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FC Goa enjoyed a very good afternoon at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. They started their ISL season 4 campaign with a bang against Chennaiyin FC as they beat them 3-2 away from home. Ferran Corominas, Manuel Lanzarote and Mandar Rao Desai each scored in first-half to give Goa 3-0 lead at the half time, but Chennaiyin bounced back in second half with a changed formation and scored twice to fight back from 3-0 down.

Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory was given charge for Chennaiyin FC managerial job this season, and the Briton started with five man defence. Captain Henrique Sereneo, Mailson Alves and Dhanachandra Singh were deployed in central defence whereas Thoi Singh and Jerry Lalrinzuala started as wing-backs, but strategy misfired when FC Goa finds the hole in five man defence.

FC Goa also manages to find a new coach for ISL 4 season in Sergio Lobera. He started with 4-3-2-1 formation and were more dangerous in attack. Edu Gaarcia and Manuel Lanzarote were behind striker Ferran Corominas in attack and they clicked together as well.

However, Chennaiyin tries to kept the pressure on visitors in front of their home crowd but it was Gaurs who finds themselves on scoresheet in first-half. Ferran Corominas scored the first goal of the game with the help of Brandon Fernandes and minutes later Manuel Lanzarote was on scoresheet to make it 2-0 for Goa.

Lanzarote was once again involved nine minutes later to launch Mandar Rao Desai and he slotted in comfortably to stun Chennaiyin FC supporters at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. John Gregory came up with a different plan in second half and they were playing with open space in second-half.

Chennaiyin were back with four man defence and soon their attack become more threatening. Inigo Calderon scored from a free-kick to allow Chennaiyin bounce back, but it goes much into the credit of Kattimani own goal rather than Inigo’s brilliance. Kattimani was the culprit again as he conceded a penalty and Raphael Augusto made no mistake from the penalty spot.

It seems to be an easy victory for FC Goa, but turned out to be an entertaining game as Chennaiyin proved they’re not the team who can be easily beaten at home. The ISL season is long and it’s a positive start for FC Goa as they registered a fulfilling victory in their first game away from home.


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