As it happened: Goa thumps champion Chennaiyin 3-1

FC Goa went top of the table with a 3-1 win over Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.

Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa training

Chennaiyin FC players in training ahead of their match against FC Goa.   -  Velankanni Raj

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE scores and updates of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 match between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa.

FULL-TIME! An emphatic 3-1 win for FC Goa. Goa continues to hold the edge over Chennaiyin away from home, it's fourth overall. A back-to-back defeat for champion Chennaiyin, it's first under coach Gregory. Sergio Lobera's men go top of the table.

90' +5' GOAL! Eli Sabia pulls one back from a corner kick on his return to Marina Arena. Too late now for the comeback.

90' +4' Isaac has a go at goal and again its wide.

90' +2' Salom curls one from outside the box but his shot goes wide.

90' +2' Jerry fights it out with Manvir inside the box to prevent Goa from adding a fourth.

90' + 1' Six minutes of added time!

88' Corominas is replaced by Palanca.

85' Salom's free-kick is tipped over well by Nawaz.

84' Nawaz catches Isaac outside Goa's box. The youngster could be in trouble. Yellow card for the youngster. Free-kick for Chennaiyin.

83' Change for Goa. Jackichand goes off for Manvir Singh.

81' Andrea Orlandi comes on for Nelson.

80' GOAL! 3-0! Mourtada Fall gets his first goal in Indian football. The centre-back lops a header into the net after Coro flicks the ball into his path.

79' Eli Sabia alert to cut out a cross from the left before it reaches Corominas.

78' Nelson fouls Fall outside the Goan box.

75' Change for Goa. Defender Carlos Pena comes on for Boumous.

73' Nelson goes for the curler after being set up by Thapa but it's deflected behind for a corner.

69' Boumous is played through on goal but Karanjit races out of his line to collect the ball.

68' Double change for Chennaiyin. Carlos Salom comes on for right-back Calderon. Jeje off for Isaac.

67' MISS! Augusto tries to side-foot the ball into the net from over six yards out but he hits it over the bar.

66' Free-kick from a dangerous area for Chennaiyin after Seriton's foul on Nelson.

56' Augusto goes into the book for throwing the ball into the ground in frustration.

53' GOAL! And out of nothing Goa gets the second and it's that man, Corominas.  A simple ball from the right and Chennaiyin defence is caught napping allowing Coro the simple task of tapping the ball into the net.

51' A risky pass out of the box from Nawaz as Thapa tries to sneak one with a challenge. Luckily for Nawaz, the ball goes behind for a goal-kick.

47' Nelson bursts through the Goan midfield but his one-man show is stopped by Jahouh inside the box.

And the second half is underway. Will the champion slip to its second defeat in as many matches?

Half-time. It's been an entertaining half. Goa dominated the early proceedings which was rewarded with a goal. Chennaiyin applied itself better in the last fifteen minutes with Nelson coming close to the equaliser. The half was, however, marred by plenty of breakage in play due to fouls.

45' +4' Seriton fouls Nelson and the right-back goes into the book. Free-kick for Chennaiyin.

45' +3' A Goan corner-kick is headed out of danger by Eli Sabia.

45'+1' Another Goan player goes down. Corominas this time. Boos ringing around Marina Arena.

44' Bedia goes down clutching his face after a coming together with Germanpreet. Replay shows there was no contact with Bedia's face.

41' Nearly an equaliser! Nelson runs through the middle before unleashing a left-footed which misses the far post corner by a whisker!

39' Augusto lines himself up for a shot at goal from outside the box but Jahouh closes him down. Corner for Chennaiyin.

36' A chance for Chennaiyin. Fernandes has a shot at goal but Nawaz is right behind it.

33' Chennaiyin has certainly upped the tempo here.

32' Thapa with a glorious chance to level to scores. Had so much time to pick a corner but he blasts it over the top.

31' Thapa with a one-two with Nelson before he goes down inside the box after a slight contact with Sana. No penalty. Goa players want the referee to book Thapa for a dive. No yellow either.

27' Jahouh catches Augusto with a kick near the touchline. The referee books him. Third yellow of the match. Jahouh isn't impressed with Arumughan's decision.

25 minutes gone and Chennaiyin has struggled to string passes together here.

22' Germanpreet fouls Lenny and the referee awards the free-kick outside Chennaiyin's box. An altercation between Boumos and Mailson. The referee consults the linesman before handing out yellows for both the men.

19' Jahouh cleans out Nelson with a two-footed challenge. He is lucky to escape here without punishment.

17' Coro fails to sort his feet in the edge of the box which allows the Chennaiyin players to thwart another Goan crack at goal.

12' GOAL! Breakthrough for Goa! Chennaiyin defence all over the place. Lenny Rodgrigues plays the ball in from the right and Edu Bedia strokes it into the corner from the centre of the box.

10' Goa has had the better of the possession so far.

8' Coro beats the offside trap after a long ball from Jahouh. Coro, however, fails to collect it cleanly allowing Mailson to clear it for a corner. Mailson is furious with his defence.

4' The opening exchanges have been among the expected lines. FC Goa with some nice, passing football while Chennaiyin looking to find an outlet in the form of Gregory Nelson.

1' And it's kick-off.

The teams are out for the national anthems. Rowan Arumughan is tonight's match referee.

This is a big game for the champion after its loss to Bengaluru FC last weekend ahead of the international break. A loss here and maybe, maybe, Gregory's men will feel the heat? It is a 18-match league, after all.

Here's how John Gregory and Sergio Lobera are setting up their teams for tonight. One change for both Chennaiyin and Goa; Anirudh Thapa comes in place of Isaac Vanmalsawma while Edu Bedia replaces Carlos Pena.



This contest has served up some classics over the last four years. The 2015 ISL final saw Stiven Mendoza steal the title from Goa's clutches in the death with two late goals.

The 2016 season, where both teams failed to make the playoffs, saw a nine-goal thriller which ended in the favour of the Gaurs. The match also saw the emergence of Chennaiyin's young starlet Anirudh Thapa and a sumptuous free-kick from the left foot of a then 18-year-old Jerry Lalrinzuala.

In the same fixture last season, Sergio Lobera's Goa showed the first glimpse of its superlative attacking football in which it blitzed three goals past Chennaiyin in the opening half. Chennaiyin recovered from the loss and managed to get the better of its rival in the playoffs before lifting its second ISL crown.

Tonight's contest could well go down as another chapter in this storied rivalry. Here's Shyam Vasudevan's preview of the match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.