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Key Events

90' + 4'
M. Thangalakath
S. Ram
83'
J. Kapláň
Néstor Gordillo
73'
B. Gagandeep
Jaime Santos
70'
P. Raju
Assist
70'
A. Jesuraj
Goal
56'
Lalrindika Ralte
Yellow Card
55'
Jaime Santos
Yellow Card
55'
Eslava
Yellow Card
51'
B. Vanlalremdika
Laldanmawia Ralte
49'
E. Vanspaul
Assist
49'
Pedro Manzi
Goal
38'
S. Ram
Yellow Card
31'
Toni
Yellow Card
28'
S. Mallick
Yellow Card
9'
Laldanmawia Ralte
Goal
9'
Borja Gómez
Assist
2
2
2
4

Stats

Possession
% %
0
0
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 1
Total Passes 2 1

Commentary

90' + 8' And that's full-time. Chennai consolidates their position at the top of the table and East Bengal miss out on a chance to close the gap on league leaders.
90' + 5' SHOT! Aidara tries a long-distance effort from 35 yards, the ball swings in the air but the goalie punches it clear. 
M. Thangalakath
S. Ram
Chennai City
90' + 4' Substitution Sri Ram Mashoor Shereef Thangalakath
90' + 1' Jobby Justin attempts a scissor kick off a hopeful ball into the box but the ball flies wide. 
90' East Bengal look frustrated and are unable to string passes together. Chennai, on the other hand, are doing a good job of preserving their one-goal lead with neat passes in midfield. 
J. Kapláň
Néstor Gordillo
Chennai City
83' Substitution Néstor Jesús Gordillo Benítez Jozef Kapláň
81' DIVE! Brandon dribbles into the box and dives like a dolphin. Elegant dive, no penalty. 
77' The Game of Fouls - 12 fouls each by the teams so far in the game. This has halted Chennai City's flowing football to an extent but they have converted their chances and are now in the lead. 
74' A driven cross from the left by Dovale is chested down by Jobby who is also pushed to the ground in the process but not enough contact in the challenge for the referee to point to the spot. East Bengal seek an opening!
B. Gagandeep
Jaime Santos
East Bengal
73' Substitution Jaime Santos Colado Bali Gagandeep
P. Raju
Assist
Chennai City
70' Assist Pravitto Raju
A. Jesuraj
Goal
Chennai City
70' Goal Alexander Romario Jesuraj
70' CHENNAI COME FROM BEHIND! Pravitto Raju cuts in from the right and finds Jesuraj's run into the box. The winger pokes the ball into the net past Dagar and Chennai take the lead!
64' OFFSIDE! Jobby Justin gets to a long ball over the top, gets into the box, skips past the goalie and scores - but he started from an offside position. 
62' Chennai are slowly coming back into the game and East Bengal are too physical in their approach, with already four yellow cards picked up by their players. 
Lalrindika Ralte
Yellow Card
East Bengal
56' Yellow card Lalrindika Ralte
Jaime Santos
Yellow Card
East Bengal
55' Yellow card Jaime Santos Colado
Eslava
Yellow Card
Chennai City
55' Yellow card Roberto Eslava Suárez
53' Tempers flare up due as Borja puts his arm on the face of Jamie Colado. Didika comes across and SLAPS Jesuraj. Both players pick up yellows. It could have easily been RED. 
B. Vanlalremdika
Laldanmawia Ralte
East Bengal
51' Substitution Laldanmawia Ralte Brandon Vanlalremdika
E. Vanspaul
Assist
Chennai City
49' Assist Edwin Sydney Vanspaul
Pedro Manzi
Goal
Chennai City
49' Goal Pedro Javier Manzi Cruz
48' GOAAL!! CHENNAI BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! Jesuraj plays the ball to Edwin who shoots at goal from outside the box. The shot is cheekily deflected past the goalie by Manzi who brings up the equaliser for the league leaders!
47' A punt falls into the path of Nestor who dribbles into the box and drags a shot straight at the goalie. 
45' We're back for second half!
1' A long free kick into the box by Dovale misses everyone inside the box and it is a goal kick for Chennai. East Bengal have struggled to break down Chennai  after going down, where is the fighting mentality?
1' A tackle from behind by Aidara has left Sandro on the ground. The referee waves play on. 
It's half-time in Coimbatore, East Bengal ahead at the break. 
45' + 1' Nestor Gordillo has been afforded far too much time and space on the left flank by Samad Mallick. A problem to solve for East Bengal after the break. 
45' + 1' Nestor once again gets space and time on the ball on the left flank. His cross is too close to the goalie and Dagar collects. 
42' Chennai finally manage to thread an large number of passes in and around the East Bengal box but the visitors' defence stands firm and deny them space to operate. Bora unleashes a rocket to the stands and the move culminates.
S. Ram
Yellow Card
Chennai City
38' Yellow card Sri Ram
34' SAVE!!! Sandro receives the ball at the edge of the box and unleashes a dipping effort on goal. Dagar dives to his left to tip the ball over the bar. 
Toni
Yellow Card
East Bengal
31' Yellow card Antonio Rodríguez Dovale
30' CHANCE!!  Nestor beats Aidara's challenge on the left flank and dribbles into the box but a loose touch allows the goalie to come and collect the ball. 
S. Mallick
Yellow Card
East Bengal
28' Yellow card Samad Ali Mallick
24' Sandro's corner is headed clear but only as far as Edwin whose volley flies wide. 
23' CHANCE! Roberto with an outside the boot through ball, finds Nestor's run into the box but Acosta nicks the ball off the winger and concedes a corner. 
21' Chennal defence does not look comfortable at the moment. The East Bengal attack has managed to cause them a lot of trouble. At the other end, Borja Gomez and Johny Acosta have done an excellent job of keeping Sandro quiet. 
17' JUST WIDE!! A terrific counter-attack by East Bengal almost gives them the second goal. Toni Dovale released Jobby into space behind the Chennai defence. The Kerala-born striker bursts into the box and drags a shot inches wide. 
15' Didika with another set-piece from the left, this time a free-kick. The delivery is kicked clear for a throw in. 
13' CHANCE!! Chennai looking for an equaliser staight away! Nestor receives the ball on the left, cuts inside and swings a teasing cross into the box. Everybody misses the delivery and we have a goal kick. 
Laldanmawia Ralte
Goal
East Bengal
9' Goal Laldanmawia Ralte
Borja Gómez
Assist
East Bengal
9' Assist Borja Gómez Pérez
9' GOAL! EAST BENGAL LEAD!!! A corner kick by Didika sent to the far post is headed across goal by Borja Gomez for Laldanmawia Ralte who nods an easy header into the net from five yards. 
8' East Bengal have responded well to Chennai's early possession with intense pressing. There are atleast two players chasing down Chennai player in possession. 
4' Sandro holds the ball up well and tries to release Ajith down the left flank Samad executes a well timed tackled to clear the ball for a throw in. Chennai are looking to keep the ball, as expected. 
1' KICK-OFF!
We're all set for kick off here in Coimbatore. 
Alejandro Menendez also with just one change to the side that beat Indian Arrows 2-1 on January 8 and it is a forced alteration. Lalramchullova is suspended and is replaced by Samad Mallick. 
Akbar Nawas makes one change to the starting lineup that edged Gokulam Kerala 3-2 10 days ago. Pravitto Raju comes into the midfield in place of Shem Marton.
Chennai City Xi: Santana; Vanspaul, Eslava, Bora, Ajithkumar; Raju, Sriram; Jesuraj, Sandro, Nestor; Manzi
East Bengal XI: Dagar; Samad, Acosta, Borja, Manoj; Danmawia, Didika, Aidara, Dovale; Jaime; Jobby
Hello and welcome to the live match centre for the I-League match between Chennai City and East Bengal at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore. 40 minutes to kick-off. 
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