Bambolim: Striker Esmael Goncalves scored a brace to information Chennayin FC to a 2-1 win over Odisha FC in an Indian Tremendous League match right here on Wednesday. The primary conflict between the 2 sides this season had resulted in a goalless draw. Goncalves scored within the 15th and 21st minutes for Chennayin earlier than Diego Mauricio struck screamer within the 64h minute to offer Odisha some hope.
After struggling for objectives all season, Csaba Laszlo’s males turned on the model in opposition to Odisha, scoring two within the opening quarter of the sport. Portuguese ahead Goncalves opened the scoring within the 15th minute, earlier than placing Chennaiyin two-up by changing a penalty within the 21st minute.
Nonetheless, Mauricio diminished the margin after the change of ends to maintain Odisha within the hunt. However Chennaiyin held fort to safe the win, which lifted all of them the way in which to fifth place within the standings.
Goncalves had the prospect to place his group forward within the fifth minute when he received in behind the Odisha defence, however with solely goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh to beat, he blasted his probability over.
Nonetheless, he made amends for that 10 minutes later with a well-taken purpose. Gaurav Bora did not cope with an extended ball from Rahim Ali and it fell in the direction of Goncalves, who didn’t make a mistake this time.
Chennaiyin doubled their lead six minutes later. Bora was once more at fault, hacking down Anirudh Thapa within the field. Goncalves stepped as much as take the spot-kick and despatched Arshdeep the incorrect method.
Chennaiyin defended properly after securing a cushty lead as Odisha struggled to create clear-cut possibilities. The closest they received within the first half was within the 37th minute when Manuel Onwu discovered himself with the ball at his toes and a sight on purpose, however he shot extensive.
With a few early inroads into the Odisha field, Chennaiyin seemed the group likelier to attain. Nonetheless, Mauricio, who changed Marcelo Pereira at halftime, had different plans as he pulled one again for his group in spectacular style with a long-range roller.
Chennaiyin had an ideal alternative to revive their lead late on when Lallianzuala Chhangte, after a superb run, squared the ball to substitute Thoi Singh. Nonetheless, the veteran, regardless of solely having the keeper to beat, did not get his shot heading in the right direction.
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Odisha nearly took benefit of this within the 85th minute when Daniel Lalhlimpuia managed to get a shot in from simply exterior the field however keeper Vishal Kaith pulled off a superb diving save. Odisha piled on the stress within the closing minutes however have been unable to search out the equaliser.