ISL 2020 playoffs, Match Highlights, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa: Chennai win first-leg to secure sizeable lead over Goa

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ISL 2020 playoffs, Match Highlights, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa: Chennai win first-leg to secure sizeable lead over Goa
  • 21:35 (IST)

    That's it from us folks!

    Chennaiyin FC promised goals in the first half, and by god did they deliver upon that promise in the second! FC Goa will need to come up with something special when the two sides meet again in a week's time if they have any hopes of making the final. But of course, there's no need to wait a week for the ISL to return, because Bengaluru FC will play host to ATK in the first-leg of the other semi-final tomorrow! You can catch live updates of the match on Firstpost.com, and until then, goodbye and goodnight. 

  • 21:23 (IST)

    FT | CFC 4 - 1 FCG

    Who would have thought that the match would end 4-1 in Chennai's favour at half-time? Not me, for sure, but after 45 minutes of frenetic football, that is indeed where we currently find ourselves. Goa have a mountain to climb in the second leg at Fatorda, but that crucial away goal from Saviour Gama has made the impossible just a little bit more achievable. 

  • 21:13 (IST)

    84' | CFC 4 - 1 FCG

    Against the run of play, Saviour Gama gets a crucial away goal for FC Goa, nipping in between a couple of defenders to squeeze the ball into the net with a deft touch! It might not seem like much on the night, but it could make all the difference come the second leg in Fatorda.

  • 21:07 (IST)

    79' | CFC 4 - 0 FCG

    Chennaiyin FC are absolutely running away with this! Eli Sabia scores their third goal from point-blank range after Mourtada Fall deflects a cross into his path, and minutes later Lallianzuala Chhangte makes it four, with a thunderous volley from inside the penalty area. If FC Goa are planning on making a comeback from here, they best get started quick!

  • 21:02 (IST)

    You think Chennaiyin Fc fans enjoyed that goal? 

  • 20:57 (IST)

    68' | CFC 2 - 0 FCG

    Edwin Vanspaul comes off and is replaced by Germanpreet. The midfielder has been quite effective tonight, helping Chennaiyin convert defence to attack in the blink of an eye. That substitution is followed immediately by another, as Andre Schembri comes off for Thoi Singh. Owen Coyle is taking no chances on tired legs. 

  • 20:49 (IST)

    61' | CFC 2 - 0 FCG

    Oh my word, what a stunning strike from Anirudh Thapa! It's his first goal of the season, and what a way to score and what a place to score it! The diminutive midfielder picks up the ball 25 yards from goal, swivels and unleashes a swerving, dipping thunderbolt of a shot! No keeper is saving that.

  • 20:43 (IST)

    54' | CFC 1 - 0 FCG

    Chennaiyin has lift off! Goa goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz is left flapping at thin air​, as Lucian Goian gets the first goal of the game, rising highest to force in a header. 

  • 20:39 (IST)

    51' | CFC 0 - 0 FCG

    Jerry Lalrinzuala picks up the first yellow of the match for a foul on Ferran Corominas. It's a bit insidious from the veteran striker, who sees Jerry coming across him and goes down at the slightest hint of an outstretched arm. Coro then tries unsuccessfully to get Jerry's yellow upgraded to a red, but the referee is having none of his moaning. 

  • 20:37 (IST)

    49' | CFC 0 - 0 FCG

    FC Goa appear to have been given a proper talking-to during half-time, because they're playing a lot more like themselves. We've already seen a couple of dangerous crosses from the right-hand side, and Manvir Singh has found himself in a couple of promising situations. 

Preview: Having made a superb turnaround after a poor start, two-time champions Chennaiyin FC will look to continue the good run when they take on FC Goa in the first leg of the ISL semi-final on Saturday.

The Blues entered the 2019-20 season after a nightmarish performance in the previous one, having finished with the wooden spoon and fewest points (nine). Things didn't get better at the start of season as they were languishing at the bottom with one win from six games before they witnessed a change in fortune after Owen Coyle replaced John Gregory as the head coach.

The transformation under Coyle has been remarkable and in 12 games, Chennaiyin has got 24 points — from 7 wins and 3 draws — to seal a play-off berth.

Now, the team has everything to play for when they take on FC Goa at the Marina arena. Given the form of the strikers, the defence of both the teams will be tested.

Lithuanian Nerijus Valskis has been in top form for Chennaiyin with 13 goals. He has been key to the team's revival and the host will hope the marksman continues his good run.

Maltese Andre Schembri too has been among goals and with the likes of Anirudh Thapa, Eli Sabia and Rafael Crivellaro coming into their own, the FC Goa backline will have a lot to worry about.

Coyle, since his arrival, has spurred the team's attacking instincts and that seems to have paid dividends.

Attack could be the way forward when Chennaiyin come up against an equally attack-minded Goa.

Coyle would also be hoping his defence gets their act right.

While Valskis & Co have powered Chennaiyin's revival, some credit should go to the mid-field which has done a good job. Thapa, Edwin Vanspaul, who has been called up for a national camp by head coach Igor Stimac, and Lallianzuala Chhangte have stepped up and made the team a force to reckon with.

Goa, on the other hand, are on a five-match winning streak.

Ferran Corominas has 14 goals so far, one behind the league's top-scorer Bartholomew Ogbeche and alongside Hugo Boumous, the visitors boast of an impressive strike force.

Chennaiyin's defence will have its task cut out if the marauding FC Goa line-up has to be contained and this could have a huge bearing on how the first leg of the semi-final pans out.

The last encounter between the two sides in Chennai ended in a seven-goal thriller which the Gaurs won and a repeat is on cards with a berth in the summit clash at stake.

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Content courtesy: PTI

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Updated Date: Feb 29, 2020 21:35:44 IST


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