Last season's runners-up FC Goa have a sense of stability in the team as they have retained most of their key players, international and domestic. The likes of Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh and Edu Bedia are all into their third season too with the Gaurs. Mandar Rao Dessai, Seriton Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues and Jackichand Singh are all familiar with Lobera's methods. LIVE STREAM
62' - GOAL! Ferran Corominas Goa's lead! Ferran Corominas slots it back into the net easily. No problems. The move though was started by Manvir Singh with a slick counter-attack from mid-field. He passed it onto Jackichand Singh on the right, who squares the ball back int the middle of the box, finding Coro in acres of space. The Spaniard makes no mistakes.
FC Goa 2-0 Chennaiyin FC
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30' - Goal! Seminlen Doungel with the breakthrough for the home side. Scores on debut! Seriton Fernandes cuts the ballback from right-back for Manvir Singh, who is inside the box. Manvir passes the ball onto Doungel, who has the whole goal in fornt of him. Hr taps it in comfortably.
Seminlen Doungel becomes the first Indian goal-scorere of ISL 2019-20!
FC Goa 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
Both the managers - Sergio Lobera and John Gregory - are into their third seasons with FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC.
Goa - Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh and Edu Bedia are all into their third season too with the Gaurs. Mandar Rao Dessai, Seriton Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Jackichand Singh are all familiar with Lobera's methods.
Chennaiyin - The Two-time champions from the south, on the other hand, have undergone a rebuild, with John Gregory has completely revamping his foreign contingent. Except for Eli Sabia, six new foreigners have brought in. Even the Indian contingent has seen some changes, with the likes of Vishal Kaith, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul and Rahim Ali coming in.
Goa vs Chennai - Finalist vs Last!
Last year's finalists FC Goa, who lost to Bengaluru FC in the title clash, will look to start the new season on a winning note against a club that finished rock-bottom in the ISL last year. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, will be eager to prove that the last season was just an aberration.
Chennaiyin FC Starting XI -
Vishal Kaith (GK), Masih Saighani, Lucian Goian (C), Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul, Dragos Firtulescu, Thoi Singh, Eli Sabia, Dhanpal Ganesh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Andre Schembri.
Karanjit Singh, Laldinliana Ralte, Tondonba Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Rafael Crivellaro, Nerijus Valskis, Rahim Ali.
FC Goa Starting XI -
ohammad Nawaz (GK), Seiminlen Doungel, Ferran Corominas, Manvir Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Jackichand Singh, Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Dessai (C).
Seminlen Doungel (Photo Credit: ISL)
Chennaiyin, on the other hand, have undergone a rebuild after the shambles of last season. John Gregory has completely revamped his foreign contingent barring Eli Sabia and has brought in six players from abroad. Even the Indian contingent has seen some changes, with the likes of Vishal Kaith, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul and Rahim Ali coming into the side.
Interestingly, both managers -- Sergio Lobera and John Gregory -- are into their third seasons with FC Goa and Chennaiyin.
Goa will be favourites at home but fortunately for Chennaiyin, the hosts will miss the services of Ahmed Jahouh who controls the tempo for the team, after the red card he picked up in last year's final against Bengaluru FC.
Gregory will hope that his re-jigged team can summon the spirit of the 2017-18 season and start on a positive note.
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