Indian Football League - Chennaiyin FC vs NorthEast United

The race for top-4 continues as ISL match on Thursday will Chennaiyin clash against NorthEast United. So, will the Highlanders succeed in maintaining the coveted position, or will Marina Machans end the season with some fond memories.

Harshil PanditAuthor

Updated - 25 February 2021 06:07 PM


Another exciting ISL game comes to an end with both sides splitting points. Thank you for tuning in to SportsTiger! And while you are here, do check out our coverage of other games as we bring you sports insights from all over the world.

Hero of the game: Chennaiyin FC's Lallianzuala Chhangte for his brace.

FULL-TIME: That's all for the game at GMC Stadium today. The heated contest comes to an end with both sides sharing the point. It is Chennaiyin FC 3, NorthEast United 3.

[90+4'] GOOAAL!! Luis Machado. The Portuguese hits from the spot with ample power in it. Kaith dives right way but he is never stopping that powerful shot. Chennaiyin FC 3, NorthEast United 3.

[90+3'] PENALTY for NorthEast United!! We have a drama at GMC as the Highlanders have won a penalty at death after Deshorn Brown is brought down by Kaith in box when trying to win an aerial ball. YELLOW Card for Vishal Kaith.

[90'] Will NorthEast get the much-needed goal for strengthening their chances for playoffs. We have 6 more minutes to find out.

[87'] YELLOW CARD for Anirudh Thapa. Chennai midfielder sees yellow for dissent.

[84'] SUBSTITUTION for NorthEast United. Suhair OFF, Rochharzela ON.

[83'] YELLOW CARD for Mashoor. NorthEast United midfielder is cautioned for bringing down Chhangte.

[82'] YELLOW CARD for Isma. Chennai forward is the first player of the night to go in referee's books for rough tackle on Machado.

[76'] Drinks break. Chennaiyin maintain the lead at GMC with less than 15 minutes of regulation time remaining. The side have also became more defensively inclined since their third goal and want to hang on their one goal lead.

[71'] DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION for Chennaiyin FC. Lanzarote and Edwin OFF, Thapa and Tangri ON.

[70'] Chennaiyin are doing everything possible to break the momentum of the game so that NorthEast don't get a chance to build-up and come back in any way. This has led to side committing small fouls and gifting free kicks to Highlanders. However, men in white have squandered all the set piece opportunities till now.

[63'] SUBSTITUTION for Chennaiyin FC. Sylvestr OFF, Isma ON.

[58'] DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION for NorthEast United. Imran and Lambot OFF, Mashoor and Sylla ON.

[57'] SUBSTITUTION for NorthEast United. Ashutosh OFF, Nim ON.

[51'] DOUBLE THE TROUBLE!! Chhangate completes his brace. Just after conceding goal, NorthEast United again commit mistake and lose the possession immediately to Chennai. The Marina Machans rush forward on a defence that is not prepared yet, and final ball finds Chhangte, who shoots it first time to put side ahead. Chennaiyin FC 3, NorthEast United 2.

[50'] GOOOAALL!! Manuel Lanzarote. Chennaiyin forward buries the penalty calmly, sending Subhashish wrong way. Chennaiyin FC 2, NorthEast United 2.

[49'] PENALTY for Chennaiyin FC. Ashutosh Mehta tackles Chhangate in the box as the latter holds onto ball at touchline. That was unnecessary, and now referee has pointed to the spot.

SUBSTITUTION for Chennaiyin FC. Rahim OFF, Thoi ON.

SECOND-HALF: We are back at GMC. NorthEast United will kick-off the half. They are in White, playing from left to right.

The exciting first half has seen NorthEast United fall behind, and then come back again in time to strengthen the top-4 hopes. If the scoreline remains in favour of the Highlanders today, they will reach at 3rd in the points tally. Stay tuned to SportsTiger as we will be back for second half coverage.

HALF-TIME: Referee blows his whistle to end first half's game. It is quite heated up at GMC Stadium as we have already witnessed 3 goals. It is Chennaiyin FC 1, NorthEast United 2.

[45'] 3 minutes added on to this already dramatic half.

[43'] GOOAALL!!! Deshorn Brown. WHAT A HIT!!! NorthEast United have taken the lead with a world class goal from Deshorn Brown. It is Chennai who get the set piece situation but NorthEast defence clear it out with a long ball upfront. A near empty Chennai third half sees only Sipovic and Brown fighting for ball, which the defender loses. From there on, Jamaican sprints with a ball and buries it in far post with a powerful shot. Assist - Khasa Camara. Chennaiyin FC 1, NorthEast United 2.

[36'] BLUNDER by Subhashish, but Lakra bails him out. NorthEast United goalkeeper had nearly gifted a goal to Chennai as he fails to catch an over hit free kick and ball falls generously just in front of goal line. However, Lakra is there on time to clear it out.

[29'] Kaith goes down after pulling off an excellent save! Chennaiyin will have to thank their keeper for keeping them at level in the game. Luis Machado had nearly got Highlanders ahead as he rushes with time and space inside box, and goes for a curler. Kaith outstretches and makes the save somehow but hits his head to post in the process. Fotunately, it is nothing serious and he is back on his feet.

[20'] The Highlanders are dominating the ball possession. Still, it will be unfair to consider Chennai as any less dominant because they are getting in dangerous positions as soon as they get ball at the feet.

[14'] GOOAALL!! Imran Khan. NorthEast United are back at level terms with a beautiful team goal. It is Luis Machado who does the majority of work here as he sprints down the left wing, drifts inside, and cuts back for forward at centre. Ball is quite low but Imran gets down to find the equalizer with a diving header. Assist - Luis Machado. Chennaiyin FC 1, NorthEast United 1.

[8'] GOOAALL!! Lallianzuala Chhangte. Marina Machans have drawn the first blood at GMC! The move starts with Jakub Sylvestr who collects ball just outside the box, and holds it strongly. He then spots Chhangte making a run, and slices a pass that lands straight at the feet of Indian. The youngster makes space and then buries at near post at once. Assist - Jakub Sylvestr. Chennaiyin FC 1, NorthEast United 0.

[5'] Quite conventional starting 5 minutes as both sides are trying to build-up slowly. Chennai managed to breach the box on a couple of occasions, but without avail.

KICK-OFF: Chennaiyin FC get us underway at GMC Stadium. They are in Blue, playing from left to right.


NorthEast United FC Playing XI -

Subhasish Roy (GK) (C), Provat Lakra, Ashutosh Mehta, Dylan Fox, Benjamin Lambot, Lalengmawia, Imran Khan, Khassa Camara, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Luis Machado, Deshorn Brown.

Chennaiyin FC Playing XI -

Vishal Kaith (GK), Jerry Lalrinzuala, Eli Sabia (C), Enes Sipovic, Reagan Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul, Manuel Lanzarote, Memo Moura, Rahim Ali, Jakub Sylvestr.


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