The Gaurs dominated the game and didn’t give an inch to their opponents.
The highest-scoring fixture in ISL history didn’t disappoint anyone other than Chennaiyin FC. The game produced five goals on the night, but it went only FC Goa’s way, as the Gaurs spanked Chennaiyin.
Jorge Ortiz became the sixth FC Goa player to score a hat-trick, as Derrick Pereira’s men dominated the game from start to finish. FC Goa went 4-0 up by half-time and consummately saw out the second half in a ruthless display of football as Chennaiyin FC finished without a shot on target. Bozidar Bandovic’s men endured one of those nights where nothing went right for them.
The win took FC Goa to 18 points, a point behind Chennaiyin FC, who are at eighth. It gives them an outside chance of making it to the playoffs. Both teams have now played 16 games each.
Here are Khel Now’s Player Ratings from tonight’s game at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.
Chennaiyin FC (by Kaushik G Viswanath)
Debjit Majumder – 5.0
Debjit cut a hapless figure in goal, as his side were taken to the cleaners. He did make two saves, including one point-blank save from a corner.
Ariel Borysiuk – 5.0
He was one of only three players who took a shot on the night. Borysiuk was totally outplayed by Jorge Ortiz and Brandon on Goa’s left flank. He completed 81% of his passes, won one tackle and made two successful interceptions before his substitution with 15 minutes remaining.
Slavko Damjanovic – 4.5
A tough night for the Serbian, as his defence was cut open time and again. He couldn’t handle the quality of Jorge Ortiz and Co. Damjanovic won one tackle, made four clearances and three successful interceptions. He also blocked one shot.
Narayan Das – 4.5
Similar to Damjanovic, Narayan had to endure further humiliation, as he tucked one inside his own net. He attempted seven tackles but won only one of them. Das made three clearances, one interception and two blocks and also completed 83% of his passes.
Ninthoinganba Meetei – 5.0
He completed 89% of his passes, won one tackle and made three interceptions. Replaced at half-time.
Deepak Devrani – 5.0
Disappointed on his club debut, playing in defensive midfield. He won just one tackle, made four clearances and two interceptions on the night.
Germanpreet Singh – 3.5
He was taken off in the 65th minute and his only contributions were three successful passes out of 11 attempted. The less said, the better.
Anirudh Thapa – 5.0
The skipper was taken off at half-time because of a reported thigh injury. But, he didn’t fare any better than the rest. He completed 81% of his passes and made three interceptions in the first 45.
Jerry Lalrinzuala – 5.5
He was more industrious than the rest, if that is some praise. Jerry completed 88% of his passes and won five of his eight attempted tackles. He also made two clearances and one block.
Lukasz Gikiewicz – 3.5
Didn’t offer much in attack once again. Completed 12 passes at a 57% accuracy. Also took one harmless shot, before being taken off in the 65th minute.
Mirlan Murzaev – 5.0
Showed some sparks of quality, but it never was enough to test the class of the Goa defence on the night. He created one chance, completed 48% of his passes. Defensively, he won two tackles and made one interception.
Edwin Vanspaul – 5.0
He came on at half-time for Anirudh Thapa. Completed 71% of his passes and won one tackle in the second half. Didn’t contribute anything substantial to the attack.
Reagan Singh – 5.0
Created two chances after coming on at half-time along with Vanspaul. He also completed 80% of his passes. Defensively, he won one tackle and made one clearance.
Nerijus Valskis – 4.5
Came on for the final half an hour and didn’t have anything to contribute or any service to feed off. Valskis had only 10 touches and made two successful passes in his 30-minute cameo.
Rahim Ali – 5.0
Came on along with Valskis and didn’t fare any better. He had a good chance to pull a goal back, but fluffed his shot way wide. He made one successful interception and completed seven passes out of his eight attempted.
Suhail Pasha – 4.5
Came on in the 74th minute and couldn’t inspire anything in his time on the pitch. Won three tackles, completed five passes and had 12 touches.
FC Goa (by Sattyik Sarkar)
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem – 7.0
The FC Goa keeper had the best seat in the house to enjoy his side’s dominance over Chennaiyin FC on the night. He had no saves to make and only had one catch all night. He completed 100% of his passes.
Seriton Fernandes – 8.0
Fernandes made brilliant overlaps throughout the game. Also, he denied Mirlan Murzaev a clear goalscoring chance in the second half.
Ivan Gonzalez – 8.0
Gonzalez was substituted in the second half. He recovered the loose balls in fine fashion. Additionally, he gave away a foul tonight.
Anwar Ali – 8.0
Ali was excellent tonight. He passed the ball beautifully from the back. Even he won all the ground duels in the match. Also, Ali blocked one shot.
Aibanbha Dohling – 9.0
Perhaps Dohling was the best player this evening. Out of his natural centre-back position, he adapted brilliantly as a left-back. Out of all the goals, three had their roots at Dohling’s feet. He stayed strong defensively, but his attacking prowess caught the eye more.
Makan Winkle Chothe – 8.0
Chothe broke the deadlock in the fifth minute. This was his first Indian Super League goal. He almost setup a goal for Brandon Fernandes in the second half from outside the right side of the Chennaiyin penalty box. His touches were fabulous.
Edu Bedia – 7.5
Edu Bedia enjoyed a passing accuracy of 89% in the game. His performance or rather touches will certainly make someone feel that football is a very easy game.
Bedia played in front of the defence, but his passing and orchestration throughout the game were commendable. He completed a staggering 104 passes
Alberto Noguera – 8.0
Noguera setup the third goal for FC Goa. His skillful feet were evidence of the quality he possesses; Noguera just juggled the ball, took it down with his chest, turned and passed it towards Jorge Ortiz. The ball was deflected by Anirudh Thapa’s feet and reached Ortiz who converted the chance.
Princeton Rebello – 7.5
Rebello had to be taken off in the second half after he suffered an injury. His combination with Edu Bedia in the middle-third was observable. Notably, Rebello delivered a key pass to his teammate tonight.
Brandon Fernandes – 7.0
Fernandes was off-colour this evening. Though his off-the-ball efficiency was praiseworthy. He missed a big chance in the second half. Fernandes won 75% of the ground duels tonight. He lost possession of the ball 17 times.
Jorge Ortiz – 9.0
FC Goa’s hat-trick hero Jorge Ortiz once again shone bright and everything he touched against Chennaiyin FC turned to gold. He just came back from an injury and his overall performance was astonishing. As he does in every match, he was not only limited to the centre-forward position, but shifted from it at times.
Saviour Gama – 6.5
Gama came on in place of Princeton Rebello. However, he couldn’t contribute like his teammates this evening. He won three of the five ground duels. Additionally, Gama received a yellow card. He also delivered one key pass and was successful in the solo dribbling attempt.
Airam Cabrera – 6.5
As a centre-forward, much more is expected from him. Tonight, he was brought on in place of Ortiz. The setting was perfect to get his goalscoring boots on, but the Spaniard even failed to register a shot! However, he delivered two successful crosses this evening.
Dylan Fox – 6.5
Fox got some game-time after he came on in the 75th minute in place of Ivan Gonzalez. He blocked a shot during his stay and also made an interception. Fox also found the net late in the match, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Muhammed Nemil – 6.0
Nemil came on in the 75th minute. With the minutes in his hand, he delivered two successful long balls.
Devendra Murgaonkar – 6.0
Came on very late and had a shot blocked.