FC Goa made it two in two as they drubbed two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in a pre-season friendly game on Sunday in Goa. In their first pre-season game last week, Goa beat Hyderabad 3-2 in a more highly contested affair.
New signing Igor Angulo, Princeton Rebello and Sanson Pereira were on target on Sunday for the Gaurs as Juan Ferrando’s men dominated largely.
Goa, who started with five foreigners, played a 4-2-3-1 formation. New recruitments Jorge Ortiz Mendoza, Alberto Noguera started alongside Angulo and Len Doungel in the attacking third. Princeton and club captain Edu Bedia played in central midfield, acting as a screen in front of the defence line which was made up of Seriton Fernandes, Ivan Gonzalez,
Aibanbha Dohling, and Sanson Pereira. Md. Nawaz started between the sticks.
For Chennaiyin FC, the good news was that head coach Csaba Lsazlo was back on the field, after having finally come out of quarantine this weekend. He fielded a strong XI with Eli Sabia and Memo Moura at the heart of defence. Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, and Lallianzuala Chhangte were all part of the line-up that took the field at kick-off.
Snapshots from our pre-season friendly defeat to FC Goa earlier today 📸@eli_sabia13 and Memo featured, as the boys clocked valuable game time ⏱️#PreSeasonParaak #AllInForChennaiyin pic.twitter.com/YzALMLjLuM
— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) November 8, 2020
Goa play a couple of more friendlies, against Hyderabad FC and ATK Mohun Bagan FC before the season kicks off while Chennaiyin are scheduled take on Odisha FC.
In what is turning out to be a unique season, ISL clubs are playing against each other to test their mettle and prepare during the pre-season. With less than three weeks to go for the start of the campaign, every team is looking to settle down quickly and so far, FC Goa seem to be ahead in that respect.
Here are all the results of the completed pre-season games and full schedule of upcoming fixtures —
October 25: Kerala Blasters 2-0 Hyderabad FC
October 30: Kerala Blasters 0-0 Mumbai City
November 1: FC Goa 3-2 Jamshedpur FC
November 2: Mumbai City 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
November 7: Bengaluru FC 1-1 Hyderabad FC
November 8: FC Goa 3-0 Chennaiyin FC
November 10: Odisha FC vs Mumbai City
November 10: NEUFC vs Jamshedpur FC
November 10: SC East Bengal vs Kerala Blasters
November 11: FC Goa vs Hyderabad FC
November 13: Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City
November 14: Kerala vs Jamshedpur FC
November 14: FC Goa vs ATK Mohun Bagan
November 15: Odisha FC vs Chennaiyin FC