After a number of days of celebrations, the Indian Super League was back with an appealing Boxing Day fight. Bottom-club SC East Bengal tackled 8th-placed Chennaiyin FC, with both sides having crappy period approximately this factor. A win was required for either event, yet a minimum of one made certain to be dissatisfied.

A spirited clash took place, and also right here’s what we constructed from it:


East Bengal looked rather affordable in the opening phases, yet it was Chennaiyin FC that attracted initial blood in the 13th min as Jakub Sylvestr played Lallianzuala Chhangte in behind the protection around the midway line. The pacy winger just had Debjit Majumdar to defeat, and also he effectively did so by slotting listed below the caretaker equally as he dived to stop him from racking up.

There was a big possibility for an equaliser in the 37th min when Matti Steinmann broke the round over the Chennaiyin FC protection for Mohammed Rafique, that walked around the hurrying Vishal Kaith, yet fell short to obtain a shot away with an open objective at his grace as Deepak Tangri made a desperate obstacle.

East Bengal ultimately obtained an equaliser in the 59th min, as Matti Steinmann snapped an edge on with his head, and also it clipped the much article prior to striking the rear of the internet.

In much less than 5 mins, nevertheless, Jakub Sylvestr played Rahim Ali with on the right. The young person tipped throughout Bikash Jairu prior to slotting residence comfortably.

Soon after that, Sylvestr remarkably managed the round beside package and also allow fly from the side of package, yet Debjit Majumdar amounted to his initiative as he tipped it vast. Enes Sipović headed the resultant edge, yet his initiative just struck the bar.

There was yet extra dramatization in the 68th min, as Vishal Kaith fell short to capture Danny Fox’s knotting header after an edge, and also Matti Steinmann got the scraps to equalise once more.

Two mins later on, the round made Jacques Maghoma left wing of package. The winger developed a little bit of area for himself and also allow fly, yet just handled to strike the side-netting.

In the 77th min, a glossy counterattack by Chennaiyin FC resulted in Lallianzuala Chhangte drawing the round back for Jakub Sylvestr, whose shot was well-saved by Vishal Kaith. Two mins later on, Milan Singh offered a dazzling possibility to Sylvestr with a terribly-weighted pass, yet the demonstrator fell short to strike the target.

The Slovakian ahead remained to miss out on fantastic possibilities in the 89th min when he in some way gazed Rahim Ali’s cross vast of the much article. Up at the various other end, Scott Neville had a complimentary header from 4 backyards out adhering to an edge, yet he placed it high.

Neither side might locate a late champion, so the suit finished in a completely amusing 2-2 draw.


Key Talking Point

Another Hard-Fought Point

This has actually been claimed lot of times in the last couple of weeks, yet definitely, this was a must-win for SC East Bengal.

The Red and also Gold Brigade seemed the far better side in the opening phases of the initial fifty percent, yet they classically yielded after a solid beginning to reverse every one of their great. Things might definitely have actually been even worse quickly after that, yet East Bengal missed out on a number of marvelous possibilities to equalise prior to the break. However, Chennaiyin didn’t take their own either, so the 2nd fifty percent was definitely an open event.

With objectives being the leading concern for Robbie Fowler’s guys, the British supervisor made a couple of half-time modifications in his system. It have to have been a fantastic alleviation to see Matti Steinmann of all individuals contribute with a support, yet the protection didn’t stand up well once again implying that East Bengal never ever had a lead.

Crucially, however, they didn’t route once again either, implying that East Bengal got their 3rd factor of the period tonight.

Player Ratings

Debjit Majumder (6), Surchandra Singh (4.5), Scott Neville (6.5), Danny Fox (6), Bikash Jairu (4), Sehnaj Singh (5), Mohammed Rafique (5.5), Haobam Singh (5), Matti Steinmann (9*), Jacques Maghoma (6.5), Anthony Pilkington (6.5)

Subs: Jeje Lalpekhlua (5.5), Rohen Singh (5), Milan Singh (4.5), Rana Gharami (N/A)

Matti Steinmann

With simply 11 objectives in his 168-match lengthy specialist job prior to this suit, Matti Steinmann plainly is no respected goal-getter.

Tonight, nevertheless, he was that and also far more as he confirmed to be SC East Bengal’s saviour. The German midfielder determined process from main midfield in the initial fifty percent with some impressive job, prior to turning on striker-instincts for a second-half support.

The ex lover-Hamburg midfielder handled 85 touches, a passing precision of 84%, 7/9 battles won, 4 clearances, 3 takes on and also interceptions, one vital pass and also a critical support.

What a time to open your ISL account.


Key Talking Point

Missed Chances

Chennaiyin FC began this suit in 8th location, yet they understood that a big win would certainly take them completely approximately fourth in the table, so they were significantly in the search for the playoff places in the initial fifty percent of the period.

The Marina Machans could not have actually gone to their ideal from the start, yet they opened up the racking up initially which’s all that actually mattered. They might manage the suit afterwards, and also with Deepak Tangri doing an extremely considerate task of covering their only weak point at right-back, Chennaiyin appeared to be unbreachable for a failing East Bengal assault.

However, in the 2nd fifty percent, Csaba László’s side’s weak point was revealed, as they yielded two times from 2 edges within the area of 9 mins. The excellent information was the truth that Rahim Ali racked up when in between that, so it was all to bet as we went into the lasts of the suit.

Despite a flurry of fantastic possibilities, Chennaiyin FC couldn’t capitalise, so they just obtained a factor from this component.

Player Ratings

Vishal Kaith (4), Deepak Tangri (6), Eli Sabiá (5.5), Enes Sipović (7), Jerry Lalrinzuala (5.5), Anirudh Thapa (6), Memo (6.5), Rahim Ali (7), Rafael Crivellaro (7), Lallianzuala Chhangte (7.5), Jakub Sylvestr (8*)

Subs: Edwin Sydney Vanspaul (N/A), Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (N/A), Dhanpal Ganesh (N/A)

Lallianzuala Chhangte

After that missing out on masterclass recently versus FC Goa, Lallianzuala Chhangte has actually ultimately opened his ISL 7 account.

If his ending up was fifty percent as excellent versus Goa as it was tonite, he’d definitely have actually racked up a hat-trick after that. Today, he just had one big possibility, which he strove for by dashing for regarding 35 backyards with the round, and also he dispatched it comfortably. He succeeded on the contrary flank also when he was released to protect Deepak Tangri at the back, implying that he had a pretty good suit generally.

The 23-year-old speedster transformed his only shot on target, obtained 37 touches, finished 3 dribbles and also finished a crucial pass.

Finally, a goal-laden proving from the interesting ahead.

What This Means:

Chennaiyin FC go up to 7th in the table partly many thanks to Lallianzuala Chhangte’s initial objective of the period, while Matti Steinmann’s support that made him just the second-ever marker for SC East Bengal in the ISL take them off all-time low and also to 10th.

SC East Bengal face Odisha FC in one more essential clash following Sunday, while Chennaiyin FC handle ATK Mohun Bagan in 3 days time.

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