This man though, deserves all the plaudits for his hat-trick.
Just to put things into perspective, they have 15 points with a game in hand, and with ATK, KBFC and DD at eighteen, eighteen and seventeen respectively, this looks like a steep climb for the former champions.
FT: That's it! It is 3-3, and this is a big big result for NorthEast United. They'll see this as a point gained rather than two lost. Admittedly, they have two very difficult games coming up for them, but they'll approach those two games rejuvenated and ready. For Chennaiyin, it is most probably curtains, it will need a miracle for them to qualify now for the semis.
95' Freekick for NorthEast, floated in by Wellington, Karanjit makes a meal of it after he comes off the line, Nico Velez shoots but the ball is cleared off the line Riise. Captain's clearance!
94' Zakora with some nice touches, he sends the ball in from the right, but again, Karanjit comes and collects.
92' Another long throw-in into the box, the ball headed but goes behind for a goal-kick.
90' A lot of play acting going on here, Nico Velez throws the ball into the midriff of Wadoo who falls to the ground. A heated argument breaks out between the two squads with players from each side pushing and shoving. Romaric had to be held back by Nelo.
88' Freekick drifted in by Nico Velez, Karanjit handles it well and falls to the ground, that is some precious seconds wasted.
86' NorthEast with a long throw into the box, but it is well defended by the Blues defenders.
Mendy with some lovely cross, Dudu makes a nuisance of it, the ball hits Rahnesh and then Dudu and trickles into the net. Hattrick, you beauty.
79' After a sustained three minutes of pressure, the ball is cleared away.
77' Long throw by Riise, tests the goalkeeper Rahnesh who palms it out. The second one is just cleared away by Mailson Alves.
73' Nico Velez with an opportunity to run at the Chennaiyin backline, he shimmies and shoots, but is blocked by Sabia.
69' Succi with some lovely hold up play, he passes it wide to Wadoo and heads into the box, his cross finds him but his first touch makes him take the shot early.
67' Augusto with a couple of stepovers, dinked over the defence, but is defended well.
65' Good buil up play by Chennaiyin, Succi with a lovely dummy at the end of it, but the ball cleared off the feet with Dudu lurking.
64' The stoppage of play was due to Subrata Paul being down with an injury.
60' Siam with a lovely change of pace out wide, crosses, but has too much pace for Succi to deflect it towards goal.
59' Zakeer who has had a cracker jacker of a game so far comes off for Khabra.
58' NorthEast are clearly the better side at the moment, they're getting space out wide and attacking the box. Especially with Nico Velez springing up everywhere.
55' Good play by Davide Succi, who goes past two and attempts a shot from far away, but trickles wide. Wasted opportunity.
53' Brilliant build up play for Nico Velez, he flashes the ball across the goal, it needed a touch for it to rifle into the net, but no one in the box.
Good build up play by NorthEast United on the right, the cross from the right is chested to Velez who hits the volley first time, it goes through the legs of Sabia, and hits the hand of Karanjit and goes in. Bad bad goalkeeping.
46' Corner for Chennaiyin FC, but nothing major comes of it. Chennaiyin though has started the second half on the front foot.
HT: That was the most entertaining of halves I have seen in the ISL so far this season, it was an end to end game which is very commendable given the heat in Chennai. It is still anybody's game with the way Chennai's defence is performing.
A lovely cross from the left by Jerry, Dude with a great finish inside of his feet into the roof of the net, to send Chennaiyin FC ahead.
44' Lovely build up play from the Highlanders, Nico Velez looks for Alfaro first time when he gets the ball, and picks him out, he chests it to Romaric, but is well defended.
42' A lovely ball from behind the defence for Alfaro, who takes a brilliant first touch but a heavy second one, rolls into the hands of Karanjit Singh.
39' Tha game has really warmed up now, it is end to end stuff, real good cross from the right, Succi comes in with a diving header but thankfully for Subrata it is straight to him.
What a goal by Nico Velez, who saw some space at the edge of the box, he drives into space and shoots into the side netting with Karanjit rooted to the spot. Real bad defending by Riise though.
12' What a save by Subrata Paul, Riise almost rolled back the years with a fantastic free kick which took a deflection and appeared to be heading to the top corner, but is parried away by the Arjuna Award winner.
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