Miku behind the Chennaiyin defence with a perfectly weighted pass. The Venezuelan striker unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot which, despite being aimed at Karanjit’s near post, left the Chennaiyin goalkeeper with no chance.
The visitors came close to grabbing an equaliser straight after the interval following a long-throw into the Bengaluru box. The resulting loose ball fell to Inigo Calderon at the edge of the box whose blocked shot fell to Eli Sabia with his back to goal. The central defender’s clever backheel unfortunately was directed straight to the rival goalkeeper.

The visitors took the game to the opposition in the second period with Bengaluru looking dangerous on the break. One such break in the 72nd minute found Sunil Chhetri with some space in the Chennaiyin box but Calderon was quick to recover and deny the Bengaluru skipper the chance to put the match to bed.
Gregory threw caution to the wind in the closing stages by bringing on striker Carlos Salom for defender Mailson Alves. But while Chennaiyin threw the kitchen sink, the hosts held on to their lead for a perfect start to their campaign.

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