FC Goa slams upbeat Chennai City to enter the Super Cup Finale

Rohit Ganguly  |  Super Cup  |  1 Week Ago

FC Goa outplayed the I-League champions in every department in the first semi-final of Hero Super Cup to book their maiden berth in the finals of the most prestigious knockout tournament of the nation. In what seemed to be a lopsided affair right from the outset of the game, Goa rode on a brace from Ferran Corominas, the highest goal scorer of ISL 2018-19 and a goal from Brandon Fernandes to sail easily into the last hurdle of this season.


Goa put their foot on the gas too early into the game as Moroccan midfielder, Zaid Krouch carved a delightful lob pass for a lurking Jackichand Singh, whose diving effort was safely deposited in the robust hands of Boerchio.


Goa came within inches of scoring the opener when Seriton Fernandes’ rasping shot was blocked by a crashing dive from Chennai midfielder, Gaurav Bora. It was Goa’s skipper, Coro pulling the strings as he slapped in a defence-splitting through for the surging Seriton.


Within just a couple of minutes of the former attack fizzling out, Zaid Krouch blasted a piledriver at the Chennai net only to be parried away by a flying Boerchio.


Goa was finally rewarded for their efforts with the clock reading 25 minutes when Coro came the cropper from a heavy push in the box by Charles. The referee instantly pointed to the dreaded spot and Coro pulled off a Panenka to give the lead to FC Goa.

Goa’s second goal was an upshot of Chennai City’s defensive howlers, not one but two. Coro was once again at the helm of affairs when he played a delectable chip for Jackichand Singh, splitting the gap between a couple of defenders. Jacki’s lashing cross could have been easily waylaid by Chennai defender Sri Ram, but the latter failed to keep the ball in control. Coro barged into the Chennai defence, snatched the ball, pranced past a defender and slammed the ball home with clinical precision.


The Spaniard could have easily notched up his hattrick for the night only if he could have steered the ball home with the entire net at his behest in the 54th minute.


Goa’s first positive effort of the night came around the hour mark when Romario pulled off a searing solo run from the defence and his culminating sweep from the edge of the box grazed the woodwork before heading out for a goal-kick.


Goa’s third goal was an epitome of beauty from Brandon Fernandes, whose sudden acceleration left Edwin Vanspaul bamboozled and Brandon calmly slotted the ball home through the legs of Boerchio. The goal was orchestrated by Hugo Boumous who pulled off roulette with consummate ease and teed up Brandon with an exquisite through ball.


If someone deserved a goal to his name badly, it was none other than Moroccan talisman, Zaid Krouch. He compelled Boerchio to pull off another stunning save from the third long-ranger of his. Barring a couple of efforts from Manzi and Romario, Chennai failed to conjure an iota of magic in the semi-final. Goa will wait for the victor of the second semi-final between ATK and Chennaiyin FC to set up the grand finale.


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