Chennaiyin FC played host to Atlético de Kolkata in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai today.
Chennaiyin FC looked the better side at the beginning as they produced various promising attempts on the Atlético goal. But Atlético’s marquee player Luis García put the visitors in the lead against the run of play as the Spaniard converted a spot kick in the 35th minute. Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Shilton Paul fouled on-rushing Mohammed Rafi to give away the penalty and he was consequently sent off by referee Tejas Nagvenkar.
Substitute Balwant Singh had the best chance to equalise for the hosts as his attempt was denied by the woodwork. Chennaiyin FC changed their tactics in the latter stages of the second half with three strikers up front trying their best to find the back of the net.
It looked like Atlético would secure an away win, but late drama gave the match a new twist at the Jawaharalal Nehru Stadium. Kingshuk Debnath brought down John Stiven Mendoza in the box to give away a penalty to the home side in the dying moments of the game. Brazilian star Elano hit the target to secure Chennaiyin FC a 1-1 draw against Atlético de Kolkata.
2014 Hero Indian Super League
at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
CHENNAIYIN FC 1-1 ATLÉTICO DE KOLKATA
1-0 Luis García (35′)
1-1 Elano (90’+3′)
22 Shilton Paul – 19 Gouramangi Moirangthem Singh, 27 Mikaël Silvestre, 5 Bernard Mendy, 25 Dhanachandra Singh – 23 Marco Materazzi (76′ 12 Jeje Lalpekhlua) – 18 Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 13 Denson Devadas (83′ 17 Balwant Singh) – 7 Elano [C] – 14 John Stiven Mendoza, 29 Jean-Eudes Maurice (34′ 1 Gennaro Bracigliano)
3 Sukhwinder Singh, 4 Khelemba Singh, 8 Cristian Hidalgo, 10 Bojan Djordjic, 20 Bruno Pelissari
Atlético de Kolkata
25 Apoula Edel – 4 Kingshuk Debnath, 5 Arnab Mondal, 17 Josemi, 2 Biswajit Saha – 8 Borja Fernández, 23 Ofentse Nato – 6 Baljit Singh Sahni (89′ 20 Rakesh Masih), 10 Luis García [C] (80′ 24 Arnal Llibert), 11 Jofre Mateu – 14 Mohammed Rafi (69′ 15 Sanju Pradhan)
1 Subhasish Roy Chowdhury – 7 Cavin Lobo, 22 Lester Fernandez, 26 Sylvain Monsoreau
Tejas Nagvenkar (India)
28′ Jofre Mateu (Atlético de Kolkata)
43′ Arnab Mondal (Atlético de Kolkata)
53′ Josemi (Atlético de Kolkata)
56′ Ofentse Nato (Atlético de Kolkata)
90’+1′ Kingshuk Debnath (Atlético de Kolkata)
47′ Jofre Mateu (Atlético de Kolkata)
33′ Shilton Paul (Chennaiyin FC)
MAN OF THE MATCH
Luis García (Atlético de Kolkata)