On Thursday evening, hosts FC Goa fell prey to Chennaiyin FC in a 0-1 result as defender Narayan Das put the ball into his own net in the 52nd minute in match 73 of Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium.
John Gregory made two alterations after their 1-1 draw against Delhi Dynamos - Bikramjit Singh and Henrique Sereno replaced Keenan Almeida and Jaime Gavilan Martinez. Jeje Lalpekhlua was their lone striker with Rafael Augusto playing in behind him.
Early on, Chennaiyin's Francis Fernandes was allowed a free-header from Gregory Nelson's delivery from the left that was unconvincingly blocked by Bruno Pinheiro. Inigo Calderon's effort off the rebound flew just over the bar.
The Goans' first real chance was when Manuel Lanzarote picked the run of Seriton Fernandes on the right side in the seventh minute but the latter's cross was a bit too heavy for Corominas in front of goal.
Calderon did just enough to get in the way of Lanzarote's through-ball intended for Edu Bedia before the Chennaiyin right-back himself tested the side-netting at the other end with a powerful shot that flew just side in the 26th minute.
A little after the half-hour mark, Bikramjit's cross from the right was parried away by Naveen Kumar into the path of Jerry Lalrinzuala. However, the FC Goa goalkeeper pulled off a vital save with his legs to keep the scores level.
Chennaiyin eventually took the lead in the 52nd minute. Mohammed Ali's failure to clear a loose ball allowed Francisco to pick out Nelson whose venomous strike from the edge of the box was parried away by Naveen but only as far as Jeje. The Indian striker's cross across the face of goal from the left hit Narayan before rolling past the goal-line.
Lanzarote was close to sending his cross-cum-shot past Karanjit in the 81st minute. A few minutes later, the Spaniard went close again from yet another set-piece that Karanjit had to tip over his goal after Francisco had brought down Brandon.
The Goans' search for an equaliser was desperate and without conviction as Chennaiyin sealed full points on the night to pile more misery on Sergio Lobera and co. The defeat leaves the sixth in the standings with 21 points whereas Chennaiyin climb to the third spot.