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I-League 2017 Live Score: Chennai City FC vs East Bengal, Live Match Updates Commentary

CCFC 1-2 EB (Yusa 26', Souza 31', Jesuraj 43') (Full Time)
Updated: 22 December 2017 19:29 IST - Published: 22 December 2017 19:29 IST
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That's all from tonight's Hero I-League action as football action continues with the Indian Super League tonight as Kerala Blasters take on Chennaiyin FC in Chennai. This is Gaurav Kadam, signing off. See you soon.
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Full Time:
Chennai City FC 1 - 2 East Bengal FC

An exciting game comes to an end as Chennai City FC put in a spirited showing against East Bengal as none of the teams are able to score in the second half. East Bengal rises to second in the table leap-frogging Shillong Lajong FC.
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96' - Final change for East Bengal as Surabuddin Mollick comes on for the dying seconds as Laldanmawia Ralte makes way.
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94' - Al-Amna plays smart and gets a free-kick in the middle of the park as he bides the time with just two minutes to play in the match.
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90' - Six minutes of added time has been indicated by the fourth official.
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89' - Singh comes on for the Chennai striker Joachim Junior as Chennai keeper Poljanec is awarded the Hero of the Match.
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81' - Vanspaul takes the free-kick and it is a good effort. Manages to clear the wall well but the ball curls a bit too much and goes shy of the goal as he looks frustrated.
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81' - Arnab Mondal makes a foul outside the box as Chennai have a good chance at the East Bengal goal. 
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72' - Gaurav Vora has been substituted in by the Chennai coach as he replaces Charles Lourduswamy in the midfield.
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72' - Pandiyan Srinivasan has been booked for a rash challenge on Katsumi Yusa.
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69' - Bazzie Armand is on for Willis Plaza as we reach the final 20 minutes of the match with the score still at 1-2 in favor of the away side.
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69' - CLOSE!!! Murilo looks for Joachim Jr. in the box and puts a cross into the box but the striker toes the effort but it goes wide. Barreto is struggling now and the play has been stopped.
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67' - East Bengal are trying to slow down the tempo of the game to take the sting out of the Chennai attack.
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63' - Plaza finds his way through into the Chennai box but is unable to pull the trigger as the keeper comes out to distract him as the ball goes out for a corner.
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61' - Chennai City get a free-kick in a good position as Barreto lines his troops up but the shot from Joachim Junior goes way over the goal.
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58' - Alexander Jesuraj makes wy way for Murilo Almedia for the final half an hour as the home side trail by a single goal.
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55' - Salam Ranjan Singh is booked for a rash tackle as he elbows Romario in the back and the ref sees it clearly and blows the whistle.
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48' - Mahmoud Al-Amna takes a long-range effort but the shot goes way over the Chennai goal and is no trouble to the Chennai keeper. 
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45' - And the second half kicks off in Coimbatore as the home side aim to equalize against the Kolkata giants.
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Half Time:
Chennai City FC 1 - 2 East Bengal FC

An exciting half comes to an end as Chennai manage to pull one back after going two down at the half-hour mark thanks to Alexander Jesuraj's strike. East Bengal were in control for much of the half and will rue the fact that they conceded a late goal in the half.
Stay tuned for the second half action as we return after a break of 15 minutes.
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45' - Two minutes of added time has been indicated by the referee as the score stands Chennai City FC 1 - East Bengal FC 2
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45' - PLAZA!!! Comes close and tries to play it cheeky and chip it past Poljanec but the defenders cover their ground and manage to keep the ball out.
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43' - THEY'VE PULLED ONE BACK!!! And the crowd goes wild!! A defensive lapse from the East Bengal sees Alexander Jesuraj capitalize quickly and slot a well-taken half-volley past the East Bengal keeper who looks dazed as he was rooted to the spot.
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42' - Prakash Sarkar makes way for India International Mohd. Rafique as Khalid Jamil makes his first change of the match.
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38' - CHANCE!!! Joachim Jr. has an opportunity after a good run into the box but he fails to hit the target and the ball goes wide off the target. 
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31' - ANOTHER ONE!! This time Charles De Souza gets it. A loose ball is not dealt well by the Chennai defense and the East Bengal rises to head it past the rushing keeper into the empty net. Have the floodgates opened for Chennai City FC?
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30' - Yusa goes on a classic run on the left wing but is unable to thread the ball through and finds the Chennai defensive wall ahead of him and the move is broken.
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26' - GOAL!!! Yusa scores a scrappy goal past the hapless Chennai keeper as a Plaza run saw the ball go to Amna who took a shot but the rebound fell in the path of Yusa who made no mistake in putting the ball into the net.
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24' - Al-Amna tries to catch the Chennai keeper by surprise and slashes in a ball from the right but it is just a tad too far for Yusa.
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20' - A good chance for Chennai as a free-kick into the box is on target for Joachim Jr but his header is straight in the hands of Barreto as Chennai begin to cause troubles for the away side.
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18' - Katsumi steps up and curls a long free kick into the box but it is a bit strong for the East Bengal men inside.
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16' - Ralte is fouled on the right wing by Pradeep as East Bengal have a promising free-kick as the Chennai man clattered the Northeast man with force.
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12' - Al-Amna tries to find Katsumi Yusa on the flank after making a good run through the middle but the former Bagan man loses it and Chennai recover.
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10' - Willis Plaza tries to cut in from the right side and goes down in the box but the referee decides against it and keeps the game flowing.
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9' - Couple of chances for the home side as Joachim Jr. and Soosairaj combine well in the attacking third to create opportunities.
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7' - East Bengal are looking to take the control of the tempo of the game not allowing Chennai City much time on the ball.
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6' - The teams are looking to get adjusted to the pitch as the crowd pours in at the Chennai stadium.
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1' - We're underway in Chennai as the pitch in Chennai looks highly damaged and drained. We hear from the commentators that the Kolkata side have lodged a complaint against the pitch to the officials.
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We are all set for the kick-off as the ref gathers the two captains at the center to conduct the toss.
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East Bengal are the highest scores this season with 10 goals scored so far. They take on Chennai City FC who are the second highest in terms of goals conceded.
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Eas Bengal FC Substitutes:

Cavin Peter Lob, Md Rafique, Bazie Armand, Surabuddin Mollick, Brandon Vanlalremdika, Mirshad K, Rahul Ghosh
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Chennai City FC Substitutes:

Gurpreet Singh, Beautin Antony, Vigneshwaran Baskaran, Raja Pandi Soundrapandian, Gaurav Bora, Henry Monsang Tesong, Murilo Ribeiro De Almeida
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East Bengal Starting XI:

Arnab Kumar Mondal, Lalram Chullova, Mahmoud Al Amna, Willis Deon Plaza, Katsumi Yusa, Luis Xavier Barreto, Eduardo Soares Ferreira, Charles De Souza, Laldanmawia Ralte, Salam Ranjan Singh, Prakash Sarkar
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Chennai City FC Starting Lineup:

Veniamin Shumeiko, Pradeep Mohanraj, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Jean Michael Joachim, Charles Anandraj Lourdusamy, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Soosai Raj, Pandiyan Sinivasan, Sebastian Thangmuansang, Uros Poljanec
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The teams are warming up and the lineup details will be provided right here. Stay tuned!
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Welcome to today's Hero I-League action as Chennai City FC take on Kolkata giants East Bengal FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore. 
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East Bengal will be looking to climb above their arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the I-League table, as they travel to Coimbatore to face Chennai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, today. 
 
The Red and Golds have been in a mixed bag of form this season, with heir head coach Khalid Jamil reportedly being under immense pressure from the club management. They had a poor start to the season, after being held 2-2 at home by Aizawl FC, followed by a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Mohun Bagan. However, a 5-1 victory over Shillong Lajong and a 3-2 victory over bottom club Churchill Brothers seem to have brought their season back on track, to some extent. 
 
Meanwhile, Chennai City FC have been struggling to find form this season, having lost three of their five matches. Perhaps the most embarrassing of these losses was their 3-0 defeat on the opening day against the Indian Arrows, a side that comprises of U17 and U19 players. However, Chennai have managed to get their season back on track to some extent, with a 2-0 win against Churchill Brothers in their last match. 

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