FC Goa tramples over Chennaiyin FC to lift Hero Super Cup 2019

Rishav Roy  |  Super Cup  |  6 Days Ago

Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar remained witness to the rise of a new giant in Indian football that always was close to the glory but could never touch it. A team who was left in tatters after some late heroics from Rahul Bheke in the ISL finale, stood tall to redeem themselves after clinching the Hero Super Cup.


Goa surged ahead through their goal-machine, Ferran Corominas who tapped the ball home from the point-blank range after Karanjit failed to stop Boumous’ shot and the ball rolled into Coro’s path.


However, Chennai retaliated with full force within quick succession as Raphael Augusto belted a screamer to restore parity.


Brandon Fernandes sealed the fate of the tie with what would be labelled as a brilliant finish, to say the least. He evaded a dive from Mailson Alves and perfected his finish to win the game for FC Goa. Here are the bullets that tipped the scales of the game:


3. Goa had an invisible defender in their ranks and you call him ‘The Crossbar’


One of the most heartrending moments for Chennaiyin FC was when they saw Eli Sabia’s vicious header grazing the woodwork in the dying embers of the game. A probable equalizer was stopped short in its tracks and Goa would have deemed themselves lucky to escape.

2. Goalkeeping was at its phenomenal best on the big night


A game that could have been a goal-fest was only restrained to 3 goals, thanks to some scintillating goalkeeping from both the shot-stoppers. Mohammed Nawaz bailed out Goa when he managed to dive to his left to ward off Dhanpal Ganesh’s stinging header. At the other end, Karanjit Singh pulled off a stunning save to deny Eli Sabia his share of glory from a brilliant curler.


1. Coro’s phenomenal season put Goa on top


Spanish talisman, Ferran Corominas continued his red-hot form by finishing the tournament with a goal to his name in the final.


The former Espanyol man opened the scoring for The Gaurs as Boumous’s low shot was deflected by Karanjit only for Corominas to slot home. Coro’s astonishing numbers at the end of the season read 21 goals and he notched up another Golden Boot in Hero Super Cup after being the highest goal-scorer in Indian Super League too with five goals in the fray.


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