Indian cricket team skipper, Virat Kohli on Tuesday expressed his disappointment after his team crashed out of the Indian Super League (ISL) in the two-legged semi-final tie against Chennaiyin FC. Despite the loss, FC Goa co-owner posted a heartfelt message for the players on his official Twitter account. Chennaiyin FC reached their second ISL final in three years as they outsmarted Goa 3-0 (4-1 aggregate) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai. The tie was evenly poised after the first leg ended 1-1 but a brace from Jeje Lalpekhlua (26 and 90 minutes) and one goal from Dhanpal Ganesh (29 minutes) was enough for Chennaiyin FC to seal a place in the final. They will now clash with Bengaluru FC at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru on Saturday. Jeje could have easily had a hat-trick but missed a handful of chances.
However, when it mattered most, he put the ball in the back of the net as Chennaiyin turned a stunning first half on its head by scoring two goals in quick succession completely against the run of play.
Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh was the busiest man on the pitch in this period where Goa sent waves towards goal. Hugo Boumous played in Mandar soon after and his shot went in off the inside of Karanjit's thigh and eventually out of play. Karanjit was at it again when he made a stunning save to deny Manuel Lanzarote from a powerfully driven free kick.