Chennaiyin FC snatch last-minute win against NorthEast United FC in a seven-goal epic

Chennaiyin FC signed off in style as they finished their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season with a thrilling 4-3 win over NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Friday.

Rahim Ali, Kwame Karikari, Anirudh Thapa and Sajal Bag were on the scoresheet as the Marina Machans clinched a third successive win for the first time this season and went level on points with FC Goa. Wilmar Gil bagged a brace and Parthi Gogoi scored another astonishing goal for the Highlanders but it was not enough to take something from the game.

Chennaiyin FC got off to a perfect start. Ali’s clever run was spotted by Julius Duker, who lifted the ball over the NorthEast United FC defence before the striker took a touch and slotted it past Arindam Bhattacharja after just three minutes.

Later in the half, Duker kickstarted another move from midfield that saw Edwin Vanspaul square the ball into the box for Anirudh Thapa from the right flank. The midfielder’s strike picked up a last-second flick off Karikari and almost caught Bhattacharja on the wrong foot. But, the shot-stopper reacted well and blocked the effort.

NorthEast United FC were only able to challenge Samik Mitra once in the first half when Jithin MS was found in space down the left flank. His shot after breaking into the box was flashed across the goal and flicked away to safety by Mitra’s outstretched arm. Gil found himself with the ball inside the box but couldn’t react quickly enough to get a shot away.

Six minutes into the second half, NorthEast United FC netted the equalizer. Gogoi played a simple pass forward to Gil, who used his physique to hold his marker back and slotted a low shot past Mitra. Minutes later, Gil got his head to Joseba Beitia’s corner and directed it toward the top left corner of the goal before it was plucked out of the air by Mitra.

Parity lasted only five minutes as the hosts retook the lead via a scrappy goal that was finished off by Karikari. Bhattacharja did well to block the initial effort from Vanspaul but the parry went straight into the path of Karikari, who made no mistake at the near post.

Two minutes past the hour-mark, Chennaiyin FC established a two-goal cushion with an inch-perfect diagonal whipped out towards Thapa from the right flank by Meetel. The midfielder chested it down and powered it past Bhattacharja with aplomb as the Highlanders’ keeper was beaten at his near post again.

In the 74th minute, the deficit was cut back down to one goal when Gogoi tried his luck from range. The winger’s long-range piledriver flew past Mitra into the back of the net. Nine minutes from time, it was all square again. A defensive error in Chennaiyin FC’s defensive third allowed Gil to tap in a low cross from substitute Emil Benny.

In the closing stages of the game, Gil had another opportunity but was beaten to the ball by Mitra who came charging out. It turned out to be a crucial block as at the other end, in the final minute of stoppage time, El Khayati’s amazing run into the NorthEast United FC box was finished off by Sajal to complete the double over the Highlanders this season.

Key Stats:

– Julius Duker attempted 6 tackles and made 2 clearances

– Jiteshwor Singh attempted 10 tackles and made 3 interceptions

– Joseba Beitia finished with a passing accuracy of 90%

Also Read: Meghalaya create history, enter Hero Santosh Trophy semi-finals for first time

Also Read: Santosh Trophy 2022-23: Maharashtra ends their campaign with a win

India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…