ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Bengaluru, Chennai Settle for a Goalless Draw

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC: The Southern Derby ends in a stalemate as both teams fail to find the back of the net.

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21:22 (IST)

FULL-TIME

BFC 0-0 CFC

The Southern Derby ends in a stalemate as both teams fail to find the back of the net.

21:21 (IST)

90' | Bengaluru with the chance against the run of play. Udanta plays in a cross for Chhetri who chooses not to take a first-time shot. Chennaiyin players converge to clear the ball away.

21:19 (IST)

YELLOW CARDS

CFC Players Booked

80' | Pratik Chaudhari
84' | Isma
87' | Thoi Singh

21:16 (IST)

Lanzarote with a brilliant pass for Isma but the CFC forward could not find the back of the net.

21:13 (IST)

OFF THE POST

85' | What a strike from Memo from 40-yards out. It whizzes past the wall and hits the post!

21:12 (IST)

83' | Chennai win a free-kick few yards away from the box. Isma is however booked for a reckless tackle on Khabra.

21:09 (IST)

80' | CFC win a free-kick in a promising area after Pratik handed the ball. Lanzarote stepped up to take the set-piece but his effort was way off target.

21:08 (IST)

WHAT A SAVE!

77' | Isma plays a forward card for Chhangte with a backheel, the winger controls the ball and shoots. His effort was on target but Gurpreet came up with a brilliant save to deny Chhangte.

21:06 (IST)

CFC Chance

76' | Chhangte with the chance of the match so far. Had he taken the shot with his left foot it could have broken the deadlock. But his decision to take that extra touch proved costly.

21:05 (IST)

75' | The ball is finally in the back of the net but the flag was raised for offside. No matter how much frets, Fran Glez was clearly ina  offside position there 

21:02 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

60' | CFC Change

Rahim Ali OUT, Thoi Singh IN

70' | BFC Change

Ajith Kumar OUT, Xisco Hernandez IN

20:59 (IST)

70' | Chhangte drills in a low cross towards the middle. Pratik gets a foot to it to concede a corner. It could have easily gotten in.

20:58 (IST)

68' | Isma is clearly having an off day today. another ball was played in for the forward in the middle of the box but he squandered the chance following a horrible first touch.

20:56 (IST)

67' | Good build-up from Chennaiyin there as Chhangte is fed near the left flank. The winger after some fancy footwork curls in across towards the far post but no one was there for CFC. Paras headed it out for a corner. 

20:52 (IST)

63' | Brilliant recovery by Wangjam there for Bengaluru FC. Chhangte was through towards goal there had he not made the recovery.

20:50 (IST)

WHAT A CHANCE!

61' | Lanzarote plays a delightful ball for Isma, the CFC forward controls the ball, goes forward and shoots but it is again straight at Gurpreet. Isma should have done better there.

20:47 (IST)

59' | Germanpreet is fed by Isma in the middle and the midfielder shoots from distance! His effort was on target but straight to Gurpreet.

20:45 (IST)

57' | Jerry looks in some discomfort there following his collision with Khabra inside the CFC box. Knee to the hip for the CFC defender.

20:43 (IST)

54' | Paartalu is played from the back, then finds Cleiton Silva a little bit further from the halfway line. The Brazilian gets the ball and plays it first time towards Sunil Chhetri, the BFC captain then played back a first-time pass. Silva gets the ball in a good position and tries his luck from distance but fails to find the target.

20:41 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

50' | Chennaiyin FC's Jerry Lalrinzuala is booked by the referee for bringing down Udanta Singh

20:39 (IST)

CRUCIAL SAVE

47' | Parag concedes a free-kick after he brings down Rahim Ali on the far side. Lanzarote steps up and the Spaniard goes directly for the goal to the far post corner and Gurpreet gets a fingertip save onto the crossbar and behind. The referee signals for a goalkick.

20:36 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

Chennaiyin make their first change

46' | Anirudh Thapa OUT, Germanpreet Singh IN

20:33 (IST)

SECOND-HALF

46' | Action resumes at the Fatorda Stadium. A BIG second 45-minutes for both Chennaiyin FC and Bengaluru FC. 

Here are the stats from the first half. Chennai with more possession and more shots on goa.

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20:19 (IST)

HALF-TIME

BFC 0-0 CFC

The match is still tied at 0-0 as both teams have squandered their chances to break the deadlock. Compared to Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC have had better chances, they also have had more shots on goal. They missed three good opportunities to go ahead in the first half. The Blues on the other hand mostly had half-chances so far.

20:14 (IST)

CFC Chance

40' | Chhangte wins the ball on the far side and plays a perfectly weighted pass for Lanzorate, who runs forward with the ball then plays a forward pass for Isma. Gurpreet anticipating that charged ahead and got a crucial touch on the ball to deny Isma a clear chance at goal. The ball ricocheted off Isma for a goal-kick. IT could have easily gone inside the net.

20:09 (IST)

37' | BFC win a free-kick after Udanta was brought down on the far side. Cleiton Silva stepped up to take the set-piece and he floated in another high-ball, which was partially cleared by CFC, the second-ball fell for Erik Paartalu and he tried to fire one home from outside the box but it was way over.

20:06 (IST)

BFC Chance

34' | A beautiful ball was played in for Khabra on the right-hand side by Paartalu, he controlled the ball and tried to find Chhetri with a cutback but Eli Sabia blocked that with a crucial tackle

20:04 (IST)

33' | BFC win a free-kick on the left flank, Cleiton Silva floats in a ball towards the far post, Vishal Kaith comes out to punch it away.

20:02 (IST)

CFC Chance

28' | Anirudh Thapa played a beautiful pass for Rahim Ali with outside of his foot. Ali got the ball and entered the box and played a square pass for Isma but it was played a bit too early. 

20:00 (IST)

27' | End-to-end football there for a moment. Bengaluru FC were on the front foot as a ball was played in for Chhetri to head home, however, CFC custodian grabbed the ball and played a forward pass. Chhangte then got the ball near the halfway line and dashed forward. He looked to find Rahim Ali with weighted pass but he hit it too early.

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Bengaluru, Chennai Settle for a Goalless Draw

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC: The Southern Derby ends in a stalemate as both teams fail to find the back of the net. with 19 shots on goal, Chennaiyin FC looked like the side who were most likely to break the deadlock but their inability to score goals continued tonight as well as they squandered a number of chances through the match. Bengaluru FC, on the other hand, failed to create any clear cut chances even though they had four shots on goal. Memo came the closest for CFC to score the elusive goal when he hit the crossbar from a 40-yard free-kick. Isma and Chhangte too had opportunities to score but they were unable to beat Gurpreet Singh Sandhu at the BFC goal. With this result, Both teams held onto their respective positions in the points table. Bengaluru now they have 19 points after 16 matches, while Chennaiyin have 17 after 16. The Indian Super League match number 83 was being played at the Fatorda Stadium.

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High on confidence after snapping their eight-match winless run, Bengaluru FC will look to continue their good form when they take on Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League match at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday.

Bengaluru seem to have finally found the right balance. They kept their first clean sheet in 11 games in their 2-0 win against SC East Bengal, which was probably their best and most clinical outing of the season.

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"There is a lot of positivity now. Players, of course, believe in each other. But now it's more because of the way we have been playing the last 2-3 games. They have been more compact," said Bengaluru's interim coach Naushad Moosa.

"After Hyderabad (game), you didn't see the same mistakes happening in the last game. Everyone was more cautious. Everybody was happy. That is what I see in players," he added. Friday's clash is between a side that is strong at set-pieces and a team that has struggled to defend. Chennaiyin have conceded eight goals (50 per cent of their total goals) so far from these situations.

But Moosa anticipates a tough fixture since Chennayin will have all their foreigners available for selection.

"They suffered because they didn't have their central defender playing. But for tomorrow's game, all the foreigners will be available so it won't be easy," said Moosa, who added that his team would have to be extra cautious as new Chennaiyin signing Manuel Lanzarote would be available for the clash too.

"We will have to be compact the way we played against East Bengal. Not letting in the penetrating passes in the final third. That will play a very important role in how we defend and not give them scoring opportunities," he stated.

Bengaluru will miss the services of Rahul Bheke, Juan Gonzalez and Leon Augustin. Chennaiyin's misfiring attack has let them down. Coach Csaba Laszlo's side failed to score in eight games despite creating chances.

Laszlo highlighted that concern and urged his side to remain focused ahead of the clash. "If you want to be in the top four, we have to win the remaining games. These are like five finals and this is what we are working on, to try to win against Bengaluru first," said Laszlo.

"I hope we can show that we can score goals because the problem is that we create a lot of chances but don't score. We have to be very focused on the game. "We are here to try to win games. I don't think about my future but I think about the future of the club. I think we have a very difficult game against Bengaluru and my attention is towards preparing the team," he added.

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