Churchill Brothers vs Chennai City - Key Highlights

Catch the live scores from the I-League match between Churchill Brothers and Chennai City FC.

Pedro Manzi (2nd from right) scored his third hat-trick of the season in Chennai City's 3-3 draw against NEROCA.   -  AIFF MEDIA

Good evening, welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the I-League match between Churchill Brothers and Chennai City FC at the Tilak Maidan.

That will be all from our side. We hope you enjoyed our updates and the pulsating game of footbal. Thanks for tuning in!

Read the match report here: Plaza brace sinks Chennai City

The loss will certainly sting, but Chennai City FC remains on top of the I-League table despite the 3-2 loss to Churchill Brothers. Chennai City will have another chance to seal the I-League title when it takes on Minerva Punjab in its final home game, which is likely to be played on March 10.

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90+5' That's the win for Churchill Brothers. The home side makes a spectacular comeback from being a goal down to score three and win this high-intensity clash 3-2.

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90' The fourth official signals for five minutes of added time. Will we see another goal?

89' Another chance goes begging but Chennai City is struggling to convert. Romario delivers a looping cross but Manzi's header is well off target.

88' Plaza has been named the 'Hero of the Match' for his brace. Can one of the Chennai City players steal the 'hero' tag from him?

86' SAVED! End to end action here at the Tilak Maidan. Gurung has a great chance but can't beat the keeper and Manzi finds the goal at the other end but is ruled offside!

84' Gigiui makes a late change and brings on Israil Gurung for Lungdoh. Gurung has five assists to his name, second most for Churchill this season.

80' Ten minutes to go, ladies and gents. Churchill has looked the better side this second half but you can never write off Chennai City. A tense ten minutes in store!

80' Nestor and Sandro play a clever one-two and Sandro makes a fine cross towards Nestor. He goes for the first-time volley but his shot lacks venom.

78' What a chance for Churchill! Plaza steals the ball in midfield and Lyngdoh through on goal. The two race towards the goal with just the 'keeper to beat but make an absolute mess of it.

75' Fifteen minutes to go. What do you think is going to be the outcome of this enthralling tie?

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71' PLAZA MAKES IT 3-2! Boy, what a game this is turning out to be! He wins the ball on the edge of the box and bends his shot past the keeper to put Churchill ahead for the third time in this game!

68' MANZI SCORES FROM THE SPOT! He sends the keeper the wrong way and buries his spot-kick into the back net to make it 2-2. GAME ON!

65' Trouble for Churchill! Martins has stayed down after a 50-50 tackle and is being stretchered off.

63' "This is awesome," yells the boisterous crowd at the boisterous crowd at the Tilak Maidan.

61' HOW DID HE MISS THAT! Romario receives a cross on the right with just the 'keeper to beat, but his side-footed attempt floats just wide off the post. How expensive is this going to prove to be?

60' For those of you who have just joined us, Chennai City is a win away from sealing its maiden I-League title! Churchill Brothers leads 2-1 at the hour mark and Chennai City has another 30 minutes to turn this game around and secure the title.

57' CHANCE! Plaza makes a tearing run down the right, outmuscles his marker to race into the box but his shot is well off-target.

55' It's been all Churchill over the last five minutes. The home side has dominated the ball and have staged one attack after another via the left flank and looks hungry to extend its advantage.

50' GOAL!
Christ Lorougnon lashes the ball in at Mauro's near post and the home team is ahead. As things stand, Chennai City will not be able to win the title today, though it will have a chance going into its final fixture

49' CHANCE! Willis Plaza has a great chance to put Churchill 2-1 up. But with the goal gaping after Mauro failed to latch onto the ball, he inexplicably lobs the ball over the crossbar.

The players are back out for the second half, with everything to play for.

Half-time Churchill Brothers 1-1 Chennai City FC. Sandro Rodriguez put Chennai City ahead at the half-hour mark and Willis Plaza pulled Churchill level in the 38th minute to leave this fixture evenly poised at half-time.

41' Nicholas Fernandes wriggles past two Chennai City defenders and has a shot at goal. His attempt takes a deflection, balloons up in the air and goes for a corner off the top of the crossbar. The momentum has changed here and Churchill looking the likeliest to score a second goal.

 

39' GOAL! Willis Plaza pulls Churchill Brothers level with a side-footed finish. Just when the home team was struggling to string few passes together and Chennai City had the upper hand, Plaza finds himself at the right place at the right time and meets the cross from the left with aplomb. We are level 1-1. That's the 19th goal of the season for Plaza!

37' Regin Michael is shown a yellow card and Churchill has another free-kick in the attacking half. Chennai City has taken the sting out of the home team as we head into the last eight minutes of the half.

30' GOAL! Sandro Rodriguez takes the free-kick and the ball ricochets off the wall, wrongfoots the goalkeeper and nestles into the left bottom corner. 1-0 to Chennai City FC!

28' Chennai City's Nestor Jesus wins a free-kick in the attacking half.

18' Chennai City FC is forced to make an early substitution: Tarif Akhand makes way for Edwin Vanspaul.

12' CHANCE! Churchill's Christ Lorougnon tries to latch onto a long ball, but he doesn't get a good enough touch and the bouncing ball is cleared for a corner which the home team doesn't make the most of. But this is easily the best chance of the match so far.

9' Churchill's Khalid Aucho takes a free-kick 25 yards from goal. He goes for power and smashes his attempt straight into the wall.

5' Both teams feeling their way into the match. There has not been much goalmouth action in these opening minutes, with Churchill dominating possession.

Chennai City FC needs a win to land its maiden I-League title. It takes on a Churchill side that has drawn its last two fixtures and is winless in four coming into this pivotal fixture. You can read the in-depth preview here.