Sunday , January 16 2022

An injury time winner helps NorthEast United FC beat FC Goa 2-1!

An injury time winner from Khassa Camara handed FC Goa their third straight defeat as they went down 1-2 to NorthEast United FC at the Fatorda Stadium. The result leaves the Gaurs rooted to the bottom of the table after three games and still looking for their first point of ISL-8.

With a view to shoring up FC Goa’s defence, head coach, Juan Ferrando, handed Dylan Fox his debut for the Gaurs. Meanwhile, Princeton Rebello and Nongdamba Naorem were given their first starts of the season.

On a similar note, NorthEast United FC head coach, Khalid Jamil, made four changes to his starting lineup from their previous game. Patrick Flottmann, Sehnaj Singh, Lalkhaw Lalkhawpuimawia and Rochharzela were brought in for the game against FC Goa.

FC Goa started the game with much of the possession, especially with Glan Martins and Princeton Rebello marshalling the midfield area. This allowed Noguera to go higher up the pitch, and just five minutes into the game, he found Jorge Ortiz with a lovely lob over the NorthEast defence. However, the NorthEast United keeper did well to deny Ortiz the opener after controlling Noguera’s lob with ease.

As the game progressed, the Gaurs continued to ask questions of the Highlanders’ defence. However, in the 11th minute of the game, the FC Goa defence was found wanting and too high up the pitch. This allowed Mathias Coureur to lay off the ball to a free Rochharzela, who placed the ball past Dheeraj Singh to give NorthEast the lead.

However, FC Goa quickly levelled the scores after Romario diverted Noguera’s shot on goal right in front of the goal. This was his first goal for FC Goa this season.

NorthEast United nearly regained the lead through Coureur after he slipped past his man with acres of open green in front of him. But FC Goa’s Dheeraj Singh made himself big to deny the Frenchman.

Sustained pressure from the Gaurs just before the end of the first half saw NorthEast United lose possession of the ball on many occasions. However, FC Goa were unable to make them pay for it. Debutant Fox did score for the Gaurs, but was denied the goal after the linesman ruled him offside.

Both sides saw their fair share of chances go begging early on in the second half. FC Goa had a good chance to take the lead after Noguera found Ortiz’s run into the box. But the Spaniard’s shot flew over the crossbar. Meanwhile, at the other end, NorthEast United’s Coureur saw Dheeraj Singh off his line and lobbed it over the keeper from just inside the half, only to be denied by the woodwork.

The Gaurs head coach then made a flurry of changes trying to change the flow of the game but the Gaurs were still lacking quality in the final third. Northeast had a chance to score a winner late in the game, when Brown played Suhair through on goal, but his low shot was saved well by Dheeraj.

The match looked like ending all square, but a long-range strike by NorthEast United’s Khassa Camara deep into injury time gave his side the lead and all three points as FC Goa didn’t have any time to make a comeback. This is FC Goa’s third successive defeat in the league.

FC Goa next take on SC East Bengal at Tilak Maidan in Goa on Tuesday, December 7.

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