Welcome to another edition of the Indian football news roundup. Today, we will talk about CK Vineeth filing a police complaint against Kerala Blasters’ fan club Manjappada, Daniel Lalhlimpuia’s brace inspiring Delhi Dynamos a fairytale comeback in the ISL against Bengaluru FC, East Bengal dropping points to Churchill Brothers in the I-League, and Northeast United FC’s latest signing Janeiler Rivas Palaicos.
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ISL: CK Vineeth files police complaint against Kerala Blasters’ fan club Manjappada
Current Chennaiyin FC forward and former Kerala Blasters’ fan favorite CK Vineeth has filed an official complaint against his former club’s fan club Manjappada of spreading fake news that he was behaving harsh and rude to a 7-year-old ball boy during the match between the aforementioned two clubs in Friday in Kochi. The 30-year-old forward iterated that the fan club’s motive of doing so is to malign his footballing career.
Manjappada were recently nominated for the ‘Best Fan club in India’ award but the relation between the fan club and the parent club has become stringent in the past few month, with the former even going on to boycott a few home matches.
ISL: Daniel Lalhlimpuia’s brace inspires Delhi Dynamos a fairytale comeback against Bengaluru FC
Delhi Dynamos scripted a brilliant fairytale story at the JNL stadium in Kochi as they came from behind to pick up a 3-2 win over table toppers Bengaluru FC. This win, however, doesn’t changes the position of either teams in the points table.
The hosts took the lead in the 9th minute itself when Nandhakumar Sekar threaded in a brilliant cross from the right wing. Rival goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu did get a hand to it but the ball fell kindly in the path of Mexican Ulises Davila whose shot found the back of the net.
Bengaluru FC were quick to react as they leveled things up ten minutes later. Boithang Haokip curled in a brilliant shot from just outside the box which left the Dynamos’ goalkeeper flabbergasted and bulged the back of the net.
The scoreline remained the same in half-time but Sunil Chhetri gave Bengaluru FC the lead in the 72nd minute after connecting Xisco’s pass. Just when it seemed the league leaders would consolidate their position at the top of the table, Delhi Dynamos struck twice in the span of three minutes to turn the tables.
What is rather more surprising is the fact that it was their own former player Daniel Lalhlimpuia who scored against them twice after coming off the bench. Narayan Das delivered a perfect cross for the 21-year-old inside the penalty box and his initial shot was saved by Gurpreet. However, the rebound ricochetted off his foot to cross the goalline in the 77th minute.
Three minutes later, he angled his shot perfectly to beat Gurpreet in the near post to give Dynamos the lead. The final scoreline remained 3-2 in the favor of Delhi Dynamos who are already knocked out of the tournament.
ISL: Northeast United FC sign Colombian centre-back Janeiler Rivas Palacios
Northeast United FC have signed Colombian centre-back Janeiler Rivas Palacios from Millonarios FC, which plays in the South American nation’s Categoria Primera A division. The 30-year-old comes in to fill the void left behind by Mislav Komorski after the latter injured himself out of the season.
I-League: East Bengal drop points against Churchill Brothers but climb to the second spot
In a top of the table clash in the I-League, East Bengal dropped points against Churchill Brothers in a rather dull encounter. However, they still climbed to the second spot in the points table as they have a better goal difference against Real Kashmir FC.
Churchill Brothers took the lead in the 68th minute through Willis Plaza after the Trinidad and Tobagan latched on to Nicholas Fernandes’ defense-splitting through ball. East Bengal retaliated and paid their dues ten minutes later after Kasim Aidara glanced in Lalrindika Ralte’s curling free-kick with his head.
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