CHENNAI, Nov 10: Tempers are likely to fly again as Chennaiyin FC host NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) in a crucial ninth around clash of the Hero Indian Super League in Chennai on Wednesday.
The first leg clash between the two teams in Guwahati was a fiery affair which NorthEast United FC won 2-0, thanks to a penalty at the end and another goal in stoppage time. The referee dished out ten yellow cards and a red card in that tie, while both teams were fined for misconduct. The ninth round clash on Wednesday could turn out to be even more hotly contested as the race for a place in the semi-final heats up. Both teams, who have 10 points each, are out of the top four at the moment but a win for either team will give them breathing space.
�Every match is crucial now and can change the standings. We are not very consistent in our wins. May be now is the time. We still have a chance,� said Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi during the pre-match media briefing. Chennaiyin FC�s preparations have been hampered by rain in Chennai but Materazzi said their opponents too will be at a similar disadvantage. � Agencies