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ISL 2022-23: OFC vs CFC; Odisha FC moves to third place after thrilling win over Chennaiyin FC

Diego Mauricio

Bengaluru, November 25: Odisha FC (OFC) edged Chennaiyin FC (CFC) ended in dramatic thrilller of the Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

A 96th-minute Nandhakumar Sekar goal clinched a 3-2 win for the Juggernauts after the Marina Machans had scored the equaliser in the 94th minute via an Abdenasser El Khayati penalty.

The hosts made two changes to their starting eleven. Diego Mauricio dropped to the bench as Pedro Martin started his first game of the season for OFC.

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The win lifts OFC from fifth to third, level on 15 points with Mumbai City FC. The Juggernauts will remain at the Kalinga Stadium for their next game against NorthEast United FC on December 2.

CFC stay seventh, sandwiched between the two Kolkata teams. They return to the Marina Arena to host Hyderabad FC on December 3

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Jerry Mawihmingthanga returned to the starting lineup, and Isaac Chhakchhuak started from the bench. CFC fielded the same team that won against Jamshedpur FC.

Opening salvo

Opening salvo

OFC got their noses in front a minute after the half-hour mark, courtesy of an own goal scored by Vafa Hakhamaneshi.

Sahil Panwar whipped in a cross from the left flank before Raynier Fernandes tried to head the ball down to Jerry. While attempting an interception, Hakhamaneshi redirected the ball into the back of his net.

Super sub

Super sub

Sahil Panwar whipped in a cross from the left flank before Raynier Fernandes tried to head the ball down to Jerry. While attempting an interception, Hakhamaneshi redirected the ball into the back of his net.

CFC made two changes at half-time. El Khayati and Rahim Ali came on to replace Julius Duker and Sajal Bag. OFC also made a substitution at the break that raised a few eyebrows as PedRo was withdrawn and replaced by Mauricio.

Composed finish

Composed finish

Just two minutes into the second half, the Juggernauts were awarded a penalty after Panwar was taken out in the box by Prasanth Karuthadathkuni. Mauricio stepped up to take it and smashed it into the back of the net to end his five-game goal drought.

CFC head coach Thomas Brdaric's protests on the touchline earned him a yellow card. But his team pulled one back at the hour-mark. Shortly after appeals for a penalty were turned down, Ajith Kumar curled a ball into the box from the right flank before Petar Sliskovic flicked it on with his head and El Khayati slotted in their first goal with a composed finish.

Final fling

Final fling

In the 89th minute, Saul Crespo brought Hakhamaneshi down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot which El Khayati slotted in the equaliser from the spot. The delight did not last long as OFC retook the lead via Sekar, who pounced on a stray ball that came after Jerry's run was thwarted in the final third.

Key Stats (Source: ISL Media)

#Raynier Fernandes finished the game with six shots and 1 assist.

#Abdenasser El Khayati scored two goals with his as many shots in the game.

#Sahil Panwar created two chances and registered one assist.

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Story first published: Friday, November 25, 2022, 1:34 [IST]
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