Chennaiyin FC tasted their first victory over poor FC Goa who loses three in a row
FC Goa seems little lost this season as they suffered their third consecutive defeat of Hero Indian Super League season 3. Meanwhile Chennaiyin FC registered their first win defeating Goa 2-0 in front of 18,000 home crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday. Hans Mulder and Mehrajuddin Wadoo goals in the 15th and 26th minutes respectively helped the Super Machans to overcome their draw deals and register their first win.
It’s not like Goa didn’t have their chances to score and win matches, but somehow it felt luck hasn’t been to their side this season. Goa had the chance in the second minute when Chennaiyin’s Karanjit Singh rushed into a ball from the FC Goa midline. A confusion between him and Eli Sabiá resulted in the ball being gifted to Goa’s Reinaldo but Sabiá successfully tackled him inside the box to clear the danger.
The hosts also shown their class in the ninth minute when a ball by Mulder found Laxmikanth Kattimani in an awkward position. Baljit Sahni was quick to get into the mix but he fouled on the man who was marking him before he could find a shot at goal.
The deadlock was broken in the 15th minute by the home side. Raphael Augusto found Mulder with lots of space in the middle of the box, and Mulder confidently controlled the ball, moved a yard to open up his body and struck the ball into the bottom right corner past the diving Kattimani to make it 1-0.
FC Goa desperate to win came strongly with quick response to the goal with two attacks in quick succession. The first in the 18th minute saw Raju Gaikwad make a run down the right only to see his attempt at a cross being thwarted by Karanjit. A better opportunity presented itself three minutes later when Joffre put a ball into Rafael Coelho, who had a free header, but he made a poor attempt to play towards Karanjit.
Goa were already 1-0 down, and it was only first quarter of the game, and Chennaiyin quickly made it 2-0 against the run of play in the 26th minute when Wadoo’s shot took a huge deflection off Brazilian Rafael Dumas and went into the goal and Kattimani could only watch going into the net.
FC Goa had the better chances but they didn’t capitalise late into the first half. Coelho had a couple of good chances, A run down the right saw him forcing a save off Karanjit, who palmed the ball away to his right in the 30th minute and then Sahil Tavora’s floating ball was headed just wide by the Brazilian six minutes later.
Desperate Goa’s coach Zico brought on Richarlyson for Lucio as an attacking change in second-half, and the move worked as well. Lucio presence made the game opened up as Dumas sent in a lovely ball to Coelho but his shot only managed to hit the side-netting.
With the visitors creating one chance after another, Chennaiyin tried to hit back on the counter. One such move in the 57th minute had Mulder lobbying it through to Davide Succi, who shoved off his marker and had a brilliant first touch. Kattimani, however, cut down the angle and just about managed to toe the ball, deflecting it and making a crucial tackle to avert the danger.
There was almost an own goal moment when Reinaldo’s left foot curler into the box was headed just over the crossbar for a corner by a diving John Arne Riise. The game heading into its final stretch could have been killed off in the 78th minute when Chennaiyin substitute Dudu held off three defenders and passed the ball to Mulder, who got in a brilliant dummy to put Sahni in the clear. But the defender scoffed his shot wide into the side-netting as the best chance of the second half went begging.
Trindade Goncalves had a late one-two with Julio Cesar and fired in a left-footer towards the near post but Karanjit made an easy save as the defending champions handed FC Goa their third successive defeat of the season. With three games on board, Zico’s Goa still need to open their account on points table. Last season finalist currently sits at the bottom of the table.