It was Chennaiyin FC ‘s last match of this season and it perfectly summed up their campaign. Following a bright first ten minutes in which they scored as well through Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev, they slowly lost the plot. Kerala Blasters equalised courtesy of Gary Hooper as the experienced campaigner made no mistake from the spot, netting his 200th career league goal after Deepak Tangri handled the ball inside the box. It was a cagey affair in the second half which saw Kerala slowly taking over the control. The side from Kochi continued to test the CFC resilience but failed to breach the CFC backline for the second time in the night. Chennai were reduced to 10 men after Enes Sipovic saw his second yellow of the night for a silly foul on Prashanth. There was no coming back from there for the Chennai based side as Kerala pounced on every opportunity but failed to get a second goal.
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KBFC 1-1 CFC
Points shared at the GMC Stadium as the match between Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC ends in a 1-1 draw. Chennai’s ISL season 7 finishes with another draw.
90+3′ | Vicente Gomes jumps and heads the ball towards the goal but it is straight to Vishal Kaith.
90′ | Jessel shoots from distance and his effort was on target. But Vishal Kaith made a diving save to deny him the goal.
86′ | Prasanth Karuthadathkuni OUT, Sahal Abdul Samad IN
86′ | Rahul KP’s header is wide. He timed his jump perfectly to get a good connection with the ball but he fails to keep it on target. Another good ball there from KBFC right-back Lalruathhara
84′ | Advantage Kerala now. They are piling on the pressure on the CFC backline, however, they haven’t been able to find that killer pass into the box tonight.
82′ | Jakub Sylvestr OUT, Dhanpal Ganesh IN
81′ | Bakary Kone OUT, Juande IN
80′ | Enes Sipovic gets his second yellow of the night, Chennai down to 10 men
79′ | KBFC breaks from the CFC corner.
78′ | Good play there from Chennai, Anirudh Thapa finds Chhangte on the far side, the winger gets to the ball and curls in a ball. A KBFC defender heads it out for a corner
76′ | Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev OUT, Isma IN
72′ | Jordan Murray is booked for simulation
68′ | Brilliant run from Hooper before finding Murray in space with a diagonal pass. But the assistant puts his flag up for offside before he could take his shot. The replay shows he was onside.
66′ | Important save there by Vishal Kaith. That could have easily been Kerala’s second goal there.
65′ | An evenly balanced so far in the second half. The stats are almost identical
60’| That could have tested Albino there. Sylvestr played a defense splitting through ball for Chhangte there, however, the winger did not time his run
56′ | Thoi Singh is the latest player to be booked for a foul on Rahul KP near the halfway line.
54′ | An early ball was played in for Sylvestr but was alert there and came off his line to catch the ball
51′ | Deepak Tangri is booked by the referee.
50 ‘ | Ambitious effort from Chhangte there. Edwin Vanspaul chips a ball over a KBFC player’s head into the box, Chhangte chases that and hits it first time but it is nowhere near the target.
46′ | Manuel Lanzarote OUT, Thoi Singh IN
46′ | Second half is underway
KBFC 1-1 CFC
All square at the break between Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC. CFC took the lead courtesy of Fatkhulo and Kerala equalised through a Gary Hooper penalty.
45′ | Anirudh Thapa concedes a free-kick near the halfway line mark.
39′ | Lalruatthara diverts Jeakson Singh’s lobbed pass into the path of Gary Hooper, who is at the edge of the box. Hooper chips the ball first time knowing the keeper will be off his line. The ball floats over the crossbar though.
38′ | Kerala is winning the ball in the middle and finding their passes, however, they are failing play that killer pass inside the box.
35′ | Kerala Blasters are slowly finding their feet in the game. However, they are to create any decent chances from open play. The match is evenly poised in almost every aspect of the game.
31′ | Chennaiyin FC’s Enes Sipovic is the first player to be booked tonight.