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  1. seiko

    seiko VETERAN ELITE MEMBER

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    Am still angry at Kolkotta. If that idiots have won, we would have been in fourth spot now!! :angry:
     
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    :lol: If you are disappointed at Kolkata what will you say about Michael Chopra. The guy left English League for the ISL and so far hasn't been very successful in the ISL.
    Kerala Blasters FC will get there. The "dream final" would be between Kerala and North East in Kochi. :tank:
     
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    I am not sure why we keeping him in playing eleven when we have hardworking players like Antonio German as substitute.

    Also our right back Rino Anto is stuck with FC Banglore because of AFC final. So we are limiting a versatile player like Josu as a defender.

    I hope with CK Vineeth comes with Rino Anto after the AFC final, Kerala Blasters will have a good midfield division..
     
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    ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC dominate Kerala Blasters, but misfiring strikers, weak defence cost team

    In what was an eventful 'South India Derby', Kerala Blasters came out victors. They went from being a goal down to win by a flattering 3-1 scoreline and earn three valuable points. However, they have their opponents Chennaiyin FC to thank for several generous gestures throughout the match. Here are three key talking points from the match:



    Bernard Mendy scored the opening goal for Chennaiyin FC against Kerala Blasters. Image courtesy: ISL

    Chennaiyin's dominance without results:

    Chennaiyin FC clearly had the upper hand throughout the first half. Their first clear cut chance came as early as the second minute, when Mehrajudin Wadoo's ball into the area, meant for Dudu Omagbemy, fell into the path of Jeje Lalpekhlua. The Indian international's shot on the bounce was a tame effort straight at the goalkeeper.

    Bernard Mendy started as a left winger, clearly inspired by the goal he scored in the last match, and it nearly paid off immediately. Mendy had the ball in a good position with space and time. His shot, however, was deflected wide. From the resultant corner, the ball fell to him again off Eli Sabia's header, but the Frenchman couldn't connect. When he finally claimed a goal, it looked more of an effort to find Jeje's run, and went in after taking a wicked deflection off Cedric Hengbart.

    Jeje himself had a night to forget — three handballs while receiving long balls in dangerous positions in the first half alone. He was no better in the second — caught ball watching and hence offside at the 50th minute. Then, six minutes later, after some good exchange of passes with Jayesh Rane, he passed to Dudu, who was in an obviously offside position. It was that kind of a night for Jeje.

    Dudu himself was also inept. He had two wonderful opportunities to seal the game in the first half but squandered both. The first move, in the 30th minute, began with Raphael Augusto, who provided the pass to Mendy for the goal earlier. Mendy drew a couple of defenders and passed it back to Augusto, who beautifully found Jerry with space. Jerry then set Mendy free, who ran ahead to the byline and sent a slightly deflected ball to Dudu. Dudu shot over.

    At the end of the first half, Augusto's beautiful chested down touch took the ball past his midfield adversaries. He then set Dudu free, and the Nigerian ran past one, then two defenders. With only the keeper to beat, he scuffed his shot wide. These misses proved very, very costly.

    Individual errors lead Kerala comeback:

    Kerala came back in the match after the break with strong intent. Their early siege seemed to be well managed by the Chennaiyin defence, until the first chink in the armour appeared in the 54th minute. Duwayne Kerr had a rush of blood, and charged out after Antonio German seemed to be through on goal. His kick on German, who tumbled due to the contact, resulted in a yellow card for simulation for the Kerala forward.

    But karma soon caught up with Chennaiyin soon. A clearance from the left flank was heading towards the corner flag, and Antonio German was chasing Eli Sabia who was on the job. Sabia clearly didn't like German's pressing and harrying, and at one point stopped to protest. This gave the Kerala attacker a crucial headstart, and he ran towards the byline. Sabia was not at hand to prevent the cross, which went to the other substitute Didier Kadio, who simply had to tap in. Game on.

    The next error came from Duwayne "cannot keep a clean sheet" Kerr. He dropped the ball after a dangerous cross from Josu Carrais into the path of CK Vineeth. The Bengaluru FC man, already considered a hero among fans for his 97th minute winner against FC Goa, made no mistake with a sumptuous finish with five minutes to go on the clock.

    Marco Materazzi threw the kitchen sink, introducing David Succi for John Arne Riise. The change had an instant impact, except at the other end; Chennaiyin FC were caught out of possession trying to look for an equaliser. Their defence was absent and German found Vineeth with acres of space down the right. Vineeth ran to meet with an inch perfect ball and provided a clinical finish. Game over.

    The only way is up, but can they?

    Materazzi made five changes for this match. Kerr returned to the side, as did marquee player John Arne Riise. Zakeer Mundampara, who had some solid performances last season, got his first start this season. Jeje was restored in a two-man attack (the other being Dudu Omagbemy); Jayesh Rane was the other incomer in place of Baljit Sahni.

    Before the season began, Chennaiyin FC were considered defensively strong. In the nine games played so far, they have three clean sheets (second best in the league), but a tournament high of 14 goals conceded (seven in the last two games alone). Given their misfiring attack, defensive stability was very important. But what they have is a defence that is akin to Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde.

    Manager Marco Materazzi has his task cut out. They are somehow getting chances to score goals, but it's the defence that Chennaiyin as a team would need to rectify soon.


    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/isl...strikers-weak-defence-costs-team-3102986.html
     
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    Ten-man Delhi Dynamos eke out a 2-2 draw against ATK

    Delhi Dynamos FC kept their unbeaten record at home intact in Hero Indian Super League 2016 after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Atlético de Kolkata in front of almost 20,000 spectators at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. The visitors took a first-half lead through an Iain Hume goal before Badara Badji saw red on the stroke of half-time. Delhi equalised courtesy of a Milan Singh stunner but Javi Lara produced a bolt from the blue of his own in the 71st minute to restore ATK’s lead. Florent Malouda scored the Lions’ second equaliser as both sides solidified their position in the top 4.

    Borja Fernandez had the first shot of the game in the fourth minute but failed to test Antonio Doblas in Delhi’s goal. Kolkata took the lead 13 minutes later with Sameehg Doutie and Hume combining to devastating effect. The South African winger threaded in a brilliant pass to carve open Delhi’s defence as Hume applied the finishing touch by slotting the ball beyond an outrushing Doblas to make it 1-0.

    Delhi had an opportunity to equalise in the 24th minute after a Marcelinho corner was headed goal-wards by Ibrahima Niasse. The Senegalese, however, failed to hit the target as the ball went behind for an ATK goal-kick.

    Helder Postiga had his first attempt of the game shortly after the half hour mark. The Portuguese striker tried to direct a cross from the left on goal but his shot went fractions above the crossbar. He was at it again four minutes later when a well-worked free-kick found its way to him with only Doblas to beat. The Delhi custodian though did just about enough to prevent ATK’s marquee man from getting off a clear shot on goal.

    The Dynamos responded and nearly found their equaliser in the 38th minute with Marcelinho cutting in from the right after beating three defenders with a mazy run. However, his shot on goal was well blocked by a sea of ATK players in the box to the disappointment of the home support.

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    Things took a turn for the worse shortly before half-time for the Lions with Badji receiving his marching orders following a second yellow, making it 10-v-11 with the second half still to go as Delhi went in at the break a man and goal down.

    Delhi received a lifeline on the hour mark after Prabir Das was adjudged to have brought down Marcelinho in the box, but they failed to make it count. Malouda stepped up to the spot and fired low to Debjit Majumder’s left but the ATK goalkeeper made the save.

    The hosts scored the leveller three minutes later after Milan collected a ball outside the box before unleashing a stunning left-footed shot from 25 yards that gave Majumder no chance of making a save. It was the 24-year-old’s second goal of the season.

    Lara then produced a peach of his own to help ATK re-establish their lead in the 71st minute. The Spaniard picked up a loose ball before giving the goalkeeper the eyes and sending a curler from outside the box into the back of the net.

    The Dynamos refused to give in though and got their second equaliser of the night three minutes later after substitute David Addy found Malouda in the box with a ball from the left. The Frenchman wriggled his way past two ATK defenders before finishing with his right foot to make it 2-2.

    The last chance of the game went ATK’s way after a corner found its way to Tiri deep into injury-time. The Spaniard controlled the ball well but sent his effort over the crossbar as it ended all square in the capital city.

    http://www.indiansuperleague.com/news/4927-ten-man-delhi-dynamos-eke-out-a-2-2-draw-against-atk
     
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    Zambrotta: Draw against ATK is like victory

    Delhi Dynamos FC head coach Gianluca Zambrotta was relieved to have got away with one point from their 2016 Hero Indian Super League encounter against Atlético de Kolkata at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday evening. Playing in front of almost 20,000 spectators, the hosts conceded a goal in the 17th minute of the game. Things got worse for them when striker Badara Badji received his marching orders following a second yellow card at the stroke of half-time.

    However, the Lions staged a brilliant fightback in the second half through goals from Milan Singh and Florent Malouda to salvage one point and extend their lead at the top of the table with 17 points from 10 games. Speaking to the media after the 2-2 draw, Zambrotta said: “I don’t think the team missed out on three points. We have got one point and it is very important considering our situation. In the second half, we were forced to play 4-4-1 and we had to cover a lot of the pitch and that was difficult for us. I am happy with the match.”

    This was the second time Delhi played ATK this season. In the previous encounter, the Lions suffered a defeat at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, their only defeat to date this season. Commenting on Jose Molina’s men, Zambrotta said: “In the first half, of course we were put under pressure by Kolkata and also sometimes it’s not easy to utilise the whole space of the pitch, and in this match you have got to consider who is your opponent as Kolkata are a quality side and are one of the best teams in the ISL.”

    “We win or lose, we must analyse the result. Today we drew the match but for us it is like a victory and the one point is important for us as we move one point ahead, and at the moment Kolkata are behind us.”

    In their first encounter this season, Marcelinho had missed a penalty soon after which Iain Hume scored from the spot to lead ATK to a 1-0 victory. On Sunday, Delhi again missed a penalty and this time it was marquee man Malouda to blame. Zambrotta shed light on the penalty situation. “Marcelinho was supposed to take the penalty and Malouda told him that he would take the penalty as he was very confident, and I think they both are mature players and can decide regarding who will take the penalty. It is not a problem who takes the penalty,” the 39-year-old said.

    Delhi now travel to Balewadi to play FC Pune City on November 18 and Zambrotta hoped Richard Gazde and Chinglensana Singh will be fit in time for the match.


    http://www.indiansuperleague.com/news/4934-zambrotta-draw-against-atk-is-like-victory
     
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    Molina blames lack of intensity in second half for draw

    Atlético de Kolkata came away with a point from the capital city after drawing 2-2 in the 2016 Hero Indian Super League with league leaders Delhi Dynamos FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. ATK took a first-half lead through Iain Hume before Milan Singh equalised for the hosts in the 63rd minute. Javi Lara put Kolkata in front again in the 71st minute but Florent Malouda scored Delhi's second leveller of the night as ATK failed to make their man advantage count with Badara Badji seeing red towards the end of the first half.

    Speaking to the media at the post-match press conference, Kolkata head coach Jose Molina chalked his side's failure to bag maximum points against Delhi's ten men up to a lack of intensity in the second period. “I think we did a great job in the first half. We played well and scored one. In the first half, the referee gave a lot of fouls against our players and when the Delhi players touched us it was not a foul. In the second half, I think after the sending-off we were a little scared as we may also get booked by the referee and we did not defend with the same intensity and allowed Delhi to move around with the ball and they scored two goals,” said Molina.

    Malouda scored Delhi's second after some questionable defending by ATK's backline. Reflecting on whether the goal could have been avoided, Molina said: “From the bench, it is difficult to tell, you know. There were defenders, so I don't know how he managed to score. If the referee allows Malouda to do everything he wants, then it is difficult for the defenders to stop him as they don't have the quality of Malouda. If the referee allows me to do everything I want then maybe even I can do it or maybe not. Don't get me wrong Malouda is a great player, he does not need help.”

    The game also saw Sameehg Doutie, who provided the assist for Hume's opener, being substituted in the first half after picking up an injury. When asked for an update on the South African winger's condition, Molina said: “We don't know and we hope it is not a big injury and we will know when we get back to Kolkata tomorrow as we will have to do some tests, but I was talking to him and I don't think it is bad as it is regarding something about his hamstring. So, I hope it is not bad because if it is bad, then it is a big problem. So, let's hope it is not bad.”

    Kolkata now face NorthEast United FC at home on November 17.


    http://www.indiansuperleague.com/news/4936-molina-blames-lack-of-intensity-in-second-half-for-draw
     
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    Coppell: Vineeth and Anto have made a big difference

    Kerala Blasters FC head coach Steve Coppell has chalked his team's resurgence in the 2016 Hero Indian Super League up to the return of local boys CK Vineeth and Rino Anto in the Blasters fold. Kerala came from behind to register a 3-1 win against defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. It was their second win in succession, inspired by Vineeth's brace. Vineeth, who along with Anto joined the Blasters ranks recently following participation in the AFC Cup with Bengaluru FC, had also scored the winner in a 2-1 win in their previous match against FC Goa.

    “Having the two players join us from Bengaluru FC has made a huge difference. CK Vineeth just being there physically has been a big psychological boost. They are both very good players. It's something you can't do in the ISL, go into the transfer market and sign players. They give us the liberty, and supplement what we already have. We have got a hungry squad wanting to get better, which makes a big difference,” Coppell told reporters after the game.

    Kerala may have won the game but there was no denying that they were lacklustre in the first half with Chennaiyin FC creating a slew of chances in front of over 53,000 spectators in Kochi. Assessing his team's performance in the match, the 61-year-old Englishman said: “I thought we were very poor in the first half…Early on, I think we were fortunate as we didn't play well, they had opportunities. To be honest, they were better than us. I was desperate for half time to come, so I could have a quick chat with the boys to sort things out. Thankfully, that came soon… We have to thank the crowd because they created the atmosphere that was fabulous and that does make the difference. Maybe, in the first couple of games it might have been pressure for the players. But now it is more like an occasion that everybody enjoys. The players are more relaxed now. The momentum we gained with the goals and the crowd in the second half makes up for a very special night.”

    English striker Antonio German also came into his own tonight and provided two assists after substituting Kervens Belfort in the second half. Coppell provided an update on Belfort's injury and also discussed German's return to form. “Looking bad [Belfort's injury], you can probably say that. He has been our most significant striker. He offers something which is very difficult to stop. When he went off, Antonio started. He always wanted to play down the middle and tonight he had the opportunity. At this point, there is pressure to deliver. People are looking at him. We needed a focal point for our attack and he provided that. The first goal was massive for us…He created that goal because he was determined to set up Didier Boris Kadio. He can look back on his tonight's game and think it's a good job. He can say that he has been part of the team that has been successful. Belfort has a groin injury. He had a groin injury after the previous game and I think he has aggravated it a little. We have got about a week before we play again so I think he has an opportunity to rest and get some treatment to recover and make himself available for the next game,” Coppell said.

    With the win, Kerala climbed to second in the standings with 15 points from 10 games and now they play Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on November 19.


    http://www.indiansuperleague.com/news/4923-coppell-vineeth-and-anto-have-made-a-big-difference
     
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    ISL 2016: Kerala Blasters fans to greet Marco Materazzi with Zinedine Zidane masks

    Kerala Blasters fans will wear Zinedine Zidane mask during their club’s Indian Super League football match against Chennaiyin FC to greet the visiting coach Marco Materazzi.

    There is no love lost between the two teams in the ISL since Kerala knocked out Chennnaiyin in the semi-finals of the first edition. There were plenty of commotion when the two teams clashed this season in Chennai, leading to suspension of Materazzi for “misconduct against opponents or persons other than match officials”.

    The Italian World Cup winner can now expect a fiery reception when he arrives at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as almost 35,000 fans will greet him with Zinedine Zidane masks. Local fans already have the mask in place and will offer it to all those who are willing to wear.

    Pictures of the mask are doing the rounds online on various social media networks and has a message in Malayalam which reads “Friends, I will be at Kaloor (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium) with these masks if you are ready to buy it”.

    Materazzi, who is no stranger to controversies, was non-challant when questioned about the novel way of protest from Kerala Blasters fans.

    “Did they spend lots of money for it? I would use that money for food instead,” said Materazzi, who guided Chennaiyin to the ISL title last season.

    The former Italian defender was head-butted by Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin. The infamous incident happened in extra time of a match France lost 4-5 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in the regulation and extra time.

    Chennaiyin have 10 points from eight matches and are placed seventh, just above FC Goa who they defeated in the final to emerge champions last season.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/sp...materazzi-with-zinedine-zidane-masks-4370560/
     
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    What a fine way to troll Materazzi.:rofl:
     
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