The defending champions Chennaiyin FC went down to the visitors FC Goa by three goals to one. After the draw against NorthEast United, the Gaurs registered an emphatic victory at Chennai yesterday. Chennaiyin had one change in their starting XI as Anirudh Thapa got the nod ahead of Isaac Vanmalsawma, whereas in for Goa Edu Bedia started in place of Leudo. As we predicted earlier the visitors had gained three points, let us now talk about some important aspects from the game.
1. Anirudh Thapa’s Missed Interception Helped Goa Take The Lead :
From the beginning, the ball was under the control of FC Goa. Until the 53rd minute the possession was 39% to 61% in favour of the visitors. In the 12th minute the pass from Rodriguez met Bedia which he netted and helped the Gaurs take the lead. Thapa could have intercepted that but the ball had crossed his leg.
2. Coro the King Of ISL :
The aggressive play took both sides to some unwanted moments which lead to a total of 6 yellow cards in this game. Within 22 minutes after the 1st goal, 4 players have been booked by the referee. In the 53rd minute, a brilliant cross from Fernandez from the right flank met Coro which he slightly tapped inside the net. Ferran Corominas has been in blistering form this ISL and if Goa has to win the title this season then they will require this man keep firing all cylinders till the very end.
3. First Team To Score Three Goals In A Match :
FC Goa became the first team in season 5 to register a win with 3 goals. On the 80th minute, the cross from Jahouh met Coro and it was a flick from Coro where Fall turns into a goal with his header.
4. A Comfort Goal For Chennaiyin At The End :
Though CFC could not turn the match in favour of them but they tried their best and showed the attitude of never giving up. They managed to open their account in the extra minute as Sabia jumped over the Goa defence heading the ball powerfully into the net and thus denied the clean sheet of FC Goa.
5. Is It ISL Curse?
In the FIFA World Cup, we had been seeing a curse from 1998, if a team becomes champion in this edition of World Cup then in the next edition they get knocked out in the Group stage except for Brazil in ’06.
Likewise in ISL if a team had clinched the title, they would finish in 7th or 8th position in next season. Although these might be pure coincidences but two losses in two games will leave John Gregory many aspects to give a thought about.