NorthEast United come back thrice to draw 3-3 with Chennaiyin FC

NorthEast United fought till the last second to wrestle a point from Chennaiyin FC

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 26, 2016 9:08 pm
Nicolas Velez of NorthEast United FC scores a goal during match 49 of the Indian Super League (ISL) season 3 between Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, India on the 26th November 2016. Photo by Luke Walker / ISL / SPORTZPICS Velez scored NorthEast United’s second goal. (Source: ISL)

Dudu’s hat trick has effectively gone in vain as Chennaiyin FC’s chances of making it to the play offs are now slender. They have gone for broke in this match and it did seem like they would wrestle the three points from their opponents after all but a 95th minute goal is something that no team can come back from conceding.

NorthEast United will be a motivated bunch after managing to come back three times in the match. This might just turn out to be what they need to push on in their remaining fixtures.

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Build up

Chennaiyin FC will need to play out of their skin and grab full points in their next two matches to stay alive in Hero Indian Super League.

The defending champions are placed seventh with 14 points from 12 matches and need six points to possibly make the grade. Such battles are no alien to Chennaiyin FC and they will have to prove they can do an encore, starting with NorthEast United FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Saturday.

Last season, Chennaiyin FC were struggling at the bottom for most part but turned their fortunes around with a late surge, not just qualifying for the semi-finals but going on to win the title at FC Goa’s expense in Goa.

This time, not everything has worked according to plan or Marco Materazzi but all is still not lost for the defending champions.

“We knew we were in a must-win situation and now we know that we have to win the next two games to get six points and we have shown (in the past) we can battle every team,” said Materazzi.

Chennaiyin FC have lost three of their last five matches, including the last one against Mumbai City FC, but they cannot afford any-more slips-ups against Mumbai City on Saturday and FC Goa next week.

NorthEast United instilled life in their campaign with a solitary goal victory over FC Pune City in their last game, a result that helped them stay alive. NorthEast United had gone six games without a win, losing four of them, but the 1-0 victory over Pune City took them to the sixth spot with 14 points from 11 matches.

“I want to tell the real followers of NorthEast United that we will continue to fight till the end and we will go in with the mind-set of winning in our remaining three games of the league stage,” said Portuguese coach Nelo Vingada.

Besides Chennayin FC on Saturday, NorthEast United have to take on the might of Delhi Dynamos on November 30 and Kerala Blasters on December 4 in a battle that is likely to go down to the wire.

NorthEast United are likely to have the services of first-choice defenders Robin Gurung, Gustavo Lazzaretti and Nirmal Chettri, all of whom missed the last clash against Pune City, although for the moment the coach was keeping his fingers crossed.

“Gustavo is in better shape than others but we can’t take risks regarding getting them back as it can kill them for the rest of the competition,” said Vingada.

Interestingly, a win for either team will take them to the top four.

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Here are the team line ups:

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5′ gone Chennaiyin 0-0 NorthEast

First corner of the game goes to NorthEast. Zokora took it and it was not the best of corners. And was easily seen off. Riise is back to playing at centre half after his rather unimpressive game as a full back in Chennaiyin’s match against Mumbai City FC.

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10′ gone,
NorthEast United have been forced into an early substitution as Gustavo takes a knock and limps out of the field. Neither side has made any serious threat on goal so far, but Chennaiyin have been the more positive of the two sides.

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13′ gone,
Free kick for Chennaiyin FC when Davide Succi backed into Didier Zokora, provoking a foul, John Arne Riise takes the kick that is nearly 30 yards away and a brilliant save from Subrata Paul was what kept it out.That is a hark back to his Liverpool days for John Arne Riise and Subrata Paul shows why he is regardedas one of the best keepers in the country.

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21′ gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 NorthEast United

The best chances of the half has so far been from two free kicks. This one was drilled to the right of the goalkeeper but he was ready for it. Karanjit Singh caught the ball and cleared the danger.

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25′ gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 NorthEast United

Alfaro had the best chance of the half when he ran into the box and took the shot, which was saved by Karanjeet. Before that Hanga, skipped over a defendor to provide a cross for Succci but Subrata Paul, sharp as ever, caught it before the Italian could

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30′ gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 NorthEast United

Succi has a problem with the offside flag, another move has been stopped because of the Italian being offside.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyin FC 1-0 NorthEast united (Dudu 33′)

Chennaiyin have been dominant in the match and NorthEast have allowed the pressure to get to them. It was a cross that came from the right and Dudu was right where he required to be. He made no mistake as he headed it into the corner.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyin FC 1-0 NorthEast United (Dudu 33′)

Chennaiyin have been dominant in the match and NorthEast have allowed the pressure to get to them. It was a cross that came from the right and Dudu was right where he required to be. He made no mistake as he headed it into the corner.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyin FC 1-1 NorthEast United (Velez 38′)

Velez ran into the box, dribling past a defendor to find space in the box. It was all about the placement of the shot after that point and the Argentine made sure it was perfect.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyin FC 2-1 NorthEast United (Dudu 45′)

That’s another header and another goal. Brace for Dudu

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Half Time!! Chennaiyin FC 2-1 NorthEast United

It has been quite a first half. That Chennaiyin FC is gunning for a win was apparent from their change in formation and their focus on attacks only confirms that. Two crosses have been NorthEast’s undoing but the attacking threat is always there whenever the away side break. It is perfectly poised for the second half.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyin FC 2-1 NorthEast United (Dudu 45′)

That’s another header and another goal. Brace for Dudu due to a header from Wadoo.

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Chennaiyin FC 2-2 NorthEast United (Velez 51′)

It was a cross from the right that was came to Velez after a poor clearance. The wide man was almost completely unmarked and took the shot. the goalkeeper’s view was blocked and, although he got to the ball, it bounced into goal.

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The urgency from the two teams is showing as the match gets more and more end to end. Hangal came down the flank and made the cross and that was saved by the keeper

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70′ Chennaiyin FC 2-2 NorthEast United
Chennaiyin are controlling more of the possession but NorthEast are sitting back and defending. Chennaiyin need to be careful as NorthEast have some quick players who have the pace to hit them on the counter. Katsumi Yusa comes on for Alfaro whoch comes as a surprise as NorthEast are gunning for a goal.

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74′ gone, Bernard Mendy comes in front for Hans Mulder and he looks to have decided to play as an attacker. Subrata Paul has gone down and is asking for a substitution. Wonder if the injury is real or just a time wasting tactic. The crowd cheered as if a goal had gone in when Mendy came on.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyin FC 3-2 NorthEast United (Dudu 80′)

Mendy came on and shone. He made a run down the right, and passed the ball to Dudu who ran into the middle. Dudu made a dive for it, it hit the defendor m,arking him but seemed to come of his leg. the goalkeeper had committed and was completely off his line when the ball rolled into the net. Dudu has a hat trick.

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Chennaiyin FC 3-2 NorthEast United

And now its Chennaiyin’s chance to stay back but they are looking to counter whenever they get they get the chance with the added pace of Bernard Mendy. Hangal got a yellow card for wasting time, the very first booking of the night.

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And now its all come to the boil. It all started with Velez throwing the ball at Wadoo. Ity led to a mix up in which Romaric had his hands on a quite few players’ faces while Hanghal also got involved. In the end its a yellow for Velez, Romaric and the latter is very lucky that he hasn’t been sent off.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyn FC 3-2 NorthEast United (Shouvik 95′)

Chennaiyin just can’t hold on to the lead this season. Another twist in the tale.

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GOAL!! Chennaiyn FC 3-3 NorthEast United (Shouvik 95′)

Chennaiyin just can’t hold on to the lead this season. Another twist in the tale.

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Full Time Chennaiyin FC 3-3 NorthEast United

Its another heartbreak for Chennaiyin. You have to feel for them as this was one of those rare matches this season when they were gunnning for goal instead of preventing conceding one. A late goal in every sense of the word is has undone them. With this draw, their chances of making the semi finals becomes only slimmer.

NorthEast may not be helped much by the point but this match will do a lot for their confidence. They came back three times to wrestle the point and it might just be the motivation they need to push on in the remainder of the matches.