The first leg of the second Semi-Final- took place in Gaurs’ fortress, where the match ended in a draw. Now both the teams have moved to Chennai to play the second leg which will be the decider. Chennaiyin FC is having an “Away Goal” advantage. At this point they need nothing more but just a draw which would be enough for the team for further progression while Goa will have to score. The winner will face Bengaluru FC on 17th March in Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.
The home ground has not much favoured the Chennai outfit. When we take a look at the stats of the previous encounters between the two sides in Chennai, Chennaiyin has won only one game. Even in the first match of the season, FC Goa clinched the victory against Chennaiyin by 2-3. After the end of the first leg, the gaffer John Gregory was not happy as he said:“If we utilised the chances correctly then we would have had a lead of 3 goals”. The attacking side of Chennaiyin is slightly weaker and this was the reason that they could not finish the match on their side. But the Midfield and Defensuve side of the team are good, but the defence has to be careful with their tactics because players like Coro, Lanzarote and Mandar con take a toll of them unless they don’t remain cautious and execute their plans properly especially as this had happened in the 1st leg. Maybe Mihelic could get a chance as a sub. Overall CFC is having an advantage of the “Away Goal” and that may prove to be crucial at the end.
The goal from Lanzarote in the 1st leg had given the lead to FC Goa but it did not last long as Anirudh Thapa emerged as Super Sub and equalised. After the match, the FC Goa head coach Lobera praised Chennaiyin’s defenders but at the same time he also mentioned: “The away leg should not be a tough one for us as we can easily win the match”. He also praised Kattimani, because at the start of the season he was the regular goalie for the Gaurs but due to his poor performance, he was replaced by Naveen Kumar. As Naveen Kumar was in suspension, Kattimani returned to the scene. After a gap of one and a half month, Kattimani was back in playing XI and made 5 crucial saves. So it is tough to predict the goalie for Goa in the second leg.
CFC(4-5-1): K Singh(GK), H Sereno(C), M Alves, I Calderon, J Lalrinzuala, D Ganesh, B Singh, F Fernandes, R Augusto, G Nelson, J Lalpekhlua.
FCG(4-5-1): L Kattimani (OR) N Kumar(GK), S Juste(C), S Fernandes, C Singh, N Das, P Halder, A Jahouh, M Lanzarote, E Bedia, M Dessai, F Coro.
●Recent Form :
CFC(Last 5 Matches): W D D W D
FCG(Last 5 Matches): D W W W D
●Head to Head
CFC Win: 5
FCG Win: 4
Both the teams were defensively almost equal in the first leg so it is difficult for the attackers of both sides. Anyway a nail-bitting game is awaiting ahead on Tuesday for both sets of fans.
The game to be played in Chennai and CFC is having “Away Goal” advantage, so they will try to end the match in a goalless draw. Or else CFC 1-2 FCG.
Date & Venue: 13th March 2017 & JLN Stadium, Chennai.
Time: 08:00 PM(IST)
Live Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar, Jio TV