Chennaiyin FC were held to a goalless draw by Kerala Blasters in the Southern Derby of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.
The match was a tale of two halves with defending champions Chennaiyin dominating the first period, creating chances but with no finishing touch. Whilst Kerala Blasters were stronger in the second half but lacked shots on target.
It may have been Diwali but there were no fireworks during this scrappy lacklustre game that witnessed no goals for the first time at this stadium in ISL history.
After the final whistle had been blown, there were ugly scenes as Blaster’s Kerven Belfort and Chennaiyin’s Manuele Blasi got involved in a fracas, which resulted in both teams getting involved in an aggressive and verbal fight.
On Sunday the Delhi Dynamos scored twice in the second half to seal a 2-0 victory over Goa giving the Goans their humiliating third defeat at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Enduring 5 defeats means Goa are in a vulnerable position sitting at the bottom of the league table and with just seven games left to play until the semifinals, the prospect of qualifying looks all but gone.
The Goans started off brightly and had their first chance at goal in the 5th minute but were denied by Anas Edathodika’s goal-line clearance, following that, there were two more attempts at taking the lead during the first half.
Brazilian Marcelinho came on in the second half to give the Dynamos an edge in front of goal and broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute with a brilliant solo effort. After Toni Doblas sent a long ball for Marcelinho who brought the ball down, he made his way down the left and buried the ball into the net.
Just four minutes later and Marcelino added an assist for Richard Gadze to finish from close range, giving the visitors the full points and the third position on the points table.