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ISL 2020 playoffs, Match Highlights, FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC: Chennai survive late onslaught to book berth in final

Get all the latest updates as Firstpost.com covers the second leg of the play-off tie between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC.

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ISL 2020 playoffs, Match Highlights, FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC: Chennai survive late onslaught to book berth in final

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Mar 07, 2020 - 21:38 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

We were witness to some truly spectacular football, a whole lot of action and some nail-biting drama, and there's a lot more of that to come when Bengaluru play ATK on Sunday. The defending champions have a slim one-goal lead heading into the fixture, which doesn't mean a whole lot, especially considering the fact that they are up against the attacking might of ATK. Do make sure to tune back in at 7:30 pm tomorrow, because we'll be right here, with all the latest updates from that match. Until then, goodbye and goodnight. 

Mar 07, 2020 - 21:30 (IST)

FT | FCG 4 - 2 CFC (5-6)

It seemed like it would be a relatively easy night for Chennaiyin FC, who came into this match with a three-goal lead. It wasn't. Goa managed to cut the lead down to just one goal on two separate occasions, on either side of Chennaiyin's two second-half strikes, and Chennaiyin were pushed all the way to their limits. However, the Owen Coyle side displayed incredible grit and determination to hang on, and are deservingly through to the final.

Mar 07, 2020 - 21:23 (IST)

91' | FCG 4 - 2 CFC (5-6)

FC Goa get a free-kick thanks to a hand ball. Brandon Fernandes whips in an excellent ball, but it's straight down the keeper's throat. Mourtada Fall then fluffs an excellent chance a few minutes later, trying to head a ball at knee-level when he should've just put his foot through it. There's four minutes of added time, not as much as FC Goa would have hoped for, but enough, maybe. 

Mar 07, 2020 - 21:18 (IST)

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Mar 07, 2020 - 21:14 (IST)

80' | FCG 4 - 2 CFC (5-6)

Typical. Just typical. No sooner had I said that this was done, Edu Bedia scores a goal to inject some tension back into this game. I mean, it's far from close, FC Goa still need three more goals. Wait. Scratch that. They need two more goals. Mourtada Fall has just scored a header. We have a game on our hands!!

Mar 07, 2020 - 21:12 (IST)

78' | FCG 2 - 2 CFC (3-6)

Mourtada Fall is now essentially a striker, and to his credit, he's shown some good movement for a man his size. The problem FC Goa face however, is that Chennaiyin still look like they could score at any time. I might be putting the cart in front of the horse here, but I think we can stick a fork in this it's done. 

Mar 07, 2020 - 21:02 (IST)

Owen Coyle 15 minutes later

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Mar 07, 2020 - 21:02 (IST)

Owen Coyle at half-time

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Mar 07, 2020 - 20:53 (IST)

59' | FCG 2 - 2 CFC (3-6)

Nerijus Valskis does what he does best, and scores under pressure! The goal comes from a corner in which FC Goa fail to pick up the striker, who spins away from defenders and fires in his header from close range. This is essentially the death knell for Goa's qualification. They need to score four goals in half an hour. The word unlikely doesn't even begin to do the situation justice. 

Mar 07, 2020 - 20:46 (IST)

52' | FCG 2 - 1 CFC (3-5)

You had one job Goa! Don't concede. And yet, somehow Lallianzuala Chhangte is allowed to score the easiest goal of his life. Much of this is down to some truly awful keeping from Nawaz, who pushes a relatively simple shot straight into the path of Chhangte. This goal is vital for Chennai, and it's taken the wind out of Goa's sails.

Preview: FC Goa face Chennaiyin FC in the second leg of their Indian Super League semifinals, looking to overturn a 4-1 deficit, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

FC Goa will be boosted by the return of Edu Bedia who missed the first leg game in Chennai — which they lost 1-4 — due to personal reasons.

There is more good news as Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous, who were injured for last week's tie, are back in contention for a start. Boumous, in particular, has been in spectacular form this season having scored 10 and assisted 11 in 14 matches.

With the return of Brandon, FC Goa would hope for better deliveries from wide positions, something which was missing from their game in the first leg.

Ferran Corominas will play as a number nine after playing as a withdrawn forward in the last game. The Spanish striker has 14 goals to his name this season and FC Goa need his goals now more than ever.

Interim coach Clifford Miranda will have a decision to make as to whether he would deploy an all-attacking line-up of Bedia, Boumous and Corominas or choose to go with two foreign centre-backs in Mourtada Fall and Carlos Pena.

"We have to win to overcome the deficit, but that does not mean we go all out from minute one. It's 90 minutes and more and whatever football that I know, it is not decided in the first 10 to 15 minutes. It will be till the final whistle and we will take it minute-by-minute," Miranda said.

Meanwhile, Chennaiyin FC would look to score first and make the task even more improbable for the home side. Should Chennaiyin find the back of the net, FC Goa would need at least five goals to move to the final.

Chennaiyin head coach Owen Coyle has mentioned that his players would not be lackadaisical in the second leg, despite enjoying a three-goal lead.

He would also ask for an improved performance from the front three of Nerijus Valskis, Rafael Crivellaro and Andre Schembri who had a quiet game by their standards in Chennai. FC Goa also need to keep a check on the Chennaiyin attackers who are more than capable of hurting the opponent through a quick counter-attack.

"When you have any sort of advantage, it's good to have that. That being said, we know we have a very dangerous match. Over the course of the 18 games in the league, they have been the best team," said Coyle.

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