FC Goa kept their small play-off hopes alive with a five-star performance against Chennaiyin FC, whose pursuit of a top four finish was dealt a severe blow when they were defeated 5-0 in the Indian Super League at the Tilak on Wednesday. Maidan Stadium on Wednesday. † Jorge Ortiz (20th, 41st, 53rd) scored a hat-trick after Makan Chothe (6th) opened the scoring for the Gaurs with Narayan Das (45th OG) putting the ball into his own net, in short, Chennaiyin’s night. Goa snapped a five game scoreless run to get back to form in the best possible way, to 18 points from 16 games and their goal difference a world of good. They remained in ninth place. For Chennaiyin, it was their second consecutive defeat, meaning the former champions were left on 19 points from 16 games, finishing eighth in the points tally.
It was all FC Goa from the start, they were in charge from the beginning to the end, leaving Chennaiyin little room to breathe.
Chothe scored his first-ever ISL goal after Edu Bedia slipped a pass to Aiban Dohling on the left, enabling the young winger to serve a sharp cross to the far end that allowed Chothe to confidently put the ball into the back of the net for the first time. to shoot .
Ortiz made it 2-0 shortly afterwards, Dohling was involved again when he pushed the ball into the area after Brandon Fernandes sent him into a foul on the left channel. Chennaiyin’s defense let the ball watch as they failed to clear the danger and the ball went to Ortiz, who made a few hits before firing into Chennaiyin’s goal past Debjit Majumder.
Dohling, for all his trade, could have made it 3-0 for Goa from an Edu Bedia corner, but his header was pushed to safety by Debjit. Chennaiyin couldn’t get a grip on the game and posed almost no threat in the attacking third, while Goa piled up the misery with two more goals before halftime.
First, Ortiz doubled his numbers with the brilliant Dohling restarting the attack as he paired up with Alberto Noguera in the middle of the park. Noguera escaped a pair of Chennaiyin shirts to pass the ball to Ortiz, who took a deft touch to dodge Anirudh Thapa and shoot home.
On the stroke of half-time, Noguera drove a lovely ball into the penalty area and under pressure, Narayan Das put him in his own net to close half of his team.
In the second half, Goa saw more domination as Chennaiyin failed to collect a real chance in front of goal. Ortiz topped off his brilliant performance this season with a first hat-trick after the effervescent Dohling got past a pair of defenders to push the ball into the path of the Spaniard whose sublime first touch took the ball away from Narayan as he charged forward to home from close range to shoot.
Chennaiyin tried his best to weather the Goa storm by bringing in Nerijus Valskis for the ineffective Lukasz Gikiewicz but it just wasn’t their day.
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