The second leg of the second semi-final took place in Chennai where Chennaiyin FC faced FC Goa with an “Away Goal” advantage. For Chennaiyin, just a draw was enough for the progression but they ended up overwhelming the visitors by 3 goals to nil sealing the tie with an aggregate of 4-1. The Chennai outfit will cross swords with Bengaluru FC in the final on Saturday at Kanteerava.
Let’s see the important moments in the match that took place yesterday. In the match, Chennaiyin FC’s fans were the 12th man as an attendance of 19,024 were gathered to support the side recording the highest attendance in Chennai in this season’s ISL.
There was no change in CFC’s playing XI from the last leg while Goa played with 2 changes as N Kumar replaced Kattimani and Boumas was replaced by Bedia. Here we focus on some important points from yesterday’s match:
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1. The Dominance of FC Goa:
When the whistle blew the ball was rotating only in the legs of FC Goa players and Chennaiyin players were there seemingly without any answer to the visitors’ free-flowing game in the initial exchanges. For the first 15 minutes, it was a seat edge thriller for the Machans fans lots of opportunities were gained by FC Goa players but they could not capitalise on it, because of the stout defence of the hosts. On the 16th minute when Boumas crossed Jerry who passed it to Mandar, he attempted a short during and Karanjit came out. Even though Calderon was standing in front of the post but the skipper Sereno rescued with a brilliant touch of the ball. An understanding that prevailed for the rest of the match.
2.End of scoring drought for Jeje:
The Chennaiyin skipper did not score in the last 7 matches, he had put i an end to it and he did that by scoring on the 26th minute. It was a brilliant pass from Nelson from the left where Jeje just needed a touch with the head and he did that as the ball crossed Naveen and the hometeam took the lead. Later in the 90th minute, a pass from Gavilan had been misjudged by all and Jeje netted an easy goal. His coming back to form will surely give boost to Gregory ahead of the final.
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3. Local boy Dhanpal Ganesh at the right place at the right time:
In the match match, we were able to see separate fans for Ganesh, as they painted their body and written his jersey number and also were carrying flags numbered 17. It showed that the local people have provably got a local hero to cheer for. Ganesh has been utilised this season by Gregory quite well especially after the past two seasons where he had mostly been sidelined with injuries. In this season he has scored 2 goals and has also selected in the probables of Indian team by Stephen Constantine for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifier.
4.The Fab Four:
The defence of Chennaiyin is stronger in this season with a successful 450+ tackles in the league stage, which has continued in the Playoffs too. They have overcome the mistakes done in the first leg. The Centre-back duo of Sereno and Mailson was nightmare for FC Goa’s attackers as they could not surpass them most of the times. The two fullbacks have also been handy for Chennaiyin this season and Bengaluru would not find it easy against this defensive line of four men.
5. Disappointing performance from FC Goa:
The team which has been scoring goals for fun failed to score in the most important match as the early goal from the opponents had probably taken a toll of their morale. Any way Chennaiyin’s dominance over the Gaurs is showing no signs of stopping as out of the 10 Matches(across 4 seasons) till date between the two sides, CFC has scored 23 goals against Goa which is most goals scored by any team against any other team in ISL history!
Let’s wait and see whether the 2015 champions can touch the glory again or the ISL debutants Bengaluru FC takes it away.