FC Goa suffers heartbreak as late Al Rayyan equaliser denies victory in AFC Champions League

An 89th minute leveller from Ali Ferydoon shattered FC Goa's hopes of becoming the first ever Indian team to win a match at the AFC Champions League

Jorge Ortiz celebrates after scoring against Al Rayyan on Monday-FC Goa Media

FC Goa conceded an 89th minute goal to squander the chance to become the first Indian club to win a match in the prestigious AFC Champions League (ACL) as it played out a 1-1 draw with Al Rayyan of Qatar on Monday.

Jorge Ortiz gave FC Goa the lead in the third minute of the Group E match but Ali Ferydoon equalised with just a minute left in the regulation time.

Al Rayyan had the majority of possession in the first half but it was an even contest in the second session.

Persepolis is still on the top group standings with 12 points while Al Wahda is second with 10 points. FC Goa is third with three points and Al Rayyan at the bottom with two points.

AS IT HAPPENED

All the four teams have one match remaining in the double round-robin league. The top team in each of the five groups and three best runners-up sides advance to the Round of 16 knock-outs.

FC Goa had played out a 0-0 draw with Al Rayyan in its first leg match before holding Al Wahda to another goalless draw. The Goan side then lost to Persepolis FC 1-2 and 0-4 in the double header.

The Indian Super League side was out of reckoning for a knock-out berth after Al Wahda of the UAE beat last season runner-up Persepolis FC 1-0 in another Group E match played earlier in the day.

FC Goa's last match against Al Wahda on Thursday will thus be an inconsequential one.