ISL 2020-21 highlights, Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters FC: Albino penalty save helps KBFC earn point vs CFC

ISL 2020-21, KBFC vs CFC: Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC played out a goalless draw at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Sunday.

Albino Gomes saved Jakub Sylvestr's penalty as Kerala Blasters held on to a 0-0 draw against Chennaiyin FC.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Welcome to Sportstar's ISL blog of the match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters at the GMC Stadium Bambolim in Goa.

Minute-by-minute UPDATES

Chennaiyin has another big game next vs Bengaluru FC, while Blasters take on FC Goa. But before that Goa takes on NorthEast United on Monday evening. Here's the match preview. The CFC vs KBFC report and key talking points will be live soon. Until then, it's good night.


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Kerala Blasters coach Kibu Vicuna, "Well I am little disappointed [with result]. I told the boys that if we played in same physical conditions as them we win. We have played three games, one more than them. We didnt start well but in the middle of firfst half and we played the ball well to finish the half well. It was even in the second half but in the last 25 minutes we were very tired.

Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo, "I am unsatisfied because we had the chance to win the derby with the penalty. We had some chances in the first half and we kept a clean sheet. We move to next game now.[No change in system] The time is very short but we are working on it. I want to have one team [11 players] with two-three different systems but I hope the players can also adapt to that. I think the boys are willing to learn and enjoying themselves... Maybe [resting some tired players next game] tomorrow I have a friendly schedule for the boys. I came late to India so I need to try these things."

Post match reaction from both coaches coming up...

Blasters now have two points from three matches. Some positives from the last two games but they aren't enough for that elusive win. Blasters move to seventh on the table, while Chennaiyin jumps to third. POINTS TABLE

Full-time whistle is blown! Points shared after an engrossing affair. Chennaiyin will feel like it squandered the big chances to win this game to make it two in two to the new season. But it was thwarted by Kone and Albino Gomes' penalty save with 15 minutes to go. Jakub Sylvestr will be kicking himself for not converting the spot-kick.

90'+5' Foul on Prasanth by Jerry. Kaith spills it form the free-kick but its cleared away from danger.

90'+4' Free-kick for Chennaiyin 35 yards out from goal. Fatkhullo on it. Offside called on Eli Sabia's run.

Can Chennaiyin make the man advantage count?

90'+2' Cidoncha is being stretchered off the field.

Five minutes of added time.

90' Cidoncha goes down after clattering into Sipovic. Ball is put out of play. Will he be able to continue? Kerala can't make any more subs.

88' Kone stretches his leg to take the ball off Sylvestr, who was looking to run in for a through ball.

Both teams looking to settle for a point perhaps with those subs.

84' CFC SUBS: Chhangte, Crivellaro OFF; Germanpreet, Memo ON

84' KBFC SUBS: Rohit, Hooper OFF; Jeakson, Murray ON

83' Foul on Jerry by Prasanth and the referee books him.

81' Chhangte crosses the ball into the box for Fatkhullo, who controls it well but the referee calls for a handball.

80' Reagan puts in a diving header to block Pereyra's cross into the box. Corner and there was a foul on Kaith in the six yard area and the ref gives the free kick in Chennaiyin's favour.

Drinks break taken.

76' PENALTY SAVED! Albino Gomes, you beauty! Sylvestr looks to place it to the right and Albino guesses it right. He pushes it wide and punches the air in delight. What a chance that was for Chennaiyin to take the lead.

74' PENALTY! Chhangte wins the ball from Costa which sets of Reagan on the run on the right. He squares it for Rafael inside the box, who is brought down by Cidoncha. Penalty awarded and a yellow card for the Kerala skipper.

71' Jerry squares the ball for Thapa and he takes a shot from distance, which goes well over the goal.

68' Fatkhullo draws a save from Gomes from the free-kick. He pushes it away from a potential rebound.

67' Handball on the edge of the box by Rahul KP.

66' KBFC SUB: Naorem OFF, Prasanth ON

65' Naorem is down getting some medical attention now.

Blasters' Sahal is warming up on the sidelines.

61' Crivellaro, again, finds himself on the edge of the box on the right and looks to bend one into the top corner but he puts it wide.

59' Crivellaro dribbles out of a tight space on the left and fires in a cross into the face of the goal and Jessel heads it behind for a corner.

57' Free-kick from the left and Pereyra's cross into the box is headed over at the near post by Kone.

56' CFC SUB: Esmael OFF, Fatkhullo ON

55' Corner for Chennaiyin after Kone intercepts the ball away from Chhangte's run down the left. Thapa looks to catch the 'keeper off his line with a header but he puts it wide.

52' Rahul chips the ball into the net after going through on goal but the assistant puts the flag up.

51' KBFC SUB: Denechendra OFF, Jessel ON

50' Blasters' Denechendra, who is making his ISL debut, is down now in his box. He won't be able to continue.

48' Esmael is looking a bit leggy up top. Loose passes, heavy touches, etc.

46' Blasters get the second half underway. Rahul, who is making his first appearance this season, will take his place on the right wing.

KBFC SUB: Seityasen OFF, Rahul KP ON


Chennaiyin-Kerala Blasters: Half-time statistics


Half-time whistle is blown. Blasters will be the happier of the two sides after a sloppy first twenty minutes. Chennaiyin had the better openings but failed to capitalise on them. Blasters finished the half stronger looking comfortable on the ball and have fashioned some half-chances.

45'+3' Free-kick for Chennaiyin on the right side to end the half. Poor from Chennaiyin as Thapa fails to collect Crivellaro's squared pass at the edge of the box.

Three minutes of added time.

45' Kone is shown the yellow card for a lunging tackle on Crivellaro. He wins the ball but catches his right leg. Kone is enraged with the decision.

44' CFC SUB: Chhuantea OFF, Jerry ON

Chhuantea goes down feeling his hamstring. This is the second time this season, the left-back has to go off. Jerry Lalrinzuala to come on.

41' Denechendra superb on the left flank to keep Esmael's run in check twice in the space of a minute.

40' Naorem is everywhere. He is on the left, centre and right. He runs to the right and wins a corner off Sipovic.

Chennaiyin struggling to play out of its own half. Blasters dominating the possession and passing count.

35' Naorem cuts in from the left and takes a shot on goal which is turned behind for a corner. Before that, Pereyra sets up Rohit to take a shot from inside the box which is blocked.

33' Action resumes.

Water break taken.

30' Costa runs on to the corner and heads it towards goal but the ball deflects off Crivellaro and goes out for another corner kick.

29' Rohit Kumar with a fierce hit from distance and Vishal Kaith with a sprawling save with his left mitt to concede a corner.

Better control from Blasters in the last 10 minutes or so as we approach the 30-minute mark.

26' GOAL! OFFSIDE! Crivellaro in space spots Sylvestr's run with a chipped ball into the box which is met by a diving header into the back of the net. But the assistant immediately puts his flag up.

25' Pereyra collects the ball on the half-turn but his shot from distance flies it into the stands.

22' Naorem gets on the end of a hooked ball into the face of the goal by Seityasen but Naorem faisl to guide the ball on target. Let off for Chennaiyin.

21' Reagan goes into the book for a diving tackle on Naorem. Appeared to be a clean take of he ball but the referee sees it differently.

20' Thapa goes to the byline and fires in a low cross for Sylvestr but Albino gets to it first and holds on to it.

17' What's happening at the back for Blasters! Albino is all over the place looking to play out from the back. Crivellaro and Esmael force an error out of Albino with a gaping empty net but Kone nicks the ball away before they Crivellaro could take a shot.

14' Crivellaro delivering the scares, alright! Another fine freekick sails into the box but finds no takers. Kerala Blasters heave a sigh of relief.

10' Sylvestr picks Chhangte, who delivers another cross but Gomes ensures that there is no harm done.

7' Chhangte again! Fed with a long ball, the Mizoram playmaker dashes up the flanks and drives a low ball into the box. Thapa, rushing in from the right, fires one in but it just swishes past the woodwork. Chennaiyin asking some serious questions here of the Kerala defence.

6' Almost! Gomes gets a false touch on the ball and Isma was only inches away from tapping it home.

5' Lallianzuala Chhangte doing what he does best. The 23-year-old takes the game to the opposition defence and manages to get the ball within the danger zone multiple times but Kerala would be relieved that there was no damage done.

3' A quality freekick from Crivellaro almost sees a change in scorecard in favour of Chennaiyin. However, an alert Albino Gomes steps out and leaps right in time to punch the ball away.

2' The referee has a word with Nishu Kumar Tashni after he brings Jakub Sylvestr down on the left.

7.33pm: Peeeeeep! And we are underway. Chennaiyin kicks off from left to right.

7.25pm: It's time for the Indian national anthem to be played. The Kerala Blasters are walking out onto the pitch followed by the Marina Machans led by skipper Crivellaro.



Kerala Blasters FC (4-3-3): Albino Gomes (GK), Costa Nhamoinesu, Nishu Kumar Tashni, Bakary Kone, Seityasen Singh, Rohit Kumar, Nongdamba Naorem, Sergio Cidoncha, Yondrembem Denechandra Meitei, Gary Hooper, Facundo Abel Pereyra.

Chennaiyin FC (4-2-3-1): Vishal Kaith (GK), Deepak Tangri, Eli Sabia Filho, Enes Sipovic, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Keisham Reagan Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Schuler Crivellaro, Anirudh Thapa, Esmael Ruti Tavares Cruz da Silva Goncalves, Jakub Sylvestr.

- This clash is labelled as the big ‘derby’ between the two Southern cities from Chennai and Kochi. Its first making came as early as the first season in 2014, when tempers flared during Blasters’ semifinal win which knocked out Chennaiyin.

Remember Sushanth Mathew’s left-foot wonder strike from the first leg? Woof! READ more about the head-to-head record for these two teams.

- Chennaiyin has had the best start to life under coach Csaba Laszlo after the 2-1 win over Jamshedpur FC. For Kerala Blasters, however, it is searching for its first win in its third try under head coach Kibu Vicuna.

Here’s what both the head coaches had to say from S. Dipak Ragav’s match preview (READ)

- Blasters were 2-0 up in their last match against NorthEast United. How did they squander the lead to draw 2-0? Here are the talking points from the game. (READ)

- Chennaiyin could have scored more than two in its opening game if it wasn’t for its wasteful finishing. Winger Lallianzuala Chhangte was particularly guilty. He will have good memories from his outings against the Blasters last season when he scored three goals in two matches. Here’s more on Chhangte’s goals, misses and everything in between. (READ)

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ISL 2020-21 points table

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

Here's how the two teams could line-up.

Chennaiyin FC predicted XI (4-4-2)

Vishal Kaith; Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Anirudh Thapa, Deepak Tangri, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Esmael Goncalves, Jakub Sylvestr

Kerala Blasters predicted XI (4-3-3)

Abino Gomes; Nishu Kumar, Costa Nhamoinesu, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro; Vicente Gomez, Rohit Kumar, Sergio Cidoncha; Seityasen Singh, Gary Hooper, Lalthathanga Khawlhring

We have also got you covered for your fantasy Chennaiyin-Kerala combined XI. Captaincy pick: Esmael Goncalves (CFC)

Combined CFC-KBFC XI

Vishal Kaith (CFC); Nishu Kumar (KBFC), Eli Sabia (CFC), Costa Nhamoinesu (KBFC), Jessel Carneiro (KBFC); Anirudh Thapa (CFC), Sergio Cidoncha (KBFC); Esmael Goncalves (CFC), Rafael Crivellaro (CFC), Lallianzuala Chhangte (CFC); Gary Hooper (KBFC)

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.


Chennaiyin FC

Goalkeepers: Revanth BY, Vishal Kaith, Karanjit Singh, Samik Mitra.

Defenders: Lalchhuanmawia Fanai, Enes Sipovic, Reagan Singh, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Remi, Balaji Ganesan, Aqib Nawab, Deepak Tangri

Midfielders: Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Memo Moura, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro, Abhijit Sarkar, Pandiyan Sinivasan, Germanpreet Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Edwin Vanspaul.

Forwards: Jakub Sylvestr, Aman Chetri, Rahim Ali, Esmael Goncalves.

Kerala Blasters FC

Goalkeepers: Albino Gomes, Bilal Husain Khan, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Muheet Khan.

Defenders: Costa Nhamoinesu, Nishu Kumar, Bakary Kone, Jessel Carneiro, Sandeep Singh, Abdul Hakku, Lalruatthara

Midfielders: Sergio Cidoncha, Sahal Abdul Samad, Vicente Gomez, Seityasen Singh, Rahul KP, Givson Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Yondrembem Denechandra, Nongdamba Naorem, Arjun Jayaraj, Ayush Adhikari, Jeakson Singh, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Ritwik Das, Rohit Kumar

Forwards: Gary Hooper, Jordan Murray, Facundo Pereyra, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Shaiborlang Kharpan.

Where to watch ISL 2020-21 live?

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