Ville Matti Steinmann double helps East Bengal to fight back against Chennaiyin FC

Jeje-East Bengal

East Bengal were held to a 2-2 draw against Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League earlier tonight.

Both teams had plenty of chances to secure the winner and they will be disappointed to have dropped two points here.

Chennaiyin FC took the lead 13 minutes into the game when  Sylvestr played an intelligent pass in behind the East Bengal defence for Chhangte to run onto the ball and slot it past Debjit.

Channaiyin FC continued to dominate possession after taking the lead and they had 65% of ball possession until the drinks break.

East Bengal had a glorious chance to level things up on the 37th minute but Rafique missed an easy chance after beating the offside trap to get on the end of a chipped ball.

The East Bengal star failed to roll the ball into an empty net.

Chennaiyin FC were probably deservedly in the lead at half time but they had a few nervy moments at the back and East Bengal could have managed to score the equaliser.

East Bengal managed to get back into the game around the hour mark when Matti Steinmann powered home a header.

The midfielder was unmarked in the far post and he took full advantage of Chennaiyin’s defensive blunder.

Chennaiyin FC took the lead once again 5 minutes later when Rahim Ali slotted it past Debjit after a defence splitting pass from Sylvestr.

Having created two chances, Sylvestr had the chance to put Chennai further ahead but his shot was saved by Debjit on the 66th minute.

Former Hamburg midfielder Matti Steinmann did exceedingly well to get East Bengal back on level terms once again on the 69th minute as he managed to slot into the Chennaiyin net after a rebound.

The East Bengal goalkeeper produced another spectacular save on the 77thminute and he denied Sylvestr once again.

East Bengal nearly snatched the winner on the 90th minute  when Neville headed it into the far corner but missed the target by inches.

Chennayin FC manager Csaba Laszlo was totally disappointed with his team’s performance at the back and he claimed that conceding two goals from set-pieces was simply unacceptable

Meanwhile, East Bengal manager Robbie Fowler claimed that there are positive signs from tonight’s performance and the players gave everything to grind out the result.