Chennaiyin FC begin their Indian Super League 2017/18 campaign in Chennai on Saturday as they host FC Goa in their opening clash. Ferran Corominas gave FC Goa the lead and Manuel Lanzarote doubled the lead. Catch live score of Indian Super League 2017-18, Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa football match, here. (ISL 2017-18 FULL COVERAGE)
6:09 PM IST: GOAL! FC Goa score a third. A beautiful passing move is finished by Mandar Dessai, although Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit could have done better with his save. Still, Goa seem to have finished the game before half time itself.
6:05 PM IST: After two very drab matchdays, it’s good to see the ISL come to life. FC Goa have a spring in their step too, and look likely to add their goal tally before the final whistle.
6:00 PM IST: GOAL AGAIN! FC Goa have scored a second in quick succession and lead 2-0. This time Manuel Lanzarote finishes after plenty of confusion inside the Chennaiyin FC penalty area.
5:57 PM IST: And FC Goa have made the breakthrough! Ferran Corominas finishes off a wonderful counter-attacking move to give Goa the lead – and this tournament its first goal!
5:55 PM IST: FC Goa have, perhaps unsurprisingly, had the bulk of the possession so far. But they need to do more with the ball.
5:50 PM IST: WHAT A CHANCE FOR FC GOA! Brandon Fernandes once again fires a shot towards goal but it goes agonisingly over the bar.
5:44 PM IST: Neither side have stamped their authority on the game thus far.
5:40 PM IST: FC Goa’s Brandon Fernandes finds himself in space but his shot goes high and wide.
5:36 PM IST: The match has started off slowly, but that’s expected in the start of the game.
5:32 PM IST: The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
5:25 PM IST: The players have made their way onto the field. Fans will no doubt be hoping for a goal or two to be scored today, something that’s been missing in the first two matches of the season.
5:15 PM IST: Jeje Lalpekhlua, who will be key to Chennaiyin’s chances today, stated in a pre-match interview that he would like to score as much as possible. Will he be able to against this Goa side? We’ll find out in a few, as kick-off is minutes away now.
5:00 PM IST: Baoringdao Bodo, who has been named in Chennaiyin FC’s starting XI today, will make history by becoming the youngest player to play in the ISL.
4:45 PM IST: The last time these two sides faced off at Chennai, the hosts ran out 2-0 winners. Will history repeat itself today? We will find out in 45 minutes.
4:30 PM IST: Bengaluru FC will be making their ISL debut later today. Find out all you need to know about the two-time I-League champions here. The first game of the day between Chennaiyin and Goa will kick off in an hour’s time.
4:20 PM IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Super League encounter between Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa!
Ahead of the game, both Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory and FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera sounded upbeat about their preparations, saying that pre-season had been very good and the players were looking forward to the first game.
Gregory, who has taken over from Italian Marco Materazzi, said the team had prepared well and would put up a good show while stressing the importance to start well.
Sergio Lobera said he was looking forward to the new season after the good pre-season and added he was happy with the overall composition of the team.
The Spaniard said it was important for the players to play a style of football that was best suited to them and would bring the results.