After a few days of After the festivities, the Indian Super League was back with a fascinating Boxing Day fight. The bottom club SC East Bengal competed against the 8th Chennaiyin FC, with both teams had a below-average season up to this point. Victory was necessary for both parties, but at least one was sure to be disappointed.
There was a violent clash and here's what we made of it:
East Bengal looked pretty competitive in the early stages But it was Chennaiyin FC who got the first blood in the 13th minute decreased when Jakub Sylvestr played halfway behind the defense against Lallianzuala Chhangte. The pacy winger only had Debjit Majumdar to beat, and he did so successfully by slipping under the goalkeeper as he dived to prevent him from goaling.
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There was a great chance of an equalizer in the 37th minute when Matti Steinmann tapped the ball over the Chennaiyin FC defense for Mohammed Rafique, who for the roaring Vishal Kaith went around but Deepak Tangri failed to get a shot with an open goal when Deepak Tangri made one final challenge.
Ostbengalen finally equalized in the 59th minute when Matti Steinmann shot his head around a corner and cut the long post before hitting the back of the net.
A perfect corner and a perfect header.
Very good Mr. Steinmann!
Kudos to Bikash Jairu for the perfect corner shot! Shabash!
– EAST BENGAL News Analysis (@QEBNA) December 26, 2020
Jakub Sylvestr Rahim Ali played through on the right side in less than five minutes. The boy stepped over Bikash Jairu before calmly coming home.
– Mukund (@orangelays) December 26, 2020
Soon after, Sylvestr controlled the ball brilliantly on the edge of the box and let off The edge of the box fluttered, but Debjit Majumdar was up to his exertion as he tipped it wide. Enes Sipović headed the resulting corner, but his attempt hit the crossbar.
There was even more drama in the 68th minute when Vishal Kaith missed Danny Fox's header from a corner and Matti Steinmann picked up the scraps to equalize.
At this speed Steinmann could become our all-time top scorer by the end of this game.
– Arpan (@ArpanRicko) December 26, 2020
Two minutes later the ball broke for Jacques Maghoma on the left Side of the penalty area. The winger made some space and let it fly, but only managed to hit the side netting.
In the 77th minute, a clever counterattack by Chennaiyin FC resulted in Lallianzuala Chhangte pulling the ball back for Jakub Sylvestr, whose shot was well saved by Vishal Kaith. Two minutes later, Milan Singh Sylvestr offered a brilliant opportunity with a terribly weighted pass, but the striker failed to hit the target.
The Slovak striker continued to miss great opportunities in the 89th minute when he somehow looked at Rahim Ali's cross far from the far post. On the other end, Scott Neville had a free header from four yards after a corner, but he put it up.
Neither team could find a late winner, so the game ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
SC EAST BENGAL
Main talking point
Another hotly contested point
This has been said a lot over the past few weeks, but this was certainly a must-see for SC East Bengal.
The Red and Gold Brigade seemed to be the better team in the early stages of the first half, but after a strong start they characteristically admitted all their good work undo. Things could have got worse soon after, but East Bengal missed some glorious equalizer opportunities before the break. Chennaiyin didn't take theirs either, so the second half was certainly an open affair.
With goals being a top priority for Robbie Fowler's men, the British manager made some mid-term changes to his system. It must have been a relief to have Matti Steinmann of all people with braces on, but the defense didn't hold up well again, which means East Bengal never had a head start.
True FIGHTING character issued by SC East Bengal.
Really a spirited comeback.
And what a match … Absolutely end-to-end stuff.
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The decisive factor, however, is that they no longer follow today, which means that East Bengal is tonight has reached its third season point.
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)
With only 11 goals in his 168-game professional career before this game, Matti Steinmann is clearly not a productive goalscorer.
Tonight he was that and much more when he proved himself to be the savior of SC East Bengal. The German midfielder dictated the procedure of the central midfield with outstanding work in the first half before activating the forward instincts for a second half.
Steinman is world class and his fact !!
– Ankush Pandit (@ AnkushPandit7) December 26, 2020
The former Hamburg midfielder managed 85 strokes, a passing accuracy of 84%, 7/9 duels won, 4 clearances, 3 tackles and interceptions, a key pass and a crucial bracket.
What a time to open your ISL account.
Main talking point
Chennaiyin FC started this game in eighth place, but they knew a big win would take them to fourth place in the very looking for the Playoff places in the first half of the season.
The Marina Machans may not have been at their best from the start, but they opened the scoring first, and that's all that really matters. After that they were able to control the game and with Deepak Tangri being very respectful of her only weakness in the right-back, Chennaiyin seemed out of reach for a stalled attack in East Bengal.
In the second half, however, the weakness of Csaba László's team was exposed, as they received twice from two corners within nine minutes. The good news was the fact that Rahim Ali scored once in between, so it was all up to play by the time we got into the final stages of the game.
Despite numerous great opportunities, Chennaiyin FC failed to capitalize on them. They only got one point from this game.
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)
After this missing master class last week against FC Goa, Lallianzuala Chhangte has finally opened his ISL 7 account.
If his finish against Goa had been half as good as tonight, he would certainly have scored a hat trick. Today he only had one big chance that he had worked hard for by sprinting the ball about 35 yards, and he calmly sent it off. He also did well on the opposite flank when deployed to shield Deepak Tangri on the back, meaning he had a pretty good match overall.
– Shashank Suresh (@naanobba_kalla) December 26, 2020
The 23-year-old speedster turned his only shot on goal 37 touches, 3 Completed dribbles and completed a key pass.
Finally a portrayal of the exciting future with many goals.
What this means:
Thanks to Lallianzuala Chhangte's first goal of the season, among other things, Chennaiyin FC moved up to seventh place in the table ahead of Matti Steinmann's double, who won him made SC East Bengal's second best scorer in the ISL, bringing her to tenth place.
SC East Bengal will face Odisha FC in another decisive duel next Sunday. while Chennaiyin FC take on ATK Mohun Bagan in three days.
Statistics courtesy of Sofascore.com