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Mohun Bagan Super Giant miss Antonio Habas; Chennaiyin FC win at last moment

Irfan Yadwad Chennaiyin FC vs Mohun Bagan Super Giant ISL 2023-2024
Source: Indian Super League/ Sportstar.TheHindu

Scottish tactician Owen Coyle displayed his tactical brilliance to guide his team Chennaiyin FC to a last moment victory after a goal at 90+7 minute from Irfan Yadwad as Mohun Bagan Super Giant missed head coach Antonio Lopez Habas.

Owen Coyle and his team Chennaiyin FC produced a brilliant 2nd half display in Kolkata in a must win match to remain in the fray for the ISL 2023-2024 playoffs.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan Super Giant were led by assistant coach Manuel Cascallana as the team truly missed their boss, who missed the match due to being unwell for the match, also missing the pre-match press conference.

Mohun Bagan Super Giant took the in the match at the 29th minute of the match as Joni Kauko scored his first goal of the season. Dimitri Petratos played a brilliant through ball for Liston Colaco, who dribbled his way into the box and put the ball in the path of an on-rushing Joni Kauko, who beat Debjit from the close range. Both teams went into the tunnel with the hosts Mohun Bagan leading 1-0.

In the 2nd half, Mohun Bagan got off to a good start, creating number of chances but failed to score. But after the first round of substitution, that's when the game changed for Chennaiyin FC. Jordan Murray found the back of the net, beating Vishal Kaith with a brilliant shot from the right side to the left bottom corner to make it 1-1 at the 72nd minute.

Few minutes later, Ryan Edwards leaped the highest to beat all the Mohun Bagan defenders and goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to take a 2-1 lead. And just when things were looking good for Chennaiyin, Mohun Bagan won a penalty after a foul on Armando Sadiku and Dimi Petratos didn't miss it.

But the match changed on its head again as Mohun Bagan Super Giant were pushing for the winner and left a huge gap behind that subbed-on Irfan Yadwad beat Anwar Ali and goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to pick-up the third goal for Chennaiyin to make it 3-2 in favour of the away team.

Mohun Bagan in the end got two great opportunities to score but it was Debjit Majumder's brilliance in Chennaiyin's goal that helped Chennaiyin FC to win this crucial match 3-2 in Kolkata.

This result means that Mohun Bagan Super Giant stay 2nd in the league table behind Mumbai City FC. Mumbai have 41 points while Mohun Bagan have 39 points with both teams having played 19 matches each. 

Meanwhile, this win ensures Chennaiyin FC remain in the race for the playoffs. With this win, Chennaiyin FC is now in 9th place in the league table with 21 points, equal with teams ahead like Punjab FC and Jamshedpur FC while Bengaluru FC is currently 6th, the last playoffs spot, with 22 points.

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