Chennaiyin FC rally to hold FC Goa to 1-1 draw in ISL Semi final

Vastavam web: Chennaiyin FC rallied to hold FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in the second semi-final of the Indian Super League here today with the visitors heading home with an away goal advantage.After a barren first half, FC Goa, who had lions share of possession and exchanges, took the lead in the 64th minute through Manuel Lanzorate.With today’s 1-1 draw, Chennaiyin FC, who are now heading home to play the second leg of the semi-final, have the away goal advantage and now need just a goalless draw against FC Goa March 13 to advance to the summit clash.

Backed by a vociferous home crowd, FC Goa went into attacking mode from the start and enjoyed better share of ball possession.Chennaiyin FC, who did well in defending their citadel for better part of the first half, too came up with dangerous counter-attacks with Jeje and Gregory Nelson’s low shot narrowly missing the target.Changing over the visitors had two golden chances to take lead.

First Jeje, who went past defender Juste, saw his effort being blocked by keeper Kattimani in the 48th minute before Nelson Alves’ try was brilliantly saved by the custodian.From the left, Mandar Rao Dessai send a cross inside the box for Ferran Corominas who took a crack at the goal which keeper dived to his right and blocked the shot, but the deflection landed on Manuel Lanzarote’s feet who slammed the ball into the net.

But FC Goa’s joy was short-lived as the visitors found the equaliser seven minutes later.A quick build up on the left saw Gregory Nelson get past rival defender inside the box and laid a through pass to substitute Anirudh Thapa, who got the better of a rival defender before despatching the ball into the net.