ISL 2023-24: FC Goa beats a dull East Bengal side courtesy of Noah Sadaoui goal

FC Goa was a far more dominant side for most parts of the match. EBFC, on the other hand, was found lying too deep and playing from the back throughout the 90 minutes.

Published : Mar 06, 2024 21:50 IST , Chennai - 2 MINS READ

Noah Sadaoui of FC Goa in action in the Indian Super League (ISL)
Noah Sadaoui of FC Goa in action in the Indian Super League (ISL) | Photo Credit: Focus Sports / ISL

Noah Sadaoui of FC Goa in action in the Indian Super League (ISL) | Photo Credit: Focus Sports / ISL

Moroccan striker Noah Sadaoui struck the solitary goal as FC Goa edged past East Bengal FC 1-0 for its first win in four games in the Indian Super League here on Wednesday.

The Gaurs thus moved to 32 points with this win, within touching distance of the top-placed Odisha FC (35).

Contrastingly, the Red & Gold Brigade is three points behind the sixth-placed Bengaluru FC (21) and the match proved to be a setback ahead of its return derby leg against arch-rival Mohun Bagan SG in Kolkata on Sunday.

Noah picked up form just at the right time to help his team win for the first time since the resumption of the league after the mid-season break.

The Manolo Marquez-coached side cracked through the East Bengal FC defence in some style, and it was arguably more dominant in the proceedings than what the scoreline suggests.

Beating the visitor in possession as well as in terms of shots on target, the home team constantly teased the opposition with its skillful frontline.

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Noah broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, but he and Carlos Martinez created plenty of chances before that, which played a part in keeping the East Bengal FC goalkeeper Prabsukhan Singh Gill on his toes.

The Gaurs was spot on in its tactics, ensuring that it carved open the East Bengal FC defence with its through balls. Martinez did so in the 14th minute, but Noah’s shot against Gill was saved off the leg by the custodian.

Similarly, Noah returned the favour by teaming up with Martinez, but the Spaniard took a wayward shot far off the target. The pressure was on for East Bengal FC though, and its backline arguably lost the plot by pushing too far ahead, too soon.

Mohammed Yasir helped Noah secure the winner. The attacking midfielder has been in promising form, as displayed by his consecutive strikes in last two matches.

He found a way past the East Bengal FC backline that struggled for coordination, setting the assist for Noah, who hammered the ball into the net from a narrow position on the inside channel of the left flank.

The East Bengal frontline found no answers against a disciplined FC Goa defence in each half, further complicating its chances of qualifying to the playoffs this season.

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