FC Goa beats Mohun Bagan in pre-season friendly

The Indian Super League club scored twice, through Manuel Lanzarote and Ferran 'Coro' Corominas, in the first half to seal a win.

FC Goa celebrates after scoring a goal against Mohun Bagan.   -  Special Arrangement

FC Goa looked comfortable in a 2-0 victory over Mohun Bagan AC in its second pre-season game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

Goa got on to the score sheet before the Kolkata club could even settle down through Manuel Lanzarote’s lobbed goal. A second goal in the first half from Ferran ‘Coro’ Corominas was enough to seal victory.

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Edu Bedia controlled the ball in midfield and put in a sublime aerial through ball for Lanzarote who got on to the end of it and lobbed the onrushing Shilton Paul for the lead.

The ISL club was in control of the game from the whistle and continued to create a number of chances. Bruno Pinheiro almost found Ferran Corominas with another long ball but the striker was unable to get on to the end of it.

Mohun Bagan was struggling to get a hold of the game as FC Goa controlled the ball and kept the pressure on the opposition defence.

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In the 21st minute, Mandar Rao Dessai and Coro combined to double Goa’s lead. A good counter attacking move from the home side saw Edu feed the ball to Mandar on the left. The makeshift left back instinctively ran into the box and squared the ball for Coro who tapped home.

Sony Norde was presented with a chance to pull a goal back for his side a couple of minutes later but his shot from just outside the box was straight at skipper Laxmikant Kattimani who made the stop easily.

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FC Goa coach Sergio made a host of changes to test out his bench strength as his team got back into a passing rhythm. Bagan had the opportunity to sneak a goal back late in the second half after a good cross found an unmarked striker in the box but his first time shot flew over the crossbar. But in the end, it was a Goan domination all the way.

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