FCG Recap (2018): Coro scores twice as the Gaurs put four past Pune City

posted in Specials by Sarthak Sharma on 15th May 2020

posted in Specials

by Sarthak Sharma

on 15th May 2020

FCG Recap (2018): Coro scores twice as the Gaurs put four past Pune City

In our next episode of the FCG Recap, we take a look back at the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign for FC Goa, which was a memorable one in its own right.

The game in focus today is an entertaining victory over former ISL side FC Pune City, in a game that will be remembered for a high-scoring first half of football. How did we fare? Let’s take a look.

High intensity from the outset

FC Goa were clearly up for this clash from the very beginning, as in-form hitman Ferran Corominas gave the home side the lead as early as the fifth minute.

A long ball from Ahmed Jahouh was latched onto by Coro, and he slotted the ball home to make it 1-0. Just the start the crowd wanted.

The excitement was short lived however, as Pune struck back almost immediately, equalising via a top corner finish from Marcelo. 1-1 and less than ten minutes played.

The goal fest continues

If the shock of conceding hurt the Gaurs, they certainly didn’t seem to show it, as they went right on the attack and a few minutes later had the lead once again.

This time it was Hugo Boumous who fired the ball home after some lovely interplay with Coro, heading the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 2-1. Incredible stuff so early on in the game.

Goa’s control over the game tightened, and they had a third not soon after, as Coro found himself in acres of space and had the wherewithal to square the ball to Jackichand Singh.

The Manipuri did the rest and it was 3-1 with barely any time gone.

Pune raise some heartbeats at the Fortress

Being 3-1 down so early on in the game can be deflating, but credit to Pune as they continued playing their natural game and found a goal to keep the game interesting.

Emiliano Alfaro fired home to make it 3-2 and ensure that in the first 23 minutes of the game, fans at the Fatorda had 5 goals to witness. Classic stuff.

Coro grabs his second to end a pulsating first half

Coro was the man of the hour once again as he restored Goa’s two-goal cushion in the 35th minute.

This time, Jacki crossed it in to the Spaniard, and despite having an attempt blocked, Coro managed to squeeze his effort into the net and make it 4-2.

Nawaz makes himself a hero

If anyone inside the stadium thought the first half was about as much action as they could have seen, they had another thing coming.

After Chinglensana Singh fouled Emiliano Alfaro inside the box, a penalty was awarded to the visitors, and the latter stepped up to take it.

Few would have bet against Alfaro but his effort was magnificently turned away by a diving Mohammad Nawaz in the Goa goal. Way to write yourself into the fans’ hearts.

Bittersweet ending for Coro

Our two-goal man missed an opportunity to get a hat-trick late on, and to make matters worse, found himself sent off as well.

The Spaniard caught Marko Stankovic with a high boot and received a red card just moments after Diego Carlos was given his marching orders for venting his frustration out on Seriton Fernandes. This game really did have it all!

Gaurs reach the top of the table

As the full-time whistle blew, it became clear that FC Goa were going to the top of the table, while FC Pune City were at the opposite end of the spectrum after a terrible start to the season.

This game will go down as one of the ISL classics, and Goa found themselves at the right end of the scoreline by the end of it.