ISL- 2015 ( SF-1 (LEG1)
11.12.2015 : Delhi Dynamos - ( 1-0 ) - FC Goa [FT]
DEL : Robin Singh 44'
The Club Award : Delhi Dynamos
Swift Moment of the Match : Robin Singh - (DELHI)
Fittest Player of the Match : Gregory Arnolin (GOA)
Transformer of the Match : Chicao - (DELHI)
Emerging Player of the Match : Sehnaj- (DELHI)
Man of the Match Award : Dos Santos - (DELHI)
DEL : Toni Doblas, Sehnaj, Anas, Riise, Robert, Dos Santos, Malouda, Chicao (C), Tulunga, Adil Nabi, Robin.
GOA : Kattimani, Narayan, Lucio (C), Raju, Pronay, Arnolin Gregory, Leo Moura, Joffre, Jonatan Lucca, Sabeeth, Reinaldo.
FT Delhi Dynamos win 1st left of 1st Semi Finals beat FC Goa 1-0.
90': CHANGE - DELHI MOM Dos Santos out and Vinicius in.
90': 4 minute added time.
90': SCORE: DELHI 1-0 GOA
83': Change-Delhi : Gadze in and Malouda in.
82': Robin Singh fouled Gregory of Goa.
72': Delhi Missed - Molouda missed one to one with Kattimani fron Tulunga's pass.
72': Change-Delhi : Mulder in and Nabi out).
70': SCORE: DELHI 1-0 GOA
68':Yellow card - Leo Moura of Goa.
64': Change - Goa : Rafael Coelho in and Reinaldo out.
62': Reinaldo fouled by Anas.
61': Robin fouled Narayan Das.
60': SCORE: DELHI 1-0 GOA
57': Yellow card to Reinaldo.
56': Foul of Moura to Tulunga.
55': Corner to Goa, no score from Jofre's kick.
54': Free kick of Moura, no impact.
54': Foul of Robert to Goa's Romeo out side of penalty box.
52': Chichao stopped Jofre by a foul.
50': Roberto Carlos is leading 1-0 against Zico .
49': Malouda's foul to Jofre of Goa.
48': free kick of Goa- Jofre's kick went to Sabeeth but missed to head in target.
47': Malouda's corner kick. no score added to delhi.
46': 2nd half match starts.
HT : SCORE: DELHI 1-0 GOA
45': 1 minute added time.
44': Yellow Card to Delhi skipper Chichao.
42': GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLL : Robin Singh score for Delhi. Robin's brilliant header off Chichao's cross beat Kattimani.
40': SCORE: 0-0
38': Attack of Delhi, Lucio cleared Tulunga's effort, ball went to Goa keeper.
38': Goa's Indian Star Mandar Rao Dessai got two times Match hero but not in the team today.
36': YEA. GOA GOT IT FOR 10 TIMES. 7 WERE FOREIGN PLAYERS AND 2 INDIANS GOT IT FOR REST 3 TIMES.
36': FC GOA PLAYERS HAS GOT HIGHEST TIME HERO OF THE MATCH AWARD in gr. League..HOW MANY?
35': Tulunga missed a pass from Malouda in Goa box.
35':Foul of Robin to Leo Moura of Foa.
32': Change-Goa :Romeo in and Raju out.
30': Raju of Goa is injured.
28': 2 back to back corner kick of Delhi by Malouda. no score.
25':Best win of Delhi was 3-1 with Pune.
25': Worst lost of Delhi was 0-4 to Chennaiyin FC.
25': SCORE: 0-0
24': Robin Sing's shot went for Goa goal kick.
18': Effort of Dos Santos of Delhi but shot went wide.
15':Yellow card - Robert of Delhi who fouled Raju.
12':Best win of FC Goa were 7-0 with Mumbai and 5-1 with Kerala.
11': Worst lost of FC goa was 0-4 to Atl Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC.
10': SCORE: 0-0
8': Foul of Robin Sing to Narayan of Goa.
5': SCORE: 0-0
3': Again foul of Sehnaj to Jofre of delhi.
2': Delhi's Robin Singh fouled Gregory.
1':Foul of SehnaJ Singh of Delhi to Reinaldo of Goa.
1':Match kicked-off by Goa.
0': Out of 4 Head 2 head FC Goa won all 4 matches against Delhi.
06.12.2015 Delhi 2-3 FC Goa 04.10.2015 FC Goa 2-0 Delhi 13.11.2014 Delhi 1-4 FC Goa 01.11.2014 FC Goa 2-1 Delhi0': Semi Final Match to start soon.
'SAMBA MAGIC AWAITS IN THE SEMIFINAL'
PREVIEW : Delhi Dynamos to play the first semifinal of the second edition of Indian Super League against FC Goa at the Jawharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on Friday evening. A 'samba magic' is awaiting as the two Brazilian legends of World football Roberto Carlos and Zico will be at the dugout to implement their strategies.This is Delhi Dynamos's maiden entry in the knock out stages while FC Goa are in a target for a berth in the grand finale at home after being lost the semifinal against Atletico De Kolkata in the first edition of the competition.
FC Goa are the league leaders are confident enough to win the tittle, though they are having a mixed performance in the competition. The strikers of FC Goa are in the habit of converting goals which can add to the positive part in their performance. The Goans are holding the record of scoring maximum number of goals (7-1 against Mumbai City FC) but they are lagging in consistency as Zico has to opt for his second option time and again during the course of the match.
The midfield of the Goan side will be in charge of Brazilian Leo Moura, and Spanish Zofre while Reinaldo and Dudu Omegbemi are quite sharp in the upfront. Zico tried with all the variations he has in the striking force throughout the tournament, as all his strikers are successful in scoring goals.Though FC Goa conceded some unnecessary goals which can be added as a negative part in their performance.
After being a miserable performance in the first edition Delhi Dynamos looked quite optimistic in their approach under the guidance of Marquee- manager Roberto Carlos. The main strength of Delhi Dynamos is their midfield as the football fanatics witnessed some superlative performances from Hans Moulder and Florent Maluda.The inclusion of Dos Santosh in the later half proved to be fruitful in some of the outings. The central defense which comprises of Anas, John Arne Riise and Souvik looked to be composed and formidable throughout the tournament.
But one must not forgot the performance of Robin Singh,who has prove his class with dedication in the competition. Roberto Carlos said in one of his interview that Robin is one of the important member of his team . The combination of Robin, Adel Nabi and Gadzie played an important role while scoring goals in the tournament.
ISL- 2015 ( SF-2 (LEG 1)
CHENNIYIAN'S A STEP AHEAD FOR THE GRAND FINALE
12.12: CHENNAIYIN FC - ( 3-0 ) - ATL. KOLKATA [FT..]
CFC : Bruno 39', Jeje 56, Mendoza 68'
Club Award Chennaiyin FC
Swift Moment of the Match : Bruno Pelissari (CFC)
Fittest Player of the Match : Hume (ATK)
Transformer of the Match Award : Bernard Mendy(CFC)
Emerging Player of the Match : Jeje (CFC)
Man of the Match Award : Mendoza (CFC)
CFC : Apoula, Khabra, Mailson, Bernard Mendy (C), Dhanachandra, Thoi, Manuele Blasi, Zakeer M, Jeje, Mendoza, Bruno Pelissari
REF : MB Santosh Kumar
ATK : Amrinder, Rino, Arnab, Tiri, Augustin, Nato, Borja(C), Sameehg, Gavilan, Arata, Hume.
FULL TIME : Chennaiyin FC beat Atletico De Kolkata 3-0 in the first leg of ISL Semifinal.
90'+2':Gavilian's through, Baljit's header nearly finds Lekik. Good save by Edel.
90':5 minutes of injury time.
89':Players Change in Chennaiyin FC: Eder in place of Jeje.
86':Players Change in Chennaiyin FC: Jayesh Rane in place of injured Pelissari.
82':Score remains still same, Chennaiyin FC leading 3-0 .
80':Gavilian's free kick, cleared in defence.
78':Players Change in Chennaiyin FC: Fikru in place of Mendoza.
76':Mendoza looks injured again.Stretched out of the field.
75':Back to back two chance to Lekik, but both the time ball hit Mendy. Fine block by Bernard Mendy.
74':Mendoza's shot from corner, went over the bar.
73':Mendoza's shot, deflected and another corner to Chennaiyin FC.
72':Gavilian's long free kick, fine save by Edel.
71':Pelissar's free kick, went wide this time.
70':Baljit's tackle to Pelissari. Free kick to Chennaiyin FC.
68':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Mendoza scored for Chennaiyin FC. Long clearance finds Mendoza. Solo effort and a fine finish.
65':Mendoza injured during his last shot. Treatment going on. Fikru also warming up outside. Mendoza is now back in his feet.
64':Mendoza's shot, Amrinder save the ball.
62':Gavilian's free kick, cleared by Edel. Collision between Edel and Mendy.Match stopped.
62':Players Change in Atletico De Kolkata: Baljit in place of Sameehg.
62':Dhanachandra's bad tackle to Sameehg, free kick to Atletico de Kolkata.
61':Fine cross but good clearance by Nato in defence.
59':Arata's shot blocked in defence.
56':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL Jeje scored for Chennaiyin FC. Amrinder left the goal to block Mendoza but Mendoza's pass finds Jeje and he scored in open net.
53':Mendoza's pass to Jeje, Tiri cleared. Corner to Chennaiyin FC.
52':Nearly a chance to Jeje, good clearance by Amrinder.
50':Lekik chipped the ball but went straight to Edel.
49':Thoi's cross, straight into Amrinder's hand.
47':Lekik's shot, just went wide.
46':Second half resumed.
HALF TIME Chennaiyin FC leading 1-0 against Atletico De Kolkata in the first leg of Semifinal after the end of first half.
45'+3':Sameehg's cross, cleared in defence. Quick counter attack, Amrinder cleared it.
45'+1':Gavilian's free kick, just over Lekik in box.
45':4 minutes of added time.
43':Sameehg's cross, Lekik tried for a header, cleared in defence.
42':Players Change in Atltico de Kolkata: Lekik in place of injured Borja.
39':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL Bruno Pelissari's long free kick, finds the net.
36':Yellow Card to Blasi for bad tackle.
34':Short free kick, Shot blocked in defence.
33':Pelissari's tackle to Doutie, free kick to Atletico De Kolkata.
28':Hume's cross, Doutie tried for a header but ball went over him.
24':Good run by Hume but fine tackle by Mailson.
23':Arata's cross, miscommunication in Chennai defence, but ball went wide.
20': Sameehg fouled to Dhanachandra of Chennai.
20': SCORE LINE CFC 0-0 ATK
16': Augustin Fernandes of Kolkata injured.
15': Still no score in the match. 0-0.
10': SCORE LINE CFC 0-0 ATK
10': Foul of Bialsi as he fouled Gavlion.
8': Attack of Chennai - Mendoza's shot went out.
4': Zakir's shot missed the target.
3': Corner to Chennai - Pelissari corner kick cleared.
2': Throw-In to Chennai - Dhanachandra'a throw in cleared by Atletico defense .
1': Match starts as Kolkata kicked off the match.
0': Atl Kolkata earned 7 times Man of the Match awared in last Gr. League games where 6 were Foreigner.
0': Match will start at 7 pm.
IT'S A 50-50 MATCH : HABAS
PREVIEW : The defending champions Atletico De Kolkata to play the second semifinal of the second edition of Indian Super League against Chenniyian FC at Balwadi Sports complex,Pune. The ISL committee forced to shift the venue following a severe flood at Chennai.Chennaiyian FC lost to Kerala Blasters in the semifinal of the opening edition are rated as one of the contenders of the tittle in the second edition.
Atletico De Kolkata are at the second position with 23 points while Chenniyian FC placed at the third position with 22 position in the league stages. Atletico De Kolkata proved to be as one well combined team in the competition. The Kolkata outfit played without their marque footballer Helder Postiga almost in all the matches. Postiga had to left the ground following an injury midway in the second session in the opening encounter against Chenniyian FC after scoring a brace. In spite of that Atletico registered some important wins in the league stages.
Atletico coach, Antonio Habas should be complimented as he is successful enough to build the team as a unit. The Spanish coach believes that all the members of his team are equally important and he select footballers who are free from injury. The attacking force of Atletico rely on Ian Hume who had scored with 10 goals which includes two hatricks in the tournament Atletico won all the matches against Chenniyian FC are confident to repeat the history.In fact Atletico looked to be impressive against their oppornants, Chenniyian FC in the group league stages.
While interacting in the pre match press conference Antonio Habas said that the match is equally poised and anyone can utilize the advantage. Habas added that Chenniyan Fc is a strong oppornant and the match will be competetive.
Chenniyian FC the third seeded team in the league stages will miss the services of marquee footballer Elano Blumer and Mehrajuddin Wahdoo following the card suspension.Elano is the main architect of Chenniyian attack has the capability of sending accurate passes in the upfront. While interacting in the pre match press conference Marco Materazzi, the Chenniyian FC coach said, "They are crucial players but I think at this point all our players have shown they deserve to play.
It would be crazy to think I can replace a player like Raphel, the best player in the ISL. Kolkata have a excellent team and coach playing with a positive attitude." The Chenniyian attacking force will depend on Stefen Mendosa, who is the leading goal scorer with 11 goals to his credit.
The semifinal at Pune will be a match of strategies. As Antonio Habas will concentrate on his team effort, while Marco's target is to register his first win against which will ultimately give him a berth for the final.
ISL- 2015 ( SF-3 (LEG 2)
15.12.2015: FC GOA -( 3-0 )- Delhi Dynamos (FT)
GOA: Jofre 11', Rafael 26', Dudu 83'
The Club Award : FC Goa
Swift Moment of the Match : Toni Doblas (DEL)
Fittest Player of the Match : Joffre (GOA)
Transformer of the Match : Rafael Coelho(GOA)
Emerging Player of the Match : Mandar (GOA)
Man of the Match Award : Dudu (GOA)
FCG : Kattimani, Pranay, Lucio, Gregory, Moura, Bikramjit, Joffre, Rafael, Romeo, Mander, Dudu.
DEL : Doblas, Shenaj, Anas, Arne Riise, Roberts, Dos Santosh, Maluda, Chicao, Tulunga, Nabi, Robin.
REF : Pranjal Banerjee
AGGREGATE SCORE ; FC GOA 3-1 DELHI DYNAMOS
90+5': MATCH ENDED: MATCH SCORE - FC GOA 3-0 DELHI DYNAMOS
90+3': REPLACEMENT FOR GOA....ROMEO OUT, DENSON IN
90+2': YELLOW CARD to Molder of Delhi, he fouled Lucca
90+1'; Gadge's header from a Robin's pass went harmlessly over the cross bar
90': 5 minutes added time
87'; YELLOW CARD to Tulunga of Delhi, he fouled Romeo from behind
85'; FC Goa are almost in the GRAND FINALE of the 2nd ISL
83': DUDU PLACES A PASS FROM ROMEO FROM THE RIGHT, GOA LEADING IN 3-1 AGGREGATE
83': GOOOOOAAALLLL.....Goa increased the lead
82': A save by Doublas, he saved a push from Bikramjit,following a defection of Dudu
80'; Romeo's corner cleared by Anas out of the danger zone
79'; A good save by Chicao of Delhi, he cleared a pass from Moura for a corner
77'; A powerful shot from Shehnaj of Delhi,but cannot beat alert Kattamani
75'; YELLOW CARD to Bikramjit of Goa, he blocked Dos Santosh dangerously
72': REPLACEMENT FOR DELHI....LEN IN ROBERTS OUT
70'; FC GOA 2-0 DELHI DYNAMOS
68': Santosh's long ranger from outside the 18 yards just missed the target
65'; AGGREGATE SCORE OF THE SEMI FINALS TILL NOW ; FC GOA 2-1 DELHI DYNAMOS
63': REPLACEMENT FOR GOA....RAPHEL OUT LUCCA IN
60'; Delhi are quite desperate to score the equalizer, match promises to be entertaining
58'; YELLOW CARD to Gregory of Delhi, he fouled Gadze roughly
57': REPLACEMENT FOR DELHI ....NABI OUT, GADZE IN
55':FC GOA 2-0 DELHI DYNAMOS
52': A brilliant goalkeeping by Doblas, he denies Romeo from within 5 yards following a pass from Dudu
49': YELLOW CARD to Zofre of Goa, he pushed Maluda from behind
48'; A powerful shot from Nabi following a pass from Robin collected by Kattamani
47'; A diving save by Kattamani, he denies Nabi who was following a pass from Tuluga
46': Second session starts, Delhi kicks off
45+5': HALF TIME SCORE : FC GOA 2-0 DELHI DYNAMOS
45+4'; Maluda blocked by Gregory, ball cleared out of the danger zone
45+2'; Maluda's shot from inside the 18 yards hits Lucio, the Brazilian is under medical attention
45'; 5 minutes added time
42': Match are in slow pace Delhi should score in order to came back in the match
40'; Goa are in full cry, dominating the match completely
37': YELLOW CARD to Pranay of Goa for play acting
34': Maluda's left footed corner cleared by Kattimani,danger avoided for Goa
33': YELLOW CARD to Dos Santosh of Delhi, he pushes Moura from behind
30': FC GOA 2-0 DELHI DYNAMOS
29'; REPLACEMENT FOR DELHI ...MOLDER IN RIISE OUT
26': RAPHEL'S RIGHT FOOTED ANGULAR SHOT BEAT DOBLAS, RAPHEL DRIBBLED PASS ANUS AND ARNE RIISE
26': GOOOOAAALLLLL.........Goal , Goa scored
25': A miss by Nabi of Delhi,his push following a pass from Shenaj just missed the target
21'; Dudu's cross pass collected by Doblas, with a host of Goan footballer rushing in
20'; A shot from Shenaj of Delhi, but went high over the cross bar
17': Goa are dominating over Delhi, scored a goal and are in search to take the lead
15': FC GOA 1-0 DELHI DYNAMOS
12': Goa scored the goal and are back in the match
11': A BRILLIANT LEFT FOOTED SHOT FROM ZOFRE BEATS DOBLAS,ZOFRE BEATS ARNE RIISE WHILE SCORING
11'; GOOOOOAAAAALLLL.........Goa scored
9'; Zofre's long ranger following a pass from Moura sailed over the bar
7'; Moura's corner cleared by Delhi's central defense
7': Mander's left footed shot defected for a corner for Goa
5'; A cross pass from Mander from the left, cleared by Anas
4': Doblas collected a long ball from Zofre,Dudu was racing dangerously.
0': Match started, Goa kicks off
0': In first leg Delhi dynamos won 1-0 against FC Goa .
ISL- 2015 ( SF-4 (LEG 2)
16.12.2015: ATLETICO DE KOLKATA -( 2-1 ) - CHENNAIYIN FC (FT)
ATK : Dejan Lekic 21', Hume 86'
CFC : Fikru 90+1'
The Club Award : Atletico de Kolkata
Swift Moment of the Match : Iain Hume (KOL)
Fittest Player of the Match : Sameehg Doutie (KOL)
Transformer of the Match : Dejan Lekic (KOL)
Emerging Player of the Match : Mohanraj (KOL)
Man of the Match : Edel Bete (GK-CHENNAI)
ATK : Amrinder, Arnab (C), Tiri, Augustin, Rino, Jaime Gavilan, Arata, Mohanraj, Sameehg, Dejan Lekic, Hume.
CFC : Bete, Mehraj, Mailson, Mendy, Dhanchandra, Thoi, Khabra, Blasi, Elano, Jeje, Mendosa REF : Yadai Yahamato (JAPAN)
FULL TIME Chennaiyin FC lost 1-2 against Atl Kolkata in the second semi final , but qualify to the final with 4-2 aggregate to face FC Goa on 20th DEC in GOA..
MOM : Chennai keeper Edel Bete.
90'+1': From a right wing run, Fikru chased the ball from a throw-in to Amrinder by Mohanraj. Fikru controlled the ball,beat Amrinder and scored in open net.
90+1': GOOOOOOOAAAALLL......Chenniyian scored
90': 5 minutes added time
89'; Hume's header following a Gavilan free kick hit the cross bar
86': A LEFT FOOTED SHOT FROM HUME BEAT BETE
86': GOOOOOOAAAALLLL.........ATK scored
83'; YELLOW CARD to Tiri of ATK, he fouled Mendosa
82'; A miss by Jeje, failed to reach a forward pass from Mendosa
78'; REPLACEENT FOR ATK....MD. RAFIQ IN ANTO OUT
77'; A powerful shot from Hume, unable to beat Bate
75'; AGGRAGRATE SCORE ; ATLETICO 1-3 CHENNIYIAN FC
71'; REPLACEMENT FOR CHENNIYIAN.....ELANO OUT PLESSARI IN
67': A miss by Doutie, he fails to convert Bate following a pass from Rino
66': YELLOW CARD to Augustine of ATK, he pulls down Mendosa
65'; A counter attack by Chenniyian, Dhanchandra's shot cleared by Tiri
61'; An unbelievable miss by Mendosa, kicks wide with Amarindra to beat following a pass from Jeje
60': ATLETICO 1-0 CHENNIYIN FC
59': A brilliant save by Bete, he saved a shot from Gavilan. Hume kicks wide after the defection
58': What a miss by Lekij of ATK, failed to covert even after beating a host of Chenniyian defender
54'; YELLOW CARD to Mohanraj of ATK, he pushed Mendosa unnecessarily
50'; A good clearance by Arnab, he cleared a cross pass from Mendy
49': Anto's powerful shot following a pass from Mohanraj went wide
46': Chenniyian kicks off the second session
45+2'; AGGRAGRATE SCORE ; ATLETICO 1-3 CHENNIYIAN FC
45+2': HALF TIME SCORE : ATLETICO 1-0 CHENNIYIAN FC
45'; 2 minutes added time
44': A left footed shot from Mohanraj rolled over the goal line harmlessly
43'; A good tackle by Tiri, he denies Jeje who was moving dangerously
40'; ATK leading by a goal, should score 2 more goals to wipe of the deficit.
36': YELLOW CARD to Elano of Chenniyian, he fouled Doutie.
33': Elano's right footed curling free kick missed the target by a whisker
30': AGGREGATE SCORE; ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 1-3 CHENNIYIAN FC
28'; Thoi's cross pass cleared by Arnab, Jeje was inside the 18 yards waiting for the ball
24': Mendosa's cross pass cleared by Arnab out of the danger zone
21': A FAULTY BACK PASS FROM ELANO AND MENDY AS LEKIK UTILIZED THE OPPORTUNITY PUSHES THE BALL BEATING BATE
21': GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL.......ATK scored
19'; A good clearance by Bate of Chenniyian denying Mohanraj as host of ATK footballers were waiting for the ball
17'; Gavilan's free kick from a close range hits the Chenniyian human wall, chance wasted for ATK
15': ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 0-0 CHENNIYIAN FC
13'; A good block by Mendy of Chenniyian, he denies advancing Hume
10': Mendosa's left footed shot from top of the 18 yards saved brilliantly by Amarindra
8': It is a evenly poised match so far
6': Mailson's powerful header following a corner from Elano missed the target
4': Elano's free kick cleared by ATK central defense out of the danger zone
2': A good collection by Bate of Chenniyian, he denies Hume who was rushing inside the 18 yards following a pass from Lekij
0'; Match starts,Atletico kicks off
+++ AGGREGATE SCORE ; ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 0-3 CHENNIYIAN FC
+++It is a uphill task for Atletico De Kolkata as they have to wipe of the 3 goals advantage of Chenniyian FC.
PREVIEW - ISL PRESS RELEASE : Chennaiyin FC have one foot in the final of the Hero Indian Super League 2015 but past experience suggest Marco Materazzi’s boys will not be able to drop guard in the reverse fixture against Atletico de Kolkata in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Chennaiyin FC stunned Atletico de Kolkata 3-0 in the first leg semifinal in Pune last week and will feel confident they can dethrone the defending champions. But Materazzi knows how Chennaiyin FC were down 0-3 last year against Kerala Blasters in the first leg and then almost turned it around in the home fixture, winning 3-1. It was close and nervy as Chennaiyin FC failed to qualify by a single goal and Materazzi will expect nothing less when he takes his team to Kolkata.
“Last year the same thing happened with Kerala. You can never know what will happen. They have a good team and in Kolkata, they have 60-70,000 people supporting them. So we will wait till the next game,” said Materazzi.
Materazzi has always been full of praise for Atletico de Kolkata coach and believes he will have a trick up his sleeve in this do-or-die battle.
“I know his potential and the kind of coach he is, you can expect everything from a good coach like him,” said Materazzi.
Atletico de Kolkata suffered their biggest reverse in the Indian Super League and it could not have come at a worse time for the defending champions. A 3-0 defeat seems too much to overturn in the reverse fixture but given Kolkata’s big wins in the past and the huge crowd, nothing should be beyond them.
“We have 90 minutes more in Kolkata. We conceded three goals (in Pune), we can also score three then. Let’s see,” said coach Habas.
Kolkata will need to play out of their skin to get a positive result especially since their rivals will welcome marquee player Elano Blumer and defender Mehrajuddin Wadoo, both of who were suspended for the last game. Kolkata have problems off-field too with no word yet on the fitness of influential midfielder Borja Fernandez who was replaced in the first leg due to injury.
Despite the dark clouds hovering above them, Kolkata can take comfort that they have defeated Chennaiyin FC twice in the league stage this year. The first win was a nervy 3-2 scoreline in the opening game this season in Chennai and the reverse fixture saw a 2-1 victory for the hosts after being a goal down.
Kolkata, however, will need a lot more on Wednesday as the defending champions try to defend the crown they won a year ago.