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ISL 2020-21: Southern Derby remained goalless after Albino Gomes saved penalty

Albino Gomes the Hero of the Match (Image source: Twitter)

The First Southern Derby of the season ended in a 0-0 goalless draw between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC. Clash failed to resemble the classic history between two giants of the south. Both teams failed to net the ball as the scoresheet remained untouched throughout the game.

Chennaiyin arrived on the pitch with three points confidence from 2-1 win against Jamshedpur. On the other side, Kerala Blasters eyed on their first win of the season after taking just one point from the first two fixtures. The classic history of Southern Derby created huge hype for this clash among Indian Super League fans.

Csaba László did not want to change the winning formation thus named unchanged lineup. While Kibu Vicuña seems to supplying game time to players and rotating them. He made three changes from the lineup that played a 2-2 draw against NorthEast United. Nongdamba Naorem replaced Khawlhring, Facundo Pereyra started for the first time and surprisingly Jessel Carneiro left out on the bench.

Inches away from goal

The first half was divided into two parts where both teams dominated in each one. Chennaiyin decided to take early control in Southern Derby and dominated the first 25 minutes of the half with high pressing. Later on, Machans’ attack went on reserve mode for the remaining half. And then Kerala Blasters’ attack saw opportunities and tested Chennaiyin’s defense on regular basis.

Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Albino Gomes was the highlight of the half with mixed reasons. He did not concede a goal but almost made goalkeeping errors. Gomes bumbled many times while handling the ball in his own safety yard. Chennaiyin missed goalscoring opportunities by inches and touches as errors were covered by himself and Bakary Kone.

Compromise on Southern crown

Coaches made many changes in the first five minutes of the second half. Where Jessel Carneiro and Rahul KP stepped up for Blasters and Kazakh Fathullo subbed on for Chennaiyin FC. Kibu Vicuña must have instructed Albino Gomes about his responsibilities as he was well-settled in the second half. Gomes stood like an impervious wall for Chennaiyin attackers and stole the show of the latter half.

Cido received a yellow card after his foul on Raphael Crivellaro in his own box in the 74th minute. The referee awarded a penalty to Chennaiyin and Jakub Sylvester took responsibility to earn the lead. Sylvester shot to the left but Albino Gomes’ brilliant save denied Chennaiyin’s attempt to take the lead. Gomes received Hero of the match for his heroics of locking the count and he truly deserved that award.


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