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The action from Day 7 of the Indian Super League continued into the weekend, and Saturday’s clash was great as seventh-ranked FC Goa took on Chennaiyin FC, which was just one spot behind them after have played one less game. The Gaurs had won two of their last three games, while Chennaiyin had not won in four.
An exciting clash was set up to honor Fatorda, and this is what we did with him:
Goa got off to a good start, but it was Chennaiyin FC who had a great opportunity early on when Anirudh Thapa stormed from the right and squared the ball to Jakub Sylvestr, who only had the goalkeeper to hit from six meters, but was unable to do so. . However, from the resulting corners, Rafael Crivellaro chose the top corner at the far post as the ball passed over the goalkeeper and the crowd in the area.
First Bruno Pellasari now Refael Crivellaro🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
– Steve Abraham (@ SteveRogers3603) December 19, 2020
However, Goa responded in the ninth minute, when a deft passing movement saw Alexander Romario square the ball to Jorge Ortiz in the box, and the Spanish striker slammed him into the top corner.
– The busy boy (@ TheBusyGuy2) December 19, 2020
Three minutes later, Rafael Crivellaro tried his corner trick again, but this time Mohammad Nawaz flipped it over. The next corner had to be taken from the opposite side, and it fell to Anirudh Thapa on the edge of the box. The Indian midfielder had his powerful half volley pushed by the keeper, and attempted a follow-up from a similar position with his left foot, but this time he went off track.
Chennaiyin had another very good chance in the 23rd minute when Reagan Singh made a low cross from the right, but Jakub Sylvestr missed the target with a shot to the near post.
Three minutes later, Rafael Crivellaro threw a cross in the face of the goal, then Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev squared to the center for Lallianzuala Chhangte, who missed an open goal because his effort was too high.
– Chittu (@chittushetty) December 19, 2020
Chhangte had another great opportunity in the 43rd minute when Jerry Lalrinzuala’s blocked shot landed on him in a central area, but he went back to skiing with the goal at his mercy.
Three minutes into the second half, Lallianzuala Chhangte selflessly squared the ball to Rafael Crivellaro, but the ball curse seemed to have passed and the Chennaiyin captain sent his shot into the stands.
– Akarsh Sharma (@Akarsh_Official) December 19, 2020
Goa had a rare sight of goal in the 50th minute when Brandon Fernandes tried to get one into the corner from afar, but Vishal Kaith was up to the task. Shortly after, Seritón Fernandes launched a cross from the right and Jorge Ortiz attacked it, but missed with his header.
Finally, in the 53rd minute, Chennaiyin regained the lead when Rafael Crivellaro pushed his way around James Donachie and drilled a low ball through the area for Rahim Ali, who rolled the ball home for a change.
AT LAST RAHIM ALI RAISES THE CURSE!#FCGCFC
– Vinod Ramnath (@NaanumEngineer) December 19, 2020
Ali then played Lallianzuala Chhangte down the left in the 78th minute, but the Indian international passed the far post. At the other end, Lenny Rodrigues let fly from the edge of the area, but missed the top corner by a couple of meters.
However, Goa could not create a great opportunity thereafter, so the match ended 2-1 in favor of Chennaiyin FC.
Key talking point
After that disappointing loss to ATK Mohun Bagan, FC Goa knew they would have to do well to recover immediately.
However, their performance in the first half was not ideal for that, as they conceded early from a direct corner and didn’t really threaten at the other end. That was until a deft passing movement saw Jorge Ortiz get a draw and all of a sudden the game started again. However, that was Goa’s only shot on goal at the half, and they were incredibly lucky to go into halftime with equal scores.
The Gaurs didn’t start the second half very well either, but Chennaiyin continually forgave them. They had a couple of decent half chances to punish their opponents’ waste, but they couldn’t do better and ultimately ended up conceding once more.
What chaotic football! And not the kind that the Goa like to play with. No control at all. Stinks. Playing without defenders for the last 10 minutes! Chennai beat Goa has always been at the top of my list of “results that hurt”. 😪😪 Bahh #FCGCFC
– Akarsh Sharma (@Akarsh_Official) December 19, 2020
They desperately probed the defense of Chennaiyin late, but could not save anything again.
Mohammad Nawaz (5.5), Seriton Fernandes (6), James Donachie (3.5), Aibanbha Dohling (5), Savior Gama (5.5), Alberto Noguera (5.5), Edu Bedia (6), Alexander Romario (7), Brandon Fernandes (6), Jorge Ortiz (7.5 *), Igor Angulo (5.5)
Subs: Lenny Rodrigues (5.5), Redeem Tlang (5), Seiminlen Doungel (N / A)
Key talking point
Ladies deservedly unpunished
With just one point from their last three games, Chennaiyin FC knew that they would soon have to start putting together some victories under their belt.
Anirudh Thapa’s return seemed to have stabilized his midfield, and that allowed Rafael Crivellaro (who was also reinstated to the starting lineup) to move on. They started very brilliantly and also took the lead early on, but left a draw shortly after. For the rest of the first half, it was all traffic one way, but the visiting team just couldn’t risk no matter how easy it was, leaving Csaba László wondering if there was some kind of curse on their players.
Lallianzuala Chhangte, in particular, missed many big chances, but in the second half, even Rafael Crivellaro got in on the act. However, finally, the Marina Machans’ attack intent was rewarded when the young Rahim Ali entered with the ball. Its multiple massive failures meant that Chennaiyin had to endure in the later stages, but they managed to come through.
Csaba Laszlo’s game management is so good 👏 Keep making modifications as needed. JG doesn’t do that at all and Coyle wasn’t overly experimental in-game. #FCGCFC
– Harin Kannan (@that_LankyLad) December 19, 2020
Another day, you wouldn’t be too surprised if Chennaiyin’s wastefulness were punished, but you have to admit that this was a deserved victory considering how good they were when they were in full flow.
Vishal Kaith (7), Reagan Singh (6.5), Eli Sabiá (6), Memo (6.5) Jerry Lalrinzuala (5.5), Deepak Tangri (6), Anirudh Thapa (7), Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (6.5), Rafael Crivellaro (8 *), Jakub Sylvestr (4.5), Lallianzuala Chhangte (3.5)
Subs: Enes Sipović (6.5), Rahim Ali (7.5), Thoi Singh (5), Dhanpal Ganesh (N / A), Edwin Vanspaul (N / A)
Rafael Crivellaro did not start the last Chennaiyin match, and they clearly missed him when they shut out. He came back tonight and did it in style.
The Brazilian master started the game by trying to score directly from a corner, and succeeded on his second attempt by selecting the farthest angle. The Chennaiyin captain chained his team’s attacks for the remainder of the match and had a great chance to score in the second half when he skied over a half-empty net. However, he made up for it by brilliantly assisting Rahim Ali’s goal after samba-style work against James Donachie in the area.
– Saka – Legend in the making (@SumanthKrishna) December 19, 2020
The ex-Vitória de Guimarães finished the match with 3/4 of a corner on goal, including a goal (you read that right), 6 crosses, 48 touches and an assist.
A magical display.
What does this mean:
FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC remain in seventh and eighth position, but are now tied on points and the away team has one game less. Rafael Crivellaro’s goal was the third Olympic goal (direct goal from a corner) in ISL history, while also assisting Chennaiyn’s first goal in the second half of the season when Rahim Ali opened his ISL account.
FC Goa will face Jamshedpur FC next Wednesday, while Chennaiyin will face East Bengal on Boxing Day.
Statistics courtesy Sofascore.com