Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of this evening's Northeast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda Stadium) Margao, Goa.
This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the minute-by-minute updates. That was all for the night. We will be back tomorrow for the match between Odisha FC and SC East Bengal.
Thanks for tuning in. Goodnight and take care.
Lallianzuala Chhangte, Hero of the Match: "It was a blessing from God and we need to keep the momentum going. (On all goals by Indians) It gives us confidence and shows that not just foreigners, but we can also do it (score goals)"
Khalid Jamil, NEUFC Head Coach: "I will speak to the physio and check the extent of the injury. I think he will miss a few matches. We have to forget this result and must think positive and prepare for the next match."
Bozdar Bandovic, CHC Head Coach: "Of course it was a tough game...and congratulations to my players for the second victory in a row. We fixed this team in 40 days. Winning these two games is very important for us... we need to work more tactically and physically."
"We cannot fix the team, in two months...we need to be patient. What is very important for me is we need to be a team in the locker room, then we can be a team on the field. I am very happy that Indians scored and believe Rahim will also score in the future. What is more important is the team is going well."
Anirudh Thapa, the CFC captain: " The first game, we're not technically good. In this game, we are really happy, we played well and have six points. I am enjoying it (the captaincy). It is a good experience, - to build a character on and off the field."
ISL 2021-22: Chennaiyin FC pips NorthEast United FC 2-1 with goals from Thapa and Chhangte
Northeast United FC 1-2 Chennaiyin FC
Two goals by Chennaiyin FC, with one from captain Anirudh Thapa, secured a win for the Marina Machans with the side going home with six points
90+3' Chhangte is subbed off for Edwin as CFC now just defending the lead it has got. These three points will be very important for BAndovic and his team which managed a 1-0 win last time
90' A shot from Mapuia goes out of play as Chennaiyin FC takes all its time for the goal-kick. Its job is almost done
87' Substitution! Chennaiyin brings on more energy in the attack with Ninthoi subbed on for Rahim Ali.
85' Kaith takes control of the ball easily with Manvir putting in an aerial cross, with CFC going for another attack, but Camara stops the developments
82' Substitution for Northeast United! Hernan Santana is subbed off for Sehnaj Singh
80' Chhangte makes a run on the right, but was stopped by Lakra, who has been very good on the wings to contain long balls
77' Substitution for both sides! Mirlan Murzaev is replaced by Lukasz Gikiewicz for CFC while for Northeast United FC, Suhair goes off Rochharzela
74' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLL!!!! Chennaiyin FC's captain leads from the front with a right footed hit into the back of the net as Thapa makes it 2-1 for CFC
NEUFC 1-2 CFC
73' Miss! Murzaev's aerial ball is poorly headed by Rahim Ali as the bal
72' Koman, though has not scored, but has sprinted the most in the match tonight, which gives an idea at Bandovic's philosophy of high work rate, about which he talked about before the game
68' Save! Hernan Santana, getting the ball in the midfield takes a shot which is saved by Kaith on full-stretch
67' Miss! Mapuia makes a turn and floats the ball beautifully towards the goal, but the ball narrowly misses the target.
63' Off-side! Murzaev goes on his own after a touch from Rahim Ali, makes a run and scores. However, since Rahim was off-side, the goal is ruled out.
61' Gurjinder clears the ball with CFC trying to play into the NEUFC half. Jamil's sdie is still enjoying more possession at 54 percemt to CFC's forty-six
59' Northeast United chases the ball into the CFC box and a through ball from Kamara is just too much for Coureur as the ball is taken control by Kaith
56' Yellow Card! Reagan Singh gets into the book as Chennaiyin FC try to stop NEUFC's attack. It needs to be more careful with both sides playing end-to-end tonight
53' Chance! Gurjinder takes a shot, which is deflected and the goalkeeper watches the ball hit the woodwork and then Mapuia tries to hit it the second time but misses
51' Miss! Damjanovic makes a run to meet the corner kick and his header if off target as the score remains all square
50' GOOOOOOOAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Mashoor Shareef's long throw led into the net by Suhair with an error from the goalkeeper
NEUFC 1-1 CFC
48' Chhangte scored in the sides' last meeting in a 3-3 draw. He scored in another 2-2 draw against NEUFC. He will be hoping to get three points from this game after his goal tonight
Second Half begins!
Manvir and Lalkhawpuimawia are subbed on to replace Danmawia and Pragyan for Northeast United as Khalid Jamil looks for options to mitigate Gallego's absence.
Both sides get back to the dugouts to chalk out plans for the second-half. The Half-Time Score: Northeast United FC 0-1 Chennaiyin FC
45+3' Chennaiyin goes on the attack again, but Chhangte is ruled off-side and NEUFC defenders take a breather. A mistake by Kaith allows Santana to go for the ball ,but narrowly misses as CFC escape a chance for Northeast to equalise
45+2' Chennaiyin is constantly attacking now, with Chhangte and Komanmaking forward runs and deceiving NEUFC defenders with their movement. If they keep going like that, CFC might get more goals
41' GOOOOOOOOAAALLLLLLLL!!!! Chhangte takes a shot from the right of the box with his right foot and the ball dips in to give CFC the lead
NEUFC 0-1 CFC
39' Shot! Hernan Santana tries to go for the magnificent long way out of the box with a bullet of a soht with his right foot, but that misses the target by a few centimetres
38' Chance! Chahangte gets the ball on the pther end, cuts in from the right and a last minute challemge by Flottmann closes in his room for an on-target shot and his shot flies off
37' Mashoor makes a forward run and beats a string of defenders, but is stoped by the CFC striker Rahim Ali. Khalid wants a free kick, but the referee is not interested
35' Yellow Card! Camara catches Thapa from the back and his challenge is penalized with a yellow card - the first booking of the game
34' A long ball for Chhangte just too much as the ball goes out for a goal kick. Possession still dominated by Northeast United
30' Murzaev dribbles on the left, a one two, and Lakra stops his in his tracks to stop any further development in attack and the play stops for a cooling break.
27' Shot! Suhair takes a shot with his left foot which is stopped comfortably by Kaith. That ball was traveling dangerously
25' Substitution! Flottmann is subbed on to replace Gallego, who is in tears after the injury
23' Gallego is injured as Flottmann warms up as a potential replacement. It is a massive loss for NEUFC with Gallego carried off the field on a stretcher
20' Shot! A pass to Galego from Camara and he takes a shot that fails to hit the target
17' A stunning pass from Gallego to Coureur, who goes past Damjanovic and then tries to get past Kaith, but the CFC keeper was well placed and takes control of the ball
16' Northeast United is dominating possession with 60 percent 15 minutes into the game, but Chennaiyin has shown how dangerous it can be once it gets the ball, a few minutes ago
14' Chance! Chennaiyin FC gets on the attack with Chhangte taking a shot which is saved by Subhasish. The corner that follows is cleared out comformtably
12' Lakra drawing strings as Camara attempts to pass the ball along the right flank and a touch from Gallego is led to Jerry who fails to hit the target
8 ' Chennaiyin has scored 10 of its 18 goals in the first half. In this half, the boys in Marron have, however, looked more in the attack
3' Thapa looses the ball but soon gets it back. Eventually Lakra takes control of the ball, but it goes out of play for a throw in
1' Chennaiyin FC laying back to pull NEUFC for an attack and a long ball from Kamara is just too high as Kaith catches it comfortably
7:30 pm: Kick-off!
Northeast United, in maroon, starts from left to right with Chennaiyin FC starting in white from the other end.
7:15 pm: Northeast United will start with a typical counter attacking 4-3-3 formation while Bandovic has decided to go with a wider 4-2-3-1 formation
7:00 pm: The biggest absence today has been Brown being rested because of an injury with Coureur starting instead. Khalid Jamil has made two changes whereas Chennaiyin FC comes into the match with just one change.
6:35 pm: Confirmed Line-ups:
Chennaiyin FC Starting XI: Vishal Kaith, Slavko Damjanovic, Reagan Singh, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mirlan Murzaev, Anirudh Thapa, Vlagyimir Koman, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ariel Borysiuk, Rahim Ali
Northeast United Starting XI: Subhasish Roy, Provat Lakra, Gurjinder Kumar, Mashoor Shereef, Hernan Santana, Khassa Camara, Pragyan Gogoi, Federico Gallego, Laldanmawia Ralte, Mathias Coureur, Suhair Vadakkepeedika
6:15 pm: Northeast United has been without its key striker from last season, with Machado choosing to move on, while the side has struggled to find a win this season, with a draw in the last match.
Here is what happened in its last game: ISL 2021-22 - NorthEast, Kerala Blasters settle for goalless draw
6:00 pm: While NEUFC has an upperhand on head-to-head, it has never won the title, whereas the Marina Machans have won it twice. Here is a podcast on the preview of the news season as the contest heats up.
5:45 pm: Northeast United and Chennaiyin FC have met 14 times on the league with NEUFC getting the better of CFC six times. In fact, their last three clashes have ended in tight draws, with the last one at 3 goals each.
5:30 pm: With an hour left for comfirmed line-ups, here is how we think the teams will line-up for the match : ISL 2021-22: NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC Predicted XI
Chennaiyin FC coach Bozidar Bandovic has said that his team will not take Northeast United lightly despite it failing to secure a win in two games in the ISL 2021-22 season.
“We'll take it game by game. It doesn’t matter if they got one point from two games, we need to concentrate and be serious,” he said on Sunday.
“They are a dangerous team and they did very well last season. We need to concentrate. There is no easy game.”
The ' Marina Machans ' began the new season with a narrow win over Hyderabad FC, but the coach said there was scope for improvement and it was only a matter of time that the team would retain the ball better.
READ: Chennaiyin FC has a balance of attack and defence under Bandovic, says Edwin Vanspaul
“We need to improve attacking and retaining the ball; we need to be stronger in our duels; we need second balls and we need to work on our counter attack,” he said.
“In the last game, my players had a big desire to win the game and, in the course, did lose their concentration and I believe in the next game, we will do much better.”
Chennaiyin will be without its midfield talisman Rafael Crivellaro, who was ruled out with a groin injury and is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks.
“Rafa is an important player and in his injury, we need to look at players that are ready to play and we need to help him recover. My team (my philosophy) doesn’t depend on one player; we need to continue working without him,” Bandovic said.
Vladimir Koman, who scored the winning goal in the last match, said that his target was to better the team as much as he could.
“I hope with this first win, we can give confidence to the other players. Scoring in the first game is always nice, especially if we win the game (double satisfaction),” he said.
“This league is a nice league, a hard league. I can tell you that the first game was enjoyable - the moments and the atmosphere. I want to win the championship with my team, to get in the top four and I want to be the champion,” he added.
The two-time ISL Champion side had a dismal season last year, finishing fourth from bottom and its manager, Csaba Laszlo, leaving the club.
As it gears up for the clash against Northeast United at the Fatorda Stadium on Monday, it will hope to build on its title hopes sooner than later with a new coach and a fresh set of players.
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