IMAGE: Luis Machado scored a stoppage-time equaliser to prolong NorthEast United FC’s unbeaten run to seven video games. Photograph: ISL/Twitter
The race for the Indian Super League play-off berths took one other twist as NorthEast United FC have been held to an exhilarating 3-3 draw by Chennaiyin FC on the GMC Stadium, in Bambolim, on Thursday.
Three groups — Hyderabad FC, FC Goa and NorthEast — at the moment are tied on 27 factors from 18 matches, intensifying the race for the final two play-off spots. ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC have already certified for the play-offs.
When it seemed like Chennaiyin would inflict a primary defeat on NorthEast United this season, Luis Machado scored a stoppage-time equaliser to prolong their unbeaten run to seven video games.
Chennaiyin have been within the lead by means of targets from Lallianzuala Chhangte (eighth, 52nd) and Manuel Lanzarote (fiftieth) whereas Imran Khan (14th) and Deshorn Brown (forty third) had replied for NorthEast.
Csaba Laszlo had made his intent to assault clear in the course of the pre-match press convention and his aspect delivered early within the sport with an eighth-minute lead.
After a depressing season in entrance of the aim, Chhangte lastly discovered his scoring boots as he put Chennaiyin forward. Jakub Sylvestr picked up Chhangte with an correct move from the left and the latter took a contact earlier than firing previous Subhasish Roy.
However, it took the Highlanders simply six minutes to get again into the sport. Luis Machado performed a low cross which took a deflection and fell to Imran Khan, who headed in.
Chennaiyin have been rescued by Kaith’s brilliance when he got here up with a double save to deny Machado and Brown from shut in fast succession.
At the opposite finish, NorthEast United had the framework to thank. Roy fumbled Manuel Lanzarote’s freekick from exterior the field, however the ball deflected off his again and hit the submit, earlier than being cleared away.
NorthEast lastly took the lead from a fast counter. Chhangte misplaced possession exterior the NorthEast field and Khassa Camara performed an extended ball which discovered Brown. He gained the battle towards Enes Sipovic earlier than slamming the ball into the again of the web.
The Highlanders practically doubled their lead quickly after the restart. Machado delivered an ideal free-kick into the six-yard space which was met by Suhair Vadakkepeedika, however Kaith produced yet one more save.
Chennaiyin, nevertheless, gained a penalty when Ashutosh Mehta introduced down Chhangte contained in the field forcing the referee to level in direction of the spot. Lanzarote despatched the keeper the unsuitable manner to restore parity.
Chhangte then scored his second and put Chennaiyin forward once more. Edwin Vanspaul discovered Chhangte exterior the field. His effort took a deflection off Benjamin Lambot earlier than getting into the aim.
NorthEast stored urgent for the equaliser however have been denied by Kaith’s brilliance.
However, Chennaiyin’s hero quickly turned villain, freely giving a penalty in stoppage time when he introduced down Idrissa Sylla within the field. Machado stored his composure to convert the spot-kick.
Churchill Brothers beat Chennai City 2-1, regain high spot
Luka Majcen’s injury-time aim helped Churchill Brothers beat Chennai City FC 2-1 and regain the highest spot within the I-League desk in Kalyani.
Majcen’s header within the added time proved to be the distinction between the edges after his Forty ninth-minute strike was cancelled out by Elvedin Skrijlej’s Sixty fourth-minute aim from the penalty spot.
Chennai City wanted factors to dig themselves out of the underside half however they failed but once more regardless of being the dominant aspect by way of possession and in having extra makes an attempt on aim.
They may have simply been 2-0 up at half-time however complacency in entrance of opposition aim price them expensive.
In the twenty fourth minute, Rajesh missed a sitter after he was put onto aim by an correct Sriram by means of ball from the midfield.
Chennai City missed one other alternative to take the lead within the twenty eighth minute. Vineeth Kumar latched onto a ball from the midfield and put himself onto aim together with his first contact. Kumar’s shot, nevertheless, was saved heroically by Shilton Paul who got here out of his strains.
Perhaps the very best probability of the primary half for Churchill Brothers got here within the type of a free-kick within the forty third minute when Clayvin Zuniga’s effort went inches previous the submit.
Churchill took the lead within the Forty ninth minute. Clayvin Zuniga’s flick-on header discovered Luka Majcen within the field. He coolly managed the ball and thumped dwelling from shut vary to hand.
But all didn’t go as deliberate for the Red Machines. In the Sixty fourth minute, poor defending contained in the field by Hamza Kheir handed Chennai City FC a lifeline, within the type of a penalty kick.
Elvedin Skrijelj made no mistake from the spot and restored parity.
Shortly after, Demir Avdic was offered a golden alternative to put Chennai City forward however he chipped over the bar.
In the harm time, Clyavin Zuniga mixed with Luka Majcen to arrange an excellent aim that proved to be the distinction. Zuniga’s swirling cross into the field was headed from shut vary into the aim by Majcen after the Chennai defence failed to spot his run.
Punjab FC held to 1-1 draw by Real Kashmir
Punjab FC’s three-match successful streak within the I-League got here to a halt after they drew with Real Kashmir FC 1-1 in a high of the desk conflict on the Kalyani Municipal Stadium in Kalyani.
Joseba Beitia’s 67th minute strike from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Dipanda Dicka’s aim within the 72nd minute in an eventful second half which additionally noticed two pink playing cards.
In an end-to-end begin, it was Punjab, who got here shut to breaking the impasse within the sixth minute as Papa Diawara’s lobbed header was cleared off the road by Mason Robertson.
The sport slowly settled down as Punjab began dominating possession.
Punjab piled on the stress, successful two free-kicks, one after the opposite. The first one was hit straight into the wall by Chencho Gyeltshen within the twenty first minute. Two minutes later, they gained one other free-kick from 25 yards and Joseba Beitia pressured Mithun Samantha into tipping his effort over the bar.
Real Kashmir had to rely extra on set-pieces to open probabilities. They got here shut to scoring the opener on the thirty first minute when Pratesh Shridokar’s long-range curling effort from a Haroon Amiri layoff went inches huge of the submit.
A minute after the restart, Danish Farooq pounced on a stray clearance from Mohammed Irshad, however his first-time volley went huge of Kiran Kumar Limbu’s aim.
Real Kashmir created one other probability on the forty seventh minute, however Lukman’s header from the sting of the world didn’t carry sufficient energy to beat the Nepalese custodian.
The sport took an unpleasant flip within the 63rd minute when Chencho clashed with Haroon Amiri in an off-the-ball incident and each obtained their marching orders.
The opening aim lastly got here after Dharmaraj Ravanan fouled substitute Sumit Passi within the space, and Joseba Beitia slotted his penalty low previous Mithun Samantha within the 67th minute.
However, Punjab’s lead hardly lasted 5 minutes because the Snow Leopards scored with their very subsequent nook.
Mason Robertson was on the finish of Sena Ralte’s lengthy cross into the world. The defender despatched his first-time cross throughout the aim the place Dipanda Dicka headed within the ball dwelling.