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Goa 2-3 Chennai – LIVE | ISL 2015 Live Score Updates FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC, Indian Super League 2015 Final

90+5′ The shot from Lucca goes inches wide. What an effort and that will be last bit of action from the game. Chennai are winners and Goa are distraught.

90+4′ Wadoo is down and the stretcher comes on takes the man out. Surprisingly he is back on his feet.

90+2′ GOAL!! Goa 2-3 Chennai (Mendoza) What a turnaround and the crowd is stunned in silence. The goan defense makes a calamitous error and Kattimani has little tine to save the powerful shot. 

90′ GOAL!!! Goa 2-2 Chennai (Own goal) The cross came in Kattimani clashed with his own player and the ball bobs into the net. The ball is in after a three minute chat with the linesman. 

87′ GOAL!!! Goa 2-1 Chennai (Joffre) What a free kick as he curled the ball, Beckham-esque into the goal. What a finish and it is worthy of winning the final.

85′ Blasi handles the ball just at the edge of the area and it is just 20 yards and Joffre is stepping up.

83′ Ohhhh! Chennai have a chance and it is Kattimani makes a superb save. His positioning was spot on and the hands, stiff as he collects the ball. Mendoza and Elano have shots on target. Kattimani yet again is on the money.

80′ The ball is with Goa and they get a shot away and it was fantastic play on the right. The cut back is good.

78‘ Goa have the ball and are knocking on the Chennai door. They are holding firm and the match is moving from end to end.

77′ Virat Kohli is brought to his feet in the stands. Chennai have a man down.

75‘ What a save from Edel! A cross was floated in from the right and Haokip, who was in the area backheeled the ball straight at goal but the Armenian goalie makes a fantastic reflex save and holds the ball.

74′ Lucio was easily beaten and the shot went fizzing over and as the Chennai left-back found himself in space after surge forward.

71′ Fantastic  bit of play by Joffre as he twists and turns and leaves the Chennai defense for dead. Goa are gaining intensity and the shot cum cross goes only as far as the safe Edel.

68′ Another shot and the ball goes over the bar. Dhanachandra comes in from the left, making a surging run and then came the shot, which went fizzing over the left post.

66′ The ball is cleared out and both sides make changes: Jayesh comes on as Jeje makes his exit. Pelissari replaced by Elano.

64′ That was Goa’s moment! The cross came in from the right and Haokip tried an overhead kick, then came another effort from Reinaldo and it went over.

63′ Dhanachandra give away a corner and the ball is taken out clear. Joffre gets a shot away and the ball went fizzing wide of the goal.

61′ Saved!!! Another bad penalty from Chennai. Mendoza goes low and the shot didn’t have any power on it and Kattimani saves it.

60‘ Chennai get another penalty. Kattimani this time takes the Chennai forward as he was going for a through ball in the area.

59′ GOAL!!! (Haokip) Goa 1-1 Chennai The ball is drilled in by Romeo from the right flank and Haokip smashed the ball into the net.

58′ Thoi Singh clips Rafael Coelho from behind and the Chennai midfielder is given a yellow card. Pranoy makes a high tackle on Mendoza, almolst taking off the Chennai striker’s head.

55′ Pelissari gets another chance but he wastes the chance. Kattimani comes out. The ball falls to the feet of Pellisari and he can’t get a shot on. The ball goes wide.

54′ GOAL!!! Goa 0-1 Chennai (Pelissari) The penalty was saved and it was a weak penalty from the Italian. The rebound though was tapped in. Chennai lead.

52′ Penalty for Chennai. Terrible challenge from Halder on Mendoza. Pelissari to step up

50′ Pelissari gets the ball and he cuts in from the left and gets the ball to swing wide of the right post but the curler goes away from the target and goes wide.

49′ Sterile play in the first few minutes and the ball keeps going from one end to the other, not creating any changes.

47′ Goa make the early charge in the second half. Bikramjit gets the ball outside the box and he unleashes a shot and the ball thunders off Pelissari. Fantastic block

Massive blow for Goa as Leo Moura goes off. Thongkosiem Haokip is his replacement

45+2′ Nervy times for Chennai. Wadoo flings his elbow and he is on a yellow. The referee keeps his hands in his pocket and warns him. Fair decision by the referee but the Chennai right-back has to watch it. That will be the last bit of action of the first half, which definitely beats boredom.

45′ Chennai patiently build up play. The ball comes to Wadoo on the right and the shot comes in  from 35 yards out and the shot is sent flying over the bar. Bad attempt to finish off a promising move.

44′ Chennai keep making cynical challenges and Goa keep winning free kicks in the middle of the park. Chennai win it back quickly and yet again, Jeje and Mendoza threaten at the goalmouth. The Colombian was nearly away.

42′ More fouls here as Dhanachandra takes down Bikramjit. The Goan midfielder had nutmegged his opponent before he was pulled down.

40′ It has been a while but Goa get the ball back and Moura surges forward and looks to chip it in. The ball goes out for a goalkick and the Brazilian playmaker is cramping up a little.

38′ The ball comes to the feet of Mendoza and he almost breaks the deadlock. Somehow, the ISL top scorer wriggles away from the defense and finds space on the left. The shot comes in and it is parried away behind. He looked certain to score there.

36′ Mendoza shows great instincts. He wins a free kick from 35 yards out. He sees Jeje forward and chips a ball in quickly. It almost landed at the feet of his teammate. Kattimani was alert.

34‘ Chennai have the ball and Thoi Singh combines with Jeje on the right. Cross is floated in and the ball was cleared out before it could fall at the feet of Mendoza.

32′ Goa win a free kick from 20 yards out! Leo Moura and Joffre lineup. It is the right foot of Moura and the ball goes under the wall and the ball is deflected narrowly wide.

30′ Fantastic play from Goa! Long ball thumped forward and Coelho, wriggles his way past two defenders and controls the ball fabulously. The ball, alas was cleared by Mailson just as the striker was rounding up the Goalkeeper.

27′ The momentum has changed hands. Goa are playing good possession football. Khabra makes a good sliding tackle and clears the ball away. Chennai have the ball.

25′ Moura comes in the game for the first time and he drives a nice through ball to Coelho and now, he appeals for a penalty after a fall in the box. The ball is cleared out by the defense.

23′ More heated action here as Goa rip Chennai on the counter and a cross in and Edel saves the day. At the other end, Pelissari thinks he is fouled but the referee keeps his hands in the pocket.

21′ Tempers flare here after Mendoza was through on goal and had a shot on goal. He had Kattimani and a man to beat, the ball bounces off Kattimani, who pushes him down. The Colombian asks for a penalty.

20′ Lucca swings the ball in and it is punched away from Edel. Close there. Corner is cleared and the ball goes to the other end.

19′ Chennai give away a free kick right at the edge of the area. Joffre is fouled  by Wadoo, who goes in the book

17′ Wonderful play from Pelissari! The Chennai forward gets the ball outside the area, a rebound from a goal kick. The Italian eases past Lucio and has a shot, which flies wide of the left post. Decent play.

15′ More injury worries for Goa here and it is Mandar who is down and needs treatment. He is down on the ground and the medics are on. It stemmed from the clash with Wadoo.

13′ Nearly a break there for Goa and it was quite unlike them. Mandar hoofs a long ball forward, searching for Rafael Coelho. Chennai’s defense holds firm.

11′ There are more elbows and flourishes from the defense. Goa are not getting a concerted amount of possession and this is where they have been restless in the past and lost momentum. Plenty of individual battles here and Wadoo and Mandar clash. Goa win possession through a free kick.

What a shame! Dudu’s final was short lived as he is stretchered off the pitch. In comes Jonathan Lucca.

8′ The Men in White have the ball again. More possession in their own half as the build-up is patient and are looking to free Mendoza. Mendy fouls and Goa have a free kick.

6‘ Clash of heads and Mailson is down. Chennai win a free kick. The tempo has been lively from both sides as the early goal is of paramount importance. Stoppage in play as Dudu is on the floor too.

4′ Now Chennai have possession and Elano and Mendoza combine and there is confusion between Lucio and Kattimani and the ball almost rolls into Chennai’s path. Chennai have gained momentum and are bossing around with the ball.

2‘ Excellent start from Goa and Mandar races to the right flank and whips a cross in. The ball bounces high in the Chennai territory but Reinaldo can’t jump and take the ball.

After eight weeks and 60 matches, two teams will battle it out on Sunday for the right to be crowned champions of the Indian Super League (ISL), the country’s premier football competition.

FC Goa have the chance to win the title on their home ground when they face Chennaiyin FC in the second edition of the tournament, which is attempting to increase the popularity of football in India. Here are five key areas that might decide who emerges as the winner on Sunday.

Home-field advantage

FC Goa have some of the ISL’s most passionate and vociferous fans who create an intimidating atmosphere in the 19,000-capacity Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, also known as Fatorda. The venue has been close to capacity for virtually all their ISL games. Interestingly, the only home match they lost in the league stages was a 4-0 reverse to Chennaiyin FC in the early days of this ISL campaign. Since then Goa have been a formidable home force, registering a 7-0 victory over Mumbai FC, the biggest margin in the ISL’s fledgling history.

Goa is the only Indian state where football is the official sport and even before last year’s ISL launch, Goan clubs dominated the game in the country. Fireworks, music and fans carrying pictures of saints are all a feature of matches at the Fatorda, giving the seven Brazilians in the FC Goa squad and manager Zico a taste of football at home. Unlike many of their Indian counterparts, Goa’s fans do not get on their team’s back if things are not going well on the pitch and will be determined to play the 12th man role for what they hope will be a memorable night.

Zico vs. Materazzi

Two heavyweights of the international game are in either dugout and the big question is how will they set out their teams for the showpiece final. Both have demonstrated in the ISL that they are not afraid to tinker if they have to. Zico surprised many when his team lined up for the second leg playoff against Delhi Dynamos with just three at the back. His squad came out at a blistering pace in an attempt to overcome a 1-0 first leg defeat, which they successfully managed with a 3-0 victory.

Marco Materazzi has also routinely changed how Chennaiyin lineup, opting between a traditional four-man midfield and a diamond formation. The south Indians are likely to approach the final as an away game and will look to silence the home crowd as quickly as possible, so the Italian may adopt a cautious approach by utilising only one forward and packing the midfield. Zico may stick with a more attacking lineup in an attempt to cash in on playing at home.

Experienced Goa

Goa is a team made up of wise heads who will be undaunted by featuring in the ISL final. Marquee signing Lucio, a World Cup and Champions League winner, has been on much bigger stages and the 37-year-old has clearly enjoyed his time in the ISL, emerging as one of the team’s most consistent performers. Other veterans keeping him company include countryman Leonardo Da Silva Moura, who during his 18-year career has played for some of Brazil’s biggest clubs. The 36-year-old striker Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveira has represented clubs on three different continents.

Much of Chennaiyin’s success, on the other hand, can be attributed to a core group of young, relatively inexperienced players. Colombian striker John Stiven Mendoza, 23, has bagged 12 goals in 15 appearances, making him the ISL’s top scorer and helping him to catch the eye of bigger clubs in South America. Playing behind him is 25-year-old defensive midfielder Thoi Singh, who is considered one of India’s brightest prospects. Despite their obvious talent, Chennaiyin’s young guns may be overawed by the occasion and the hostile atmosphere they are likely to encounter.

Chennaiyin defence stands firm

There is one area where Materazzi has not relied on youth, opting to play an experienced back four that is moulded in his image: tough, resolute and difficult to beat. This is a team that has conceded the fewest goals in the ISL (17) and relies on the likes of French veteran and skipper Bernard Mendy, who has emerged as a fan favourite with some wholehearted performances. Two crucial blocks in the second leg playoff in particular prevented opponents Atletico de Kolkata from taking a 3-0 lead, which would have put the tie on an equal footing. Chennaiyin went on to score a late goal, losing 2-1 on the night but going through 4-2 on aggregate.

Former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Apoua Edel was named man of the match for a string of fine saves and has been hailed as the best foreign shot-stopper in the ISL. Indian left-back Dhanachandra Singh has flourished under Materazzi, highlighting that the Italian is not afraid to give domestic players an opportunity to establish themselves. FC Goa may possess plenty of flair but, when it comes to defending, Chennaiyin have plenty of bite.

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