Highlights, ISL 2018 Semi-final 2nd leg, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa: Chennaiyin reach final after 4-1 aggregate win

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Highlights, ISL 2018 Semi-final 2nd leg, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa: Chennaiyin reach final after 4-1 aggregate win
  • 22:18 (IST)

    That's it from us tonight. Chennaiyin deserved winners on the night and across the tie. It promises to be a cracker in Bengaluru on Saturday as the ISl title is on the line. We as always will bring you all the updates from the game. So keep following Firstpost for all the news, analysis and reactions from the ISL. Good night

  • 22:16 (IST)

    John Gregory on 3-0 win: Getting a clean sheet is always fantastic. But to do in the manner we did, in the circumstances is great. It wasn't a 1-0 sneak, it was a thrashing. So I am happy

  • 22:15 (IST)

    John Gregory on win: People said that Goa wouldn't find it very hard to come and score here. Credit has to go to my central defenders. They were immense tonight. 

  • 22:14 (IST)

    John Gregory on win: We had a very small advantage with the away goal, but to win 3-0 is something I had not expected. But I have told you before, these boys just keep going. I am also delighted for Jeje for his goal

  • 22:12 (IST)

    Jeje on win: I think we did a great job tonight. We knew what we anted to do, so we fought very hard and I'm glad we are in the final

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Jeje Lalpekhlua on ending goal drought: It was difficult, but I would like to thank the coach for keeping faith in me.

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Indian gaffer congratulates the winners!

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Bengaluru FC, they're coming for you! 

  • 22:01 (IST)

    Chennaiyin have admirers in rival ranks

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Chennaiyin into the final! 

  • 21:54 (IST)

    FT: Chennaiyin 3-0 Goa (Chennaiyin win 4-1 on aggregate)

    Chennaiyin into the final. What a performance from John Gregory's side. They have outclassed FC Goa in this semi-final second leg to deservedly win a place in the final. Weathering an early storm, Chennaiyin never looked back after their first goal. Jeje stepped up when it mattered the most, but it was the back four and the goalkeeper that gt them through. Great tactical discipline from Chennaiyin throughout the evening.

    FC Goa were poor in defence and ran out of ideas in the second half. A good season for The Gaurs, but not enough to warrant a place in the final

  • Surely game over! Jeje nets his second and Chennaiyin score their third of the night thanks to a mistake from Mohammed Ali. What a performance from the Tamil Nadu! A tactical masterclass from John Gregory. So it's going to be Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin on 17 March.

  • 21:48 (IST)

    90' Chennaiyin 3-0 Goa (Agg: 4-1)

    GOAL! JEJE LALPEKHLUA scores! It's certainly all over now. Sloppy play from Goa again that allows Gavilan to pick up the ball and find Jeje, albeit a bit fortuitously, but Jeje makes the most of his luck


    Gregory Nelson, a fan favourite here in Chennai gets a tremen response after getting substituted. Fair to say he had good game, playing a vital role in counter-attacks.

  • 21:44 (IST)

    87' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    SAVE! Karanjit Singh with an excellent save to deny Lanzorate from the free-kick. Chennaiyin are almost there. That was a chance for FC Goa, but Karanjit has denied all attempts of a comeback

  • 21:38 (IST)

    81' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    19,013 is the attendance. Chennaiyin have been well-supported tonight

  • 21:35 (IST)

    78' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    Gaps appearing in Goa's defence now as they chase the game. Goa's shoulders are starting to drop. There is no drop in intensity from Chennaiyin though as Gavilan comes on for Raphael Augusto

  • Chennaiyin fans having a good time out there

    Chennaiyin fans sang a version of Toure brothers chant when youngster Anirudh Thapa came in.   "Thapa..Thapa..Thapa..Thapa... Anirudh Thapa!"

  • Goa players are losing their cool in the middle. Referee has shown three yellow cards in a span of four minutes. Goa players need to be careful. A red card when they losing 0-2 would mean game over.

  • 21:29 (IST)

    70' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    Anirudh Thapa who scored the all-important away goal for Chennaiyin Goa comes on for Bikramjit Singh who has put in a shift

  • 21:24 (IST)

    65' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    Ali, Sifneos coming ON for FC Goa. Lobera is going for the jugular. He has played all three of his substitutions. Those on the field have to pull FC Goa back into the contest now. No reinforcements available

  • 21:21 (IST)

    60' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    A lull period in the game. Goa are being thwarted by a stubborn Chennaiyin defence. The visitors are losing their cool a bit. Ferran Corominas sees yellow card as he argues a foul. Goa need something quickly

  • 21:16 (IST)

    FC Goa change. Sergio Lobera going for it now. Gets a winger in place of a defender

  • 21:13 (IST)

    55' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    Chennai defending very well. Goa have upped the ante, but the Chennaiyin rearguard is up to the task. They can sense the final and there seems to be a determined look about them right now. Goa will have to work very hard to open a disciplined defence in this second half

  • 21:10 (IST)

    50' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    The tone is set. Goa with the greater chunk of possession. Chennaiyin keeping a disciplined shape. Ferran Corominas with a chance but Mailson blocks his shot. Chennai must be careful to not sit too deep and allow Goa to gain momentum

  • 21:04 (IST)

    47' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

  • 21:02 (IST)

    Second half underway in Chennai.

    Goa need to score twice without reply. Chennai need to just keep going

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Chennai in control at the interval! 

  • 20:48 (IST)

    HT: Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    Chennai in the driver's seat after a spirited first half. Goa after good start let them down with some poor defending. The visitors need two goals with conceding to advance to the final. Chennai just need to keep their heads

  • 20:46 (IST)

    45' Chennaiyin 2-0 FC Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    1 minute of stoppage time added at the end of the first half

  • 20:43 (IST)

    Dhanapal Ganesh's goal. Poor defending from Goa

  • 20:42 (IST)

    40' Chennaiyin 2-0 FC Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    The two goals seem to have knocked the stuffing out of FC Goa. Their early start is a thing of the past. Chennaiyin are on the front foot. Goa have to pick themselves up quickly or this game could be out of their reach

  • 20:36 (IST)

    Jeje's goal! 

  • 34' Chennaiyin 2-0 FC Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    Chennaiyin's game plan has worked wonders for them. They allowed Goa to dominate and relied on counter-attacks and set-pieces to make an impact. For their second goal, Dhanpal Ganesh jumps the maximum to head the ball in from a set-piece. Goa's defence has been awful so far.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    Dhanapal Ganesh continues his dream season! 

  • 20:34 (IST)

    JEJE ends his drought! 

  • And the Mizo sniper strikes with head to give Chennai the lead. Huge roar of applause with the Chennai fans chanting "Jeje...Jeje". He broke his six-game goal drought. 

  • 20:31 (IST)

    29' Chennaiyin 2-0 FC Goa (Agg: 3-1)

    GOAL! Dhanapal Ganesh doubles Chennai's lead. Another header, another poor piece of defending from FC Goa allowing Ganesh to head home from close range at the far post from a free kick on the right flank. Chennai on fire

  • 20:27 (IST)

    25' Chennaiyin 1-0 FC Goa (Agg: 2-1)

    GOAL! Jeje Lalpekhlua ends his goal drought and what a time to do so. Jerry's cross finds an unmarked Jeje in the box who just guides the home past naveen Kumar. 

  • 20:21 (IST)

    20' Chennaiyin 0-0 FC Goa (Agg: 1-1, Chennaiyin ahead of away goals)

    Better from Chennai in the last few minutes. A bit more desire to close down the Goa players. They need to take the sting out of this quick Goan start. More of this needed to achieve that. Crowd too starting to get behind their team.

  • 18' Chennaiyin 0-0 FC Goa (Agg: 1-1, Chennaiyin ahead of away goals)

    Two good back-to-back saves from Karanjit Singh and home  crowd appreciates the efforts.

  • 15' Chennaiyin 0-0 FC Goa (Agg: 1-1, Chennaiyin ahead of away goals)

    As expected, Goa are dominating the early proceedings. Chennai are happy to sit back and defend.

  • 20:11 (IST)

    10' Chennaiyin 0-0 FC Goa (Agg: 1-1, Chennaiyin ahead of away goals)

    Goa stepping up the heat early on in Chennai. Unlike the first leg, there seems to be a bit more urgency about their play. Chennai have held firm apart from few nervous moments. Meanwhile Goa are racking up the corner count. It's 3 already

  • 20:07 (IST)

    5' Chennaiyin 0-0 FC Goa (Agg: 1-1, Chennaiyin ahead of away goals)

    Good start to the game. Chennaiyin happy to play on the counter and have tried to find Jeje Lalpekhlua on a couple of occasions already. Goa with a big chance after some brilliant play from Mandar Rao Desai on the left flank, but no takers for FC Goa to tap home the cross that was fired across goal

  • 20:01 (IST)


    The game is underway in Chennai. Who will play Bengaluru FC in the final?

  • 19:59 (IST)

    The big prize!

  • 19:55 (IST)


    Chennaiyin XI: Karanjit Singh (GK), Sereno Henrique (C), Inigo Calderon, Mailson Alves, Jerry Lallrinzuala, Dhanapal Ganesh, Bikramjit SIngh, Francisco Fernandes, Raphael Augusto, Gregory Nelson, Jeje Lalpekhlua

    FC Goa XI: Naveen Kumar (GK), Seriton Fernandes, Sergio Juste, Chinglensana Singh, Narayan Das, Ahmed Jahou, Pranoy Halder, Manuel Lanzorate, Hugo Boumous, Mandar Rao Desai, Ferran Corominas

  • 19:44 (IST)

    Plenty of empty seats here at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Less than 15 minutes left for the kickoff. Hopefully, they will get filled soon.


    Team sheet of both the teams are out. No major surprises!

  • Both the teams are out there doing their training. 15 minutes to kick-off

60' Chennaiyin 2-0 Goa (Agg: 3-1)

A lull period in the game. Goa are being thwarted by a stubborn Chennaiyin defence. The visitors are losing their cool a bit. Ferran Corominas sees yellow card as he argues a foul. Goa need something quickly

Preview: Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa will battle it out in the second leg of their second semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday as they look to join Bengaluru FC in the final.

In the first leg in Fatorda, Goa and Chennaiyin played out a 1-1 draw, with the former champions earning a crucial away goal. Anirudh scored for Chennaiyin after Manuel Lanzarote had put the hosts in the lead.

Chennaiyin will look to make most of home advantage when they face FC Goa in the second leg of semi-finals in Chennai. Image Courtesy: ISL

Chennaiyin will look to make most of home advantage when they face FC Goa in the second leg of semi-finals in Chennai. Image Courtesy: ISL

However, Chennaiyin chief coach John Gregory said that they will not be complacent over the "minimal advantage".

"It was a hard-earned draw for us. Goa play their passing, possession-based football and as opponents, we worked hard to get the ball back. The away goal we got is a minimal advantage. If tomorrow the game finishes 0-0, we are through," Gregory said at the pre-match press conference.

"But we know that this is football - anything can happen. Several permutations can come up during the match and we are prepared for it. We both know each other's game. We are fired up and ready to go."

Gregory said that right-back Inigo Calderon who picked up an injury to his right calf, will be fit for the clash. "He is a tough guy. He got a tough tackle which injured his right calf but he continued to play on and he will be ready tomorrow," the coach said.

Calderon will complete the back-four of Mailson Alves, Henrique Sereno and Jerry Lalrinzuala, who will have the responsibility of stopping the powerful Goa attack.

Gregory will also hope that his attacking line-up, that includes a struggling Jeje Lalpekhlua, will come up with the goals.

In the other camp, midfielder Hugo Boumous' return to fitness is a big boost to the visitors. It will be interesting to see the midfield combination that coach Sergio Lobera opts to go with. Pronay Halder has proved his value to the side with some astonishing performances from midfield alongside Ahmed Jahouh. It will be a toss-up between Edu Bedia and Hugo for the attacking midfield role.

Brandon Fernandes is also back from injury and Lobera will have a selection headache as he will have to choose either Mandar Rao Dessai or Brandon to occupy one wing while Manuel Lanzarote looks certain to start on the other flank.

Lanzarote (13 goals) and Ferran Corominas (18 goals) are the tournament's deadliest attacking pair and Goa will need them again to go through.

Even if Chennaiyin have the away-goal advantage, Lobera is not reading too much into it and believes his wards will pull it off.

"We are facing a tough team. (But) we need to play the way we have done so far in the tournament. We are the highest scoring team in the competition and we have the highest scoring players as well," he said.

"The style of football we employ definitely puts us at a risk of conceding but at the other end, we are capable of scoring against any team. I would definitely take another 3-2 victory over here in Chennai like we did on the first match day (during the league phase)."

Going back to the history of the season, in the league stage, both teams have defeated each other once. In the first leg, Goa edged past Chennaiyin 3-2 and in the return leg, Chennaiyin beat Goa 1-0.

Sergio Juste and Chinglensana Singh have been excellent in defence and should be in contention to start despite both, Bruno Pinheiro and Ali Mohammad passing fitness tests.

Seriton Fernandes has been an unsung hero in what has largely been a fantastic campaign for the side and he will walk back into the team. Narayan Das looks likely to start at left back.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018 22:18:43 IST

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