Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC settled for a thrilling 1-1 draw in the first South Indian Derby of 2015 ISL.
The match started off on a lively manner and it was Kerala that had the upper hand. The team played in a diamond formation under the new coach Trevor Morgan and showed some exceptional passing ability early into the match. They created numerous chances, but it was Chennai who went ahead against the flow of play. A foul from Sandesh Jhingan gave Chennai the opportunity to punish Kerala and Elano did just that. He calmly converted the penalty in the 32nd minute to give Chennai a 1-0 lead.
High tempo Second half match in the ISL
Kerala tried to get one back before half time, but their efforts only bore results in the second half. Just seconds after the restart, Kerala struck one back through Chris Dagnall and the intentions were clear. Both teams upped their performance and soon Kerala got themselves a penalty in the 51st. Josu, who stepped in to take the penalty, however ,was denied by Chennai keeper Karanjit Singh.
There were some pure attacking football on display from both the sides but neither side managed to convert the chances into goals. Kerala had one more headache in their hands when their defender Bruno Perone was sent off for a challenge on Stiven Mendoza. Despite the one man advantage, Chennai failed to take away the game and it ended in a 1-1 draw.
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