Indian Player Ratings: Lenny Rodrigues leads the way as Goa dominate Chennaiyin
Written by: Ajay A K
The Gaurs put three goals past the defending champions on Saturday evening.
FC Goa outclassed defending champions Chennaiyin FC in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai as goals from Edu Bedia, Ferran Corominas and Mourtada Fall helped the Gaurs clinch a precious away victory. Eli’s late consolation was the only bright spot for the Southerners as they were outdone in all areas of the field.
Here is a look at the ratings of the Indian players who took part in the game.
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Karanjit Singh- 5.5
A very forgettable game in goal for Karanjit Singh. He could have done nothing about the goals, as he had very little help from his defence. However, he nearly created a chance for Goa early in the first half when he failed to deal with a low cross properly.
Jerry Lalrinzuala- 5.0
The first two goals came from Jerry’s side of the field where he was caught by the quick thinking of Seriton. Offensively he failed to contribute much as he was pegged back defensively for the majority of the game.
Germanpreet Singh– 5.5
Germanpreet had an uninspiring match. He was outdone in all facets by the FC Goa midfield. He failed to link up the defence and the attack and was found technically wanting on several occasions.
Anirudh Thapa- 5.0
The ISL 2017-18 Emerging Player looked worn out and outworked in the centre of the park. Thapa was overshadowed by the dominating performance by the FC Goa midfield. He had a good opportunity to pull his team level in the first half but his shot missed the goal by a big margin. He was also at fault for the opener when he failed to deal with Lenny’s cross properly.
Francisco Fernandes- 6.0
He looked alone in his side of the field for major parts of the game, with attacks mainly coming from Gregory Nelson’s flank. However, one or two times when presented with the opportunity, he did cause slight difficulties for the FC Goa defence. His link with Raphael Augusto and Jeje seems to be non-existent.
Jeje Lalpekhlua- 5.5
Jeje was an ineffective presence upfront for Chennaiyin. He barely had a sniff of goal during the seventy minutes he was on the field and was kept quiet by the FC Goa centre-backs. His flick on from a throw-in, which was his only real contribution in the game, should have been converted by Raphael Augusto.
Isaac Vanmalsawma– 6.0
Had a better effect on the pitch than Jeje. He was active upfront and nearly got a goal for Chennaiyin when his shot from outside the box missed the Goan goal by a small margins.
Mohammed Nawaz- 6.0
A good performance from Nawaz for a major part of the match. Made a needless error in the second half of the match when he came barging in from his line and gave a foul for which he could have been sent off. However, he made amends with a splendid save from the ensuing free-kick.
Seriton Fernandes- 6.0
Seriton was the instigator of the first two goals for Goa with his throw-ins starting the moves. Defensively, however he was outrun continuously by Gregory Nelson. Got a needless yellow towards the end of the first half for fouling Nelson.
Chinglensana Singh- 7.0
A very solid and disciplined outing from the centre-back. He was very good on the ball and his composure and decision making was brilliant. He made life difficult for Jeje as the Chennaiyin striker failed to threaten the FC Goa goal.
Mandar Rao Desai- 7.0
Mandar was a major influence on both sides of the pitch for the Gaurs. He managed to shut down the pacy Gregory Nelson in the early stages of the game forcing him to switch sides. Offensively, his overlapping runs created a lot of difficulties for the Chennaiyin defence.
Lenny Rodrigues– 8.0
A very commendable performance from the former Bengaluru man. Lenny was the provider for the opener, when his cut-back found Edu Bedia. In the first half, he dominated the midfield along with Jahouh with his crisp passing. The second half saw him more defensively inclined.
Jackichand Singh- 6.0
Jacki had a very standard outing. The Manipuri winger was limited offensively but he put in good shifts defensively supporting his full-back when needed.
Manvir Singh– 6.0
Manvir had one good chance to add one more goal after coming on, which he failed to capitalise. Bar that he had a very untested twenty minutes.