FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-0 in the Indian Super League game in Goa and move up in the points table to third.
Miroslav Slepicka scored twice and Andre Santos scored a goal and assisted one in Goa’s 3-0 win.
FC Goa and Kerala Blasters both have 15 points now and Goa move up to third with better goal difference than Kerala. Goa got off to a poor start in the league but picked up late to remain unbeaten in the last six matches now.
Both teams make bright starts, with Goa attacking straight away and Kerala hitting back and earning a corner. The corner nearly drifts straight in, but Goa keeper Jan Seda reacts just in time to make the save. Tolgay Ozbey with a great run and shot which comes off the post, and Andre Santos follow-up shot is saved. David James made a brilliant save as Amiri headed on a Santos corner.
Kerala’s Godwin Franco gets the first yellow card of the game. Goa’s Tolgay Ozbey had to go off in the 25th minute because of an injury and is replaced by Czech forward Miroslav Slepicka. Kerala’s Raphael Romey gets an yellow card for pulling down Zohib Islam Amiri.
There was a near chance for Goa as Andre Santos puts in a superb through ball that finds Mandar, but David James made the save again.
Goa looked like the more dominant side, but Kerala’s defence looked strong as ever. David James and the Kerala’s defence just kept the Goa attack at bay at the end of the first half. FC Goa dominated the first half as the attack index shows they were leading 89%-11%.
Kerala Blasters made two attacking substitutions at the start of the second half. Strikers Iain Hume and Milagres Gonsalves came on for Romey and Franco. Michael Chopra came on for Andrew Barisic in 61st minute for Kerala Blasters and Goa’s C. Miranda came on for Mandar Rao Desai.
Goa finally have the lead in the 63rd minute as Santos’ free-kick is delivered in dangerously and Slepicka arrived at the back post to tap it into the goal. He has now scored two goals in two matches for Goa.
Goa break away and get a second in five minutes time. Andre Santos gets a pass from Romeo Fernandes in the box, he beats the Kerala defenders without loosing the ball and kicks it in past a diving David James .
Miroslav Slepicka scores another goal in 79th minute to make it 3-0 for Goa. Slepicka gets a pass in the box, he kicks it in but David James dives to his left to save it, the ball rebounds and Slepicka kicks it into the goal this time. David James was unable to recover quickly due to a groin injury he suffered during the match.
Romeo Fernandes, who had an excellent game came off for Sheikh Jewel Raja in the ending minutes. Goa nearly had their fourth goal when Jewel Raja went into the box but his shot is just over the target.
FC Goa 3 – 0 Kerala Blasters
Miroslav Slepička 63′, 79′ André Santos 69′
Man Of The Match: Andre Santos
Picture Courtesy: Indian Super League