ISL 2020-21 highlights: Chennaiyin, NorthEast United play out 3-3 draw

ISL 2020-21, CFC vs NEUFC Updates: Here are all the Indian Super League news and commentary from the match between Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC in Bambolim.

Chennaiyin FC players celebrate Lallianzuala Chhangte's second goal against NorthEast United FC in the 2020-21 ISL on Thursday.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 match blog of the game between Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC which was played at the GMC Stadium on Thursday.

The 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) coverage for the day is done and dusted. Tomorrow, ATK Mohun Bagan will square off against arch-rival SC East Bengal in the second and final 'Kolkata Derby' of the ongoing season. [MATCH 99 - PREVIEW] Until then, it is good night from us!

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Chennaiyin FC striker Jakub Sylvestr claims the 'Winning Pass of the Game' award for the assist during his team's opening goal tonight, while his teammate and winger, Lallianzuala Chhangte, takes home the 'Player of the Match' honour for his double against NorthEast United FC.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

 

7:30 PM: AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

7:15 PM: With the ISL league phase ending on February 28, the Football Sports Development Limited announced that the first-leg semifinals will be held on Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6. The return legs are scheduled for Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9. (READ MORE)

7:00 PM: As Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC gear up to square off in match 98 of the 2020-21 Indian Super League, here are all the important stats, players to watch out for and head-to-head records from fixtures featuring the two outfits. (FULL STORY)

6:45 PM: PODCAST - The latest episode of 'The Full Time Show' features the Robbie Fowler interview with our reporters Shyam Vasudevan and Amitabha Das Sharma. We also take a deep dive into his controversy-courting maiden ISL coaching sojourn and his season with SC East Bengal.

6:30 PM: The team lineups are out!

CFC XI: Vishal Kaith, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Eli Sabia, Enes Sipovic, Reagan Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul, Manuel Lanzarote, Memo Moura, Rahim Ali, Jakub Sylvestr.

COACH: Csaba Laszlo.

NEUFC XI: Subhasish Roy, Provat Lakra, Ashutosh Mehta, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Lalengmawia, Imran Khan, Khassa Camara, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Luis Machado, Deshorn Brown.

COACH: Khalid Jamil.

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW:

Play-offs hopes gone up in smoke, Chennaiyin FC will be looking to end the season on a high. With two matches remaining, the two-time champion will go all-out to script a victory-one that it has been unable to do for the last seven matches.

Its opponent NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) on Thursday in the Indian Super League at the GMC Bambolim Stadium is in a much-better position as it is keen to secure a berth for qualification for play-offs.

Currently in fourth place, NEUFC has been on a seven-match unbeaten run. After a win over last-placed Odisha FC in its previous match, NEUFC, which looked impressive under the interim coach Khalid Jamil, will be more than eager to do really well in its next three matches and make it to the play-offs.

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With FC Goa and Bengaluru FC close on its heels, NEUFC realises the task on hand is not by any stretch of imagination, easy.

“We just have to control them, dictate the play and not give them time with the ball and space to operate,” said NEUFC’s assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew. “We have to be calm, composed, and concentrate on our game. At the same time we have to show aggression we have to play with intensity and 100 percent effort to win the match."

Chennaiyin has been wasteful on the final third, fluffing several opportunities. Coach Csaba Laszlo was keen the team do well.  “We have two games to go and this is not just about playoffs but it is to get good results. In these two games, we will do everything in order to win.”

The Chennaiyin gaffer was optimistic that his team will play positively and compete in the same manner it did against FC Goa (2-2) in its previous contest. “Every team has ups and downs and not every season is perfect. I think this season we had a lot of good things. But it wasn’t so fantastic and not so positive, especially in offence. It (NorthEast) will be a tough game. They have made good recruitment especially the foreigners. And in this game we see if we get the opportunity or not but our target is to win this game. Our attention is on playing successful football and scoring goals. We go into the game the way we went against Goa and this is our target.”

ISL 2020-21 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV