FC Goa defeated NorthEast United 3 – 0 and reaches one step close to qualify for the semi-finals of Indian Super League.
Two goals from Romeo Fernandes and Miroslav Slepick in the first half gave Zico’s side the confidence they needed. Andre Santos goal in the second half was the final nail in the coffin.
With the win against the highlanders today FC Goa has 18 points from 12 matches and is in the second position of the Indian Super League, four points behind Chennaiyin FC who are the league leaders.
Injured Tolgay Ozbey was replaced by Miroslav Slepicka and Aiborlang Khonjee also made it into the team as he returned from match suspension. With Capdevilla suspended due to the red card he received in the last game, Issac Chansa came in his place.
Goa started better than the Highlanders after Massamba Sambou passed a wonderful ball in a dangerous position to Andre Santos. Santos tried to cross the ball in the box but was collected by goalkeeper T. P. Rehenesh.
In the same minute, Haroon Amiri missed a goal scoring chance when he headed the ball over the bar by a cross given by Romeo Fernandes.
In the 12th minute, Narayan Das gave a wonderful ball in the box from the left but Santos headed it wide.
Goal draught ended in the 34th minute when Slepicka received a pass from Debabrata and gave a through pass to Romeo. Fernandes with his pace made a run in the box and put the ball just pass Rehenesh to score the 100th goal of Indian Super League.
The Highlanders in the 40th minute created a change when Koke from left put a cross which was put back across the goal. The resulting shot from Durga Boro was deflected by Bruno Pinheiro to corner.
In the injury time of the first half Goans extended their lead by two goals, when Romeo’s deflected pass was received by Slepicka in the box. The Czech striker made no mistake and hit the shot straight in the far corner.
Koke missed his first chance of scoring a goal in the second half, when his shot at the right was saved wonderfully by Jon Seda in the 60th minute.
Two minutes later, Romeo was blocked by Miguel Garcia when Slepicka gave a wonderful through ball to Fernandes.
Alen Deory and Tomas Josl were substituted in place of Ralte and Chansa to give a fresh offensive advantage to the Highlanders.
In the 66th minute, Josl gave a wonderful cross from the left in the box but Pinheiro cleared the ball away. Fernandes also had a chance to score but his shot went wide as it took the deflection of Sambou.
Felipe and Keene went down in the box and the Highlanders applied for a penalty but the referee objected.
In the 74th minute, Andre Santos scored the third goal for FC Goa. The Brazilian received the ball from Narayan Das in the box and with his pace deceived Durga Boro and Sambou and shot the ball straight into the net with his right foot.
Keene missed a goal scoring opportunity by hitting the volley wide in the 77th minute. The free kick by Josl was received by Garcia who headed it straight to Keene.
Slepicka could have scored his second goal of the match in the stoppage time. Miranda sent the ball straight into the box but the Czech striker couldn’t reach in time and Josl cleared the ball to corner.
FC Goa won the match comfortably by dominating the game from the start. With ten points from the previous four matches FC Goa are now in the second position of the Indian Super League and are close to qualifying for the semi-finals.
Pic courtesy : Indian Super League official website.