Chennaiyin FC lose badly to FC Goa at the Marina Arena
The reigning champions Chennaiyin FC hosted FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in a feisty affair as both sides looked to get a kickstart and register their first win in the fifth edition of the Indian Super League. The match ended with a 1-3 scoreline in the favor of FC Goa who was more clinical and dominated most of the proceedings, whereas Chennaiyin is in a spot of bother now as they have lost back to back matches.
FC Goa took the match by the scruff of its neck right from the start. Coach Sergio Lobera is known for his attacking gameplay and that is how the Gaurs started the game.
A midfield of Ahmed Jahouh and Lenny Rodrigues along with Hugo Boumous held possession and dictated terms over their midfield counterparts. The midfield battle will be very crucial in this game and in the first half, it looked like the Gaurs would win it and that is how it transpired.
Continuous attacks from the away side bore fruit in the 12th minute from a corner. The corner was taken short as Lenny Rodrigues hugged the right touchline and came up with a pinpoint cutin to find bodies in the box. A miss connection from Anirudh Thapa saw the ball reach Edu Bedia, as the Spanish midfielder slotted it in the bottom left corner to open the scoring for FC Goa.
It had been a feisty affair all evening as Jahouh had a scuffle with Raphael Augusto as the former was booked for rash tackles. Gregory Nelson’s silky footwork allowed him to go past the Goa defender as his shot from distance was inches wide from the far post. The home side tried their best to get to level terms but there was hardly any clear-cut chances for them in the first half.
Gregory Nelson started right from where he left in the first half. The Dutchman was a joy to watch with his silky touches and quick feet, as he took on several defenders in the process but Jahouh was there to Goa’s rescue as he closes the door on him before he could create something out of it.
Lobera once again showed his trust in young custodian Mohammad Nawaz despite his blunder in the last match. He seemed pretty decent until his careless past to Lenny was intercepted by Thapa but a heavy touch from the midfielder saw the ball roll over for goal-kick.
Goa showed more intent in attack and also in creativity and they were rewarded again in the 53rd minute. Calderon’s throw-in found Nelson and the midfielder was not alert of Seriton’s company. Seriton won the ball and squared it across the face of the goal. The ball reached Ferran Corominas who was unmarked in the far post and an easy tap-in from the forward doubled the lead for the Gaurs.
Chennaiyin had a golden opportunity to get on the scoresheet as a throw-in from the left was nicely flicked by Jeje on to the path of Augusto. The Brazilian pulled the trigger from close range but the ball went miles over the crossbar.
At about the same time, Goa increased the lead as Jahouh’s lofted ball found Coro and the Spaniard’s glancing header allowed the big Mourtada Fall to rise above the opposition players and head the ball past Karanjeet Singh, piling up the misery for the home side.
Chennaiyin simply lacked a focal point in attack and although they created chances the players were not clinical enough to find the back of the net. FC Goa on the other had dominated proceeding for most parts of the match but again failed to end a game with a clean sheet. Substitute Andrea Orlandi’s last-minute corner found Eli Sabia who got the better of Fall and headed the ball past Nawaz which in the end, was only a consolation goal.
What’s next for Chennaiyin FC?
FC Goa will go back home confident as Lobera’s side are top of the table currently. The Gaurs will face Mumbai City Fc at home on 24th of October. On the other hand, defending champions Chennaiyin have had a poor start to their campaign and will look to come back on track against Northeast United at home on the 18th.