Sports Football 30 Nov 2018 Chennai, Kerala spli ...

Chennai, Kerala split points in their Super League game

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 30, 2018, 4:40 am IST
Updated Nov 30, 2018, 4:40 am IST
The southern giants, desperate for a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Thursday, could not score a goal despite fashioning several chances.
Action at the goalmouth during the ISL match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters at the Nehru Stadium on Thursday.
 Action at the goalmouth during the ISL match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters at the Nehru Stadium on Thursday.

Chennai: The Southern derby between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters ended in a hard-fought goalless stalemate as both teams now face a bleak play-off chances in the Indian Super League.

The southern giants, desperate for a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Thursday, could not score a goal despite fashioning several chances to do so. With points split now, Chennaiyin climb to eighth in the league with five points from nine matches, while Kerala remain a spot above with eight points.

 

The home team started the high-voltage fixture with clear intent and created a couple of chances within the first six minutes. First, Raphael Augusto got the better of Halicharan Narzary on the right wing and fizzed a ball across which could not be turned in by Issac Vanmalsawma. Three minutes later, Andrea Orlandi headed a cross from Issac straight to Dheeraj Singh in the Kerala goal.

However, the game soon turned scrappy with neither team able to fashion a clear cut opportunity and possession changing hands frequently.

Kerala, for all their industry in midfield, could not really threaten the home team’s defence while Chennaiyin did have some half-chances. Jeje Lalpekhlua sent a shot high after pouncing on a loose ball inside the Kerala penalty box while Thoi Singh stung the palms of Dheeraj with a half-volley from outside the box in the 30th minute.

 

Thoi had a brilliant chance three minutes later when he won the ball in midfield and played Jeje in behind the defence.

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