ISL 2017-18, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa, semi-final 2nd leg highlights: CHE beat GOA, reach final
Catch highlights of Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa, Indian Super League semi-final 2nd leg, here. Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa 4-1 on aggregate to book a berth in the Indian Super League final against Bengaluru FC.football Updated: Mar 13, 2018 23:32 IST
Chennaiyin FC are in the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) for the second time in three years after a 4-1 aggregate win over FC Goa in the semi-final. The 2015 ISL champions won 3-0 at home after a 1-1 draw in Goa on Saturday, with Jeje Lalpekhlua scoring twice and Dhanpal Ganesh scoring once, to make it to the final where they will face Bengaluru FC at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday. Goa dominated the second leg for the first quarter of the game, but Chennaiyin scored two quickfire goals to leave them rattled. Jeje finished things off in the dying minutes to take the side to the final. Catch highlights of Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa, Indian Super League semi-final 2nd leg, here.
21:51 hrs IST: It’s over in Chennai. Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa 3-0 to win 4-1 on aggregate and reach the final against Bengaluru FC.
21:46 hrs IST: GOAL! Mishap in the Goa backline. Jeje scores to make it 3-0. Chennaiyin are on the verge of the final.
21:39 hrs IST: Jeje is down on the ground with cramps.
21:37 hrs IST: Lanzarote’s turn to shoot from outside the box. The result is similar, Karanjit doesn’t have to move.
21:32 hrs IST: Jahouh shoots from distance. His shot is parried away for a corner.
21:26 hrs IST: FC Goa have a free kick from a promising position, but Boumous’ effort is well over.
21:21 hrs IST: Things are getting a bit out of hand. Corominas is shown a yellow for dissent. The Spaniard almost pushed the referee and will have to keep his emotions in check if he wants to finish the game on the pitch.
21:15 hrs IST: FC Goa have a corner but nothing comes out of it. Lobera nows brings Brandon Fernandes in place of Narayan Das.
21:09 hrs IST: Pronay’s long-range effort is wayward and fails to trouble Karanjit.
21:07 hrs IST: Seriton’s lobbed shot from the right side of the goal is over and wide.
21:03 hrs IST: Raphael’s powerful shot goes just over the bar.
21:02 hrs IST: The game resumes in the second half.
20:47 hrs IST: Half-time! Chennaiyin lead 2-0 at the breather. Can Goa come back into this contest?
20:42 hrs IST: Mandar has a shot saved by Karanjit. Goa will be looking for a goal before the half-time breather.
20:34 hrs IST: For Goa, the equation is simple now. They need to draw this game to reach the final.
20:29 hrs IST: GOAL! Dhanpal Ganesh heads in from a free kick and Chennaiyin are 2-0 ahead within half an hour.
20:27 hrs IST: GOAL! Jeje breaks the deadlock! The Chennaiyin forward heads in a cross from the left flank to give his side the lead.
20:22 hrs IST: Chennaiyin have been sitting back for most of the game so far. They have a free kick on the right side outside the box. They fail to make anything out of it.
20:16 hrs IST: A free-kick for FC Goa from just outside the box. Dhanpal Ganesh is shown a yellow. Lanzarote’s subsequent effort is pushed wide for a corner by Karanjit Singh.
20:11 hrs IST: Two back-to-back corners for FC Goa, but nothing comes out of either. Mandar came close prior to the corner. His shot was deflected wide by Mailson Alves.
20:03 hrs IST: Goa patiently passing the ball around at the back. They like to take their time to build up an attack, but Chennaiyin will have to be careful in their final third.
20:00 hrs IST: Kick-off! Chennaiyin in blue against Goa in white. The hosts have the slender advantage of an away goal.
19:50 hrs IST: Ten minutes to kick-off. Will Goa’s attacking flair take them past Chennaiyin? Or will the hosts be able to stay disciplined at the back and book a place in the final? We will find out in a couple of hours.
19:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Super League semi-final 2nd leg clash between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa. The prize for the side that wins this tie is a place in the final against Bengaluru FC.
In the first leg, Manuel Lanzarote had given Goa a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute but youngster Anirudh Thapa scored a crucial away goal for Chennaiyin seven minutes later to level the score.
Coached by Spaniard Sergio Lobera, FC Goa’s possession-based game has seen them dominate quite a few of their opponents.
However, Chennaiyin‘s disciplined backline will be difficult to breach for Lobera’s side and the John Gregory-coached team will look to use their pase to target Goa’s defence.
First Published: Mar 13, 2018 18:48 IST