JFC vs CFC, ISL 2020 Highlights: Thapa and Isma take Chennaiyin past Valskis' Jamshedpur

ISL 2020-21, CFC vs JFC Live: Get the Indian Super League live score updates between Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC at Tilak Maidan.

Anirudh Thapa

Anirudh Thapa celebrates after scoring for Chennaiyin FC against Jamshedpur FC in the ISL on Tuesday.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL blog of the match between Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco.

Last season's runner-up and two-time champion Chennaiyin FC gets its ISL 2020 campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable victory over Jamshedpur FC. This is Chennaiyin's first win in its opening game since 2014.

MATCH REPORT| ISL 2020-21: Thapa, Goncalves goals lift Chennayin to first place

Three key take-aways for Chennaiyin:

- Anirudh Thapa scores in 52 seconds, it is the club's fastest ISL goal
- Thapa becomes the first Indian goalscorer of ISL 2020
- Chennaiyin becomes the first club to score two goals in the opening half this season

Read more about Thapa's historic goal here - ISL 2020 News: Anirudh Thapa scores fastest goal in Chennaiyin FC history

Chennaiyin FC rides on goals from Anirudh Thapa and Esmael Goncalves to beat Jamshedpur FC 2-1.

90+3' That was close! Eze nods the ball for Valskis in the goalmouth but Sabia makes a last-gasp intervention to deny the Lithuanian.

90+1' Chhangte's forgettable evening continues. The 23-year-old makes a darting run down the left and makes his way to the box but can't find a team-mate.

90' Five added minutes to be played.

87' Another chance goes begging for Chennaiyin FC! Rahim lays it perfectly for Chhangte, but the latter decides to square it instead of taking the shot himself and the chance is wasted. Chhangte ought to have had a shy at the goal there.

86' Jitendra makes a dizzying run past three defenders and nearly squeezes into the box before a strong interception from Jerry.

85' Another double switch for Chennaiyin FC as Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev and Jerry Lalrinzuala are brought on for Isma and Fanai respectively.

80' Ten minutes to go. Enough time for Valskis and co. to stage a turnaround? Igor Angulo managed to score a brace in three minutes to help FC Goa to a 2-2 draw with Bengaluru a couple of days ago...

79' Meanwhile, Aniket Jadhav has come on for Jamshedpur.

78' Two changes for Chennaiyin - Germanpreet Singh comes on for captain Crivellaro, while Memo Moura comes on for Tangri.

75' There's another first for this season - Jamshedpur FC coach Owen Coyle is shown a yellow card!

73' Chhangte fluffs another chance as Rehenesh parries away his strike for a corner. There's a coming together of players right after but no cards are issued.

70' Tangri goes into the referee's book for a rash tackle on Monroy. Tangri, who was preferred over Edwin Vanspaul today, is lucky to escape with a yellow for that studs up challenge.

68' What a blunder from Kaith. A hopeful lob is floated into the box and Kaith strolls to collect the ball with no pressure on him. But he manages to make a mess of the easiest of catches to spill the ball to Jackichand, who has his shot saved by Sipovic in the goalmouth. Another reprieve for Kaith!

64' Eze nearly makes it 2-2! He leaps above two defenders to connect with Monroy's free-kick, but his header floats wide. Chennaiyin 'keeper Vishal Kaith will thank his stars for he was well off his line there.

63' Penalty!? Sylvestr is brought down in the box and goes down rather theatrically, but the referee sees no foul. Quiet a strange call, this. Sylvestr is subsequently replaced by Rahim Ali.

60' Chennaiyin FC continues to lead 2-1 at the hour mark. Jamshedpur, which struggled for rhythm in large parts of the first half, looks a lot more settled after the break.

57' Sabia finds the back of the net but the goal isn't considered as Rehenesh was fouled by Tangri in the build-up.

55' Third change for Jamshedpur - Sandi Mandy is replaced by Ricky Lallawmawma.

54' What a chance for Chennaiyin to extend its lead! Sylvestr releases Chhangte with a deft touch and races into the box for the return, but skies his attempt from less than six yards out.

51' Jamshedpur FC defender Narender Gahlot is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in the country. Here's what the Indian football team's national coach Igor Stimac had said about the 19-year-old -"I need to use his abilities - he has fantastic physical abilities. His endurance level is phenomenal like the top European players. He has good speed and his resistance is fantastic. If we teach him how to compete and how to concentrate for 95 minutes, we will have a great defender."

50' Cagey start to the second 45 here, neither team with any clear cut chances in the opening five minutes

46' KICK OFF! And the second half gets underway. Coyle makes a chance as Jitu is taken off for Scot Fitzgerald.

And that brings us to the end of an action-packed opening half. Thapa got the game off to the best possible start by scoring in the 52nd second, while Isma handed Chennaiyin a 2-0 lead by scoring from the spot in the 26th minute.

Read more about Thapa's historic goal here - ISL 2020 News: Anirudh Thapa scores fastest goal in Chennaiyin FC history

Jamshedpur's ace striker Valskis pegged one back 11 minutes later to reduce his side's deficit.

45+3' Astonishing piece of work from Gahlot. Isma outmuscles his way past his marker to play a defence-splitting ball to Crivellao in the goalmouth. Gahlot, though, tracks back just in time to trickle the ball away for a corner.

45' Three minutes of added time to be played.

43' First booking of the match - Chennaiyin captain Crivellaro gets a yellow card for a foul on Jackichand.

41' Jamshedpur is throwing men forward in search of an equaliser and the Chennaiyin defence has a lot to do.

38' Chennaiyin seemed to be running away with the game but Jamshedpur has pegged one back in style. Valskis, who has been kept quiet for large parts of the opening half, rises above his man to score his first goal for the club with a powerful header.

37' Valskis scores for Jamshedpur! It's a goal made by two of Jamshedpur's new signings as Jackichand Singh delivers a peach of a cross for Valskis to nod in.  Chennaiyin leads 2-1.

34' Gahlot is into the thick of things right away as he makes a strong sliding tackle in the box to thwart a Chennaiyin attack.

32' Substitution for Jamshedpur - Narender Gahlot comes on for Peter Hartley. Big loss for the Red Miners here.

30' Uh oh, trouble here for Jamshedpur FC. Hartley, the side's skipper, seems to have picked up a calf injury and is getting some medical attention.

29' It's all Chennaiyin here! Esmael races down the right and fires a fierce drive, but Rehenesh makes a sharp save to keep his side in the game.

28' Fantastic start for Chennaiyin FC - The two-time champion is the first club to score two goals in the opening half this season.

26' Two-nil to Chennaiyin! Isma makes up for his earlier miss by burying the ball into the right bottom ccorner.

25' PENALTY! Chhangte is pushed by Issac in the box and the referee points to the spot.

24' Chennaiyin FC finding acres of space up ahead. Jamshedpur is playing a high line and the Chennaiyin forwards are thriving.

22' Two corners in as many minutes for Chennaiyin, but the Jamshedpur defence clears the danger with ease.

20' Just how good was that move from Crivellaro? The Brazilian makes a darting run towards the box and finds Chhangte on the left with a sublime left-footed pass. Chhangte's first touch lets him down and his shot at the near post is comfortable parried away for a corner.

18' Good play from Laldinliana here. He chests the ball down in the box and has his first shot blocked by Sabia, but can't do much with his second shot either.

14' STAT - Jamshedpur has beaten Chennaiyin FC only once in the six times the two teams have clashed.

12' I've barely managed to catch my breath here, what a start to this game! A goal in the first minute, an opener header missed and a one-v-one chances goes begging. All the makings for a phenomenal contest.

10' How did Esma manage to miss that!? Esma wins the ball in midfield and manages to beat his marker to get into a one-v-one position with the Jamshedpur 'keeper, but can't get the shot away.

7' What a chance for Hartley! Tangri gives away a freekick at the edge of the box and the deadball is floated towards the far post. Hartley finds himself completely unmarked and has a free header, but can't find the target. Chennaiyin defence caught napping there.

5' STAT - Thapa's goal today is the fastest goal for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.

3' Crivellaro, who was instrumental in Chennaiyin's success last season, picks up where he left off. He began the move that led to the goal by winning the ball in midfield and playing Esma down the right.

2' What a cracker of a start here! Thapa becomes the first Indian goalscorer of ISL 2020-21.

1' GOAAAAAAAAL! Anirudh Thapa scores for Chennaiyin FC! Thapa times his run to perfection to slam home Esma's cross from the left to score the fastest goal of the season.


7:29 pm: Right then, the national anthem has been played and the players take their positions on the pitch. Chennaiyin in donning white, while Jamshedpur turns up in its maroon home kit.

7:25pm: Five minutes to kick-off, what are your predictions for tonight?

Nerijus Valskis

All eyes on him: Nerijus Valskis.   -  ISL/Sportzpics


7:20pm: Jamshedpur FC has never reached the playoffs of the Indian Super League, but Spanish midfielder Aitor Monroy feels the current squad will change that - ISL 2020-21: Monroy confident of Jamshedpur FC changing trend to make playoffs

7:15pm: Anirudh Thapa stresses that Chennaiyin FC, which has previously overcome poor starts to win two ISL titles and reach one more final, needs a stronger beginning to the new season. More on that here - ISL 2020-21: Chennaiyin's history gives us motivation, says Anirudh Thapa

Anirudh Thapa has been named as one of the vice-captains at Chennaiyin FC this season.   -  ISL/Sportzpics


7:05pm: Jamshedpur FC coach Coyle had recovered from COVID-19 before taking charge of the team at Goa. What happens when someone tests positive for the coronavirus in the bio-secure bubble in Goa, you ask? Answered - ISL 2020-21 news: ISL's COVID-19 protocols explained

6:55pm: Much like Chennaiyin, Jamshedpur FC has also retained two of its foreign players - Aitor Monroy and David Grande. While Valskis is undoubtedly the side's biggest signing, here's more on the others - ISL 2020-21: Who are Jamshedpur FC's foreign players?

English footballer Peter Hartley will captain Jamshedpur FC for the seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21).   -  JAMSHEDPUR FC


6:45pm: One of the top assist makers of last season, Crivellaro is one of only two overseas players retained by Chennaiyin FC. Here's all you need to know about the rest of the foreigners - ISL 2020-21: Who are Chennaiyin FC's foreign players?

Rafael Crivellaro scored seven times in 20 matches last season.   -  ISL/Sportzpics


6:40pm: Coyle has assembled his Jamshedpur side in a  4-2-3-1 formation with the goal-getter Valskis leading from the front, while Chennaiyin boss Csaba Laszlo has opted for a 4-4-2 set-up.

Thapa will slot in midfield alongside Rafael Crivellaro, while Esmael, better known as Esma, and Jakub Sylvestr will lead the goal-scoring duties.

6:37pm: Strong starting XIs for both teams here. Unlike last evening's clash where Odisha and Hyderabad featured only four foreigners, both managers have are fielding their full quota of five foreigners today.

6:33pm: LINE UPS

Jamshedpur FC - Rehenesh TP (GK), Sandip Mandi, Laldinliana Renthlei, Peter William Hartley, Jitendra Singh, Stephen Eze, Issac Vanmalsawma, Jackichand Singh, Alexandre Monteiro de Lima, Aitor Monroy, Nerijus Valskis.

Chenniyin FC - Vishal Kaith (GK), Reagan Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Enes Sipovic, Eli Sabia, Deepak Tangri, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro, Anirudh Thapa, Esmael Goncalves, Jakub Sylvestr.

6:30: STAT - With two wins and a draw, Jamshedpur FC has never lost its opening fixture in its three seasons in the ISL.

Owen Coyle

Owen Coyle will be Jamshedpur FC's buzzword in ISL 2020-21.   -  Jamshedpur FC


6:15pm: Owen Coyle is the buzzword in the build-up to today's contest between Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC. Can the former Chennaiyin boss get one past his former employer? Aashin Prasad with the match preview - ISL 2020-21 Preview: Owen Coyle the buzzword as Chennaiyin meets Jamshedpur

6pm: Jamshedpur and Chennaiyin have faced each other six times so far. Which team has had the better of the other? - ISL 2020-21: Jamshedpur FC vs Chennaiyin FC - Head to Head Record, Match Stats Updates, Players to watch out for

Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur FC players arrive at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco ahead of this evening's season-opener against Chennaiyin FC.   -  ISL/Sportzpics


5:50pm: From trying to dribble like his elder brother as a six-year-old to attempting to emulate his idol Cristiano Ronaldo’s skills on the pitch, Santadeep Dey traces Nerijus Valskis' journey to the ISL - ISL 2020-21: Fresh start for golden boy Valskis at Jamshedpur FC

5:40pm: Much like the previous seasons, two-time Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) champion Chennaiyin FC starts the new campaign as a dark horse.

Having replaced five of its seven overseas players, the side will need to come up to speed swiftly if it is to avoid playing catchup with the competition, writes Aashin Prasad in our season preview - ISL 2020-21 news, Chennaiyin FC preview: Slow starter needs to hit right chord early


Jamshedpur FC will begin its Indian Super League campaign when it takes on last season's runner-up Chennaiyin FC today.

It promises to be a fascinating contest as Jamshedpur FC manager Owen Coyle and ace striker Nerijus Valskis will clash against their former club, Chennaiyin FC, for the first time.

Coyle helped Chennaiyin to a remarkable comeback, guiding the side from the bottom half of the table to the final, while Valsksis top-scored with 15 goals to win the Golden Boot.

Last season's Golden Boot winner Nerijus Valskis followed head coach Owen Coyle from Chennaiyin FC to Jamshedpur FC.   -  Twitter


ISL 2020-21 points table

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Here is Sportstar's predicted XI for today's clash -

Jamshedpur FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

TP Rahenesh; Laldinliana Renthlei, Narendar Gehlot, Peter Hartley, Sandip Mandi; Aitor Monroy, Amarjit Kiyam; Jackichand Singh, Alex Lima, Nicholas Fitzgerald; Nerijus Valskis

Chennaiyin FC predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa; Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Esmael Goncalves

We have also got you covered for your fantasy Jamshedpur-Chennaiyin combined XI. Captaincy pick: Nerijus Valskis (JFC)

Combined JFC-CFC XI

Vishal Kaith (CFC); Reagan Singh (CFC), Eli Sabia (CFC), Peter Hartley (JFC), Jerry Lalrinzuala(CFC); Anirudh Thapa (CFC), Alex Lima (JFC); Jackichand Singh (JFC), Rafael Crivellaro (CFC), Lallianzuala Chhangte (CFC); Nerijus Valskis (JFC)


The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) will mark the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following SC East Bengal's inclusion, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar