Pronay Halder and Sana Singh the standouts, but Chennai hold playoff edge over Goa
Written by: Ravish R Narvekar
Manuez Lanzarite's opener for the Gaurs was canceled out by substitute Anirudh Thapa.
Substitute Anirudh Thapa gave the away goal advantage to Chennaiyin FC after scoring the 71st minutes as the visitors hoed host FC Goa after Manuel Lanzarote took the lead for the Gaurs in the 64th minute, in the first leg of semi-finals of the Indian Super League played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa here on Saturday.
Players like Mandar Rao Desai, Pronoy Halder, Chinglensana Singh were the highest rated Indian players for the Gaurs, while substitute Anirudh Thapa and Jerry Lalrinzuala were the only domestic players who made some impact on the match. Here's how the Indian players on both sides rated:
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Mandar Rao Desai- 6.5
The winger started very well on the left flank as he made some superb runs on the wing and curled it into the box every time. The second session saw him repeating his performance as he once again did excellent on the deep left flank and on one of his swift run taking Chennai defenders with him, created the goalscoring opportunity with which Lanzarote gave Goa the lead in the 64th minute.
He had created one more chance in the match but the Chennai defence made no mistake to clear the same. With 75% of passing accuracy, two shots and six crosses he gave a livewire performance in the match.
Pronoy Halder- 7.0
The defensive midfielder played an important role to link the defence with the attack. He was everywhere on the pitch contributing in most of the moves. Though he created only one chance in the entire match, he made sure that he contributed in most of the play. He also had the highest 87 passes with a 78% accuracy rate to his name which made him the busiest Indian player on the pitch.
Seriton Fernandes- 6.0
Seriton had a decent match where he made sure that his presence on the pitch was felt with some swift attacks from the right flank. He was pretty much involved with Lanzarote to help him to build the attacks. Seriton had four clinical tackles to his name along with a clearance and interception each.
Chinglensana Singh- 7.0
Sana had a 100 % passing accuracy in the first 30 minutes in what was one of his brilliant performances. The second session saw him make some more clearances while he was clinical with his passes as he made no mistake in the entire match. With 93% passing accuracy, one clearance and two major interceptions he was one of the best Indian defenders on the pitch.
Laxmikant Kattimani- 6.0
The custodian, who made major errors at the start of the season, was brilliant against the former champions. After two saves in the first session, the he made two more back-to-back saves at the start of the second session as he first denied Jeje Lalpekh;ua in a one-on-one, while a minute later he once again breathtakingly saved to restrict Gregory Nelson in another one-on-one situation. However, in the 71st minute, he repeated the same mistake allowing Anirudh Thapa to score from between his legs.
Narayan Das- 5.5
The left-back was well organised in the match until he played, giving his best in the defence, while he also helped his side from the wing with superb attacks. Before making way for Brandon Fernandes in the 78th minutes he made two brilliant clearances and four excellent interceptions.
Not eligible for a rating as the midfielder did not spend enough time on the pitch.
Karanjit Singh- 5.0
Karanjit did not have a great match in Goa as he made some mistakes in the first half where he failed to collect some easy shots. However, in the second session, the custodian gave an improved performance where he made two saves out of three shots faced, while he also cleared a dangerous attack to keep his side safe.
Jerry Lalrinzuala- 5.5
The left-back was successful in restricting Lanzarote on many occasions in the first session, while he also provided some strength to his side on the left flank. The northeast player gave his best to in the entire match with three clearances and two interceptions, while he also contributed in attack, creating two chances and delivering four crosses.
Bikramjit Singh- 5.0
He had a little role to play in the Chennai side which had possession of just 36% in the first session. The defensive midfielder was seen easily overlapped by Edu Bedia and Pronay Halder on many occasions. he did not make any influential passes in the second half also and was replaced by Anirudh Thapa in the 60th minute.
Francisco Fernandes- 4.5
Francis did nothing in the first half except for the three crosses he produced which were easily collected by the Goan custodian. Also he was nowhere seen on the pitch in the second session. With just 52% passing accuracy, the Goan winger clearly did not have a great evening.
Dhanpal Ganesh- 5.0
Ganesh tried to build some moves combining with Raphael Augusto and Francis but Goa’s strong defence made sure that their every move was killed off before entering the box. The midfielder did not get enough space to perform in Goa as most of his moves were cut short by either Ahmed Jahouh or Halder. He had nothing much to his name except for 72% passing accuracy from 29 attempted passes.
Jeje Lalpekhlua- 5.0
The Mizo-striker was well marked by Goa’s last line and was a complete spectator in the first session as he was unable to make any swift moves in the entire 45 minutes. The same was repeated in the second session and he came off for Mohammed Rafi in the 72nd minute.
Anirudh Thapa- 6.0
He came on in the 60th minute to replace Bikramjit. He was much better than the defensive midfielder as he made it all square with a brilliant goal just after 10 minutes of coming on. However, except for the goal he did not make any good moves in the rest of the match.
Not eligible for a ratings as the midfielder did not spend enougfh time on the pitch.
Published: Sun Mar 11, 2018 01:03 PM IST