World news – ISL 2020-21 LIVE, CFC 2 – 0 OFC: Esmael Goncalves brace gives Chennaiyin the lead against Odisha

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Esmael Goncalves gave Chennaiyin FC the lead against Odisha FC in ISL 2020-21 on Wednesday. – ISL / SPORTZPICS

Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the ISL 2020-21 game between Odisha FC and Chennaiyin FC on Wednesday.

37 ‘What a chance! Odisha FC should have scored there. Manuel Onwu with the missing tournament. Jerry Mawihmingthanga came to the ball after a poor game. He improvised and took the overhead kick to set Onwu in the box. But the Spanish striker shot the ball well in front of Chennai keeper Vishal Kaith.

29 ‘ODISHA CHANCE! Manuel Onwu takes the ball forward. He performs a one-two with Marcelinho and tries to enter the pits. The defense of Chennaiyin FC reacts to the clearance in good time.

26 ‘CORNER FOR OFC! Finally a set piece for the Kalinga Warriors. Jerry Mawihmingthanga will take it. Shubham Sarangi is on the receiving end of the corner but his header is wide.

24 ‘Chennaiyin FC are two-goal ahead for the first time this season. This is a well deserved one. OFC must invite Diego Mauricio as soon as possible. The team is currently lacking creativity.

21 ‘GOOOOAAAALLLLLLL !!!!!! ESMAEL SCORES AGAIN !!!!! CHENNAIYIN FC 2 – 0 ODISHA FC !!! Esmael Goncalves packs a dounle in just six minutes. He ran slowly towards the ball, took a short break and made the OFC keeper Arshdeep Singh 2-0 for CFC.

20 ‘PENALTY FOR CHENNAIYIN FC !!! Odisha FC’s Gaurav Bora brings CFC midfielder Anirudh Thapa into the penalty area and the referee points to the point.

15 ‘GOALLLLLLL !!!!!!! ESMAEL SCORES !!!!!!!! CHENNAIYIN FC 1 – 0 ODISHA FC !!! A long ball is played towards Esmael Goncalves. OFC’s Gaurav Bora tries to intercept it, but his touch is weak. Esmael gets the ricochet and runs fatally forward. He was one on one with Odisha keeper Arshdeep and found the back of the net with a dink.

12 ‘Chennaiyin FC have dominated attack and passing statistics in this game so far. The team could even have taken the lead early on. Odisha FC is clearly on the rear foot.

9 ‘CORNER FOR CHENNAI! Reagan Singh wins a free kick for his team. Hendry Antonay with the finishing touches. Fatkhulloev crosses the ball into the penalty area and Enes Sipovic tries to reach it. But the ball had too much power because it went out of play.

7 ‘TACKLE! Goncalves with another run in the final third. But Kamalpreet comes to Odisha with a well-timed glider on the edge of the box. Brilliant!

5 ‘What a chance! This has been CFC’s problem all season. The strikers couldn’t end their chances. Esmael Goncalves received a good pass from Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev on the right. He moved the ball forward at a rapid pace. He stepped into the box and was in a good position to score, but his shot went way over the bar.

2 ‘Throw for CFC! Lallianzuala Chhangte annoyed Odisha FC defender early on. The Chennaiyin FC left winger can’t get past his marker in the end.

7:20 p.m .: Odisha made four changes tonight – Marcelinho, Manuel Onwu, Shubham Sarangi and Kamalpreet Singh have Jacob Tratt, Daniel Lahlimpuia, Nandhakumar Sekar and Diego Mauricio replaced. Since then, Chennaiyin has only made one change – Esmael Goncalves for Jakub Sylvestr.

Chennaiyin FC players performing their final training drills ahead of today’s ISL 2020-21 encounter. – ISL / SPORTZPICS

Chennaiyin FC players doing their final training exercises before today’s ISL 2020-21 encounter. – ISL / SPORTZPICS

7:00 pm: This is where you’ll find all the key stats, players to watch out for, and head-to-head records with the two teams in action tonight.

6:45 pm: Chennaiyin FC have been one of the best teams this season, but why is it eighth on the table? We try to understand CFC’s campaign using xG metrics.

OFC XI: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Hendry Antonay, Cole Alexander, Marcelo Pereira, Gaurav Bora, Shubham Sarangi, Vinit Rai, Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Manuel Onwu, Kamalpreet Singh, Steven Taylor (C).

CFC XI: Vishal Kaith (GK), Reagan Singh, Enes Sipovic, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Eli Sabia (C), Anirudh Thapa, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev, Memo Moura, Rahim Ali, Esmael Goncalves.

6:15 pm : In case you missed it, NorthEast United have split from manager Gerard Nus and appointed Khalid Jamil as interim manager for the remainder of the season. (FULL STORY)

6:00 p.m .: As Odisha FC and Chennaiyin FC compete in Game 57 of the 2020-21 Indian Super League, here are the predicted XIs and fantasy picks from the game. (READ MORE)

The seventh edition of the Indian Super League began on November 20th in a bio-bubble in Goa.

During the four-month tournament, eleven teams will play against each other in a league and playoff format at three venues . After the inclusion of SC East Bengal, 115 games will be played this season, compared to 95 last season.

After a dreary goalless draw on Sunday, Chennaiyin FC and Odisha FC will meet again on Wednesday at the GMC Stadium.

At halftime CFC only has 11 points, while Odisha is at the bottom of the table with only six points. Both teams need a win to be able to fight for the playoff spot.

Despite finishing eighth in the points table, CFC would feel that all is not lost, considering that only four points put him off third Place Hyderbad FC separate.

Stuart Baxter, Odisha FC coach, said his team could make some changes to keep the opposition informed.

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« It’s a possibility, yes, if you have these double heads. Sometimes you change tactics. But we have to look at a new group of players; we have to look at the injuries. We have a suspension in Jacob (Tratt ). So that’s on the table, « said Baxter.

For CFC coach Csaba Laszlo, the problem of strikers taking advantage of relatively easy chances is still his main problem.

 » I don’t want to say that we created most of the chances in the league but somehow we didn’t score enough goals. If you don’t score, it’s very difficult to win games, « said Laszlo.

 » You can’t always just defend and expect to be clear behind. We’re organized at the back, but I wish we could score with the opportunities we create, ”he added.

Ref: https://sportstar.thehindu.com

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