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Goa emerges champion of Hero Super Cup
Sportslogon Team April 13th 2019

Bhubaneswar : India Super League runner up team FC Goa emerged champion of the 2nd Hero Super Cup, winning over Chennaiyin FC 2-1 at Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday.

Chennaiyin triumphed over ATK 2-0 in their semifinal game. Chris Herd is replaced by Fernandes from that XI. While Goa demolished I-League champions Chennai City 3-0 in the semi-final. Edu Bedia, who was sent off in the quarterfinal and sat out the semis, comes in place of Zaid Krouch and captains the Goa’s.

Dark horse Chennaiyin kept attacking from the beginning of the final match, they won back to back corner in the 17th minute, Gregory Nelson delivered the ball from corner which was headed well by skipper Mailson Alvas. But Goa defender Carlos Pena got his leg on the way otherwise it could be 1-0 to Chennaiyin.

Goa midfielder Bedia Pelaez lashed out a powerful shoot from a long range in the 44th minute as Ferran Corominas passed the ball back and the flat shot was punched off by Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Karanjit Singh and Goa missed a scoring chances in the last minute of first half. The first half ended in 0-0.

After the change of sides, Goa changed their gear to open the account, it was Ferran Corominas draw the first blood in the 51st minute. Corominas gave a running pass to Hugo Adnan Boumous who strike it but was well saved by Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh, however the deflection was landed just infront of Corominas who made no mistake to open the account for Goa.

The advantage was lasted for three minute only, midfielder Raphael Augusto scored the equaliser in the 54th minute for Chennaiyin. Brandon Fernandez's cross from the right was found Vinneth but his bicycle kick was gone back out of the box, Augusto shoot it low and hard which was deflected by unlucky Goa defender Seriton Benny to enter their post for 1-1.

Goa kept their pressure on by breaking the Chennaiyin defenders, again the Corominas gave a cross pass into the box to the winger Brandon Fernandes who got a sliding touch to rest the ball inside the Chennaiyin post to register a 2-0 lead in the 64th minute.

AIFF CEO Subrat Dutta, Sports and Youth Services Department Director Vineel Krishna, former Indian women football team captain Sradhanjali Samantray and Sasmita Mallick were the guests of the closing ceremony.

Highest goal scorer of the ISL Ferran Corominas bagged the man of the tournament award.

The young goalkeeper of Goa Md Nawaz once again proved why he’s rated as one of India’s brightest prospects with a string of world-class saves throughout the 90 minutes. His two saves early in the first period proved to be the one of the highlights of the match and his contributions undoubtedly merited the Hero of the Match award.

The champion team received a cash award of Rs 25 lakhs, while the runner up team took home Rs 15 lakhs and man of the tournament award winner received a cash award of Rs 2.5 lakhs. .
This news was added and updated on : April 13th 2019
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