Kerala Blasters drew 0-0 with rivals Chennaiyin FC in a rollercoaster of a match in Hero Indian Super League on Sunday evening.
A penalty awarded to Chennaiyin was saved by Albino Gomes, the Hero of the match. With this draw, Chennaiyin FC stands at the 3rd position whereas Kerala moved to the 7th position.
Chennaiyin FC 0-0 Kerala Blasters Team News
Chennaiyin played with a 4-4-2 formation and an unchanged starting 11. The goalscorers of the last match Thapa and Isma, against Jamshedpur FC, were included in the lineup.
Vicente Gomez was rested and Denechandra Meitei debuted for Kerala Blasters. Sahal Abdul Samad and Rahul KP were included as the substitutes.
They started with a 4-3-3 formation allowing the players more freedom and space to play.
Kerala Blasters 0-0 Chennaiyin FC Analysis:
The match began with Chennaiyin FC attacking speedily. As a result of high intensity, they had the most attacks in the beginning.
Lallianzuala Chhangte and Anirudh Thapa were looking dangerous for the first few minutes. However, the defensive duo of Bakary Kone and Costa Nhamoinesu were top class in defending.
On the other hand, Blasters had created some pressing upfront lead by Facundo Pereyra and Sergio Cidoncha. Costa missed a free header during a corner as there was no one marking him.
The first notable performance for Blasters was of Rohit Kumar. He forced Chennaiyin shotstopper Vishal Kaith to a wonderful save. It was a crucial moment for Kerala Blasters.
Albino Gomes had been creating many issues in the back. Kone however cleared the difficulties when needed.
However, there was a big crucial part that Kerala didn’t appeal for. During one of the corners, a Chennaiyin player had raised the hand and touched the ball. Unfortunately, no one appealed. Surely, the refereeing quality of ISL has been a real concern for Indian football.
The return of young lad Rahul KP wasn’t that good. He could manage to score 3 goals in the 3 friendly matches that Blasters had played. However, there were some promising runs. Sahal got to play in a deeper position, due to the absence of Vicente Gomez, which didn’t suit him.
A few minutes later, Sergio Cidoncha made a clumsy challenge inside the penalty box to award Chennaiyin a penalty. Jakub Sylvestr could not convert it into a goal after a wonderful stop by Gomes.
Kerala next faces ISL hosts FC Goa on 6th December whereas Chennaiyin faces Bengaluru FC in their second consecutive Southern derby on 4th December.
Lallianzuala Chhangte (7/10): He made some dangerous runs upfront. His speed was causing problems to Nishu Kumar.
Bakary Kone (7/10): He was the best defender for the match. He disallowed a mispass from Gomes to find the back of the net.
Albino Gomes (8/10) :- He was the zero turning into a hero after a very good penalty save.
Comments made by respective managers:
“In the second half it was very even, I think we were tired in the last 20-30 minutes because we played on Thursday. My feeling is that if we play in the same conditions as the opponents (playing their second game instead of third) we get the three points.”– Kibu Vicuna
“It was an interesting game. I think Kerala had just one shot in the first half, we had two to three possibilities. I think the performance and fighting spirit was there, but we have to keep going and going.”– Csaba Laszlo
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