FC Goa 1-2 Chennaiyin FC: Report, Scores & Response because the Marina Machans Edge Previous the Gaurs in a Chaotic Affair
The action on Matchday 7 of the Indian Super League continued through the weekend, and Saturday’s duel was big when Goa Goa faced Chennaiyin FC, just one place behind them after playing one game less. The Gaurs had won two of their last three games while Chennaiyin went without a win in four games.
A thrilling clash should grace the Fatorda, and here’s what we made of it:
Goa got off to a good start, but it was Chennaiyin FC who had a big chance early on when Anirudh Thapa burst to the right and shot the ball at Jakub Sylvestr, who could only hit the goalkeeper from six yards but didn’t. From the resulting corners, however, Rafael Crivellaro picked the top corner at the far post as the ball sailed over the goalkeeper and the crowd in the penalty area.
First Bruno Pellasari now Refael Crivellaro🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
– Steve Abraham (@ SteveRogers3603) December 19, 2020
However, Goa reacted in the ninth minute when Alexander Romario hit the ball in the penalty area on Jorge Ortiz and the Spanish striker punched him into the top corner.
– The Busy Guy (@ TheBusyGuy2) December 19, 2020
Three minutes later, Rafael Crivellaro tried his corner trick again, but this time Mohammad Nawaz fell over. The next corner had to be taken from the opposite side and fell to Anirudh Thapa at the edge of the box. The Indian midfielder had his powerful half volleyball squeezed out by the goalkeeper and tried to follow up with his left foot from a similar position, but this time it went far.
Chennaiyin had another very good chance in the 23rd minute when Reagan Singh drove a low cross from the right, but Jakub Sylvestr’s near-post attempt failed.
Three minutes later, Rafael Crivellaro threw a cross straight over the goal, then Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev hit Lallianzuala Chhangte, who missed an open goal because his stake was too high.
What a miss!
Will Chhangte be the Udanta this season? # FCGCFC #ISL
– Chittu (Chittushetty), December 19, 2020
Chhangte had another big chance in the 43rd minute when Jerry Lalrinzuala’s saved shot fell on him in a central area, but he drove it again, the goal at his mercy.
Three minutes into the second half, Lallianzuala Chhangte selflessly hit the ball at Rafael Crivellaro, but it looked like he’d passed the balloon curse and the Chennaiyin captain sent his shot deep into the stands.
Lmao, I can’t believe it. Boss passes by Chhangte just for Criva to do a Chhangte. What’s happening. Get into the damn game @FCGoaOfficial #FCGCFC
– Akarsh Sharma (karAkarsh_Official), December 19, 2020
Goa had a rare sight of the goal in the 50th minute when Brandon Fernandes tried to roll one into the corner from a distance, but Vishal Kaith was up to the task. Shortly thereafter, Seriton Fernandes shot a cross from the right and Jorge Ortiz attacked her, but he missed the target with his header.
Chennaiyin finally took the lead in the 53rd minute when Rafael Crivellaro played around James Donachie and Rahim Ali, who rolled the ball home for a change, drilled a low ball over the penalty area.
FINALLY, RAHIM ALI LIFTED THE CURSE! #FCGCFC
– Vinod Ramnath (aNaanumEngineer), December 19, 2020
Ali then played through to Lallianzuala Chhangte on the left in the 78th minute, but the Indian international just missed the far post. At the other end, Lenny let Rodrigues fly off the edge of the box, but missed the top corner by just a few meters.
Goa couldn’t create a big chance after that, so the game ended 2-1 in favor of Chennaiyin FC.
Main talking point
After that disappointing loss to ATK Mohun Bagan, Goa FC knew they had to put in a strong performance to get back on their feet immediately.
However, their performance in the first half was not ideal, as they received early from a direct corner and didn’t really threaten at the other end. That was until Jorge Ortiz equalized after a short pass and suddenly the game was back. However, this was Goa’s only shot at half-time and they were incredibly lucky to go into halftime with equal results.
The Gaurs didn’t start well into the second half either, but Chennaiyin spared them all the time. They had a couple of good half-chances to punish their opponents’ waste, but they couldn’t do better and eventually had to give in again.
What a messy football! And not the kind Goa usually likes to play. No control at all. Sucks. Play without a defender in the last 10 minutes! Chennai, who defeated Goa, was always high on my list of “results that hurt”. 😪😪 Bahh #FCGCFC
– Akarsh Sharma (karAkarsh_Official), December 19, 2020
They examined Chennaiyin’s defenses late, but there was nothing left to save.
Mohammad Nawaz (5.5), Seriton Fernandes (6), James Donachie (3.5), Aibanbha Dohling (5), Retter Gama (5.5), Alberto Noguera (5.5), Edu Bedia (6), Alexander Romario (7), Brandon Fernandes (6), Jorge Ortiz (7.5 *), Igor Angulo (5.5)
Subs: Redeem Lenny Rodrigues (5.5), Tlang (5), Seiminlen Doungel (N / A)
Main talking point
Rightly missed with impunity
With just one point from their last three games, Chennaiyin FC knew they were going to have some wins soon.
The return of Anirudh Thapa seemed to have stabilized midfield and that allowed Rafael Crivellaro (who was also back on the starting line-up) to move forward. They started very well and took an early lead, but soon equalized. It was all one-way traffic for the rest of the first half, but the away team couldn’t take their chances, no matter how easy they were, and Csaba László wondered if his players had a curse.
Lallianzuala Chhangte in particular missed a lot of great opportunities, but even Rafael Crivellaro was there in the second half. Eventually, however, the Marina Machans’ attack intent was rewarded when young Rahim Ali stepped on the ball. Their multiple massive mistakes meant Chennaiyin had to hold on to the final stages, but they managed to get through.
Csaba Laszlo’s game management is so good. Making Make other changes as needed. JG doesn’t do that at all and Coyle wasn’t too experimental in the game. #FCGCFC
– Harin Kannan (that_LankyLad) December 19, 2020
Another day, you wouldn’t be too surprised if Chennaiyin’s waste was punished, but you have to admit that this was a deserved victory considering how good they were when they were in full swing.
Vishal Kaith (7), Reagan Singh (6.5), Eli Sabiá (6), Memo (6.5), Jerry Lalrinzuala (5.5), Deepak Tangri (6), Anirudh Thapa (7), Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev ( 6.5), Rafael Crivellaro (8th *), Jakub Sylvestr (4.5), Lallianzuala Chhangte (3.5)
Subs: Enes Sipović (6.5), Rahim Ali (7.5), Thoi Singh (5), Dhanpal Ganesh (N / A), Edwin Vanspaul (N / A)
Rafael Crivellaro didn’t start Chennaiyin’s last match and they clearly missed him when they faded out. He returned tonight and did so in style.
The Brazilian maestro started the game by attempting to score straight from a corner and did so on his second try when he picked the far corner. The Chennaiyin captain lined up his side’s attacks for the remainder of the game and had a big chance to score in the second half when he drove over a half-empty net. However, he made up for this by brilliantly assisting Rahim Ali’s goal after doing some samba-style work against James Donachie in the box.
#Crivellaro de bryune .. Best midfeilder in the league by a mile 💥🔥 #ISL #chennaiyinfc pic.twitter.com/Z1dP4NqEjR
– Saka – legend in the making (@SumanthKrishna) December 19, 2020
Vitória de Guimarães’ ex-husband finished the game with 3/4 corners on goal, including one goal (you read that right), 6 flanks, 48 touches and an assist.
A magical representation.
What this means:
FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC both hold positions 7 and 8, but they are now tied and the visiting side have a game in hand. Rafael Crivellaro’s goal was the third Olympic goal (direct goal from a corner) in ISL history while backing Chennaiyn’s first goal of the season in the second half when Rahim Ali opened his ISL account.
FC Goa will face FC Jamshedpur on Wednesday, while Chennaiyin will face East Bengal on matchday two.
Statistics courtesy of Sofascore.com