A fantastic game from the two previous champions of the Indian Super League. Both sides played out an even first half, with John Arne Riise coming closest for the Super Machans, hitting the crossbar from a free-kick. However, the game was scoreless going into the break.
Atletico de Kolkata took the lead through a well-taken Sameehg Doutie goal in the 59th minute, but did not hold onto the lead for long.
Chennaiyin equalised 7 minutes later as Jeje's mishit fell to Jayesh Rane in the box and he kept his nerve to slot under the keeper to draw his side level. 4 minutes later, Hans Mulder turned the game on its head, but it was rather lucky - as his shot took a wicked deflection off Tiri's head and nestled into the opposite bottom corner.
However, there was tragedy for Chennai at the end as 18 year old Jerry conceded a penalty on debut, with Doutie taking a tumble. Iain Hume scuffed his shot but had enough on the ball to draw Atletico de Kolkata level in the 86th minute, as both sides played out a great, evenly contested game.
90+1' Bikramjit receives some treatment as Materazzi looks frustrated with what he perceives to be time-wasting from the ATK midfielder. It;s a dead leg though and Bikramjit comes off.
90' 3 minutes of added time, as Mehrajuddin Wadoo gets the Man of the Match award
90' Baljit Sahni comes off for Siam Hanghal
88' WHAT A CHANCE! The ball falls to Jayesh Rane in acres of space on the left side of the box, but he skies the ball over when he should have scored. That could have won it for Chennaiyin!
83' HOW DID HE MISS! Dudu has to score there! The Nigerian is found in the box with a lofted ball forward, and only needs the tap the ball home from 3 yards out, but manages to scoop the ball over the bar!
83' ALMOST! Dudu plays a lovely 1-2 with Jeje on the edge of the box, but his touch in the box is poor and ATK clear.
82' Postiga looks livid with the linesman as he is ruled offside from a clever ball over the top. Replays show Postiga had a case
78' NEARLY! Doutie sends in a wicked low cross with Postiga lurking at the near post, but Kerr bravely smothers the ball and gets injured in the process. The Chennaiyin keeper receives treatment, as Robert is replaced by Prabir Das for ATK.
77' CHANCE! Hume with another wasted chance! A great ball from the right wing finds Hume on the left edge of the box, but he heads the ball back to Kerr in the Chennaiyin goal, when he had the time to control and take a strike.
75' Great play from Jerry as he wrestles the ball off the hitherto untouchable Sameehg Doutie and plays a clever pass forward. Stephen Constantine would have loved that.
74' WHAT A CHANCE! The ball falls to Hume in space on the left edge of the box, and he shoots wide the the goal at his mercy.
73' The talented youngster Jerry Lalrinzuala comes on for Mohanraj
69' Dudu comes on for Davide Succi
65' SHOT! A bad option from Pritam Kotal as he opts to shoot from the right edge of the box, instead of crossing with Postiga lurking in the box.
63' Bikramjit goes into the book for late foul. The referee is going all out!
61' Jayesh Rane goes into the book for a poor stamp on Tiri as Chennaiyin attempt to fight their way back into the game.
57' Javi Lara takes the corner for ATK with Mendy off the pitch getting treatment. The initial effort is cleared, and ATK loft the ball to Postiga on the edge of the box, and the Portuguese striker ingeniously volleys the ball towards the goal first-time, but his effort goes wide.
55' Mendy with another block! Robert looks all set to head the ball into the net from a Doutie cross, but the Chennaiyin captain gets to the ball first and clears the ball for a corner.
54' GREAT DEFENDING! Riise sends in another tempting cross from the right wing, but Tiri rises highest to clear for a corner. Davide Succi goes into the book for a shove as the players set up - foolish.
52' WAS THAT A FOUL? Hume sends a lovely weighted ball to Doutie on the right wing, but he's unable to get past the attentions of Mohanraj and run clear, but replays show the South African was wrong to protest the decision.
51' Materazzi and Molina both scream instructions at their players after that spell of play, with plenty of defensive mistakes on display.
50' END TO END STUFF! Riise sends in a wicked free-kick that Debjit nervously palms away in the ATK goal. Hume leads the counter for the home side but plays a poor pass to Javi Lara, but the Spaniard cuts inside on his right foot and shoots right at Kerr.
49' Baljit is tripped on the left by Robert, and Chennaiyin have a great chance from the free-kick.
46' WHAT A CHANCE! ATK win the ball and Postiga sets up Javi Lara in space on the left side of the box, but Riise slides in to block his effort and concede a corner. Lara's delivery from the corner is comfortably collected by Kerr.
46' PEEP PEEP PEEP! Chennaiyin get us underway
The second half is moments away!
An evenly contested half from both sides, as each had chances to take the lead in a closely fought game.
Riise went closest for the visitors with a shot off the crossbar, while Postiga had a shot go narrowly over the bar, as Chennaiyin defended well for the most part.
All to play for in the second half.
45' PINBALL IN THE BOX! Chennaiyin desperately defend Javi Lara's ball into the box, with Borja having a couple of efforts blocked. The Super Machans counter with Jeje and he spreads the ball to Rane on the left, but his cutback narrowly evades Jeje.
45' Chennaiyin foolishly concede another free-kick through Mulder. Can ATK capitalise?
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