ISL 2020-Steinmann’s brace saves East Bengal’s blushes against Chennaiyin FC as both teams share spoils: East Bengal looked fairly competitive in the opening stages, but it was Chennaiyin FC who drew first blood in the 13th minute as Jakub Sylvestr played Lallianzuala Chhangte in behind the defence around the halfway line. The pacy winger only had Debjit Majumdar to beat, and he successfully did so by slotting below the keeper just as he dived to prevent him from scoring.
There was a huge chance for an equaliser in the 37th minute when Matti Steinmann chipped the ball over the Chennaiyin FC defence for Mohammed Rafique, who went around the rushing Vishal Kaith, but failed to get a shot away with an open goal at his mercy as Deepak Tangri made a last-ditch challenge.
East Bengal finally got an equaliser in the 59th minute, as Matti Steinmann flicked a corner on with his head, and it clipped the far post before hitting the back of the net.
In less than five minutes, however, Jakub Sylvestr played Rahim Ali through on the right. The youngster stepped across Bikash Jairu before slotting home calmly.
Soon thereafter, Sylvestr brilliantly controlled the ball at the edge of the box and let fly from the edge of the box, but Debjit Majumdar was equal to his effort as he tipped it wide. Enes Sipović headed the resultant corner, but his effort only hit the crossbar.
There was yet more drama in the 68th minute, as Vishal Kaith failed to catch Danny Fox’s looping header after a corner, and Matti Steinmann picked up the scraps to equalise once again.
Two minutes later, the ball broke for Jacques Maghoma on the left of the box. The winger created a bit of space for himself and let fly, but only managed to hit the side-netting.
In the 77th minute, a slick counterattack by Chennaiyin FC led to Lallianzuala Chhangte pulling the ball back for Jakub Sylvestr, whose shot was well-saved by Vishal Kaith. Two minutes later, Milan Singh presented a brilliant chance to Sylvestr with a terribly-weighted pass, but the striker failed to hit the target.
The Slovakian forward continued to miss great chances in the 89th minute when he somehow glanced Rahim Ali’s cross wide of the far post. Up at the other end, Scott Neville had a free header from four yards out following a corner, but he put it high.
Neither side could find a late winner, so the match ended in a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw.
ISL 2020 LATEST POINTS TABLE
|2||ATK Mohun Bagan||7||5||1||1||8||3||5||16|
|4||NorthEast United FC||8||2||1||5||10||8||2||11|
|9||Kerala Blasters FC||6||0||3||3||6||11||-5||3|
|10||SC East Bengal||7||0||4||3||5||13||-8||3|