Marcus Joseph scores as Gokulam Kerala edge Chennai City

February 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.

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