Goa fc thrash Chennaiyin FC 3-1 to seal semifinal berth
FC Goa humiliated Chennaiyin FC in-front of their home crowd with 3-1 win to clinch a semi-final berth in the Indian Super League here on Friday. The team coached by legendary Zico now have 21 points from 13 games, just a point less than table toppers Chennayin and are assured of a place in the semifinal. Romeo Fernandes (23rd minute), Brazilian Andre Santos (41st minute) and Cezch striker Miroslav Slepicka (62nd minute) scored for the winners while Jean Maurice reduced the margin for the ‘Men in Blue’ in the stoppage time. It was a match that was completely dominated by Goa save first 15 minutes as they went all out in attack from the onset. With regular coach Marco Materazzi not in the dug-out, Chennayin didn’t have the proper guidance. The decision to field inexperienced Jayesh Rane proved to be a poor decision. Goa got the first goal against the run of play when Mandar Desai’s left-footed pile-driver richocheted against the horizontal before falling to Romeo, who stabbed it home with a left-footer.