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Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa 4-1

Chennaiyin FC beat FC Goa 4-1
Chennaiyin FC players celebrate after scoring a goal against FC Goa.
Chennai, Feb 29 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 2/29/2020 9:31:53 AM IST

A terrific performance from Chennaiyin FC saw them take a commanding 4-1 lead after the first leg of their ISL play-off clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

After a barren first half, Chennaiyin sparkled to life with goals from Lucian Goian (54’), Anirudh Thapa (61’), Eli Sabia (77’) and Lallianzuala Chhangte (79’) saw them take a 4-0 lead before Saviour Gama (85’) pulled a goal back for the Gaurs.

Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Chennaiyin FC made a positive start to the game, showing plenty of intent. After forcing a couple of early corners, Chennaiyin tested Goa custodian Mohammed Nawaz when he was forced to keep out a header from Lucian Goian from a corner in the fifth minute.

Chennaiyin almost had the lead in the 43rd minute but for the woodwork. 

After the restart, Goa had a sniff when Doungel was sent through on goal in the 50th minute. But Laldinliana Renthlei did just enough to shepherd him away from goal.

Four minutes later, Chennaiyin breached the Goan defence after Ahmed Jahouh gave away a free-kick 40 yards from goal. Goa custodian Nawaz came off his line to collect Rafael’s delivery but was beaten to it by Goian who headed into an empty net.

Goa were left stunned when Anirudh Thapa streamed forward at pace on a counter-attack. Though the move broke down, Goa failed to clear the ball and Thapa latched on to the loose ball, made space for himself and curled a delightful effort into the top corner.

In the 77th minute, Valskis played a neat one-two with Rafael to get into the box and square a ball across the face of goal. Eli Sabian, running in from centre-back turned it in to make it 3-0. Two minutes later, the stadium exploded when Lallianzuala Chhangte was sent into the box by Rafael after another counter. The winger smashed the ball in past a hapless Nawaz to make it four goals to the good.

However, Goa managed to salvage an away goal in the 85th minute when Saviour Gama made the most of a defensive mix-up to sneak a shot in.

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