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CHE vs MIN Match Result - I-League 2018-19
Chennai City
3 - 1
FT
Minerva Punjab
Pedro Manzi (P) 56'
G. Bora 69'
G. Bora 90'+3'
3' R. Bilala
Amazing scenes in Coimbatore.
AKbar Nawas is lifted up by his players while the Hero of the Match, Gaurav Bora, has tears of joy right next to the sponsors' standee.
The players embrace one another and the fans celebrate with them.
What a victory! How Chennai City have overcome the odds to be crowned the I-League champs!
And they truly deserve it. With just 3 losses - two against Real Kashmir and the other against Churchill Brothers - Chennai City truly played like champions.
So close yet so far for East Bengal. They beat Gokulam Kerala but Chennai City's 3-1 victory hands them the I-League title by a mere point.
FULL-TIME!
CHENNAI CITY ARE THE I-LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
East Bengal beat Gokulam Kerala 2-1.
Well, they did whatever was in their control.
90+5' Substitution - Chennai City FC
OFF - Jozek Kaplan
ON - Shem Marton Eugene
There's a standing ovation for Kaplan, who has been fantastic today. Few more seconds to go.
90+3' BOY, THAT DOES IT!
Gaurav Bora
strikes again! And Chennai City can erupt.
Sandro plays it behind Manzi and Bora rushes in and nods home.
Goalkeeper Nidhin Lal stood no chance!
90+2' CHANCE!
Nidhin Lal saves.
Edwin finds Vijay on the right and the substitute cuts it back for Pedro Manzi.
The Spaniard's shot is straight at Nidhin, who gives away a corner.
Five minutes added.
The longest 5 minutes Chennai City will endure.
90' PHEW!
The corner is played deep. Boerchio ventures out and confidently punches it away.
It falls to a Minerva player but the shot goes wide.
89' Sriram clips Mahmoud Al Amna and the Minerva Punjab captain complains.
The free-kick isn't great but Chennai City have a corner to defend.
88' It's a familiar sight as Boerchio takes his own sweet time to play the goal-kick.
From the sideline, coach Akbar Nawas delivers a set of instructions for the most important minutes of Chennai City's I-League season.
Gokulam Kerala v East Bengal update!
Laldanmawia strikes and East Bengal lead 2-1.
But it still won't help them win the league if the result in Coimbatore stays this way.
83' Mauro Boerchio is shown the yellow for wasting time and the Chennai City goalkeeper is happy to take that one.
81' WAS THAT A GOAL!
Pedro glances it goal-ward off a corner by Sandro and Nidhin Lal fumbles with the ball, which seems to have bounced off the inside of the bar.
Pedro thinks it's a goal but the referee is not interested.
In the other game, East Bengal are doing all they can to give Chennai City a fight.
They equalise against Gokulam Kerala through a spot-kick conversion by Jaime Santos but if Chennai City manage to hold onto the lead for 12 more minutes, the Hero I-League is theirs.
78' Substitution - Chennai City FC
OFF - Alexander Romario Jesuraj
ON - Vijay N
76' Final change for Minerva Punjab.
OFF - Juan Quero
ON - Harminder Singh
74' Time for a third? Ajithkumar powers into the box but Caicedo stands his ground to deny the Chennai City player a shot.
71' Substitution - Minerva Punjab
OFF - Makan Chothe
ON - Moinuddin
69' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! BORA SCORES!
Will that seal the deal for Chennai?
Corner played in neatly by Sandro and it skips past Kaplan.
Bora comes running in, taking his marker by surprise, and fires it in to score what could potentially be the goal that will win Chennai City the title!
How have things turned here!
Update from the other game. EAST BENGAL TRAIL!
Marcus Joseph has scored for Gokulam Kerala and that means East Bengal have to score 2 goals in about 22 minutes to win the title!
Chennai City have one hand on the title now.
62' OUCH!
Kaplan goes down to a rash tackle and there's warning or card to the Minerva player.
61' Yellow to the goalkeeper for wasting time.
Yellow - Nidhin Lal (Minerva)
60' CLOSE!
Pedro can't score and he had the goal wide open.
What a cross from the left but Pedro's effort is poor.
59' Crowd getting behind Chennai City and egging them on to get the second goal that will give them the lead here.
56' That's the equaliser!
And Pedro Manzi salutes!
Chennai City are back!
A confident penalty with Pedro running in and slotting it into the bottom-left corner. Nidhin Lal dives the wrong way.
55' Handball!
Poor composure by Arashpreet and the referee has no choice but to point to the spot.
Chennai City have a penalty and what can they do here?
54' Substitution - Minerva Punjab
ON - Sreyas 
OFF - Roland
53' EDWINNNNN!!! OFF the POST!
The Chennai City full-back has space in the centre of the park and he picks the top-right corner. The curling effort hits the right post and goes out. That's the closest Chennai have come.
51' Regin to Sandro and the Spanish midfielder has a go at it  from the edge of the box. Arashpreet blocks.
Chennai City need to score 2 to assure themselves of the title without depending on East Bengal's result.
49' Roland intercepts a poor pass by Tarif Akhand. He surges through but Bora recovers and wins the ball back before Roland could unleash a shot.
48' Romario wins a battle with Alhassan and Kaplan plays it wide to Edwin.
But the Chennai City right-back's delivery is poor.
46' Chennai City have a free-kick on the right and Minerva Punjab got their goal from a similar set-piece in the third minute of the game.
But Sandro's take doesn't go beyond the wall.
46' Second-half action kicks off and Pedro Manzi gets us going.
The next 45 minutes will decide who will be crowned the I-League champions.
Will it be Chennai City or East Bengal?
Follow what East Bengal are up to here.
Half-time in Coimbatore with Chennai City trailing by a goal. Minerva Punjab stunned the hosts Chennai City with an early goal by Roland Bilala and since then, Chennai City are playing catch-up. They have more attempts but the Minerva defence is defending well to deny Chennai the equaliser.
In the other game, East Bengal have not yet scored against Gokulam Kerala. If the score remains this way, Chennai City still win the I-League because of their superior head-to-head record against East Bengal.
And boy, how disappointing would that be for the Red and Golds. Stay tuned for the second half.
45+3' CLOSE!
A ball from the deep drops to Chennai striker Pedro Manzi in the box. The Spaniard goes for the header but Jorge Caicedo seems to have got the last touch.
Goal-kick given.
45' Sriram and Mahmoud Al Amna both go for the ball and that's a tackle from behind by the Chennai City player.
Both are down and need treatment.
Meanwhile, 3 minutes have been added.
44' A ball over the top and Makan Chothe is all by himself inside the Chennai City box.
Wait, that's offside.
Chennai immediately play it out.
42' Well, barring for that moment of weakness in the third minute, Chennai City have actually been good. But the scoreline isn't in their favour and the frustration is building on the players.
39' Arashpreet Singh pushes Pedro Manzi from behind, prompting the Chennai City striker to react aggressively.
Ref is forced to card the Spaniard.
Yellow - Pedro Manzi (Chennai City FC)
38' OFFSIDE!
Pedro Manzi
gets behind the defenders and goes chasing after a disguised through-ball from Edwin. But he's adjudged offside and Chennai City continue the hunt for an equaliser.
34' FOUL!
This delivery by Edwin Vanspaul is decent but Pedro Manzi collides with the goalkeeper Nidhin Lal and that's an infringement.
32' Chennai City seem to be playing a lot of crosses but the deliveries aren't great and Amandeep Singh gets it away twice.
But Chennai keep it going and that's what they need to do if they want to claim the title. They just need a moment of brilliance from one of their players now.
30' Another injury concern involving a Minerva Punjab player and it's Akashdeep Singh who appears to have a groin injury. Treatment to be given outside the pitch and play continues.
26' SAVE!
Great cross by Edwin Vanspaul from the right. Pedro Manzi runs in to meet it but Nidhin Lal positions himself, leaps in the air and collects it before harm.
24' Nervousness in the Chennai City defence but they survive, thanks to a timely clearance as Juan Quero threatened to make it 2-0!
21' Caicedo returns to the pitch and gives Chennai City a corner with a necessary clearance.
Sandro's corner-kick is glanced towards the goal and it's Caicedo who whips it away.
19' Jorge Caicedo needs treatment after stretching himself in order to avoid a tackle by Romario Jesuraj.
He's stretchered off the field and like Chennai City who don't have the services of Roberto Eslava, Minerva could lose a central defender.
17' Manziiii!
Just didn't time that well.
Sandro's delivery from the centre of the park is a good one but Pedro tries to hit it off the volley and disappoints.
14' Sandro's set-piece is powerful but flows over the bar for a goal-kick. Chennai City need to make the most of their opportunities now. Else, bye-bye title.
14' Roland clips Regin from behind and Chennai City have a free-kick from 30 yards out.
Step up, Sandro.
Deliver.
10' Chennai City may have been pegged back by that early goal but they are fighting to get back in the game with an equaliser. Remember, East Bengal still need to win against Gokulam Kerala to seize the title off the grasp of Chennai City.
7' Kaplan leads a counter for Chennai City and the attacker plays a cross to Sandro, who miscues his header.
Romario Jesuraj on the rebound but the first touch fails him.
3' STUNNING! GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL!
Amazing scenes in Coimbatore as Minerva Punjab take the lead
in the 3rd minute.
Juan Quero drops a free-kick into the centre from the right and Roland Bilala towers over the Chennai City marker to nod it home.
Don't be mistaken, folks!
Minerva are not here to 'hand' over the title to Chennai City. They are here to fight and spoil the party!
1' GO-GO-GO!
Chennai City get going right from the whistle with Sandro Rodriguez finding Pedro Manzi inside the box.
The Chennai striker, however, can't get his shot in and Chennai win a corner in the very first minute.
The players are making their way onto the pitch and there's a sense of calmness among the Chennai City players.
The defending champions against the guys who could be crowned champions at the end of this game.
MB Santhosh Kumar is the main referee for this evening. The ref is officiating this game after being involved in the NorthEast United v Bengaluru ISL semifinal in Guwahati.
Time for kick-off!
Update - Roberto Eslava has pulled out of the Chennai City FC line-up due to a last-minute strain. Tarif Akhand takes his place in the Starting XI.
The kick-off is drawing close and there's a lot at stake for Chennai City FC here.
Will they be crowned the I-League champions? Or will that honour go to East Bengal?
You will get your answer within the next 2 hours and join me, Aravind Suchindran, and Abhishek Kundu in this I-League final match-day live coverage.
Handling pressure.
Akbar Nawas
, Chennai City coach, thinks his players will be able to handle the pressure of playing in a crucial fixture and deliver the title for the team.
“In tomorrow’s game, the pressure is real and, I have told them how to overcome it. For the past four days, we have been having video and one-on-one sessions. I talked to each one of them and found out what was bothering them and guided them accordingly,” Nawas said before the match.
In case you are wondering what's happening with the other game, head to our Gokulam Kerala v East Bengal match-centre for all the updates.
Meanwhile, Real Kashmir are sure to finish third on the I-League table after their 3-2 win over NEROCA. Churchill Brothers lost 2-1 to Aizawl FC in their final game, meaning RKFC go up to 36 points on the table with one game to play.
Churchill, 34 points in 20 games, will finish fourth.
Chennai City Bench: Tarif Akhand, Mashoor Shereef Thangalakath, Charles Anandraj Lourdusamy, Vijay N, Kabir T, Shem Marton Eugene, Ranjeet Singh

Minerva Punjab Bench: Bhaskar Roy, Souvik Das, Thoiba Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Hamrinder Singh, Sreyas VG, Moinuddin
Line-ups:
Chennai City Playing XI :
Mauro Boerchio (GK), Ajithkumar K, Gaurav Bora, Tarif Akhand, Edwin Vanspaul, Sriram B, Michael Regin, Romario Jesuraj, Sandro Rodriguez, Pedro Manzi, Jozef Kaplan

Minerva Punjab XI : Nidhin Lal (GK), Jorge Caicedo, Arashpreet Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Amandeep Singh, Akash Sangwan, Chothe, Kalif Alhasaan, Juan Quero, Mahmoud Al-Amna, Roland Bilala
The Minerva Punjab v Chennai City I-League match earlier this season ended in a 0-0 draw and this was one of the two clean sheets kept by Chennai City. 
Familiar company.
Michael Soosairaj, a former Chennai City player who is currently plying his trade with Jamshedpur FC, has come down to Coimbatore to support CCFC in their final match.
Soosairaj saved Chennai from being relegated in the previous season and now they are just 1 win away from the title.
Pedro Manzi is the second highest goalscorer in the league with Willis Plaza finding the back of the net for Churchill Brothers against Aizawl FC. Manzi has scored 20 goals with Jobby Justin, Enrique Esqueda and Sandro Rodriguez trailing him by 11 goals. 
Chennai City's Nestor Gordillo, who will miss this game due to a suspension, will finish the season with 8 goals.
Manzi can surpass Plaza or equal his tally by with a goal or two in the Chennai City v Minerva Punjab I-League game.
Chennai City have maintained only 2 clean sheets this season. Shillong Lajong and Gokulam Kerala are worse than them, having kept only 1 clean sheet throughout the season.
Minerva Punjab have seven clean sheets, the second-best in the league with Real Kashmir leading the way with 10 clean sheets.
Chennai City's goalscoring record is quite impressive. But they have also conceded 27 goals. Shillong Lajong have conceded the most number of goals in the I-League this season at 56.
Minerva Punjab may have scored less but they have also conceded less goals - just 16. Real Kashmir have conceded the least - 12.
Chennai City have scored the most number of goals this season - 45. Their Spanish attack of Pedro Manzi, Nestor Gordillo and Sandro Rodriguez account for 37 of those goals.Minerva Punjab, on the other hand, have scored the least number of goals this season - 9.
The head-to-head record favours Chennai City, who have 2 victories in 5 meetings. Minerva have been victorious just once, during their title winning campaign in the 2017-18 season.
Chennai City come off a defeat to Churchill Brothers but they still have 3 victories in their last 5 matches, a favourable form guide compared to Minerva Punjab, who have lost 4 and won once.
Probable Line-ups:
Chennai City Probable XI: 
Mauro Boerchio (GK), Tarif Akhand, Roberto Eslava, Gaurav Bora, Sandro Rodriguez, Alexandro Romario Jesuraj, Ajithkumar Kamaraj, Michael Regin, Edwin Vanspaul, Sriram B, Pedro Manzi

Minerva Punjab Probable XI: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Mahmoud Al Amna (Captain), Kalif Alhassan, Juan Barraso, Akashdeep Singh, Akash Sangwan, Arashpreet Singh, Jorgeivan R, Sreyas VG, Amandeep Singh Moinuddin
Chennai City v Minerva Punjab I-League Preview:

It all comes down to this for Chennai City FC as they look for a victory over Minerva Punjab in their final game to clinch the I-League title.
Chennai City are in prime position to clinch the I-League title with 40 points in 19 games. East Bengal, who trail the leaders Chennai City by one point, stand a chance but their hopes depend on Chennai City's result.

While a win will guarantee Chennai City the I-League top prize, their fate depends on East Bengal if they lose or draw the match with Minerva.
Chennai City could have taken an unassailable lead in the previous match against Churchill Brother but they choked under pressure to lose 3-2. Akbar Nawas' Chennai City will hope they don't succumb to pressure in the final game as East Bengal are waiting to pounce on the chance.
A big blow for Chennai City is the suspension to their star midfielder Nestor Gordillo, who received his fourth yellow card in the Churchill game.
The combination of Gordillo, Pedro Manzi and Sandro Rodriguez added to Chennai City's attacking flair but with Gordillo out, Nawas might field Jozef Kaplan.

Sandro will be expected to step up in Gordillo's absence, while Pedro Manzi is tasked with finding the goals. The Spaniard Manzi has been in sensational form for Chennai City, scoring 20 goals to be tied with Churchill's Willis Plaza in the Golden Boot race.

The same cannot be said about Minerva Punjab, who are lying in the 10th spot on the table, one position above Shillong Lajong, who are sure to be relegated to the Second Division.

Minerva Punjab have escaped the relegation threat and this could see them take it easy against Chennai City.
Minerva might even field a couple of their youth team players but they will deploy Mahmoud Al Amna and Jorge Caceido Rodriguez and Juan Quero to get some result out of this match.

When and where to watch: The Live Streaming of the Chennai City v Minerva Punjab game will be available on Hotstar. The TV telecast is on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports Tamil 1. The kick-off is at 5 pm IST from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.
S. Marton
J. Kapláň
90'+5'
G. Bora
assist: Sandro Rodríguez
90'+3'
M. Boerchio
83'
V. Ponnurangam
A. Jesuraj
78'
76'
H. Singh
Juan Quero
73'
Arashpreet Singh
71'
M. Khan
M. Chote
G. Bora
assist: Sandro Rodríguez
69'
62'
N. Lal
Pedro Manzi, Penalty
56'
55'
J. Rodriguez
54'
S. Gopalan
R. Bilala
Pedro Manzi
39'
3'
R. Bilala
assist: Juan Quero
Minerva Punjab (4-2-3-1)
Sachin Badadhe (Manager)
29
M. Boerchio
18
A. Kumar
13
G. Bora
2
T. Akhand
8
E. Vanspaul
33
S. Ram
25
M. Regin
40
J. Kapláň
7
Sandro Rodríguez
11
A. Jesuraj
19
Pedro Manzi
22
N. Lal
13
Akashdeep Singh
25
Arashpreet Singh
40
J. Rodriguez
21
A. Sangwan
6
Mahmoud Al Amenah
49
Amandeep Singh
10
Juan Quero
8
K. Alhassan
19
M. Chote
17
R. Bilala
Minerva Punjab (4-2-3-1)
Sachin Badadhe (Manager)
Chennai City Subs
12
C. Lourdusamy
23
S. Marton
24
R. Pandre
15
V. Ponnurangam
6
M. Thangalakath
21
K. Thaufiq
Minerva Punjab Subs
15
S. Das
45
S. Gopalan
50
M. Khan
1
B. Roy
24
T. Moirangthem
28
P. Singh
35
H. Singh
67% POSSESSION 33%
3 SHOTS 1
3 SHOTS ON GOAL 1
0 FOULS 0
0 CORNERS 0
0 OFFSIDES 0
2 YELLOW CARDS 3
0 RED CARDS 0
0 SAVES 0
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Chennai City 20 13 4 3 20 43
2 East Bengal 20 13 3 4 17 42
3 Real Kashmir 19 10 6 3 11 36
4 Churchill Brothers 20 9 7 4 12 34
5 Mohun Bagan 20 8 5 7 -1 29
6 North Eastern Re Organising Cultural Association 20 7 5 8 1 26
7 Aizawl 20 6 6 8 -1 24
8 Indian Arrows 20 6 3 11 -9 21
9 Gokulam 20 3 8 9 -8 17
10 Minerva Punjab 19 4 5 10 -9 17
11 Shillong Lajong 20 3 2 15 -33 11
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
MATCH DETAILS
Tournament I-League 2018-19 - Week 22
Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Match time Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 05:00 PM
Updated: Mar 09, 2019 19:03 PM | Published: Mar 08, 2019 15:09 PM