Despair once again for Goa to Chennaiyin at home: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

In a cliff hanger of a game, Chennaiyin picked up a crucial win to take another step towards the play off spot. A second half own goal was enough for the visitors despite a flurry of attacks in the final ten minutes by Goa. Here are the major talking points from the game. 

First Half, A game of chess

Both teams were clearly aware of the consequences of losing this game. The attacking flair of Goa took the back seat as they were reluctant to push more bodies forward, creating very little in the final third. The visitors had the better first half and created some good chances but could not capitalize.


Both teams were measured in their approach with neither willing to throw caution to the wind. Both teams were clearly preoccupied with the thought of not losing the match which resulted in neither team doing enough in the first half to take the decisive lead. The cagey affair was an excellent tactical battle to watch for the neutrals. 

Gregory "the nuisance" Nelson impresses for Chennai

Nelson was a constant menace throughout the match. The Dutchman has been a key personnel in this Chennaiyin team and was once again instrumental to their attacking play. He was impressive in the first half and created their first chance of the second half which was tamely shot by Jeje only to be cleared from the goal line. The Dutch winger played key role in the opening goal. He cut in, this time from the right side and unleashed a powerful left foot shot which was parried away to Jeje, eventually into the Goa goal. For all his impressive performances, Nelson has not been finding the net as frequently as the gaffer would want him to but he has been ditching out key contributions for his side. Gregory has been a nuisance for defenders this season and should he get his scoring boots on, there is nothing to stop him. The forward will be missing the next game after picking up his fourth suspension and it will be interesting to see how Jude does as his replacement. 

Lethargic Goa need to wake up fast

It was the visitors who started the brightest in both the halves. It lead to the opening goal and then Goa were resorted to chasing the game. The reaction to going behind was excellent as the Gaurs piled up the pressure on the visitor's defence. Their first shot on target came past the hour mark and Edu Bedia also found himself denied by the post. The Gaurs still have one match in hand compared to their top four rivals but their poor form off late has brought them to the stage that not even a win will put them in the top 4 spot. They have just taken 1 point from their last four games. They need to get off the blocks quickly in their upcoming games. 


Desperation, Despair and the final flurry

These two clubs have never played out a draw in all of their 8 games. The games have produced some excellent last minute goals that have proved decisive (Mendoza winner in the 2015 final). The last five minutes in this game has to go down as one of the most frantic five minutes in this season's ISL. Goa did not have the luck going their way. The visitors cleared the ball of their goal line and 18 yard box over a dozen times in the game. The hosts hit the posts more than four times, one of Coro's shot graced the right post, rolled along the goal line tickled away for a corner in the left side. The lady luck deserted the hosts in crucial stretch of the tournament. It was a night of desperation and despair for the one time ISL finalists. 

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