Chennaiyin outclass Goa to enter the ISL finals: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Chennaiyin put in a clinical performance to put aside a flamboyant Goa to enter their second ISL finals. Jeje scored a brace and Dhanpal scored a brilliant header to seal the game for the hosts. Chennaiyin progress to the finals and will take on Bengaluru FC coming Saturday night in Bengaluru. Here are the major talking points from tonight's game. 

A Maddening First half of football

FC Goa were absolutely sensational for the first 20 minutes. The visitors won 6 corners and were denied by some desperate defending by the backline. There was a Lanzorate's freekick that was brilliantly saved by the Chennai custodian. The very first time Chennai entered the visitors half, the crowd erupted sending adrenaline pumping through the veins of Marina Machans. Chennaiyin came close to scoring as the misfiring Jeje missed a sitter after being brilliantly set up by Nelson. The Sniper did not disappoint for the second time however as yet another delicious delivery from Nelson was duly headed in with aplomb. In no time Chennaiyin had their second as their excellence in set piece situation came to the fore as Ganesh headed in his second goal of the tournament. The visibly shaken Goan players struggled to string a couple of passes after that. Football never ceases to amaze fans and the drastic change of fortunes within minutes for the two sides sent the home crowd into an absolute euphoria. 


Feasty finale on cards

It's the southern derby in the Indian super league finals. The top two teams after the league stage have deservedly made it to the finals. The fortress will be lit. The last time Marina Machans visited Kanteerava, they condemned the Eagles to defeat. The Eagles had their revenge in the Marina Arena and the finale is brilliantly set up. There were goals, there were cards, there were battles and we can expect the same from this epic clash. Chennaiyin upset Goa in Goa to lift their first trophy, can they do it to Bengaluru? 

Goa live by the sword, die by the sword

A 3-0 loss in all ways is a justified end to an excellent campaign. Though the Gaurs would have loved to score in their final game of the season but the visitors always knew that their style of football could give them an odd 3-0 loss. It is sad for the former Indian super league finalists that it came on the most important night of the tournament. Goa have been by far the most entertaining team in this tournament and Lobero deserved all the credit for putting together an enthralling team for the Indian football fans. 

Resilient Chennaiyin worth every penny

The first twenty minutes went according to plan for both teams. Goa piled on the pressure just like they wanted to and Chennai soaked it in like their gaffer set them out to do. And it was all Chennai show from there on. Incisive passing and brilliant set piece play put the hosts 2 goals up. Karanjit and his defensive comrades were on their game from thereon. Jerry is clearly the crown jewel of this Chennaiyin team. The youngster is destined for great things and he showed why. The youngster overcame a nervy start to put Lanzorate completely off his game. The defensive midfield duo were dynamite in the centre of the park to deny any sort of space between the lines. Raphael and Gregory were silky smooth in their play. Jeje scored a brace and stroke form in the game of the season. Chennaiyin FC are worth every penny. They are not flamboyant. They are not fluent. Boy they are effective. Mighty effective. 

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