Marcus Joseph scores as Gokulam Kerala edge Chennai CityFebruary 13, 2020
Marcus Joseph’s 79th-minute strike helped Gokulam Kerala down defending champions Chennai City 1-0 in the I-League match on Wednesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.
Chennai City coach Akbar Nawas named an unchanged lineup and Santiago Valera made two alterations in a bid to return to winning ways after the 1-0 defeat to Real Kashmir. Shibil Muhammed and Muthu Mayakkanan were reinstated to the starting line-up.
It was a brisk start to the match as both teams tested each other’s defensive resolve right from the first whistle.
Within five minutes, Gokulam had a sight of the goal when Nathaniel Garcia tried to beat Nauset Santana from a narrow-angle but the keeper dealt with the danger. At the other end, Fito was fed through on goal but a poor second touch let him down.
The two sides continued to attack hammer and tongs but wasted their chances. In the 23rd minute, Henry Kisekka fired a snap-shot at goal following a half-turn but his effort sailed inches over the crossbar.