The match recorded an additional time of 12 minutes, a record in the ISL.
FC Goa won their second consecutive away game by defeating Chennaiyin FC 0-2 at Chennai. It was an enthralling game of end-to-end football with both sides looking threatening to score. In the end, FC Goa’s new foreigner Noah Sadaoui proved to be the difference between the two teams as he outplayed Chennaiyin’s defenders to create one and convert another chance for his side.
Here, we will take a look at how both the teams’ players played in the game.
Chennaiyin FC (By Souvari Paul)
Devansh Dabas – 7.5
Devansh’s debut for the club saw him delivering a good performance. He looked confident under Chennaiyin’s goal. He had nothing to do in case of Goa’s goals as both of them happened largely because of defensive errors. Apart from that, he saved five shots out of seven which were on target.
Ajith Kumar – 8.0
Ajith had a very good game today as he actively contributed to Chennaiyin’s attacks on the right side. He had 50 touches throughout the game, whipped in four crosses, and made two tackles and clearances each. He also took a shot at FC Goa’s goal.
Vafa Hakhamaneshi – 7.0
Hakhamaneshi was one of the better players of Chennaiyin in central defence. He made two tackles, four clearances, one interception, and blocked one shot. He had the second-highest number of touches for his side (60), and helped his side create one chance.
Fallou Diagne – 6.0
Fallou had a relatively poor outing today. He should have done more in the instant of FC Goa’s first goal where Noah was able to go past him and put in a lethal cross with quite ease. Moreover, he was able to put in only one successful tackle in his 64 minutes of action.
Narayan Das – 4.0
Narayan’s day at the office was extremely underwhelming as he was responsible for both of FC Goa’s goals. He was also not able to meaningfully contribute to his side’s attacks.
Jiteshwor Singh – 7.5
Jiteshwor is in top form this season and continued from where he left in the last match. His presence in the midfield provided balance to the Chennai outfit. In terms of attacks, his forward runs were a cause of worry for Goa’s defence. In total, he had 52 touches in his 64 minutes. Defensively, he also played well as he made six tackles, three successful interceptions, and one clearance.
Julius Düker – 6
Duker had an ordinary game tonight. Apart from the sole free kick which he took, he was not much effective in his side’s attacks. The story is the same in terms of defence whereby he could not do anything beyond two successful tackles.
Prasanth K – 8.0
Prasanth looked very lively today and kept Chennaiyin’s right flank active for the duration he was on the pitch. He kept making forward runs, most of which looked threatening. Overall, he contributed to creating three chances and whipped in two crosses. He also contributed defensively by making three successful tackles.
Anirudh Thapa – 7.5
It was again a good day for the India international at the heart of Chennaiyin’s midfield. Thapa was a part of almost every move through which Chennaiyin moved forward. He had the highest number of touches for his side at 62 and made most passes for his team (48). He also aided the defence by making three interceptions.
Rahim Ali – 7.0
Rahim Ali proved to be a menace to Goa’s defence throughout the time he played. He repeatedly created problems in Goa’s backline by making good runs and latching on to second chances. Overall, he took three shots, most of which could have been dangerous. However, he needs to work on his finishing.
Petar Slišković – 8
Sliskovic showed his class today spearing Chennaiyin’s attacks. He took six shots in total, out of which four were on target. Almost all of his shots looked to be threatening. His smart forward runs and off-the-ball work also created problems for FC Goa’s defence.
Kwame Karikari – 4.5
Karikari came on as a sub in the 63rd minute and was not able to impact the game much. In total, he had nine touches and made only two successful passes. Moreover, he was able to take only one shot.
Aakash Sangwan – 6.5
Sangwan, after coming on as a sub, tried to get life into Chennaiyin’s attacks. However, it was not enough as both of his shots were off-target. Even though he was able to float in two crosses, none of them threatened Goa’s defence.
Vincy Barretto – 8
Despite playing for only around 20 minutes, Vincy’s presence made some positive impact on his side’s gameplay. Within such a limited time, he created three chances by whipping in four quality crosses. His presence in the attacking third kept the Goa defenders on their toes during the dying moments of the game.
Ninthoi Meetei – 5.5
Ninthoi was not able to do what was required on his part after being subbed on. In his 18 minutes, he contributed to the creation of only one chance, which was not very penetrative.
Jobby Justin – N/A
Jobby came on in the 90th minute. The limited time available for him was not enough to impact the game.
FC Goa (By Kaushik Viswanath)
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem – 9
The FC Goa goalkeeper was at his impregnable best during the game. He made some miraculous saves to keep a clean sheet until he was taken off at the hour mark due to a head injury. Dheeraj made seven saves in total including an unbelievable double save in the first half to keep Chennaiyin FC at bay.
Seriton Fernandes – 7
Seriton put in a very good shift at right-back for FC Goa. He completed 64% of his passes and delivered two crosses on the night. He also won two tackles and made four clearances and two interceptions.
Anwar Ali – 7
Another strong and sturdy performance in defence from Anwar who did well do keep Petar Sliskovic at arm’s length from goal. He completed 62% of his passes. Off the ball, he made four clearances, two interceptions and blocked one CFC shot.
Marc Valiente – 7
The Spaniard put in a committed performance at the heart of the FC Goa defence. Marc misplaced only two passes completing 93% of his passes. He also made three clearances, one interception and blocked one shot. He was brought off in the 70th minute following a slight niggle for Fares Arnaout.
Aibhan Dohling – 7
Aiban had the most touches by any FC Goa player (along with Edu Bedia) on the night with 56. He put in an all-round performance with 79% pass completion and created two chances in the game. Defensively, he made four interceptions and two clearances while also winning one tackle.
Edu Bedia – 7
The Spaniard was once again at the heart of FC Goa’s game. He led his charges admirably once again completing 67% of his passes. Although he wasn’t at his influential best, Bedia created three chances, the most by any player on the night. He chipped in defensively too, winning one tackle and making three clearances and one interception, respectively.
Glan Martins – 6
Glan was wasteful with a few chances that he had going for power rather than purpose. But he put in a solid performance in midfield. The defensive midfielder completed 70% of his passes and floated in a cross. Off the ball, he made two clearances and interceptions respectively, before being taken off at the hour mark for Brison Fernandes.
Noah Sadaoui – 8
The Moroccan was one of the best players on the night although he was reckless and greedy with most of his chances including missing a guilt-edged chance to double FC Goa’s lead in the first half. He had a hand in both goals, assisting the first and scoring the second. The Moroccan put in four crosses, one of which was the assist for Redeem’s opener and created three chances overall.
Noah also covered the most distance by any player covering close to 8km. It was overall a fitting display by a player brought in to replace a player of Alvaro Vazquez’s quality.
Brandon Fernandes – 6
Brandon linked defence to attack well completing 79% of his passes. He also won one tackle and made an interception. The skipper was taken off at the hour mark for Ayush Chhetri as part of a triple substitution.
Redeem Tlang – 7.5
He scored the opener for his side. Redeem was industrious throughout his time on the pitch completing two crosses. He also completed two tackles out of an attempted five and helped in pressing higher while also combining well with his forward charges.
Iker Guarrotxena – 6
The Basque-born forward had a quiet night and didn’t test the Chennaiyin FC defence as much as Noah Sadaoui did. But he did a decent job up ahead in the build-up completing 74% of his passes and registering two of his three shots on target.
Arshdeep Singh – 6
He was forced to come on following an injury to Dheeraj and wasn’t troubled a lot in the time that he was on the pitch
Ayush Chhetri – 6
Chhetri came on at the hour mark along with Brison Fernandes and Arshdeep Singh. He shored up the midfield well with Edu Bedia and Brison completing 69% of his passes and winning one tackle.
Brison Fernandes – 7.5
He came on at the hour mark for Glan Martins. Brison was unblemished on and off the ball winning 100% of his tackles and completing 100% of his passes. Also created two chances on the night. He was particularly impressive in the way he handled and overturned Chennaiyin FC’s pressures and overloads.
Fares Arnaout – 6
Fares was brought on at the 70th minute replacing fellow CB Marc Valiente. He continued the good work done by his defensive partner. Arnaout helped Goa keep a clean sheet by making a team-high five clearances, winning one tackle and finishing 75% of his eight attempted passes.
Makan Chothe – 7
Chothe came on for the final 10 minutes in place of Redeem Tlang. He assisted the second goal scored by Noah Sadaoui and also won his solitary attempted tackle on the night. Chothe completed 80% of his 10 attempted passes.