Thapa, Chhangte star in Chennaiyin's 4-1 win over Goa in first leg - As it happened

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Chennaiyin's Nerijus Valskis and FC Goa's Ferran Corominas are the top scorers for their respective teams.   -

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of the Indian Super League 1st leg playoff semifinal between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa. This is Aashin Prasad and I will be bringing you the live action.




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Chennaiyin's remarkable turnaround continues and in emphatic fashion. Coyle's men have dismantled the league topper by 4 goals to 1.  Chennaiyin players rush over to their fans and take in the adulation. Goa's Nawaz can't hold back his tears. But its not all over for Goa. It has another chance when Chennaiyin travels to Fatorda for the second leg. But its a tall order.

90' +3' Goa nearly caught at the back after Nawaz rolls the ball out to his player. But the ref saves their blushed by awarding a foul in their favour. That's the last meaningful action and it's full-time!

90' +2' He is replaced by Deepak Tangri.

Rafael is booked for taking his time to walk of the pitch. He isn't happy and the referee comes back to warn him to get off the pitch quickly.

90'+1' Mandar swings in a cross for an unmarked Doungel at the far post but the winger can't keep his shot on target.

Three minutes of added time.

90' Chennaiyin on the counter from Goa's corner kick ends in a handball from Rafael.

Jackichand nearly in tears on the bench.

87' Chennaiyin is living dangerously here. Goa is starting to camp outside its box looking to add a second.

85' GOOOAL for GOA! Savior Gama sneaks in to nod the ball past Kaith after Goian's intervention laid the ball on his path. Jahouh with an outside of the boot into the box to find Corominas before Goian intervenes. A crucial away goal for Goa. Can it add more to its tally?

82' Goian is booked for getting a trailing foot on to Coro's shot. Replays suggest Goian didn't get a touch on the forward.

81' Jahouh with a shot from distance and it narrowly goes over the top right corner.

80' It's 4-0!! 4-0!! Goa is capitulating and being torn apart in front of your eyes. Chhangte rifles the ball with his left and Nawaz has no chance! His sixth goal of the season after Thapa plays the ball onto his run.

78' GOOOAAL! It's a third! History is repeating itself here in Chennaiyin! Eli Sabia pokes the ball in for a third goal. Germanpreet plays Valskis down the left and he puts in a low cross for Sabia to run in and score. Goa is stunned. Nawaz's face tells the whole story.

75' A chance for the third. Chhangte is released inside the left channel but his cutback is just in front of Valskis and the striker can't get the ball in his stride.

Thapa does love a goal against Goa in the playoffs. He scored a crucial equaliser against Goa away from home in the 2017-18 playoffs.

74' Lenny has a crack at goal from distance but its way off target.

72' Coro threads a ball behind for Mandar but Sabia clears it away.

Schembri off for the 'three-lung' Thoi Singh.

69' Pena fizzes a shot along the turf and Kaith gets down to cling on to it.

69' Germanpreet comes on for Edwin.

66' Edwin is booked now for kicking the ball away to prevent Goa from taking a quick freekick.

65' Manvir Singh is taken off for left-back Savior Gama. Coro to move into the no. 9 role now.

63' Corominas with a kick out at Edwin and the referee books the Goa forward. Things are getting a bit spicy here.

62' GOAAAL! Pick that one out! Thapa curls the ball into the top corner! What a time and what a way to score your first goal of the season! The ball was brilliantly won back in midfield by Edwin before Jerry fed the ball to Thapa near the left of the edge of the box. No one closes him down.

Goa coach Clifford Miranda is booked by the referee.

60' Pena gets to the near post and heads the ball into the edge of the area for Fall to head home but he can't keep his header on target.

59' Coro with some delicate footwork as he twists and turns away from onrushing Chennaiyin defenders causes mayhem. Goian first before Sabia puts in last-ditch tackles to deny Goa a chance to equalise.

56' Chennaiyin fans are jumping out of their seats now. Fall fouls Chhangte outside Goa's box. The centre-back is booked by the ref.

54' GOOOAL! It's Goian again!! A foul from Jahpuh on the left side and Crivellaro swings in a dangerous ball into the six yard area. Nawaz comes out to punch but Goian towers over to head the ball into the empty net! He wheels away in celebration and kisses the badge for good measure!

53' Kaith steps out of his box to deny Manvir to get on the end of it. He coolly squares it to Goian before Edwin is fouled.

50' Poor free-kick from Edwin and Goa gets on the counter with Corominas. Jerry gets in a shoulder challenge near the centre circle which sees Coro go down tumbling. The referee pulls out the yellow but Goa players think it was a last man challenge.

48' Manvir does well on the left flank but his cross fails to beat the first man. Seriton swings in a cross from the right and Laldinliana does well to get a header in front of Doungel, who was creeping in in behind.

46' We are back for the second half and Chennaiyin gets the ball rolling.


Chennaiyin's passing accuracy is 61 per cent today. And Indian team coach Igor Stimac feels Chennaiyin has been let down by its passing for its forwards.


45' +1' Corner for Goa to finish the half after Mandar's shot is deflected behind. Fall with a free run at the corner there but fails to keep it on target. That's the half. A bit underwhleming in terms of goalmouth action but absorbing nontheless. Chennaiyin will feel let down by its sloppiness with the use of the ball so far.

One minute of added time.

43' Valskis strikes it low and curls it outside of the wall which strikes the far post! Nawaz was at full stretch there.

43' Schembri wins the free-kick outside the box after Doungel tackles him from behind.

40' Schembri could have done better there on the right side. He dallied on the ball long enough to allow Goa to regroup at the back.

37' Thapa curls it to th back post and Nawaz comes out to get his hand to it for a corner kick. Fall heads Rafael's inswinging corner away from the box.

36' Fall clatters into Valskis and the Chennaiyin forward finally gets his free-kick in his favour after a few remonstrations early on.

34' Seriton wins the ball from Chhangte inside his own half and sets Goa on the break in a 3 on 3 situation. Manvir finds Manvir on the right and the right back takes a crack at goal which Kaith gets down to palm away behind for a corner.

32' Laldinliana released down the right again and he picks out Chhangte inside the box but the winger's first touch deserts him and Goa breathe easy. He could have tried a first time volley there with his left foot.

30' Laldinliana makes a break on the right side and Jahouh tracks him back and puts in a tackle to win the ball back.

25' Goa dominating possession here, while Chennaiyin is content looking to play on the break. Both teams have been a tad sloppy with their passing so far. Bit of a subdued atmosphere in Chennai.

21' Coro receives the ball on the right side and starts moving towards goal but Edwin brings him down for a free-kick. Chennaiyin's wall clears the ball out of danger.

20' Crivellaro with the free-kick outside the box and he hits it over the bar.

18' Nawaz does well to get to the ball first to punch the ball away from the reach of Valskis. Edwin picks up the loose ball but he is fouled at the edge of the area by Doungel.

16' Rafael with a right-footed shot which is fisted away by Nawaz and the rebound is cleared by Seriton. Edwin goes down clutching his feet at the other end.

15' Manvir's cross from the right is cushioned down by Doungel at the edge of the box and Lenny's shot goes wide.

14' Crivellaro keeps Chhangte's overhit cross in by hooking it into the six yard area but Pena heads it out of danger.

12' Coro is playing like a third midfielder by dropping deep. A fourth corner for the home side, which is headed behind for a fifth. Rafael puts it out of play before coming back in.

9' A third corner for Chennaiyin. Rafael's corner is met by Sabia over by the far post but he can't get his header on target.

After the first five minutes, Goa looks to get itself settled by passing the ball around. Jerry looks lively on the left flank for Chennaiyin.

5' A second corner for Chennaiyin after Valskis' cross is cut off. Goian gets his header on target and Nawaz pouches it safely.

3' Quick interchange between Chennaiyin's forwards before Valskis overcooks his cross from the right. Chhangte was lurking behind and a better ball would have had him in business.

Coro playing in the number 10 position behind Manvir Singh.

1' Jerry with a dangerous cross into the box and Fall gets a touch behind for a corner. A foul from the resulting corner with Sabia climbing all over his opponent.

1' Goa begins proceedings in its all white away kit.

FC Goa will kick things off. We are only a couple of minutes away.


7.26 pm: A Goa couple in the away end with "We are on our honeymoon, we love FC GOA" banner. Can their team make it a memorable one for them?

7.19 pm: Chennaiyin is at it again... Remember its 2015 run from the bottom of the table before going on to win the league? Under Coyle, the two-time champion is trying to replicate the same. Read Chennaiyin's turnaround and its run to the playoffs. Read

7.14 pm: Do away goals count in the playoffs? Do the yellow cards carry over? All your questions answered here in our explainer.

6.56 pm: Have you ever watched Lallianzuala Chhangte on the ball and got excited and then be frustrated in the space of a few seconds? I have and so did John Gregory early on in the season. But after Coyle's arrival, he has bagged five goals in 12 matches. Here's our feature on the Mizo winger. 

6.44 pm: For the home side, Coyle reverts to his strongest XI with his front four of Valskis, Schembri, Chhangte and Crivellaro all back in the XI.

6.40 pm: No Brandon and Boumous in the line-up or the bench. Anirudh Velamuri from the venue says the decision to leave out the duo was decided this morning and he expects them to be a short-term injuries. Remember that Goa don't have the services of Edu Bedia to call up on, too. The midfielder had to fly back to Spain for personal reasons. Goa only fielding four foreigners today.


FC Goa XI: Mohammed Nawaz; Seriton Fernandes, Carlos Pena, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Dessai; Lenny Rodrigues, Ahmed Jahouh; Jackichand Singh, Ferran Corominas, Seiminlen Doungel; Manvir Singh

SUBS: Naveen Kumar, Amey Ranawade, Aiban Dohling, Chinglensana Singh, Saviour Gama, Kingslee Fernandes, Princeton Rebello

COACH: Clifford Miranda

Chennaiyin XI: Vishal Kaith(G); Laldinliana Renthlei, Lucian Goian(C), Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala; Edwin Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa; Andre Schembri, Rafael Crivellaro, Lallianzuala Chhangte; Nerijus Valskis.

SUBS: Karanjit Singh, Deepak Tangri, Masih Saighani, Dhanpal Ganesh, Germanpreet Singh, Thoi Singh, Rahim Ali

COACH: Owen Coyle.

6.20 pm: As mentioned before, Goa has had quite an interesting season and its ride to the top of the table and to the group stages of the AFC Champions League weren't without drama. Read the summary of Goa's run to the playoffs.

6.00 pm: Not many would have foreseen Chennaiyin and Goa to be facing each other in the semifinal, considering Chennaiyin's abysmal start to the season, including a 3-0 loss to today's opponent in its opening game. Both teams are also ending the season with different coaches they started with for varying reasons. Read Anirudh Velamuri's Chennaiyin vs Goa preview on what to look forward to.

5.50 pm: Report coming in and if true could be a big blow for Goa... Attacking midfielder Hugo Boumous and winger Brandon Fernandes are doubtful for this tie. Boumous has 11 goals and 10 assists so far, while Brandon has the second most assists in the league with six. Team news is just over 30 minutes away.

5.30 pm: After 18 matchdays, we are in the business end of the sixth edition of the ISL. And for the first semifinal, we will see two of the best attacking teams in the league in action, hoping to land the first blow in the first leg.

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