Goa. Two-time champions Chennai FC beat Odisha FC 2–1 at the GMC Stadium in Bombolim on Wednesday to finish fifth in the points table of the seventh season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The third win of the season has given Chennai a three place advantage. This was the 11th match for both teams.
Chennai have so far collected 14 points from three wins, five draws and three defeats. On the other hand, this is Odisha’s seventh defeat. He has 6 points from a win and three draws in his account and is at the bottom of the 11 teams table. Two goals in the span of six minutes helped Chennai take a strong 2–0 lead by the end of the first half.
The first goal of the match was scored in the 15th minute while the second goal was scored in the 21st minute. Chennai kept constant pressure and got the advantage. Ismail Goncalves, who scored the first goal, had a chance to score in the eighth minute before that too but he missed. In the 15th minute, however, he made no mistake and taking advantage of Gaurav Bora’s mistake, he broke the deadlock by punching Jamshedpur goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh.
Gaurav made another mistake in the 20th minute which cost his team heavily. A penalty was awarded against his team for dropping Anirudh Thapa in the box. Bora’s foul was so severe that the referee did not delay a single penalty. Goncalves scored on it, making it 2–0.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half, there was no big chance for both the teams. In the 61st minute, Lalianzuala Changte’s effort deflected off the defender and went directionless. Chennai then made two changes in the 66th and 67th minutes. Irrespective of this, Odisha continued their efforts and in the same sequence, they were scored in the 64th minute by Super-Sub Diego Maurosio opening Odisha’s account to make it 2-1. In the end, this score proved to be decisive. In this way, Chennai jumped three places with the third victory.
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