The big story: FC Goa thrill in front of the home fans
Both FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC fielded young players in their last Indian Super League match this season on Thursday with the result already a foregone conclusion. The Gaurs had lost four times at home coming into the season, and it took only four minutes for Marco Materazzi’s side to take the lead in the game. After 40 minutes, four more goals were scored in the game.
Goa came out strongly in the second half and took the lead with strikes from Sahil Tavora and Rafael Coelho. John Arne Riise then equalised from the spot with three minutes left for full time. Deep into stoppage time, Tavora scored one of the goals of the Indian Super League, showing exquisite control to bring down a Sanjay Balmuchu pass, cutting in, and unleashing an unstoppable shot beyond Chennayin keeper Karanjit Singh to win 5-4.
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