ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters play out goalless draw

The two Southern clubs played out a goalless draw.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 29, 2016 9:33 pm
isl759 Kerala Blasters continue their onward progress and they now have nine points. (Source: ISL)

In a tale of two halves, Chennaiyin FC were the dominate side in the first session, creating plenty of chances but could not give finishing touches. Kerala Blasters were the stronger of the two teams in the second session but couldn’t keep their shots on target despite having the better chances.

The draw did neither teams’ any good. Chennaiyin FC occupy the fourth spot after their second consecutive draw with nine points from six matches. Kerala Blasters continue their onward progress and they too now have nine points.

Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi made five changes to the team that drew against FC Pune City, opting to start with Bernard Mendy at the back at the expense of marquee player John Arne Riise. Karanjit Singh was back in goal to accommodate another international outfield player.

Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell continued with the same squad that won all three points against FC Goa but it didn’t seem to work at the start as Chennaiyin FC enjoyed the edge in the first 45 minutes.

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Build-up
Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell is into his first season in Hero Indian Super League and is already aware of the history between his team and Southern rivals, Chennaiyin FC.

“I have been made aware of the history but it means nothing to me. As far as I am concerned, it’s just another game. This is a different team, different players, different year and different occasion. What at stake now is totally different from what was at stake in the past. We play them in a couple of weeks, so may the best team come out on top in both these fixtures,” Coppell said during the pre-match media interaction.

Coppell agreed that the win has done his team a world of good and they are now determined to continue with their progress.

“Any win in this division is very important because it’s so close. Coming to the half-way stage, there is no great deal of points between teams at the top and those at the bottom. Our win against Goa, psychologically, was quite important for us,” said the Kerala Blasters manager.

Chennaiyin FC are now at home for the next two matches and coach Marco Materazzi underlined the importance of registering victories, rather than dropping points.

“The two games (at home) will be fundamental to us. It’s difficult to win one game in the league and two in a row is even tougher. We know we are facing a really good team with solid defence and quality in attack. If we had won against Pune, we would have been at the top, but that didn’t happen. We have to have a change in mentality once again and face (Kerala) with an aggressive mentality. In this league, you can never stop,” said Materazzi.

Materazzi did not offer any hints on the team he would use for the Southern derby but if he chooses to field marquee player John Arne Riise, the Liverpool legend will be up against a familiar English Premier League rival. At the other end of the field will be Kerala Blasters marquee Aaron Hughes, the former Fulham defender (2007-08) who played against Riise (then Liverpool FC) in the English Premier League.

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Here are the team line-ups:

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10′ gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters

Both teams haven’t really hit the ground running. Kerala Blasters have been more up front than Chennaiyin but the home team are looking confident in defence.

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15′ gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters

Raphael tried to get to a poor pass before one of his opponents and ends up crashing into the Kerala player instead. He seemed to hurt his ankle but is carrying on. The diwali match hasn’t exactly lived up to the occassion. Chennaiyin have had more of the ball but both teams are unable to put together anything meaningful.

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25’gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters

A slow first 25 minutes were lit up in the 24th minute when Chennaiyin had two very good chances to go in front after a poorly defended corner kick. Aaron Hughes was the man who came to Kerala’s rescue. Bernard Mendy then fooled a few Kerala defenders with some lovely footwork and let one rip but it only found the side netting.

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Hanz Mulder gets replaced in 34th minute due to injury. That is something that can change a lot of things in midfield for the defending champions.

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HALF TIME Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters FC

The first half has dragged along with nothing worth mention. Hanz Mulder walked off the field seemingly injured and that will be a source of worry for Materazzi. Except for a moment when Chennaiyin came close to scoring thrice, this has been a half in which chances have been at a premium.

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It seems to be a story of two halves. While Chennaiyin were the team with the majority of possession in the first half,it is kerala who is hogging the ball in the second. Still there has been no good chances for either sides so far.

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80′ gone Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters

Jeje is being introduced to the field and Materazzi seems to know that they need to improve up front. Both sides have squandered their chances with misplaced passes and taking shots from ridiculous distances and angles. 10 mins lef tnad we will see if there is any change on the scoreline at the end of it.

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FULL TIME!! Chennaiyin FC 0-0 kerala Blasters

And thats that! No definitive result arose from the match and that means that means that the points table remain the way it is. The draw did neither teams’ any good. Chennaiyin FC occupy the fourth spot after their second consecutive draw with nine points from six matches. Kerala Blasters continue their onward progress and they too now have nine points.

Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi made five changes to the team that drew against FC Pune City, opting to start with Bernard Mendy at the back at the expense of marquee player John Arne Riise. Karanjit Singh was back in goal to accommodate another international outfield player.

Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell continued with the same squad that won all three points against FC Goa but it didn’t seem to work at the start as Chennaiyin FC enjoyed the edge in the first 45 minutes.

In the second minute itself, Chennaiyin FC could have taken the lead. Raphael Augusto won the ball in Kerala’s own half and played it down for Dudu Omagbemi whose left-footer was nervously parried away by Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy before a defender kicked it away for a corner.