5 years of FC Goa: Season 3, The Gaurs edge nine-goal thriller against Chennaiyin FC
October 21, 2016: Goa secure hard-fought victory against Islanders
The previous encounter between these two teams had ended in a 7-0 reversal for the home side Mumbai City, but this was a tighter affair.
Zico’s Gaurs, badly needing a win started the brighter of the two sides and almost capitalised on defensive lapses from the hosts to give themselves a 1-0 lead. The winner came in the 40th minute as Julio Cesar’s free-kick was met by a superb volley from Richarlyson which crashed off the underside of the bar before going in.
The away defence, marshalled by Lucio, held tight as Goa saw the game out for their first win of the season.
November 11, 2016: 10-man Gaurs edge NorthEast United in injury time
With four foreigners suspended and two injured, Zico’s team were forced to play 9 Indians in the starting line-up as they searched for their first home win of the campaign.
Seityasen Singh’s 50th minute strike took a huge deflection before beating keeper Laxmikant Kattimani all ends up to put a dent in Goa’s hopes. It was Robin Singh who restored parity as the striker tapped in Romeo Fernandes’ cut-back from the byline to draw Goa level.
Sahil Tavora’s sending-off in the 72nd minute left the hosts in a precarious position, as the away side piled on the attacks. The roles were reversed from the first goal as Robin put Romeo through on goal in injury time and the winger rounded the opposition keeper to slot it home for a hard-earned victory.
December 1, 2016: Zico’s men win 9-goal thriller against Chennaiyin
With a difficult campaign coming to an end, FC Goa stepped out on to the Fatorda pitch with a point to prove against the defending champions Chennaiyin FC. The away side had also defeated the Gaurs in the ISL final the year prior, adding extra incentive to the clash.
Jerry Lalrinzuala’s free-kick in the 4th minute was cancelled out 2 minutes later by Rafael Coelho in an opening salvo that was to set the tone for the rest of the evening.
1-1 became 2-2 and later 3-3 as Sahil Tavora’s tap-in brought the Gaurs level for the 3rd time that evening. Coelho’s second of the night gave Goa the lead for the first time in the 76th minute, but there was more drama to follow as John Arne Riise converted a 88th minute penalty for the visitors.
With virtually the last kick of the match, Tavora’s right-footed curler beat the keeper and went in off the post in the 5th minute of injury time to earn Goa the win in an Indian Super League classic.