Ferran Corominas scored the only goal of the game against the Marina Machans.
It was a resilient victory for FC Goa as they capitalized on Chennaiyin FC’s lack of awareness to score the solitary goal in their last league game of the season. An Ahmed Jahouh long ball sent Jackichand free on the wing and he teed it up for ISL top-scorer Ferran Corominas to finish past Karanjit Singh.
Chennaiyin finish the campaign at the bottom of the table with single-digit points, while Goa head into the playoffs with great momentum.
Watch: FC Goa 1-0 Chennaiyin FC highlights
Here are the ratings from the game on Thursday night:
Naveen Kumar– 6.5
Was rarely called into action in the first half. In the second half, the Gaurs’ custodian dealt with a few dangerous crosses from the Chennaiyin wings, punching them away to safety or catching them when required.
Seriton Fernandes- 6.0
The local lad was very involved offensively and defensively during the game. He made several intelligent runs to aid the attack and also did his defensive duties efficiently. Got a needless yellow card in the second half. He was substituted due to the caution he received.
Chinglensana Singh- 6.5
The defender was solid at the back, but had very little to do in the first half. His distribution was solid and in the second 45 managed to stop Gregory Nelson’s cross from doing the Gaurs any damage. he ended the game with 96% passing accuracy.
Saviour Gama- 6.5
The youngster was very active in his first ever start for the Gaurs. He was, however, shaky at times, committing needless fouls. He improved as the game went on, blocking crosses and stopping opposition forays brilliantly. He made an amazing eight tackles and also blocked one shot.
Lenny Rodrigues- 7.5
Controlled the midfield efficiently along with Jahouh. But, the Goan was sloppy at times and towards the end of the first half, gave the ball away cheaply to allow Chennaiyin to break and create an attack. Lenny finished the match with an amazing 92% passing accuracy and also made three crucial tackles.
Jackichand Singh- 8.0
The winger’s constant energy created several problems for the Chennaiyin backline. He gave a splendid one-touch assist for Ferran Corominas to open the scoring for the Gaurs. The former Kerala Blasters man was a very important focal point for all attacks. He almost created Goa’s second, when he put the striker through on goal again with a beautiful pass, but the Spaniard failed to convert.
Brandon Fernandes- 6.0
He had two shots go agonizingly wide off the post. He constantly kept the opposition full-back alert with clever darting runs that almost gave Goa a second in the game. Got a yellow for a really late challenge.
Mohammed Ali- NA
Was brought in during the second half to combat with the crosses coming in.
Manvir Singh- NA
Failed to make any major impact after coming on late.
Karanjit Singh- 6.0
Managed to pull off some really good stops in the first half, but failed to prevent the goal. He was alert and was always quick and ready to come off his line to block shots or collect stray passes.
Laldinliana Renthlei- 5.5
Was very quiet during the whole game. Failed to deal with the skill and energy of Brandon Fernandes in the second half and almost allowed him to sneak an opening for Goa’s second.
Tondonba Singh- 5.5
The former NEROCA payer was constantly troubled by the pace and skill of Jackichand. The latter’s pace finally got the better of the full-back, when he reached Jahouh’s long ball first to provide Corominas with a sweet assist. He improved his influence offensively in the first half, delivering good crosses. However, he was given a yellow card in the second half for catching the forward late.
Anirudh Thapa- 6.0
Anirudh Thapa was one of the few bright performers for the Marina Machans. He was constantly trying to feed the frontline and exercise his creativity. His influence was limited by the Goan midfield, but he made sure his presence was felt at the defensive end. Thapa finished with a passing accuracy of 76%. His active defending saw him accumulate five interceptions.
Isaac Vanmalsawma- 5.5
The youngster was influencing the game at times, but failed to make any significant impact at either end. The Gaurs’ strength in midfield kept him at bay for the majority of the match and prevented him from causing any real problems. He finished with a mediocre passing accuracy of 69%. Was replaced during the second half.
C K Vineeth- 6.0
Vineeth was involved in patches in attack for the Marina Machans. The Kerala Blasters loanee’s intelligent play in the second half presented Christopher Herd with a great chance to equalize, but the foreigner failed to capitalize. The experienced striker, however, failed to register a single shot during the game and was replaced.
Jeje Lalpekhlua- 5.5
The “Mizo Sniper” was pretty wasteful in the first half. He had a glorious chance to equalize when he found himself free and unmarked in the Goa box, but he blasted his shot well over. Failed to get involved in the game in the second 45.
Thoi Singh- NA
Wasn’t able to do much after coming on.
Mohammed Rafi- N/A
Came on in the latter stages of the second half.