Late strike sees FC Goa go down to Bengaluru

posted in Match Report by Sarthak Sharma on 3rd January 2020

posted in Match Report

by Sarthak Sharma

on 3rd January 2020

Late strike sees FC Goa go down to Bengaluru

FC Goa were impressive in their encounter against Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium but came up short in the end, losing 2-1 to the Indian Super League (ISL) Champions in an entertaining game.

The starting eleven was a predictable one considering the goal scoring fest against Chennaiyin FC, and the usual suspects were at their flowing best in the first half.

Ahmed Jahouh pulled the strings in midfield as Hugo Boumous pressed forward, with Jackichand Singh making some good runs on the right.

There were chances galore for the Gaurs in the first half, and Jacki was a huge part of the goal scoring threat, but couldn’t finish when he was presented with an opportunity.

Both Boumous and Coro had chances to break the deadlock as well, but neither were able to find the back of the net.

As for Bengaluru, they came close as well, a left footed shot from Rahul Bheke had to be acrobatically saved by Mohammad Nawaz in the Goa goal, and he was called into action again as Nishu Kumar let fly from a long way out.

By the end of the first period, it was clear that FC Goa were the better team, and the hosts needed some inspiration to get going.

And inspiration is exactly what Bengaluru FC got in the second half, with Sunil Chhetri popping up with the opening goal of the game.

A corner for the reigning ISL Champions was met by Chhetri who found himself unmarked, and Nawaz was unable to keep the effort out.

The goal seemed to wake Goa up, and the league leaders hit back almost immediately, this time with Coro and Hugo Boumous linking up, and the latter managed to wrap his foot around the ball and curl it into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

There were hardly a couple of minutes between the two goals and it seemed a true reflection of the game after just over the hour mark, but both sides were still itching to win this clash of the big guns.

As FC Goa pushed forward, chances came, but at the other end, Bengaluru were more than willing to play on the counter, and that is exactly how they managed to get the winning goal of the game.

A couple of errors in the Gaurs’ defence allowed Bengaluru to get the ball around the halfway line from where Sunil Chhetri was played in, and he didn’t disappoint the home support.

The veteran sprinted forward and left the Goan defence behind him, eventually pulling the trigger and beating Nawaz.

The Chhetri brace proved to be the difference as despite the introduction of Edu Bedia late on, FC Goa were unable to find the equaliser.

The result brings Bengaluru to within 2 points of FC Goa in the ISL table but the Gaurs still lead the way as things stand.

They might have expected a win, but FC Goa will have to take this one on the chin and look ahead to the next league game against NorthEast United at home on 8th January.