The fourth edition of the ISL finally got plenty of goals as FC Goa put three past Chennaiyin FC in the first half of their opening round clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. However, the hosts fought back in the second half, but Calderon and Raphael's goals proved to be consolations.
After two goalless draws, the ISL got off to a five-goal fest with FC Goa racing away to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Ferran Corominas started it all with a counter-attacking goal in the 26th minute before Manuel
It seemed like it was all over for Chennaiyin FC but the hosts fought their way back with two late goals in the second session. Inigo Calderon scored from a free-kick in the 70th minute and Raphael Augusto converted a penalty with six minutes left on the clock. Goa, however, held on to walk away with full points.
Chennaiyin FC had, in fact, started promisingly and enjoyed possession but couldn’t rattle the rival goal. There were a couple of moves but nobody to connect the final pass.
FC Goa increased their lead three minutes later from another counter-attack. This time, Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Karanjit Singh tried to keep his team in the game with two double saves to deny Corominas and Mandar in quick succession but
There was time for another FC Goa goal in the first session. In the 39th minute,
In the second session, Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory changed to a back-three formation and it seemed to give the hosts an instant edge. Jeje Lalpekhlua immediately struck the upright and then substitute Gregory Nelson also saw his attempt bounce back after hitting the goalpost in a one-on-one situation.
Chennaiyin finally pulled a goal back from Calderon’s free-kick which Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani spilled over. It set the tone for a fightback. Raphael converted a penalty in the 84th minute but despite their best efforts, an