Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of this evening's FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash played at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa.
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Devendra Murgaonkar (Hero of the Match): "I am feeling very nice. I scored my first goal of the season. I am very proud of the fighting spirit of the team. We have won two consecutive matches and we want to continue this."
Marco Pezzaiuoli (Bengaluru FC coach): "I think it was a good game but it is a long story. We can talk about a lot of things but we don't want to give excuses. We lost our concentration today."
Juan Ferrando (FC Goa coach): "Today's win is important for the confidence and the main aim is continuing this right now. Every game is different and there needs to be a plan."
A high-tension concludes as FC Goa wins 2-1 against Bengaluru FC. Both teams finished with 10-men as Jorge Ortiz of FC Goa and Suresh Wangjam of Bengaluru FC saw red.
Devendra's 70th-minute winner proved to be the clinical strike of the match. FC Goa has now won its second match on the trot.
Full-time!! (FC Goa 2-1 Bengaluru FC)
90+5' Shot- Siva shoots from the edge of Goa's box but Dylan Fox gets a precious block.
90+4' Goa does not seem to be sitting back in order to protect its slender lead.
90+2' A long BFC throw inside Goa's box. Ibara is the obvious target but Goa does well to clear the danger momentarily.
Six additional minutes!!
87' Chance- BFC's Siva takes a shot after a headed clearance by Goa falls to him. Siva shoots but his shot takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. Big chance.
83' RED CARD- Suresh sent off after he sees his second yellow for his challenge on Edu Bedia. Both teams playing with 10-men right now.
82' BFC Sub- Siva Narayanan comes in for Pratik.
82' Seems like its end of the night for Edu Bedia. He is currently on the ground and the stretcher is on the field. A worrying sight for the Gaurs.
80' Shot- Cleiton goes for goal directly from a BFC freekick. It was a long-ranger and the ball sails wide off-target.
79' FCG Subs- Dylan Fox and Muhammad Nemil comes inor Noguera and Devendra.
78' Booking- BFC's Parag becomes the latest player to see yellow.
Match resumes after water break!! Last quarter of the match!!
74' Shot- BFC's Pratik takes a thunderous shot on the volley from the edge of the box. It is on target but straight at Dheeraj.
72' FCG Subs- Nongdamba Naorem and Sanson Pereira replace Saviour and Ali.
70' GOOOAAAALLL!!! FC Goa takes the lead!! Devendra with the first goal of the season!! Shocking defending from BFC. Devendra is left completely unmarked and maintains his cool to slot the ball past Gurpreet.
68' Booking- BFC's Bruno Silva sees yellow for his high boot on Devendra.
67' Ortiz's red card seems has completely neutralised Goa's attacking threat. It is Bengaluru on the ascendancy right now.
66' Shot- Ibara with the threat again. This time he chests the ball down well on the right, cuts in and shoots at Dheeraj's near-post. The goalkeeper saves the shot.
65' Ibara swings in a cross from the right aimed for Sunil Chhetri. The Indian skipper tries to get his head to it but does not get a clean connection.
63' FCG Sub- Princeton Rebello replaces Glan who seems to have injured himself.
62' BFC with acres of space in midfield. It tries to create an opening. Ashique gets the ball and goes for goal but it is blocked and the ball goes out for a corner.
59' Shot- Edu Bedia carries the ball from midfield and goes for goal from distance. His shot is nowhere near the goal.
57' Bookings- BFC's Suresh has seen yellow for the challenge on Ortiz. Ibara has also seen yellow for his participation in the tussle.
56' RED CARD- FC Goa's Ortiz sees red for his violent reaction to Suresh's challenge from behind. A tussle broke out between the two teams after the challenge.
52' Dheeraj and Danish both went for the loose ball. The goalkeeper got the ball but was injured by Danish in the process. He is currently getting medical attention but he should be okay to continue.
52' Booking- BFC's Danish Farooq sees yellow.
50' Chance- Ibara's looping header from a BFC freekick is inches away from the target.
48' A bright start to the second half by BFC.
47' Shot- Ibara does well to square the ball from the right and set Danish for the shot. Danish connects well but his shot is not on target.
46' BFC Subs- Prince Ibara and Parag Shrivas replace Jayesh and Naorem.
It was all FC Goa in the initial stages of the first half as Ashique Kuruniyan's own goal put the Gaurs ahead in the 16th-minute. Sunil Chhetri had a brilliant chance to equalise in the 18th-minute but failed to put the ball inside an open net and score on his 100th appearance for the Blues. The half seemed to be ending with a lead to FC Goa bur Cleiton Silva scored directly from his freekick in the 44th-minute to equalise for BFC.
Half-time!! (FC Goa 1-1 Bengaluru FC)
44' GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! BFC equalises!!! Its Cleiton Silva!! It is a golazo by Cleiton Silva. He whips the ball from the right from a BFC freekick. The ball beats everyone and rattles the net.
40' Devendra pings in a nice ball from the left for Ortiz. But BFC keeper Gurpreet reaches the balll before the Spaniard.
36' Chance- Gurpeet took too much time to clear the ball and a darting Devendra almost put the ball inside the net. However, the goalkeeper just manages to pass the ball to Costa.
32' Booking- BFC's Roshan Naorem sees his third yellow in three consecutive matches.
28' FC Goa with a dangerous counter attack. Ortiz with a well-timed pass to Devendra who tries to find a teammate with a squared in front of BFC's box. His pass is intercepted.
25' Possession Stat- The Gaurs enjoying more of the ball with 58% possession compared to Goa's 42%
23' BFC having difficulty in dealing with Goa's pressing football right now.
18' CHANCE- Huge chance for BFC to get the equaliser. A beautiful ball is played in from the right and Chhetri just needed to slot the ball inside the open goal but he botches his shot as the ball sails over the bar.
16' GOOOAAALL!! Ashique scores an own goal to put Goa ahead!! Devendra squares the ball from the left. Gurpreet saves but the rebound is put inside the goal by Ashique.
13' Booking- FCG's Glan Martins becomes the first player to get booked for the night for his ill-timed challenge on Danish.
11' Shot- Ortiz goes for goal from distance. He does not get the best connection, which allows Gurpreet to catch the ball easily.
9' Chance- Ortiz again delivering a brilliant ball from the right flank. The cross took a deflection and almost found Devendra but the latter was too slow to capitalise as the ball goes out for a corner.
8' A loose pass by the Gaurs sends BFC on the counter. Jayesh pings a ball from the left but Dheeraj does well to catch the ball, under pressure by Cleiton.
6' Edu Bedia goes for goal directly from a Goa freekick. The shot is on target but Gurpreet does well to read it and catch the ball.
4' Ortiz does brilliantly to go past four BFC players and drive another low-hard cross from the right but it does not find a Goa player. Ortiz looking dangerous in the early minutes.
3' FCG's Ortiz attempts to drive a cross in from the right but it is intercepted.
2' BFC with a lively start, immediately putting pressure on the Gaurs.
09:30 PM- And we are underway!!
09:15 PM- Venue record for both teams!!
FC Goa has played six matches at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim in the history of the ISL. The Gaurs managed to win just once. The Gaurs have lost once, while the remaining four matches ended in a draw. Meanwhile, the Blues have won four of the eight matches played at the venue.
09:00 PM- Head-to-head record!!
The teams have gone head to head nine times. Bengaluru FC has been victorious on five occasions, while FC Goa has claimed victory in two of those. The remaining two matches have ended in a draw.
08:50 PM- The fixture always promises to be action-packed!!
08:30 PM- Official lineups are out!!
FC Goa: Dheeraj Moirangthem (GK), Mohamed Ali, Ivan Gonzalez, Aiban Dohling, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Glan Martins, Edu Bedia (C), Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz and Devendra Murgaonkar.
Subs: Kumar (GK), Sanson, Dylan, Princeton, Jesuraj, Naorem, Danstan, Nemil, Airan
Coach: Juan Ferrando
Bengaluru FC: Gurpreet Sandhu (GK), Roshan Naorem, Pratik Chowdhary, Alan Costa, Ashique Kuruniyan, Suresh Wangjam, Bruno Silva, Jayesh Rane, Danish Farooq, Cleiton Silva Sunil Chhetri (C).
Subs: Lara (GK), Ajith, Namgyal, Parag, Iman, Lyngdoh, Rohit, Ibara, Siva
Coach: Marco Pezzaiuoli
MATCH PREVIEW: FC Goa looks to ride on momentum against Bengaluru FC
One of the marquee ties in the Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) calendar every year, the Bengaluru FC – FC Goa clash at the Bambolim stadium on Saturday will pit teams that are placed a lowly ninth and tenth respectively.
Generally accustomed to competing for the top prize, the two sides have had horror starts to the season; BFC has been winless in its last four matches, including three defeats. Goa, after losing its first three games, barely managed a victory over SC East Bengal, a wild encounter which finished 4-3 in its favour.
Juan Ferrando will be hoping for his side to build on the winning momentum, but remained vary of the threat from Marco Pezzaiuoli’s team. “In these matches, there are no favourites, every team wants to win the games and have the capability to win it,” he opined on match-eve.
“You’ve seen the results: 6-4, 3-4. So, there are no particular favourites. Personally, the more important thing is, the players need to work as a team, which they did in the last game, and it was a pleasure to watch them play like that,” he added.
Alberto Noguera's form, who scored two in the last game, and Jorge Ortiz, who scored one and assisted two, should encourage Ferrando. But below-par defending has meant his wards have shipped 11 goals so far. The Spaniard, however, is one who believes in the collective responsibility to defend as a team and places great importance in a co-ordinated pressing game help shield his defenders.
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Even as he continues to miss the controlling presence of Brandon Fernandes in the centre, he shifted to a back-three against SC East Bengal, dropping defender Dylan Fox to include creator Edu Bedia. What he does against BFC, a side which tries to press high, remains to be seen.
BFC has looked similarly disjointed, with its midfield build-up play severely lacking. Pezzaiuoli pointed to the absence of centre-back Yrondu Musavu-King but remained hopeful that the outfit will find its attacking rhythm, even against a side which he called the “best team in the league with the ball.”
Encouragingly, striker Prince Ibara, who had a fine first-half against Mumbai City FC before limping out injured, is back in training, and so is Musavu-King. Winger Udanta Singh will however miss the tie.
“We beat NorthEast United 4-2, and since then our opponents have had fewer chances in each game,” he said. “Hyderabad had half-a-chance and they scored. We had three or four chances and didn't. This is an area we have to work on. It's a team effort, and we're working towards it,” he said.
A win here for Northeast United can take it, not just over Odisha on the table, but also into the top four if it prevails with a margin of more than two goals. A victory for Odisha will propel it right on top of the table level on points with defending champion Mumbai City FC.
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