ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Isma Brace Helps Chennai Beat Odisha 2-1

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Chennaiyin FC beat Odisha FC 2-1 thanks to a first-half brace from Isma.

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21:37 (IST)

Csaba Laszlo's Chennaiyin FC have edged out Odisha FC 2-1 thanks to a first-half brace from their Bissau-Guinean forward Isma. Chennai broke the deadlock on the 15th minute with a cooly slotted finish past OFC goalkeeper. Then he doubled the lead six minutes later from the penalty spot after Gourav Bora fouled Aniruddh Thapa inside the box. Odisha did get a few chances to score as well but they failed to make the most of those chance. In the second half, with the introduction of  Diego Mauricio, Odisha looked more threatening. The Brazillian repaid Stuart Baxters's faith as he pulled one back for the Kalinga Warriors on the 64th minute with a curling effort past CFC custodian Vishal Kaith. OFC kept on trying to find the equaliser but failed to breach Vishal Kaith's once again and slumped to their 7th defeat of the season. 

21:25 (IST)

FULL TIME

OFC 1-2 CFC

Chennaiyin Fc have beaten Odisha FC 2-1 thanks to a first-half brace from Isma. 

21:23 (IST)

93' | Thapa miscues his volley. A ball is played in from the left, Jakub plays a dummy and the ball falls for Thapa but he fails to time his effort. The loose ball then fell for another CFC player, who was penalised for a handball.

21:19 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

OFC Skipper Booked

90' | Steven Taylor is booked for a foul on Sipovic. That's his third of the tournament.

21:18 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

Another CFC Player Booked

88' | Sipovic booked for bringing down Manuel Onwu

21:17 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

Fresh CFC Legs Introduced

87' | Rahim Ali OUT, Jakub Sylvestr IN

21:16 (IST)

85' | Daniel gets the ball just outside the box and tries to curl one in. His effort is on target but it ti to close to CFC 'keeper.

21:14 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

CFC Player Booked

79' | Thoi Singh is booked by the ref.

21:11 (IST)

WHAT A MISS!

82' | Thoi Singh misses from inside the box. Chhangte plays a perfectly weighted pass for Thoi but his effort goes wide of the post. 

21:10 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

OFC Make Another Change

77' | Kamalpreet Singh OUT, Nandhakumar Sekar IN

21:09 (IST)

74' | Odisha gets a free-kick as Sipovic brings down Onwu.

21:03 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

CFC Make Another Change

70' | Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev OUT, Thoi Singh IN

21:01 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

CFC Player Booked

70' | Rahim Ali is the latest player to be booked by the ref.

21:00 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

CFC Change

66' | Esmael Goncalves OUT, Deepak Tangri IN

20:53 (IST)

GOAL

Odisha Pull One Back

64' | Diego Mauricio has pulled one back for the Kalinga Warriors. The goal came from nothing really. A long free-kick was played in from the back, Onwu won the header and then the ball fell for Alexander. The Proteas played it to Mauricio, he took the ball and charged goalwards and then curled one over CFC defence and Vishal Kaith.

20:52 (IST)

60'| Sipovic looks in some discomfort there. He tripped while trying to block Steven Taylor's acrobatic effort. Thirty minutes plus added time left in the match and Odisha are yet to have a shot on target. They have their highest goalscorer of this season, Diego Mauricio on the pitch but OFC as a team are yet to produce any threat.

20:48 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

CFC Player Booked

57' | Jerry Lalrinzuala is booked for a high boot on Shubha Sarangi.

20:40 (IST)

CFC Chance

49' | Chhangte gets a delightful ball on the left from the CFC defence, he controls and moves inside. As he enters the box he spots Isma's run and plays the ball to him but Isma's first touch was too heavy and he lost the ball.

20:38 (IST)

YELLOW CARD

OFC Player Booked

48' | Shubham Sarangi is booked for pulling down Isma

20:36 (IST)

SUBSTITUTION

Odisha Make a Double Change

46' | Diego Mauricio, Daniel Lalhlimpuia IN; Jerry Mawihmingthanga, Marcelinho OUT

20:34 (IST)

SECOND HALF

46' | Action resumes the GMC Stadium in Bambolim. Chennaiyin are ahead thanks to a brace from Isma. Odisha have now introduced Mauricio, can the Brazillian script a comeback for the Kalinga Warriors?

20:31 (IST)

This is what the Stats show at the break. Odisha have not had a shot on target so far in the match.

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20:21 (IST)

HALF-TIME

OFC 0-2 CFC

A brace from Chennnaiyin FC's Bissau-Guinean forward Isma means the Marina Machans head into the break with a 2-goal lead over Odisha

20:20 (IST)

43' | Another wasted set-piece there. This time from Chennaiyin FC's Fatkhulo.

20:18 (IST)

40' | Odisha get a free-kick on the right side of the pitch, Marcelinho takes the responsibility to take the set-piece. However, his delivery is too deep. Very unlike the Brazillian there.

20:15 (IST)

OFC Chance

37' | This might prove costly later on! Onwu gets the ball inside the box from Jerry and he tries to hit it the first time but he scuffs his chance. Jerry after getting a loose ball played a pass inside the box with an overhead kick but the Spanish forward made a mess of it. 

20:12 (IST)

OFC Chance

29' | Manuel Onwu goes forward with the ball, plays one-two pass with Marcelinho and tries to enter the box but Chennaiyin FC defenders were there to prevent any goal threat.

20:10 (IST)

OFC Chance

26' | Finally OFC get a crack at the goal. Jerry floats in the ball from the corner, Shubham Sarangi rises to head the ball goalwards but his header is off-target.

19:53 (IST)

GOAL

Chennaiyin Double Their Lead

21' | Isma makes no mistake from the spot. Chennai double their lead

19:52 (IST)

PENALTY

Chennai win a penalty

20' | Chennai hit Odisha with a fast counter attack, Isma and Thapa combined and played 1-2 inside the box and then Thapa was fouled there by Gourav Bora.

ISL 2020-21 HIGHLIGHTS, Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Isma Brace Helps Chennai Beat Odisha 2-1

ISL 2020-21 Highlights, Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC: Csaba Laszlo's Chennaiyin FC have edged out Odisha FC 2-1 thanks to a first-half brace from their Bissau-Guinean forward Isma. Chennai broke the deadlock on the 15th minute with a cooly slotted finish past OFC goalkeeper. Then he doubled the lead six minutes later from the penalty spot after Gourav Bora fouled Aniruddh Thapa inside the box. Odisha did get a few chances to score as well but they failed to make the most of those chance. In the second half, with the introduction of  Diego Mauricio, Odisha looked more threatening. The Brazillian repaid Stuart Baxters's faith as he pulled one back for the Kalinga Warriors on the 64th minute with a curling effort past CFC custodian Vishal Kaith. OFC kept on trying to find the equaliser but failed to breach Vishal Kaith's once again and slumped to their 7th defeat of the season.

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Laggards Odisha FC will be eager to extend their two-match unbeaten run when they take on an out-of-sorts Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League clash here on Wednesday. After suffering six defeats, Odisha notched their maiden win of the season by defeating Kerala Blasters last week. The bottom-placed side followed that by holding Chennaiyin to a goalless draw over the weekend.

On the other hand, Chennaiyin have slipped to eighth after the draw, having managed only one win in their last five outings. The two sides will be hoping for goals and much-improved performance. The earlier fixture saw both teams missing a number of chances to take the lead and left them in the bottom four.

A win on Wednesday will change the script for both of them. However, after facing each other just a few days ago, there is every chance that the two teams will just cancel each other out again. This is something that has crossed Odisha coach Stuart Baxter's mind, but he said that whatever issues stem from having to face the same team twice in four days, it is for both teams to bear.

"Is the glass half full or half empty? I think you can look at it both ways. Whatever it is, it is for both teams. If it is a positive, they've got just as much positives as we have. The only thing I can say is that it is going to be difficult for both teams," he said.

Baxter, however, refused to comment on whether he would opt for a change in tactics in order to make it difficult for Chennaiyin to predict what his team would do.

"It's a possibility, yes, when you have these doubleheaders. Sometimes you do change tactics. But we have to look at a fresh set of players, we have to look at the injuries. We have a suspension in Jacob (Tratt). So that is on the table. We will make a final decision later in the evening," he added.

Sunday saw Chennaiyin's goal-scoring woes in the league continue with Rahim Ali and Jakub Sylvestr both missing golden opportunities to get their team three points. The former champions have netted the least goals in the league and have now not scored in half the games that they have played. With their main creative force Rafael Crivellaro out for the rest of the season, their forwards can't afford to be wasteful anymore.

For coach Csaba Laszlo, it is now evident that this is his biggest headache. "Our biggest problem according to me is actually scoring goals. We create a lot of chances. But somehow we haven't scored enough goals and if you don't score goals, it is very difficult to win games," he said.

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