Rahim Ali scored the opening goal in the very first minute of the match, while Murray registered his name on the scoresheet for the away team in the 13th and 24th minutes. Dimitrios Diamantakos (11th and 59th) and Kwame Peprah (38th minute) grabbed the goals for Kerala Blasters.
Chennaiyin FC made a frantic start to the contest when Ali’s backheel found the back of the net after a fine cross by Rafael Crivellaro from a set-piece situation. Kerala Blasters got back into the match after Kwame Peprah drew a foul in the penalty area and Diamantakos made no mistake in converting the penalty into a goal.
Two minutes later, fans saw another penalty when Rafael Crivellaro won a foul in the 18-yard box before Murray put the ball into the back of the net with a right-footed shot in the bottom left corner to bring Chennaiyin ahead in the contest again.
The away team doubled their lead in the 24th minute as Murray’s right-footed shot from outside the box found the bottom right corner of the goal.
Despite the attacking intent of Owen Coyle’s men, Blasters scored their second goal before half-time when Peprah hit a left-footed shot from outside the box straight into the goal.
The second half saw the home team coming out all guns blazing and netting the equalizer in the 59th minute of the contest. Diamantakos scored a top-class goal from the top of the 18-yard box after a fine pass by Danish Farooq.
Adrian Luna missed an opportunity in the 74th minute when his shot from the centre of the box missed the right side of the post, while Daisuke Sakai failed to find the net from inside the six-yard box in the extra time.
Chennaiyin FC will now face Jamshedpur FC away from home on December 7, while Kerala Blasters FC will take on FC Goa on Sunday, December 3.
–Ajit Weekly News
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