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The second-leg of the second semifinal panned out similarly to the first-leg. Solely that Chennaiyin scored two targets extra and Goa didn’t. The match was purported to be a conflict between two philosophies – Goa’s pass-based attacking soccer and Chennaiyin’s pragmatic, counter-attacking and result-oriented method. Ultimately, it appeared Sergio Lobera’s Goa performed straight into John Gregory’s fingers.
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Chennaiyin centered on successful the battle moderately than the smaller battles. So that they by no means bothered about Goa’s 66 per cent possession, patiently went on thwarting Goa’s assaults and seized a lot of the alternatives coming their manner.
Goa, who needed to negate Chennaiyin’s away-goal benefit, had the suitable intent although. There was an aggression and a function to their passing with the gamers bringing in a whole lot of vitality. It helped them in creating loads of probabilities within the first 20 minutes. However Chennaiyin’s defence stood agency, barely making any errors. They have been so tightly-knit that Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote, who share 30 targets between them, hardly appeared threatening. Even when they did discover some area to shoot, Karanjit Singh had Chennaiyin’s aim effectively guarded. The goalkeeper made implausible saves when he tipped away Lanzarote’s free-kicks — one from 20 yards within the 12th minute and the opposite from 27 yards within the 86th minute.
Goa’s finest probability got here within the 17th minute. Only for as soon as it appeared that Chennaiyin defence went off to sleep and Chinglensana Singh had a free header off a Lanzarote cross from the suitable. With Karanjit late to return off his line, he had ample time. However he headed the ball vast.
Goa’s all-out method had dangers concerned and so they paid for it. Within the 22nd minute, an unmarked Jeje leapt a bit late for a Francisco Fernandes cross and couldn’t hold his header on course. 4 minutes later, the 27-year-old Mizo striker was once more left free and he made amends. He timed his soar to perfection and headed dwelling a Gregory Nelson cross for his eighth aim of the season.
Goa’s defence was left shocked. Earlier than they may get better, Dhanpal Ganesh slotted dwelling Chennaiyin’s second within the 29th minute. Nelson’s well-flighted free-kick evaded Goa’s defence and goalkeeper Naveen Kumar and Ganesh was on the proper place in the suitable second.
Goa then had a mountain to climb. They began the second half in the identical manner however they lacked creativity to carve open Chennaiyin’s defence. A lot to their disappointment, Chennaiyin not solely held on to their two-goal lead however scored within the final minute to pile on their distress. Jaime Gavilan, who changed Raphael Augusto, threaded a move to Jeje. Mohamed Ali was in the way in which of the move however he made a large number of it and the ball landed at Jeje’s toes. Jeje calmly completed along with his left foot and sparked off the celebrations among the many 19013-strong crowd.