Chennaiyin held to 1-1 by Mumbai City with a late equaliser

Leo Costa scored in the 88th minute to give Mumbai City their first ever point against Chennaiyin to nullify Jeje's opener.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 2, 2016 9:14 pm
Diego Forlan-led Mumbai City FC eked out a 1-1 draw with Chennaiyin FC. (Source: ISL)

Prior to the contest on Thursday, Chennaiyin FC had won all four of their contests with Mumbai City in the previous two editions of the Indian Super League. But that run came to an end in Chennai on Thursday evening when Leo Costa’s thunderous strike in the 88th minute made it 1-1 and cancelled out Jeje’s strike early on in the second half.

The result helps both sides little in their chase to climb to the top of the league table with one point to both. This means Mumbai continue to remain second in the table – still chasing Atletico de Kolkata at the top – and Chennaiyin go up a spot to fourth.

In the grand scheme of things, a draw seems like a fair result given the chances Mumbai created but once again their finishing let them down.

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And that’s full time. Jeje gave Chennaiyin the lead in the 51st minute with a routine header after bad marking but it has taken a sublime strike by Leo Costa to find the equaliser and bring curtains to Chennaiyin’s dominant run against Mumbai. Before this, Chennai were 4 wins from 4 and now Mumbai have a draw to show for their efforts.

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Stand up and applaud this strike everyone. It deserves to be watched repeatedly.

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GOAL!! 53rd goal of the season and what an absolute screamer it is. Leo Costa with a left footed strike from distance and it goes into the right corner of the goal

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CHANCE! Brilliant work by Jeje to ride the challenges and then pass the ball to an open Dudu who was making an unmarked run into the box but the left footed effort is saved by the Mumbai keeper. That was a great chance for Chennaiyin to double their advantage

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Jeje isn’t the tallest of player’s and yet he was able to outleap the opponents. Question marks will be raised over the defensive effort

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GOAL! Jeje puts Chennaiyin in the lead in the early parts of the second half. The Indian striker climbs highest and heads the ball downward to give the home side the lead. 1-0 to Chennaiyin after 51 minutes

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Diego Forlan has a chance for Mumbai to close the first half on the up for the visitors but a fitting way to describe that half as the effort fails to bother the keeper. And after a minute’s added time, it is 0-0 at half time. Few whistles from the crowd.

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Half an hour gone in Chennai and it is still 0-0. No chances on either end as both teams happy to sit back and control things from the middle. No one particularly going for broke

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Anwar Ali goes into the book for a handball. Bit harsh that. Didn’t look deliberate from the Mumbai player but Chennaiyin have a free kick. Peluso’s effort is tipped over the bar by Albino Gomes.

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10 minutes played in Chennai and it is 0-0. Little activity in the early stages of the contest

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Lineups:
Chennaiyin FC:
Duwayne Kerr(GK), Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Eli Sabiá, Bernard Mendy(C), Harmanjot Khabra, Thoi Singh, Siam Hanghal, Raphael Augusto, Maurizio Peluso, Jeje Lalpekhlua.

Mumbai City FC: Albino Gomes(GK), Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Lucian Goian, Anwar Ali, Gerson Vieira, Aiborlang Khongjee, Krisztián Vadócz, Sony Norde, Otacilio Brito Alves, Sehnaj Singh, Diego Forlán(C).

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Build Up
Marco Materrazzi “scared” of the winning record

Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi is “scared” about his team’s excellent record against Mumbai City FC as they square up in an exciting Hero Indian Super League clash here tomorrow.

Chennaiyin FC have won all four clashes against Mumbai City FC since the inception of the league in 2014. But this season, Materazzi has seen history being rewritten.

For example, Chennaiyin’s battles against FC Goa were always won by the visiting teams including last season’s final yet Chennaiyin FC broke the trend by winning at home this season. Delhi Dynamos had lost all four league clashes against FC Goa, yet secured a comfortable 2-0 victory against last year s finalists in their last game.

“Every year, everything changes, and every ISL is different from the previous year. What scares me actually is that this season, everything is opposite. We won at home against Goa for the first time and that scares me against Mumbai, against whom we usually win,” said the Italian World Cup winner.

Chennaiyin FC are placed fifth on the table with nine points from six matches but Materazzi’s defending champions can jump to the top of the table with a two-goal victory.

Materazzi, however, was not too concerned with either a victory or draw since the goal remains to qualify for the semi-finals and not finish on top at the end of the first phase.

“I don’t care about a two-goal victory. What matters is to get to the play-offs and that is the target for us,” said Materazzi, who will have to do without the injured John Arne Riise and Hans Mulder.

Mumbai City FC have put their previous woes in the ISL behind them and are now slowly but surely working their way towards the play-offs. Costa Rican coach Alexandre Guimaraes has inculcated a winning habit in his team and is unperturbed with their poor record against Chennaiyin FC.

“First of all, our squad is totally different from last two seasons. I don’t have any player who has this memory (of losses). This is a totally different situation. We know that we are playing the champions, against a team who has more continuity of working with the team more than us,” said the Mumbai City coach.

Guimaraes confirmed that marquee player Diego Forlan was available for tomorrow’s clash and it usually means greater excitement on the field.

“When he plays, usually we win. When he plays, usually he scores, or creates an assist. When he plays, our opponents are more aware of him. That’s good for us,” said Guimaraes.

Mumbai City FC are second on the table with 11 points from 7 matches and will need a win to move to the top.