ISL 2019-20, as it happened: Isaac cancels out Valskis goal as Jamshedpur, Chennaiyin play out draw

Catch the live scores, commentary and updates of the Indian Super League match between Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC from the JRD Tata Complex.

Valskis scores to put Chennaiyin in front against Jamshedpur.   -  ISL MEDIA

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Indian Super League match between Jamshedpur FC and Chennaiyin FC.

 

Owen Coyle's hopes of a winning start is undone by a cruel deflection right at the death as we have often seen in the last few weeks in the league. But, Chennaiyin should have killed the game off earlier when Chhangte's misdirected cross came back to haunt his side. Jamshedpur climbs to fourth on the table while Chennaiyin remains ninth with six points in seven matches.

90' + 7' A free-kick for Jamshedpur from the left side. The ball falls on the edge of the box where Aniket wallops again and ends up going narrowly wide. That's the last action of the night and the referee calls for the whistle.

90' + 5' Dragos goes down holding his shoulder. It looks bad for hiim. He is stretchered off the pitch. Chennaiyin down to 10 men. No, he is ready to come back on again.

Jamshedpur don't care, however. The place is bouncing at the moment as ht ehome side pushes for a winner. Six minutes of added time.

89' GOOAAL! Can you believe it?! It's the former Chennaiyin player Isaac who gets the equaliser! It's all Aniket's good work which paved the way for the goal. He darts his way into the box and helps set up Isaac, who checks inside and takes a left footed shot which takes a massive deflection and goes into goal. Ooooo. It was a handball from Farukh which deflected the shot into the goal and wrong-footed Kaith. The referee fails to spot it.

87' Handball outside Chennaiyin's box by Schembri. This is nearly on the middle of the goal and 25 yards out. Monroy and Tiri are behind it. Monroy goes for a low pass into the feet of Passi but Chennaiyin manages to clear the ball away from his feet.

Another six minute plus added time for Chennaiyin to hold on for a win.

Final change for Chennaiyin: Crivellaro comes off for Dragos

81' What a chance for Chennaiyin to kill the game off. Rafael releases Chhangte free on the left flank. His cut-back across the face of the goal is poor... Schembri is not happy with that.

Thapa is back on the pitch, too.

Change for Chennaiyin: Thoi goes off for Schembri

76' Monroy with a late tackle on Thapa and he seems to be struggling a bit. Meanwhile, Andre Schembri is on the sidelines to make a brief appearance today.

Thoi seems to be checking his hamstring. He goes down on the pitch for a stretch. Just a cramp it seems like. He is okay to continue for now.

71' What a goal that would have been had that gone in! A set piece routine with the corner floated to the edge of Chennaiyin's box where Aniket comes in to meet it on the run. He gives it a good whack but narrowly goes wide of the goal...

Change for Chennaiyin: Germanpreet comes on for Masih Saighani

69' Isaac gets the ball on the left side of the box, checks inside and chips the ball to the far post. Kaith with an extravagant save behind for another corner.

The game has opened up a bit in the last few minutes. It's more end-to-end.

67' Crivellaro gets past one defender makes room for himself to take a shot from the edge of the but but Tiri again makes a crucial intervention to deflect the ball for a corner.

66' Saighani finds himself on he left flank and puts in a low cross intot he box for Valskis which Tiri pushes behind for a corner. A lucky corner for Chennaiyin as replay shows the final touch was from Valskis. Jamshepdur deal with the corner.

63' Chennaiyin on a promising break here with Crivellaro playing Chhangte through on goal. The winger loses his footing while arriving in the box and takes a left-footed shot off balance which Subrata saves. Jamshedpur goes the other way quickly and Aniket's shot from distance is deflected by Thapa before Kaith pushes away for a corner.

Final change for Jamshedpur: Vineeth goes off for former Chennaiyin player Isaac Vanmalsawma.

62' Chhangte gives away a free-kick outside Chennaiyin's box. The free-kick is dealt with by Chennaiyin.

Unsurprisingly, Goian has been flying in to his tackles today. Luckily for him and the Jamshedpur attackers there has been no nasty challenges.

57' Tiri intercepts Thoi's cross from the right after his link up with Thapa. Ball goes out for a throw in from which Crivellaro's shot is blocked. Jamshedpur break upfield with pace but Vineeth is played offside after Chennaiyin defenders push up.

Jamshedpur is dominating possession at the moment while making it difficult for Chennaiyin to hold on to the ball by pressing with intensity.

53' Good defensive work from Chhangte on the left flank to dispossess Gurung.

49' Poor form Crivellaro. He lunges into a tackle on Monroy and rightly gets booked for it.

46' Jamshedpur gets us underway and its immediately on the attack. Aniket's first contribution is a bicyle kick which is way off target.

SUB for Jamshedpur: Aniket Jadhav on for Mobashir Rahman

SECOND HALF

Jamshedpur's unbeaten home record is under threat tonight. It has scored thrice in four games at the JRD Tata Complex this season.

HALF TIME Chennaiyin FC has finally scored an away goal and leads 1-0 at half time. The new manager bounce is very evident in the way the visiting side is playing. Jamshedpur has to do much better if it intends to come back into the game.

45' Two minutes have been added at the end of the half.

41' Farukh has been the best player for the home side. He gets free on the right again but his cross is easiy collected by VIshal.

38' Jamshedpur FC almost finds the equaliser. Monroy plays a beautiful ball over the Chennaiyin defence to Farukh. He sends in a low cross that is cleared just before Sumeet Passi almost got to end of.

35' Acosta walks out of the pitch holding his shoulder. And he is immediately replaced by Jitendra Singh.

33' Masih Saighani picks up the first yellow card of the game.

26' CHENNAIYIN FC TAKES THE LEAD! Nerijus Valskis makes space for himself and shoots. The ball bounces off the far post and into the goal. That's his fourth goal in six games.

18' Thoi Singh crosses into the box and Robin Gurung looks to hit it first time but Saighani defends well.

17' Crivellaro tries to dance his way through a crowd of Jamshedpur players and loses the ball.

16' Chhangte skips past his marker again and his low cross into the box is cleared by a sliding Tiri.

13' Aitor Monroy plays CK Vineeth through down the left wing. Vineeth's cross is bad and it goes out for a goal kick.

10' Chhangte skips past a defender down the left flank. He tries to curl it into the box but the corss is too close to the keeper and Subrata Paul calmly gathers. Should've done better with the time he had on the ball.

9' Aitor Monroy chips the ball over the top of the Chennaiyin defence is cleared by Vishal Kaith who has come a long way off the line. Good keeping from the 23-year-old.

5' Thoi Singh puts the ball past Narender Gahlot and tries to go around him but the youngster uses his physical strength to hold him off.

3' Chennaiyin gets the first corner of the game. Crivellaro takes it but is easily defended by the Jamshedpur players.

3' Rafael Crivellaro with a lovely through ball for Lallianzuala Chhangte on the left flank. The latter looks to cross it first time but sees his effort blocked.

2' Both teams exchange possession in the opening minutes but the final pass is lacking.

1' KICKOFF! Chennaiyin FC gets the match underway.

FIRST HALF

— Chennaiyin FC hasn't won on the road since the 4-2 win against FC Pune City on November 6 last year. The team hasn't scored in its last six away games losing all of them. The last time it scored in an away game? It was at the JRD Tata Complex, Raphael Augusto the scorer.

TEAM NEWS

Jamshedpur FC XI: Subrata Paul (GK), Tiri (C), Narender Gahlot, Robin Gurung, Aitor Monroy, Noe Acosta, Mobashir Rahman, Memo Moura, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary, CK Vineeth

Sunstitutes: Rafique Ali (GK), Keegan Pereira, Jitendra Singh, Augustin Fernandes, Bikash Jairu, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Aniket Jadhav

Chennaiyin FC XI: Vishal Kaith (GK), Lucian Goian (C), Masih Saighani, Tondonba Singh, Eli Sabia, Rafael Crivellaro, Edwin Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa, Thoi Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Nerijus Valskis

Substitutes: Karanjit Singh (GK), Laldinliana Renthlei, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Rahim Ali, Andre Schembri, Germanpreet Singh, Dragos Firtulescu

PREVIEW | Owen Coyle faces first test with Chennaiyin at Jamshedpur

Antonio Iriondo’s Jamshedpur FC is unbeaten in the Indian Super League matches on home soil and it will look to extend this run to five when it plays host to Chennaiyin FC on Monday evening.

The Men of Steel have picked up two wins and as many draws at home and the Spanish coach will be keen for them to close the gap at the top.

The bad news for Jamshedpur is that Sergio Castel, who has five goals to his name, hasn’t recovered in time after picking up a knock in the previous game against NorthEast United.

Midfielder Piti has started training but will not be part of the matchday squad.

“We are going to keep trusting our players and the work they have done. I'm very happy with the situation at the moment. We have lost two of our foreign players (Sergio Castel and Piti) but the team is still performing good. I hope we continue with this kind of performance until we can recover both the players,” said Iriondo.

The former Indian Arrows boys, namely Narender Gehlot and Jitender Singh have taken to the ISL as a fish to water as they have fitted seamlessly into Iriondo’s system.

Farukh Choudhary has impressed everyone with his tricks and flicks but it’s about time for him to be more clinical in front of goal.

Meanwhile, these are interesting times at Chennaiyin FC as it has a new coach in Owen Coyle, who is well known for his stints at Bolton and Wigan. This was after John Gregory put in his papers and parted ways with the club.

Chennaiyin has just a single win to boast of and has conceded in every game, except one. Coyle’s immediate task would be to arrest the team's slide and sort out the defensive issues, both in terms of tactics and personnel.

“The first aim is to win games and do things systematically. I do recognize there are a lot of good opponents in the league. But we also have players with whom it is achievable to reach the play-offs.

“We are very respectful of our opponent (Jamshedpur), because they have great quality. But we don’t come with fear also. If we are at our best tomorrow, we can win the game,” observed the experienced Coyle.

Andre Schembri, who started its last game on the bench, is fit to start and it will be interesting to see if Coyle makes massive changes to the starting eleven or prefers the safer approach by fielding more or less the same players from the last match.

An intriguing battle at the JRD Sports Complex awaits.