FC Goa Handed Over An Embarrassing Record To Chennaiyin FC: Bullets

Rishav Roy  |  ISL-5  |  3 Weeks Ago

FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC squared off in their individual final group stage fixture at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Goa. The Gaurs won the battle by a narrow margin brushing aside the Chennaiyin outfit with consummate ease, thereby rubbing salts on their wound of finishing the season with a record 13 losses in a single season, a record only paralleled by North East United.


Ample firepower from Goa drowned Chennai:


FC Goa has been phenomenal this season in their attacking half. Ferran Corominas drew first blood for the visitors in the 26th minute, thanks to a right footed shot from a point-blank range. Jackichand’s precise centre aimed for the Spanish goal-machine was steered into the net without breaking a sweat.


The triptych of Edu Bedia, Jackichand Singh and Coro has proven to be fatally vicious for their counterparts. With Manvir Singh and Brandon Fernandes still to be added to this star-studded squad, this attacking line will know no bounds.

Getting the basics correct:


The Gaurs had a league record of keeping five clean sheets in a row before losing 3-0 to Bengaluru. Naveen Kumar came out with an equally brilliant performance in a rare appearance where he took over the mantle from Mohammed Nawaz.


Senegalese defender, Mourtada Fall combined well with Seriton Fernandes and Chinglensana Singh to offer a rock-solid rearguard against a languishing Chennai.  


Chennai was not only toothless but also seemed to be helpless:


The story has been an absolute far cry for John Gregory and his boys from what it was last year. From champions in the previous edition, CFC failed to reach double-figures in points this season. The team looked equally lacklustre in their final outing of this edition.


The defence seemed rudderless without quality leadership. The striking force was mainly asleep and whatever was aimed at Naveen Kumar was not close enough to bedevil the custodian. It will be embarrassing for the two-time champions if one started talking about their non-existent midfield.


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