Chennaiyin rise to the cause as Goa lose, Final Score 1-2
Margao, Dec 19: Chennaiyin FC finally managed to log full points after five games, within the sort of a 2-1 victory over FC Goa within the Hero Indian Super League at Fatorda Stadium here.
In a game that saw 39 shots at goal, Rahim Ali (53rd minute) scored the match-winner after Jorge Ortiz (9th) cancelled out Rafael Crivellaro’’s (5th) opener.
It was a simple win for the visitors who should have finished with a much bigger goal margin, had it not for his or her poor finishing.
Brandon Fernandes returned to the side as Goa coach Juan Ferrando named three changes to the line-up that lost against ATK Mohun Bagan with Aiban Dohling and Jeorge Ortiz being the opposite two.
Following their 0-0 draw against NorthEast United, Coach Csaba Laszlo preferred to start out with influential midfielder Anirudh Thapa and Rafael Crivellaro. And therefore the duo troubled the FC Goa defence from the primary whistle.
Chennaiyin FC fired warning shots early within the game. Thapa made a darting run on the proper and cut the ball back to an unmarked Crivellaro. The latter’’s first-time shot was pushed behind by Mohammad Nawaz.
The visitors were soon ahead within the game and it came from a flash of individual brilliance. Crivellaro got his corner-kick to loop over the Goa defenders and land in goal.
But the lead lasted for just four minutes because the Gaurs came up with a moment response within the ninth minute. Ortiz found Alexander Jesuraj on the proper who squared the ball back to the Spaniard. His shot found the roof of internet .
Chennaiyin displayed attacking prowess within the half and will are up by two or more goals. But a few of missed sitters from Crivellaro and Lallianzuala Chhangte along side Nawaz’’s brilliance within the Goa goal saw the scores remain level.
The visitors had yet one more chance to travel ahead within the game just before the break but Chhangte did not keep his composure ahead of the goal.
Raegen’’s effort from left was saved by Nawaz but the ball fell to an unmarked Chhangte who once more did not direct his shot at goal, left Laszlo in agony on the touchline.
Nothing changed post resumption. Chennaiyin continued their poor form upfront with Crivellaro being the culprit this point . Chhangte played a coffee cross from the left to an unmarked Crivellaro, but he blazed his shot over the bar.
Brandon then tried his luck from a distance with a curling shot but Vishal Kaith did well to deny that.
Chennaiyin finally got their deserved lead within the 53rd minute when Crivellaro kept his composure in beating Donachie before playing a coffee cross at the far post where second-half substitute Rahim Ali had little work to tap the ball into an empty net.
Had Chhangte scored with the opportunities he had during this game, he should have nearly completed his hat-trick by now. Within the 77th minute, Ali set Chhangte through on goal from the sting of the box, but once more the previous shot wide.
FC Goa tried their best through Igor Angulo and Ortiz to urge the equaliser but Chennaiyin’’s defense never allow it.