Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa, Indian Super League 2017-18, highlights: Goa win thriller
Chennaiyin FC lost their opening match of the Indian Super League to FC Goa. The match produced five goals and Goa won 3-2. See highlights of Indian Super League 2017-18, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa football match, here.indian super league 2017 Updated: Nov 20, 2017 14:01 IST
Chennaiyin FC began their Indian Super League 2017/18 campaign in Chennai with a 3-2 loss to FC Goa. Ferran Corominas gave FC Goa the lead and Manuel Lanzarote doubled the lead. Mandar Dessai added a third before half time. Inigo Calderon pulled one back for Chennaiyin in the second half and Rapahel Augusto scored a penalty but it wasn’t enough as Goa ran out 3-2 winners. See highlights of Indian Super League 2017-18, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa football match, here. (ISL 2017-18 FULL COVERAGE)
7:30 PM IST: That’s it from our side, thank you so much for joining us. Follow our live updates of Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FC here.
7:25 PM IST: Full-time: Chennaiyin FC 2-3 FC Goa. What a game of football this was, but Sergio Lobera’s side run out deserved winners.
7:20 PM IST: Five minutes of added time will be played.
7:15 PM IST: Five minutes plus stoppage time left now and this game is going down to the wire. Goa had the game in the bag but this could still go either way.
7:13 PM IST: GOAL! Rapahel Augusto scores from the spot to make it 3-2! This is an incredible game.
7:09 PM IST: Both teams making changes with a little over 10 minutes to go now.
7:05 PM IST: 15 minutes to go and Chennaiyin are pushing forward in search of a second. This game is reaching a fever pitch now.
6:59 PM IST: GOAL!Inigo Calderon pulls one back for Chennai from a free-kick, but Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani will be kicking himself for not doing better. Shot was straight at him after being deflected and he somehow fluffed his lines. Chennaiyin have one goal; can they score two more? 20 minutes to go.
6:55 PM IST: FC Goa are not taking any risks at this point; they know Chennaiyin will push forward in numbers. It wouldn’t be surprising if Goa got another goal on the break.
6:50 PM IST: Chennaiyin are still going forward in search of a goal but they haven’t created any noteworthy chance since hitting the post twice.
6:45 PM IST: Chennaiyin’s Bikramjit Singh is rightfully shown a yellow card for a pretty bad foul on Bruno Pinheiro.
6:42 PM IST: Goa have settled into their game a bit after Chennaiyin gave them a right scare in the beginning of the half. But Chennaiyin look a more motivated side now; can they find a goal soon?
6:37 PM IST: CHENNAIYIN HIT THE POST TWICE IN A MINUTE! First Jeje Lalpekhlua is denied by the woodwork and then Gregory Nelson beats the goalkeeper after FC Goa misplace a pass but the shot once again rebounds out off the upright. Goa coach Sergio Lobera is furious, and rightfully so.
6:35 PM IST: The second half is now underway!
6:30 PM IST: FC Goa had 11 shots in that first half. Chennaiyin FC? None. That’s a damning stat for the home side.
6:26 PM IST: Check out Lanzarote’s pinpoint finish below:
6:19 PM IST: Half-time and FC Goa go into the break with a 0-3 lead. They’ve been the better side by far and the game looks all but over at this point. Can Chennaiyin FC put up a better showing in the second half? We’ll find out in 15 minutes.
6:17 PM IST: Two minutes have been added on in the first half.
6:13 PM IST: And Brandon Fernandes nearly added a fourth! His curling free-kick had Karanjit beaten but it went just over the bar.
6:09 PM IST: GOAL! FC Goa score a third. A beautiful passing move is finished by Mandar Dessai, although Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit could have done better with his save. Still, Goa seem to have finished the game before half time itself.
6:05 PM IST: After two very drab matchdays, it’s good to see the ISL come to life. FC Goa have a spring in their step too, and look likely to add their goal tally before the final whistle.
6:00 PM IST: GOAL AGAIN! FC Goa have scored a second in quick succession and lead 2-0. This time Manuel Lanzarote finishes after plenty of confusion inside the Chennaiyin FC penalty area.
5:57 PM IST: And FC Goa have made the breakthrough! Ferran Corominas finishes off a wonderful counter-attacking move to give Goa the lead - and this tournament its first goal!
5:55 PM IST: FC Goa have, perhaps unsurprisingly, had the bulk of the possession so far. But they need to do more with the ball.
5:50 PM IST: WHAT A CHANCE FOR FC GOA! Brandon Fernandes once again fires a shot towards goal but it goes agonisingly over the bar.
5:44 PM IST: Neither side have stamped their authority on the game thus far.
5:40 PM IST: FC Goa’s Brandon Fernandes finds himself in space but his shot goes high and wide.
5:36 PM IST: The match has started off slowly, but that’s expected in the start of the game.
5:32 PM IST: The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
5:25 PM IST: The players have made their way onto the field. Fans will no doubt be hoping for a goal or two to be scored today, something that’s been missing in the first two matches of the season.
5:15 PM IST: Jeje Lalpekhlua, who will be key to Chennaiyin’s chances today, stated in a pre-match interview that he would like to score as much as possible. Will he be able to against this Goa side? We’ll find out in a few, as kick-off is minutes away now.
5:00 PM IST: Baoringdao Bodo, who has been named in Chennaiyin FC’s starting XI today, will make history by becoming the youngest player to play in the ISL.
4:45 PM IST: The last time these two sides faced off at Chennai, the hosts ran out 2-0 winners. Will history repeat itself today? We will find out in 45 minutes.
4:30 PM IST: Bengaluru FC will be making their ISL debut later today. Find out all you need to know about the two-time I-League champions here. The first game of the day between Chennaiyin and Goa will kick off in an hour’s time.
4:20 PM IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Super League encounter between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa!
Ahead of the game, both Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory and FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera sounded upbeat about their preparations, saying that pre-season had been very good and the players were looking forward to the first game.
Gregory, who has taken over from Italian Marco Materazzi, said the team had prepared well and would put up a good show while stressing the importance to start well.
Sergio Lobera said he was looking forward to the new season after the good pre-season and added he was happy with the overall composition of the team.
The Spaniard said it was important for the players to play a style of football that was best suited to them and would bring the results.
First Published: Nov 19, 2017 15:20 IST