Northeast United FC: Rehenesh, Khongjee, Miguel, Capdevila, Gurung, Do, Chansa, Kondwani, Adinga, Koke, Durga
FC Goa: Seda, Roy, Gregory, Bengelloun, Narayan Das, Carvalho, Gabriel, Pires, Santos, Miranda, Martins
It was a good start by both sides as both having created decent chances. North East United earned a free kick from 30 yards and a powerful strike by captain Capdevila was deflected but Seda, the Goa goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant reflex save and it went out for a corner
The first 10 minutes of the game saw Northeast United creating 90% of the chances. Goa were restricted to their own half as they were trying to defend against the barrage of attacks by the quick and tricky Northeast players. The home crowd were extremely loud and expressive just like last time.
It wasn’t too late before Chansa fouled Pires and earned a booking. The subsequent free kick was taken by Andre Santos whose shot was miscued by the goalkeeper and after a big scrap Gregory was at the right place at the right time once again and he scored his second goal of the tournament. FC Goa made use of the rare chances gifted to them and turned the game on its head. The crowd went dead silent as they did not believe what just happened.
Soon the game saw the 2nd penalty converted to make it 1-1 as Gurung barged into the back while in the air by Das and the referee pointed to the spot. Zico and his players were furious while Durga is still down injured. Koke stepped up to take the penalty and scored sending Seda in the wrong direction. Koke scored his second goal of the ISL and the home crowd erupted with joy.
Northeast United did well since scoring the goal as they created chances as well as preventing Goa from doing much. Goa earned a free kick just outside the box after Capdevila slid into Andre Santos but the Brazilian missed the goal easily from the free kick.
As the game progressed to the end of the first half the game got slower with the last chance coming for Goa but Ranti Martins had his powerful shot from outside the box easily caught by Rehneesh. The first half ended with both teams looking to finish the game off in the second half.
The second half saw quick passing by the home side as they caught Goa off guard and nearly scored from just outside the box. Northeast dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half and they nearly scored when Koke put a very good ball for Kondwani but his low cross was missed by everybody inside the box.
There was another chance for Northeast United but Chansa shot it wide from a slightly acute angle. Northeast put their foot on the gas since the start of the second half and were not looking like they will let it off easily.
Two quick chances followed for Northeast as substitute Len who came on for Adinga headed straight on Seda and Koke having his long range shot saved by Seda again. Northeast really piled up the pressure and another good counter attack almost ended with them scoring.
Captain Robert Pires got subbed for Goa and his replacement Marcelinho almost scored but his shot was well saved by Rehenesh. The substitutions brought some life into Goa. Ranti Martins did put the ball in the back of the net and started to celebrate but his goal was ruled offside much to his and Goa’s dismay.
Luis Padilla came on for Joan Capdevila and he scored with his first touch of the ball but the goal was once again disallowed as he supposedly fouled Bengelloun.
A last minute chance for Northeast saw Len shooting way wide and he fell down in despair. The full time whistle was blown and both games of the day ended in a 1-1 draw. Northeast United lacked the killer pass and conviction to finish off the game. Goa were lucky to hold on to the draw and earn their first points of the tournament. A good game overall but Northeast United will be ruing their missed chances.
Man Of The Match: Gregory Arnolin