FC Goa scripted a superb 5-4 victory over Chennaiyin FC in their last Indian Super League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa, on Thursday.
Luck finally ran out for Chennaiyin — winners of all three matches in Goa, including last season’s final that went down to the wire — as young Indian player Sahil Tavora effected a last-gasp stunner which left the visitors stunned in the 90th minute.
However, it was the Chennai outfit that looked in control for most of the match, taking the lead three times but found themselves in arrears for the first time in the 76th minute when Rafael Coelho scored his second goal of the evening.
Just when it seemed that Goa had dealt the final blow, Chennaiyin drew level in the 88th minute after substitute John Arne Riise converted a penalty. And, all at once, it seemed like Goa would have to wait till the next season to clinch their maiden victory at home over Chennaiyin. But Sahil Tavora had something else on his mind. He stunned everyone with the winner in added time.
For the record, Rafael Coelho (6th min, 76th) and Sahil Tavora (68th and 90th) scored a brace each, while Joffre Gonzalez was on target in the 21st minute. For Chennaiyin FC, Jerry Lalrinzuala (4th), Gregory Arnolin (own goal, 14th), Dudu Omagbemi (28th) and John Arne Riise (88th) scored.
However, the celebrations were muted in the FC Goa camp despite the dramatic win as they finished at the bottom of the table with 14 points. Chennaiyin FC finished seventh with 15 points.