AFC Champions League 2021 FC Goa vs Persepolis Highlights: Moghanlou, Torabi helps Persepolis beat FC Goa 4-0

AFC Champions League 2021 FC Goa vs Persepolis Highlights: Two goals in each half helped Persepolis beat FC Goa for two matches in a row on Friday.

Updated : Apr 24, 2021 01:15 IST

Persepolis players celebrater after scoring against FC Goa on Friday- FC Goa Media
Persepolis players celebrater after scoring against FC Goa on Friday- FC Goa Media

Persepolis players celebrater after scoring against FC Goa on Friday- FC Goa Media

Welcome to the highlights of the 2020-21 AFC Champions League Group E fixture between FC Goa and Persepolis at the Fatorda Stadium.

MATCH REPORT: FC Goa thrashed 4-0 by Persepolis FC in return leg

Well, after two exceptional draws and a decent performance in the third game, FC Goa had its first real poor game in the AFC Champions League on Friday.

Nothing worked for a team, that saw a whopping eight changes to the starting XI from the previous game and goalkeeper Naveen Kumar had a particularly off day as he gave away two goals in the first 45 minutes.

He gave away a third goal at the start of the second half and a fourth goal few minutes later and there was no turning back for Juan Ferrando's men after that.

It has two days to ponder over and recover before its fifth game against Al Rayyan on Monday night. Join us for that. Until then, it is Goodbye and stay safe.

The referee blows the whistle and that is the end of that. Full time: FC Goa 0 Persepolis 4

90+3' IT HAS HAPPENED! Goa has its first shot on-target in the game courtesy, Jorge Ortiz, whose shot towards the top right corner is saved by the goalkeeper.

3 minutes of added time.

Princeton Rebello is injured and is going off the pitch. Goa is out of substitutes and so will close out this game with 10 men on the pitch.

85' Goa gives the ball possession away, but the Persepolis shot is blocked by two Goa players and Naveen does his bit to stop any more trouble.

Ali Shojaei is down and seems to be in a lot of pain.

Just under 15 minutes of regulation time, left on the clock.

Time for a drinks break. Goa needs this time off, desperately.

71' FREE KICK FOR Persepolis. The delivery comes in, the ball is played away and a header from Mehdikhani slams into the post. So close to becoming 5-0.

70' CHANCE. Once again poor bit of work from Ali as he flounders his marking. Persepolis fires in the shot and it is excellently saved by Naveen.

65' Goa ringing in the changes now. First Jorge Ortiz came on for Devendra Murgaonkar. Now, Makan Chote and Brandon Fernandes have come on for Redeem Tlang and Ishan Pandita.

63' Another change for Persepolis as Mehdikhani comes on for Alkasir.

Goa well and truly on the backfoot. You have to wonder what is going in the mind of Juan Ferrando, right now, in terms of changes to be made.

58' GOAL! Poor, poor work  from Goa and it is Mohamed Ali, who is the culprit as he fails to clears the ball fired in by Kamal Kamyabinia, whose shot goes into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, captain Ivan Gonzalez is down, looks like with a twisted knee. He is walking away from the pitch. Mohamed Ali is in for him and takes the armband as well.

54' The third goal seems to have enhanced the Persepolis confidence even further it dominates ball possession and gets a corner for itself.

47' GOAL! What a start for Persepolis after the interval. Issa Alkasir sprints with the ball, fires in the shot and the ball beats Naveen Kumar for the Iranian outfit's third goal.

Ehsan Pahlavan and Kamal Kamyabinia for Jalel Hosseini and Mahdi Torabi have been brought on by Persepolis for the second half. No changes for Goa.


A number of FC Goa players will be put under the spotlight for its performance in that half, but one man will be at the forefront of it: Goalkeeper Naveen Kumar, brought in for the impressive Dheeraj Singh, has had a 45 minutes to forget.

He conceded the first goal, unable to save a low shot from Shahriar and then in a poor piece of goalkeeping, brought down Alkasir inside the box, thereby giving a penalty, which Torabi converted.

Persepolis right on top and Juan Ferrando has a lot of thinking to do at the break. Join us shortly for the second half.

Half-time : FC Goa 0 Persepolis 2

2 minutes of added time.

42' GOAL! Torabi takes it and fires it into the top-right corner. Persepolis well and truly on top here.

PENALTY for Persepolis. A poor bit of work from Naveen Kumar, who brings down Alkasir inside the box. A forgettable 45 minutes for him.

40' Free kick for Persepolis as Tlang brings down a player on the right-hand side of the field. He clears the ball away on the set piece and another opportunity is missed.

33' Better from Goa. D'Cunha sprints down the wing, maintains possession, and Romario takes a shot that is off-target.

Under 15 minutes of regulation time to go in this half.

Time for a drinks break. And we are back.

29' FREE KICK FOR Persepolis. Torabi takes it, but the ball flies into the empty stands behind.

27' CORNER for Persepolis as a failed cross hits D'Cunha and goes out of play. Skipper Hosseini appeals for a foul after the delivery comes in, to the referee by his opposite number, but the referee has nothing of it.

24' GOAL! Persepolis leads. Shahriar Moghanlou fires in a low shot with his left foot and the ball beats Naveen Kumar and goes into the back of the net.

22' Shojaei puts in a cross and a mistimed header from Alkasir, puts the ball out of play.

20' CHANCE. A header from Moughanlou just above the goal.

18' Clumsy work from Donachie as he brings down Alkasir. The former is unamused as the referee has a word with him. Another free kick for the Iranian outfit, which leads to nothing.

Possession so far: FC Goa 31%: Persepolis 69%

14' BOOKING. Leander D'Cunha is shown a yellow card for an ugly challenge on Torabi. Another free kick for Persepolis.

Nothing fiery yet to report from this game yet. A bit of a dour start to proceedings.

11' Another corner for Persepolis. It is a short corner and it tries to create something with it, but lacks space with several Goa players around the box.

8' Goa has had a bit more of the ball possession in the last few minutes, but nothing of note yet for them.

5' CORNER FOR Persepolis. The delivery is headed away and once again nothing much comes out of it. Goa has had very little to do in the initial stages of this match.

4' Another free kick for Perspolis. Shoejai takes it, but it is not a great one and it results in an FC Goa throw.

1' FREE KICK. FC Goa start proceedings from left to right. Persepolis gets early possession and Pandita brings down Sarlak to give Persepolis a free kick. Nothing significant comes out of it.


The players are walking out to the middle. FC Goa in its orange kit. Persepolis in its purple blue kit.

India is currently in the middle of a second wave of coronavirus, which has shook the country’s medical infrastructure in an extremely worrisome manner.

However, the AFC Champions League matches will go on in Goa as scheduled. Read more about that story here: AFC Champions League matches to go ahead despite night curfew in Goa

Juan Ferrando had indicated that younger players would get their opportunity in the game on Friday.

Read about that and more in our preview: FC Goa to play fresh legs against Persepolis in reverse fixture

Juan Ferrando opted to strengthen his defence in the previous game by bringing in Adil Khan and Saviour Gama. Tonight he has gone the opposite way, flooding the starting XI with a number of attackers.

Regular skipper Edu Bedia is injured and ruled out of this match and Ivan Gonzalez will lead the side tonight.

Persepolis has also opted for an highly attacking line-up bringing in Omid Alishah to make it a formidable front three, in attack.

Wow, a whole host of changes from the previous game for both sides. Goa has brought in Naveen Kumar, Princeton Rebello, Alexander Romario, Amarajit Singh, Redeem Tlang, Leander D’Cunha and Ishan Pandita for Dheeraj Singh, Seriton Fernandes, Adil Khan, Saviour Gama, Brandon Fernandes, Glan Martins and Jorge Ortiz.

Persepolis has brought in Bozidar Radosevic, Milad Sarlak, Mehdi Shiri, Mohammad Sharifi, Ali Shojaei and Omid Alishah for Hamad Lak, Kamal Kamyabinia, Ahmad Nouraillahi, Ehsan Pahlevan,Siamek Nemati and Vahid Amiri.

Here is the starting XIs for tonight's game:

FC Goa: Naveen Kumar (GK), Leander D’Cunha, Ivan Gonzalez (C), James Donachie, Sanson Pereira, Princeton Rebello, Alexander Romario, Amarjit Singh, Redeem Tlang, Ishan Pandita, Devendra Murgaonkar.

Perspolis: Bozidar Radosevic, Hossein Kanaani, Jalal Hosseini (C), Milad Sarlak, Mehdi Shiri, Mohammad Sharifi, Mahdi Torabi, Ali Shojaei, Issa Alkasir, Shahriar Moghanlou, Omid Alishah

Persepolis-an overview

After two successive draws against Al Wahda and Al Rayyan, FC Goa will face arguably their toughest challenge yet, when they face Iranian side Persepolis in the third match of the group stage of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

Founded in 1963, the club has a rich history of silverware, having won 13 league titles, the latest of which came in the 2019–20 season, 6 Hazfi Cup titles. 3 Iranian Super Cup titles and 1 Espandi Cup crown.

At the AFC Champions League, Persepolis has twice runners-up- in 2018 and 2020.

The Yahya Golmohammadi-coached team is currently on top of the standings in the domestic league, with 41 points in 20 games.

It also tops Group E, with nine points in three matches. Goa, meanwhile, is third with two points in three games.

Squad:Goalkeepers: Amirmohammad Yousefi, Bozidar Radosevic, Hamad Lak.

Defenders: Hossein Kanaani, Farshad Faraji, Jalal Hosseini ©, (CBs); Saeid Aghaei , Ali Shojaei (LBs); Siamek Nemati, Mehdi Shiri (RBs),

Midfielders: Milad Sarlak , Kamal Kamyabinia(DMs); Ahmad Nouraillahi, Mohammad Sharifi (CMs),

Forwards: Mehadi Torabi, Omid Alishah, Ehsan Pahlevan, Vahid Amiri (LFs); Mehdi Mehdikhani (RFs); Mehdi Abdi Qara, Issa Alkasir, Shahriar Moghanlou, Alireza Khodaei (CFs).

Key players: Jalal Hosseini, Ahmad Nourollahi, Shahriar Moghanlou,

Coach: Yahya Golmohammadi

FC Goa’s full squad for the AFC Champions League

Goalkeepers: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem

Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D’Cunha, Ivan Gonzalez (Spain), Mohamed Ali, James Donachie (Australia), Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama, Adil Khan

Midfielders: Edu Bedia (Spain), Glan Martins, Princeton Rebello, Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Romeo Fernandes

Forwards: Jorge Ortiz , Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita.

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