FC Goa 5-4 Chennaiyin FC: As it happened

A fiery dead rubber peppered with goals.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: December 1, 2016 9:07 pm
Sahil Tavora scored the winning goal for FC Goa and the ninth goal of the game. (Source: ISL)

This match was between two teams that had nothing to lose and they played like they had nothing to lose. They scored nine goals between themselves, five coming in the first half, four in the second. There were defensive errors all over the place, the most prominent of which was Raju Gaikwad giving away a penalty after getting his hand on the ball for no apparent reason.

But it was also peppered some of the best attacking displays ever seen in this year’s ISL, capped up by the winning goal by Sahil Tavora. The two teams were playing for pride and the scoreline reflects that.

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Build Up

FC Goa will not be short of motivation when they take on Chennaiyin FC in their Hero Indian Super League concluding clash as last year’s finalists battle for pride at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda-Goa, on Thursday.

FC Goa are at the bottom with 11 points from 13 matches and even if they win their last game against Chennaiyin FC they will finish right below all teams. It will be a league to forget for FC Goa coach Zico but as the hosts battle against Chennaiyin FC, there will still be plenty at stake.

FC Goa played Chennaiyin FC in last year’s final and lost the title 2-3 after conceding two goals in the dying minutes. FC Goa were leading 2-1 till the closing minutes when Chennaiyin FC turned it around with two quick goals from star player Stiven Mendoza.

That loss still hurts players and FC Goa fans and they will now have a chance to wipe off those memories as they come face to face again. In the last game, FC Goa were hammered 1-5 by Delhi Dynamos and coach Zico will want to finish with a positive result.

“Delhi is a very good team, very compact; they know how to play their game. In the first half, we held them but in the second they found their way. The other thing is that when there is a motivation factor you play in a certain way, like if the team is in the hunt for semis… We had nothing like that going for us so that also played a role,” Zico said while explaining the huge defeat.

Chennaiyin FC are also out of the league but they will look to finish as high as possible with a victory against FC Goa.

Chennaiyin FC were in the race for a place in semi-finals until they conceded a goal in the last minute as NorthEast United FC snatched a 3-3 draw. That result pushed Chennaiyin FC out of the race and coach Marco Materazzi was left to rue goals they continued at the end.

The problem for Materazzi’s side has been late goals which they have conceded from a dominating position. Besides NorthEast United, Chennaiyin FC suffered late setbacks against Atletico de Kolkata, Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City.

Despite being knocked out, Materazzi said he was proud of his team’s efforts and highlighted the achievements in the first three years.

“If somebody told me three years ago that come to India and you will reach the semi-finals in the first year and win in the second year and we would go out like this in the third year, I would still sign up. So I am happy about the performance (against NorthEast United) and now we can play as good as we can in the next game against Goa,” said Materazzi.

With a win, Chennaiyin FC can finish fifth if other results go their way.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 0-1 Chennaiyin FC (Jerry 3′)

It was a silly free kick to give away early in the game. Mendy gave Jerry the chance to take it and it was taken as well as it could be. The ball curled away from the keeper into the top corner leaving the keeper rooted to his spot.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 1-1 Chennaiyin FC (Rafael 5′)

And how about that for a response. Rafael found a way through the defence and sped into the box. It was all about the placement then and he made sure he made no mistake. Two goals in the first five minutes and the dead rubber has been lighted up.

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9′ gone Goa 1-1 Chennaiyin

Dudu drove the ball towards goal. The keeper was beaten and the ball hit the post and was away.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 1-2 Chennaiyin FC (Greogory OG 12′)

It looked as if Anirudh Thapa may have had the final touch but it was very clearly from Gregory who was on the ball last. What a blistering start we have had and both teams are clearly playing with no strings attached. Every time they get the ball, it is being taken forward.

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Rafael was moving around dangerously within the box towards goal. He was finally taken down and the referee immediatly gave a penalty.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 2-2 Chennaiyin FC (Joffre p. 20′)

Joffre has rarely missed from the spot and he made sure he keeps up that reputation. A lovely kick that was caressed into the bottom corner. It has been a breathless first half so far.

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Rafael was moving around dangerously within the box towards goal. He was finally taken down and the referee immediatly gave a penalty.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 2-3 Chennaiyin FC (Dudu 28′)

As soon as you think the game has quitened down, another one goes in. Both teams are attacking without any inhibitions and so defensive errors can be found all over the place. FC Goa were caught out with too many people forward, Dudu was at the end of the ball. he managed to get away from the keeper and rolled it home. FC Goa behind, for now

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30′ gone, five goals have gone in the first half an hour and of anyone thought that this amthc would be boring because players don’t have any motivation beyond this match, they will be left scratching their head. Both teams are making defensive errrors all over the place and that is leading to nearly half a dozen goals being shipped within the first half hour.

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36′ gone It looked like it would be another equalizer from Goa. Coelho brought the lofted ball within control in the box with a lovely first touch. He then proceeded towards goal but seemed to have taken one touch too many and the goalkeeper caught it. One of the rare moments in the game when the keeper won the battle.

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40′ gone, Chennaiyin very nearly extended their lead when the ball was passed around dangerously inside the box with FC Goa’s defendors scrambling to get back. It finally came to Daniel who tooik the shot and it was kept away by the Goa defenders.

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HALF TIME!! FC Goa 2-3 Chennaiyin FC

There was a final role of the dice from Chennaiyin as Dudu [assed tyhe ball to Daniel. The youngster took the shot and it was devoid of any power and was easy pickings for the goalkeeper. The first half has ended and it can be best described if you scroll down and see the frantic pace at which the goals have gone. With both sides having nothing to lose, they have somewhat forgotten the defensive part of their job and are gunning for goal every chance they have. Wonder how many more we will see in the second half.

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50′ gone, It’s been a quite start to the second half compared to the frenzy we saw in the first. The teams are still platying in a precariously open manner. Joffre seemed to be through for Goa and the goalkeeper had to come off his line to kick the ball away.

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60′ gone, Goa 2-3 Chennnaiyin FC

Both teams had their chances so far and the most recent one was from hangal for Chennaiyin. Daniel ladi the ball off to him and he took the shot that was just off target. No goals so far in the second half.

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64′ gone, Raju put in a cross looking for Joffre. He managed to find the man he was aiming for but Joffre couldn’t control it and it came to Trindade. He took the shot and it was off target.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 3-3 Chennaiyin FC (Tavora 68′)

Rafael took the ball into the box from through the right, he had two defendors hounding him so his shot was deflected away buit it fell for Tavora who had an empty net to tap it into. Goa equalise a third time.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 4-3 Chennaiyin FC (Coelho 75′)

Reese had taken a shot on the other side that was taken by the goalkeeper and only seconds later, his clearance was received by Coelho on the other side with defenders not being alert. Coelho then ran forward, got one on with the keeper and smashed the ball into the side netting.

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80′ gone FC Goa are now looking to defend as Riise rains in throw ins and corners. His corner kick was met with the head of Bernard Mendy and the keeper went down to the ground and collected the ball.

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83′ gone, FC Goa are looking at the possibility of recording a first home wwin against Chennaiyin FC. Bioth sides have played almost suicidal football but now Goa are giving importance to the defensive part of the game and it is clear that they are looking to end the season with a smile on their faces.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 4-4 CHennaiyin FC (Riise p. 87′)

Riise took the shot from the spot and lazed into the top corner. The penalty cannot really be explained as Riise made a long throw in. Raju was the man who receiving it in the box, there was no one else challenging the ball other than him and for some reason, he threw his hand in the air and gave away the hand ball. The most unusual penalty in the most unusual of matches.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 4-4 Chennaiyin FC (Riise p. 87′)

Riise took the shot from the spot and lazed into the top corner. The penalty cannot really be explained as Riise made a long throw in. Raju was the man who receiving it in the box, there was no one else challenging the ball other than him and for some reason, he threw his hand in the air and gave away the hand ball. The most unusual penalty in the most unusual of matches.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 5-4 Chennaiyin FC (Tavora 94′)

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FULL TIME!! FC Goa 5-4 Chennaiyin

This is what happens when two teams play without fearing defeat. It was a see saw with Chennaiyin FC taking the lead three times and FC Goa equalising thrice before finally turning it their way for good. A positive sign for the football in the country itself that its the young Indians in the two teams that have been the standout performers. Last year’s two finalists have certainly ended their season with a bang.

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GOAL!! FC Goa 5-4 Chennaiyin FC (Tavora 94′)

Just as you thought the match was over, local boy Tavora cuts in from the left and smashes it into the far post. It bounces in and the Fatorda explodes. This is certainly the most frantic match of the season.