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Chennaiyin held by Kerala Blasters, Odisha salvage a point against Jamshedpur

Chennaiyin remained in the third spot with four points from two matches, while Kerala Blasters are in seventh place, having yet to secure a win and two points.

By: PTI |
November 29, 2020 10:24:39 pm
Chennaiyin were held by Kerala Blasters in Bambolim. (ISL)

Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC played out a goalless draw in an Indian Super League match in Bambolim on Sunday.

The draw meant the two-time champions ISL remained in third spot with four points from two matches while Kerala Blasters are in seventh place, having yet to secure a win and two points.

The CFC coach Csaba Laszlo rang in the changes towards the end in an attempt to find the goal but that did not happen.

Chennaiyin missed an excellent opportunity to take the lead in the 74th minute when Jakub Sylvestr’s penalty was saved by the Blasters custodian Albino Gomes.

The penalty came about after CFC broke down the right and the ball was squared into the box towards Rafael Schuler Crivellaro. He was tackled from behind by Sergio Cidoncha and the referee pointed to the spot.

In the first half, CFC appeared to have the upper hand though they could not break through. Also, their defending was good as they kept KBFC at bay and have not given many chances for them to come near the goal.

In the 26th minute, Jakub Sylvestr headed into the goal but it was deemed offside, much to the CFC’s disappointment.

Blasters’ Nongdamba Naorem squandered a chance to break the deadlock when he failed to find the target from close range. Also, Costa Nhamoinesu’s header was blocked by Crivellaro as CFC kept the Kerala team at bay.

The Blasters picked up momentum and were more attacking towards the end but failed to find the back of the net.

Mauricio’s last-minute stunner salvages a point for Odisha

Diego Mauricio’s goals handed Odisha FC their first point of the season. (ISL)

Super-sub Diego Mauricio’s double strike helped Odisha FC stage a stunning comeback as they held Jamshedpur FC to a 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League encounter in Vasco on Sunday.

Jamshedpur’s Nerijus Valskis dominated the first half, scoring twice (12′, 27′) and putting his team in a commanding position at the Tilak Maidan.

Mauricio grabbed headlines after the lemon break, pulling one back in the 77th minute before driving home a stunning injury-time equaliser, to wrap up a thrilling 2-2 draw.

It did not take long for Owen Coyle’s men to break the deadlock. Barely ten minutes in to the match, Odisha goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh failed to deal with a cross and a goalmouth scramble ensued.

It ended with Valskis turning and shooting at goal from close range, only for it to strike Odisha defender Gaurav Bora’s hand resulting in a penalty.

Valskis made no mistake, handing his team the early lead.

The game cooled down after the goal with both teams struggling to create chances. But it was Valskis again who shook it out of its stupor. And yet again, it was an Odisha defensive mistake that led to it.

Around the half-hour mark, defender Shubham Sarangi leapt to clear a cross, but only succeeded in diverting it into Valskis’ path. The Lithuanian, who was at a difficult angle to the goal, managed to squeeze it in with a powerful drive.

Odisha did fashion the occasional attack with Marcelinho, in particular, remaining a threatening presence throughout the first half. But they struggled to create clear-cut chances.

They came alive in the second half with striker Manuel Onwu going close on a couple of occasions.

In the 53rd minute, the Spaniard cut into the box before taking a shot. His effort though went wide. Then in the 60th, his acrobatic shot was well-saved by Jamshedpur keeper TP Rehenesh.

There was more drama as Rehenesh was sent off in the 74th minute for handling the ball outside the penalty area.

Substitute Mauricio struck the resulting free-kick against the post, but the ball soon found its way back to him and he was able to bundle it in.

With ten-men Jamshedpur defending doggedly, it appeared as if Odisha were running out of time.

However, Mauricio had other ideas. In the stoppage time, the Brazilian unleashed a powerful shot from just inside the box that no goalkeeper would have saved handing his team the first points of the season.

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