FC GOA (FCG) vs Chennaiyin FC (CFC) of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 third match from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa on 14 October 2014.

Hello and welcome to the 4th Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 match between FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC which will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Wednesday evening. Coached by Brazilian legend Zico, who insists that India must focus on grassroots to improve the condition of football in the country, the team comprises of plethora of local talents like Rowilson Rodrigues, Peter Carvalho, Gabriel Fernandes, Mandar Rao Desai and veteran Indian winger Clifford Miranda.

Chennaiyin FC: Gennaro Bracigliano; Abhishek Das, Gouramangi Singh, Mikael Silvestre, Bernard Mendy, Dhanachandra Singh; Elano, Denson Devadas, Bojan Djordjic; Bruno Pelissari, Balwant Singh

FC Goa: Jan Seda; Prabir Das, Youness Bengelloun, Gregory, Narayan Das; Peter Carvalho; Gabriel Fernandes, Edgar Marcelino, Robert Pires, Holicharan Narzary; Miguel Herlein

Lineups announced

We are just moments away from kick-off and the teams our out on the field waiting for the Indian national anthem to be played and a look at the crowd will tell you all the passion that the Goan people share for this beautiful game. FC Goa captain Robert Pires has won the toss and the Arsenal legend greets his counterpart Bojan Djordjic.

1′: Chennaiyin FC in white colours get us underway but they have lost possession and Narzary has

won and early throw deep inside the Chennai half on the left had side.

6′: Attempt – Off-target – FC Goa: Goa win a corner and Bengelloun tries to score with a bullet header which flies wide. The home side are pressing. The goal-kick from Bracigliano reaches Seda in the other-half and they now look to counter. Pires is sent through on goal but the angle is too difficult for him and he tries to set Marcelino up for goal. But the Portuguese shoots over!

11′: Free-kick for Chennaiyin FC: Elano cleverly wins a free-kick outside the edge of Goa’s 18-yard box after being fouled by Peter Carvalho. Can it prove costly for the home side? The Brazilian’s free-kick is blocked by the wall but the ball is not cleared and Mendy’s attempted cross from inside the box is blocked off for a corner. Even this set-piece does not result in a goal and Zico will heave a sigh of relief as his side clear their lines.

17′: Yellow Card – Chennaiyin FC – Abhishek Das makes an absolutely dangerous, unnecessary and silly tackle on Herlein, who had no one to assist him. Easy decision for the referee to book the 23-year-old.

22′: Attempt – Off-target – Chennaiyin FC: Pelissari tries to pull off a Xabi Alonso-esque goal with a shot from near the half-way line but the ball is way too high to bother Seda in any way. Ambitious one from the Brazilian there!

25′: Free-kick for Chenaniyin FC deep inside their own half. Herlein goes to shoot the ball but Abhishek Das is quicker to it and the 21-year-old slams his foot straight into the 23-year-old’s leg.

32′: GOAL – CHENNAIYIN FC : BALWANT SINGH – FINALLY an Indian has scored a goal in ISL 2014 and the away side lead. Dhanachandra Singh is sent down the byline and his cross is poorly cleared by the FC Goa defence. Elano pounces on the ball and tries to create something for himself. He is tripped and the ball falls for Balwant Singh, whose shot is saved but the ball curls inside and Seda could do nothing about it.

35′: Corner – FC Goa: The hosts  look to respond immediately and win a free-kick 35-yards away from goal. Edgar Marcelino takes it and the ball takes a neat deflection off Djordjic as Bracigliano is wrong footed. Luckily for the away side, the ball flies just over his goal for a corner which is then cleared.

38′: Yellow Card  – Chennaiyin FC: Elano Blumer is booked for tripping Robert Pires. And just seconds later, the Frenchman is fouled again; his time by Bruno Pelissari. He is not happy with the way the visitors are playing.

43′: GOAL – Chennaiyin FC: Chance for the visitors to double the lead after Prabir Das brings down Balwant Singh just outside the edge of the box. ELANO hits it typically the way any Brazilian would and Zico is absolutely furious! Surprisingly, a goalkeeper should be covering the far post instead of the near post, wonder why was Seda standing in the middle and chose to move towards the near post leaving ample space for Elano to score on the right.

44′: Yellow Card – FC Goa: Another  unnecessary tackle and Narayan Das enters the referee’s book. The 21-year-old is outpaced by Abhishek Das and with the fear of conceding a third goal, he gives away a free-kick.

HALF-TIME: FC Goa 0-2 Chennaiyin FC (Balwant Singh 32′, Elano 43′)

50′: Yellow Card – Chennaiyin FC: This is disappointing and absolutely ridiculous football. Robert Pires once again is the target and Denson Devdas flattens the Frenchman. When will this stop?

55′: Attempt- Off-target – Chennaiyin FC: The visitors look more likely to score the third goal. Elano steers wide and crosses the ball for the onrushing Pelissari. But the striker only fires it over under persure from Narayan Das. Goal-kick it is!

65′: GOAL – FC Goa: Gregory Arnolin pulls one back for the hosts and this could be all that they need to come back into this game. Miranda’s corner is cleared but only as far as Fernandes, who plays it back to the substitute. The 32-year-old’s cross is flying wide but Bengelloun gets enough on it to put it back near the face of goal and his centre-back partner is there to tap the ball in. GAME ON NOW!

67′: Substitution – Chennaiyin FC: Elano Blumer is taken off and John Mendoza is brought on. FC Goa win a free-kick after Abhishek Das, who is booked clobbers down Miranda. As the ball is delivered, Bracigliano is the first to it and punches it away for a corner. Additionally, his elbow catches Bengelloun in the mouth. The home side are pressing for the equaliser and the corner is cleared for another corner and their attack eventually fizzles out.

75′: Substitution – Chennaiyin FC: Bojan Djordjic relinquishes the armband and Jairo Suarez, the Colombian, replaces the skipper.

78′: Substitution – FC Goa: Last roll of dice from Zico as Ranti Martins is on field in place of Miguel Herlein. A minute later, Chennaiyin FC  take off Balwant Singh and bring on Jeje Lalpekhlua.

84′: Attempt – FC GOA  – SAVED BY BRACIGLIANO: Ranti Martins nearly makes an instant impact as Fernandes does well down the left and creates an opportunity for the Nigerian striker. The French shot-stopper is on hand to block the attempt and keep Chennaiyin’s lead intact.

87′: Attempt – Chennaiyin FC – BLOCKED: Mendoza does well and shows some brilliant individual skill to dance past the Goan players. His charges inside the box but his  shot is blocked well by Gregory. On the other end, FC Goa have a half-chance as Miranda charges down the left and delivers a tempting cross towards Ranti Martins. But Mendy is the first to reach the ball and clears his lines. The equaliser continues to evade the hosts.

90+3′: FC Goa have a corner and they take it quickly. Miranda sends the ball flying towards the face of goal but not a single blue shirt connect and score. It is cleared and Goa are still looking to salvage a point.


FULL TIME: Fernandes tries to deliver the ball towards his teammate but his pass has too much strength and flies further ahead into the hands of Bracigliano. The referee blows for the final whistle and Chennaiyin FC have won thanks to goals from Balwant Singh and Elano Blumer. This turned out to be quite an interesting game with the first Indian scoring as well as the first marquee player getting his name on the score-sheet. Gregory Arnolin’s goal only proved to be a consolation for the hosts as Zico’s men succumbed.


Chennaiyin FC Wins Over FC Goa by 2-1.