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Del Piero scores maiden ISL goal as Delhi hold Chennaiyin 2-2

Italian legend Alessandro del Piero scored his first goal at the fag end of the tournament via a superb free-kick as Delhi Dynamos rallied from two goal down to hold leaders Chennaiyin FC 2-2 in a thrilling Indian Super League football match.

The draw gave Delhi a small chance to make it to the semifinals as their qualification will now depend on the results of tomorrow’s matches.

Chennaiyin, who now have 23 points after their league engagements ended today, and Goa FC (21 points with one match left) have already qualified for the semifinals. Delhi have also ended their league engagements with 18 points and their fate may be decided by the result of tomorrow’s match between Atletico de Kolkata — who also have 18 points — and Goa FC in Kolkata.

A win will seal ATK a place in the last four but a loss against Goa tomorrow by a two-goal margin may create problems for them. ATK have a goal difference of three as against two of Delhi. A loss for ATK tomorrow by two-goal margin will see their goal difference reduce to just one.

Chennai got off to an great start with Bruno Pelissari and Jeje Lalpekhlua putting them comfortably ahead in the 16th and 28th minutes respectively. Delhi hit back in the second session through Del Piero’s excellent free-kick in the 53rd minute and Hans Mulder’s drive from outside the area in the 88th minute.

Delhi looked the better of the two teams at the start of the game and set about attacking with purpose. They did threaten the Chennaiyin citadel time and again but were unable to make the most of their chances.

It was Chennai who took the unexpected lead. Adil Khan blocked Jeje Lalpekhlua from running on to a loose ball in the box and hit it out for a corner. The Brazilian Pelissari stepped up and curled his flag-kick directly past Kristof Van Hout and into the far corner for a sensational opener in the 16th minute that set the home side on their way.

Things did not get better for the visitors following the goal as Mads Junker went down with an injury and was replaced by Del Piero in the 23rd minute.

NorthEast United thrash leaders Chennaiyin FC 3-0

NorthEast United pumped in three first half goals in a rampaging show to drub table toppers Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in an absorbing Hero Indian Super League match to keep their hopes of a semifinal berth alive on Thursday.

Senegalese defender Massamba Lo Sambou scored twice (21st and 23rd) in the space of two minutes after Assmamese Durga Boro struck in the 10th minute to consolidate his status as one of the domestic finds of the tournament in front of a packed crowd at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

With nearly 30,000 home supporters cheering their club, NorthEast were ahead 3-0 in the 23rd minute and they denied the table leaders from Chennai to score any goal to notch up their first win in seven matches.

Chennaiyin did most of the attacking with more shots on goal but they could not find the target. Even NorthEast marquee player Joan Capdevila’s expulsion in the 72nd minute after his second yellow card did not lead to any goal from Chennaiyin as the home side guarded their citadel well.

Before Thursday’s victory, NorthEast have not won a match since their 2-0 away defeat of Mumbai on October 24. Since then, they have lost three and drawn three matches before today’s win.

After Thursday’s win, NorthEast have jumped to fifth spot with 13 points from 11 matches while Chennaiyin remained on top of league table with 19 points from 11 matches.

Chennaiyin will now feel the pressure what with Atletico de Kolkata hot on their heels with 16 points from 10 matches.

Chennaiyin head down south to Kochi for a game against Kerala Blasters FC on November 30 while NorthEast travel to Goa for their next fixture on December 1.

NorthEast were on the ball right from the word go. They pegged the visitors back in their own half with their passing and speed of movement, particularly down the flanks.

The home fans did not have to wait long to see their team go in front, when Eric Djemba-Djemba’s headed clearance hit Seiminlen Doungel and fell kindly for Durga Boro in the 10th minute.

The Assamese striker was in the right place at the right time and pounced on the opportunity and finished past a charging Gennaro Bracigliano.

That opened the floodgates and some 10 minutes later Sambou got two goals in quick succession, both from set pieces, one a corner, and the other a free kick.

The latter was a beautifully floated in curler from Koke which saw Sambou rise majestically over his markers and head it powerfully across the goal and into the far corner of the net.

Both goals came in a space of two minutes and NorthEast were three goals ahead in the 23rd minute after managing to score just one goal in the last three games.

The match had a lot of heated moments as the visitors felt the pressure getting to them, but surprisingly, they were the team that ended the game with 11 men, as NorthEast marquee player Capdevila was sent off in the 72nd minute after his second booking.

Chennaiyin FC thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0

Chennaiyin FC produced a clinical performance and pumped in goals in the second half to thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the table in Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday.

After much prodding and probing, Bruno Pelissari gave his side the lead in the 71st minute when he slotted the ball home.

Pelissari made the stride after a blunder from Mumbai midfielder Jan Stohanzl, who gave away the ball from the edge of the box before Chennai’s Balwant Singh failed to get a touch.

The Marco Materazzi-coached side extended the lead 10 minutes later when Dhanachandra Singh’s shot found the back of the net after capitalising on a error from Mumbai custodian Subrata Paul.

The Abhishek Bachchan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owned side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 89th minute when Cristian Hidalgo, who came in for Pelissari in the 73rd minute, smashed a brilliant freekick past to the right of a flying Paul in the Mumbai goal.

The table-toppers missed out on getting a penalty when Mikael Silvestre’s shot hit Manuel Friedrich’s hand in the 56th minute.

Chennai which had drubbed Mumbai 5-1 when the two sides had met earlier, consolidate their position at the top with 19 points from 10 games, while with 12 points Mumbai is placed sixth in the eight-team league.

The hosts were without the services of the French import Nicolas Anelka and drafted Portuguese midfielder Tiago Ribeiro in his place, while skipper Syed Rahim Nabi came in place of forward Subash Singham in the starting eleven.

Chennaiyin, on the other hand, made three changes to their line-up from the previous game. The league’s highest goal scorer Elano Blumer, Colombian striker John Mendoza and Gourmangi Singh were replaced by Bruno Pelissari, Mikael Silvestre and Balwant Singh.

Mumbai came close to breaking the deadlock in the fifth minute when Czech midfielder Jan Stohanzl arrived late to collect the cross from Tiago but his shot went wide.

The home side squandered a double opportunity in the 26th minute. Lalrindika Ralte stole the ball from Bernard Mendy and passed it to Brazilian striker Andre Moritz, whose shot was denied by custodian Gennaro Bracigliano. The ball then went to Tiago after former Manchester United defender Silvestre deflected it but his shot went wide.

The visitors targeted Moritz, who was on the receiving end of many tackles, and the tournament’s first hat-trick scorer had to leave the field on the 31st minute with a hamstring injury.

This however, gave the opportunity to marquee player Frederik Ljungberg to ply his trade after missing a few games due to a hamstring injury.

The former Arsenal star last featured in the 0-2 loss at home against NorthEast United FC on October 24, got a rousing welcome from the packed stadium.

In a fast-paced opening half, Mumbai dominated the start of play but couldn’t capitalise on the chances.

The Chennai side couldn’t get past the Mumbai’s defence and were unable to break the shackles in the first half, despite enjoying a lions’ share of possession.

Pelissari’s feeble attempt from a distance in the 34th minute was easily blocked by Mumbai goalkeeper Subrata Paul.

The Indian custodian was tested in the first couple of minutes in the second half by Pelissari but the Brazilian couldn’t manage to find his name on the score sheet then.

Mumbai frittered away a chance when skipper Nabi missed a golden opportunity to give his side a lead in the 53rd minute.

The hosts, who had featured in three successive goalless draws prior to this match, had a chance to go up when Denson Devadas fouled Stohanzl in the 65th minute but Tiago’s freekick failed to trouble the visiting team keeper.

Elano misses penalty, Chennai draw with Pune

It was a classic case of what a high-pressure match can do to even the best in the business. Call it the Elano blooper — the dead ball specialist sprayed wide a 15th minute penalty and along with that victory hopes of Abhishek Bachchan co-owned Chennaiyin FC.

Their Colombian striker John Stiven Mendoza, who worked tirelessly on the night right from the kickoff, was rewarded for his efforts in the 58th minute to save the Southerners the blushes and help them take home a point.

Earlier in the first half, FC Pune City drew first blood when right winger Israil Gurung sent forth a gem of an aerial ball to Greek midfielder Kostas Katsouranis. Rival midfielder Denson Devdas should have cut short the pass.

The Greek was there to slot the ball home and send the home crowd in to raptures in the ninth minute. It was just the ending to a well-fought match though the rivals will look back and count the number of times Mendoza, who was all over the place, took shots at goal but was denied his day in the sun. The 1-1 result keeps both teams static.

Chennaiyin FC with 12 points are at second spot while FC Pune City with 11 points are at third. At the whistle: FC Pune City 1 (Kostas Katsouranis 9m) drew with Chennaiyin FC.

Atletico, Chennaiyin play out a 1-1 draw in ISL

A stoppage time penalty strike from midfielder Elano Blumer helped hosts Chennaiyin FC hold Atletico de Kolkata to a 1-1 draw in a top-of-the-table Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Tuesday.

With the draw, both teams have maintained their positions at the standings, Atletico de Kolkata on top with 12 points from six matches and Chennaiyin FC second with 10 points after five matches.

It was a drama-filled match that witnessed two red cards and two penalties.

In the end, the home team would be more content to walk away with a point after being a goal and a man down from the early stage of the game and stealing an equaliser in stoppage time.

Chennai goalkeeper Shilton Paul was shown the red card on 33 minutes when he brought down opposing striker Mohammad Rafi inside the box, also conceding a penalty.

Chennai had to sacrifice striker Jean-Eudes Maurice to bring in their second-choice keeper Gennaro Bracigliano but he couldn’t stop the penalty as Atletico’s Spanish midfielder calmly converted from the spot to give the away team the lead.

Atletico maintained the lead at halftime. But the match underwent a dramatic shift right after the resumption of play when Atletico’s Jofre was sent off after receiving his second caution of the match for diving.

Both teams were down to 10 men and with the numerical superiority of Atletico nullified, Chennaiyin stepped on the pressure, hoping to equalise.

Both teams had their fair share of chances to score but couldn’t convert them.

Just when it appeared that Atletico will hold on the 1-0 lead to clinch crucial three points that would have given them a comfortable five-point lead at the top of the points table, Chennayin got a penalty.

Defender Kingshuk Debnath, under pressure from Colombian forward John Steven Valencia brought him down in the box to give away a penalty in the 90th minute.

Brazilian Elano scored with a neatly-taken penalty to restore parity and gift his team a point that could prove to be very crucial in determining the final four teams that will qualify for the semi-finals.

Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC hope to bounce back from defeats

Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC both come into the 15th game of the Hero Indian Super League on the back of losses. The home side suffered their first loss in three games in New Delhi while Mumbai succumbed to their second defeat, at home against NorthEast United FC. Mumbai’s loss was the more unexpected as they had put five goals past state rivals Pune City FC in their backyard a week earlier.

Tomorrow’s encounter thus affords both teams the chance to bounce back. Mumbai are good going forward while the Chennai defence is one of the strongest in the league. The visitors are likely to be reinforced by the presence of Nicolas Anelka and the return of Syed Rahim Nabi from injury. It will thus be an interesting battle between the Mumbai attack and the Chennai defence.

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I wanted to be part of football revolution, says MS Dhoni

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CHENNAI: If seven years with Chennai Super Kings made MS Dhoni something of a Chennaiite, the Indian captain on Monday signalled that he will continue his affair with the city by purchasing a stake in Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin FC.

The CSK skipper is now a partner in the Chennai franchise with Vita Dani and Abhishek Bachhan.

“As all of you know, I began my sporting activities as a footballer and was a goalkeeper for my school and then shifted to cricket since we didn’t have a wicketkeeper in our team,” Dhoni told reporters on Monday.

“And as a far my association with Chennaiyin FC is concerned, I have always been a big fan of football and Manchester United and I follow English Premier League. It gives immense happiness to be a part of this team and I’m sure, with the kind of players we have in our ranks, we’ll make Chennaiyin FC a great side.”

The Indian skipper is second current player after India vice-captain Virat Kohli (FC Goa) to co-own an ISL team.

Former India greats Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are co-owners in Kerala Blasters FC and Atletico de Kolkata, respectively.

Dhoni feels the way ISL is being organised and the investor interest it has gained could help the football league become as big a hit as the Indian Premier League.

“Why not? When IPL started seven years ago nobody thought it would become such a big event.. It happened only because people supported it. Many important people have been involved in the [football] league, the media is very excited about it and it’s time for the common people to come forward and extend their support. I appeal to all football lovers to come to the stadium and watch the matches because for a player nothing is more satisfying than playing in front of a full house,” Dhoni said.

Noting how important it is to develop football at the grassroots level, he said Chennaiyin FC will focus on more the development of the sport rather than on winning trophies and championships. “It’s important to develop the available talent.

We are still trying to improve our football standards and I think a team can’t make it big unless it has proper development at the grassroots level.

We are fortunate to have some intentionally established players in the team and I’m sure our local players will benefit a lot by playing alongside them,” Dhoni said.

On his choice of the Chennai club, Dhoni said, “As I said my association with CSK for seven years has helped me mingle with the local people and learn their culture. It would have been extremely difficult for me to captain CSK and own a Kolkata, Delhi or Mumbai [football] team at the same time. Given my connect with the city, Chennai was a natural choice. I’m thankful to Chennai for giving me so much love. This city has passion for sports and, from the support CSK has had all these years, I’m sure it will be the same for Chennaiyin FC.”