ISL 2018-19: Corominas' strike sinks Chennaiyin to 13th loss of the season

FC Goa secured a 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC to end its Indian Super League campaign on a winning note.

Ferran Corominas

Match-winner: Ferran Corominas' 14th goal of the season guided FC Goa to a 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC on Thursday.   -  ISL MEDIA

Ferran Corominas' 26th minute was all that separated the two sides as FC Goa secured a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC in its final league stage match at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Thursday. The win takes FC Goa's tally to 34 points for the Indian Super League season, the same as Bengaluru FC, but the Gaurs will remain in the second spot owing to an unfavourable head-to-head record.

With both Bengaluru FC and FC Goa finishing their league engagements, it is clear that the two will play their second-leg semifinal games at home on March 11 and 12 respectively.

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FC Goa dominated the ball and forced Chennaiyin FC to defend deep and in numbers. Both teams went on to fashion several half chances, however a goal remained elusive. But it did come in the 26th minute for Goa. Ahmed Jahouh was the architect, picking out Jackichand Singh's run into the penalty box with a lovely long ball. The winger went on to cushion a first-time pass for Corominas, who picked his spot past a helpless Karanjit Singh to score his 14th goal of the season.

FC GOA

FC Goa players celebrate Ferran Corominas' goal during their Indian Super League clash against Chennaiyin FC on Thursday.   -  ISL MEDIA

 

The narrative remained the same after the break as well. The home side seemed content to slow down the game by holding on to the ball and deny Chennaiyn any chance to recover, except a close call in the 49th minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua had a fine chance to restore parity but he blazed his attempt well past the post.

Goa went on to see out the game with ease and inflict a 13th loss of the season on Chennaiyin FC. The loss saw Chennaiyin finish at the bottom of the league with just nine points from 18 games - the lowest tally ever managed by an ISL team.