ISL 2018-19, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Pune City highlights: Marcelo Pereira struck twice at the hour mark to help FC Pune City defeat hosts Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the Indian Super League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. This was Pune’s third victory on the trot as they stand seventh on the points table with 14 points.
It was an exciting contest as both the teams created a lot of opportunities as the home side scored the opening goal of the match. CK Vineeth blasted it past the Pune goalkeeper to give the home side a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. However, Chennai failed to hold on to the slender lead, as Pune picked themselves up and scored twice just five minutes after conceeding the goal.
ISL 2018-19, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Pune City highlights:
FULL TIME: CHE 1-2 PUN
The referee blows the final whistle as FC Pune City beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1. Marcelo Pereira struck twice within one minute to help FC Pune City claim their third victory on the trot.
Ten minutes plus stoppage time remain in the match as Chennai search for an equaliser. Can the hosts find something right at the dying moments of the match?
Two goals in one minute
Pune are back in the contest. Wait, they are now leading. Two goals in one minute by Marcelo Pereira. The equaliser comes as Marko Stankovic cuts the ball towards Pereira who takes a first time attempt at the goal. The ball goes straight to the keeper but the power behind the shot makes it difficult for Karanjit Singh as he fails to collect it and the ball rolls inside the goalpost. Before Chennai could recover from the blow, Pereira strikes again to help the visitors take a one-goal lead.
CK Vineeth strikes
Chennaiyin FC have taken the lead as CK Vineeth blasts it past the goalkeeper. Anirudh Thapa's attempt was blocked by Sahil Panwar and it lands right in the legs of CK Vineeth, who was standing unmarked in front of the goal, who makes no mistake. The stadium erupts as the home side go 1-0 up.
A dangerous free kick by Marko Stankovic but Karanjit Singh punches it above the bar for a corner.
The players are out in the middle as the referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
The referee blows the whistle for half time as players go back into the tunnel. So far it has been an exciting contest but we are yet to witness a goal. Both the teams had their opportunities but poor finishing have definitely let the spectators down.
Another set-piece for Chennai from the edge of the box but the skipper Raphael Augusto fails to hit the target. After a couple of short passes with Thapa in the right side, the Chennai player takes an aim at the goalpost but his shot sails over the crossbar.
Anirudh Thapa is back on the pitch after receiving some treatment following the strong challenge by Robin Singh.
Chennaiyin FC are finally getting the grip on the match as they are creating more chances. Will the hosts score the opener tonight?
Chennai waste an opportunity as Kamaljit Singh fails to clear an incoming ball towards CK Vineeth. The goalie gets a mild touch as he tries to punch the ball away and pushes it towards Halicharan Narzary on the right. Narzary, who was open and had plenty of time, blasts it way above the goalpost for a goal-kick.
The referee books Marcelo Pereira for his needless challenge on Laldinliana Renthlei.
Chennai defender averts another danger
Diego Carlos shows some great footwork on the right side of the box. He dribbles past two defenders and delivers a low cross, which is eventually cleared by Chennai defender.
Early chance for Pune
A great chance for the visitors in the first minute of the match. Robin Singh controls a lofted delivery inside the box, but fails to threaten the goalkeeper as he goes down following a nudge by the Chennai defender. The referee is not intrested as Singh appeals for a penalty.
The referee blows the whistle and the match between Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City is underway at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Lets Football!
The players have arrived in the middle for the Indian national anthem and we are moments away from the kick-off.
FC Pune City
Playing XI: Kamaljit Singh (GK/C), Sarthak Golui, Martin Diaz, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Marcelo Pereira, Ashique Kuruniyan, Diego Carlos, Robin Singh, Iain Hume
Playing XI: Karanjit Singh (GK), Tondonba Singh, Eli Sabia, Zohmingliana Ralte, Laldinliana Renthlei, Halicharan Narzary, Gregory Nelson, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Raphael Augusto (C), CK Vineeth
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