FC Goa suffered its first defeat of the 2019-20 Indian Super League season, with Ahmed Jahouh shown a red card as the side chased an equaliser.
Full-time: FC Goa 0-1 Jamshedpur FC: Sergio Castel's 17th-minute strike is enough to win the spoils for Jamshedpur, handing FC Goa its first defeat of the season while propelling Antonio Iriondo's side up to second on the table.
90+6' Liston Colaco wins a corner but it doesn't bring about the desired result. Brandon Fernandes's corner is met well ahead of the front post and the ball loops over the crossbar harmlessly.
90+3' Substitution for FC Goa: Edu Bedia is replaced by Liston Colaco.
90+1' Free-kick. Aitor Monroy brings down Brandon Fernandes near the halfway line. FC Goa takes a short corner. It seemed Sergio Lobera wanted his defenders to go into the box and put some pressure on the Jamshedpur defence.
90' We go into six minutes of stoppage time as Saviour Gama concedes a corner that allows Jamshedpur FC to run down the clock by keeping the ball in the corner. Sergio Castel tries to do just that but is ultimately unsuccessful.
85' Substitution for Jamshedpur FC: Robin Gurung is down on the floor with what looks like cramp and he's now been subbed off with Joyner Lourenco replacing him.
80' CHANCE! Mobashir Rahman fluffs a good chance from inside the box. Sergio Castel plays the ball into his feet and Mobashir tries to find the top corner with a powerful effort, but he's put too much on it and it flies high and wide harmlessly.
77' FOUL! Noe Acosta sticks out his leg and Seriton Fernandes makes the most of the opportunity to go down and win a free kick for FC Goa. Edu Bedia takes the free-kick and it's slightly overhit, allowing Subrata Paul to fist it away amid a challenge.
72' RED CARD! Ahmed Jahouh takes out Noe Acosta with a challenge from behind and, having been on a yellow card already, is shown a second yellow, reducing FC Goa to 10 men.
71' Some poor passing and lack of intensity from FC Goa. Mandar Rao Desai now overhits a cross that goes out for a goal kick.
67' Substitution for FC Goa: Saviour Gama comes on for Lenny Rodrigues.
66' Ahmed Jahouh concedes a free-kick with a challenge from behind on Noe Acosta. Aitor Monroy strikes the deadball, trying to curl it in from a fair distance away. Gets too much power on the ball and it flies well over.
63' Substitution for Jamshedpur FC: Mobashir Rahman replaces C.K. Vineeth.
61' CHANCE and WIDE! Edu Bedia plays a neat pass to Jackichand Singh on the right flank. He takes a touch and, under no pressure from the Jamshedpur FC defence, goes for the spectacular from the edge of the box. A wild effort in the end and Subrata Paul is untroubled.
57' OHHH! Sergio Castel latches onto a longball from Narender Gahlot. The touch is heavy and allows Mohammad Nawaz to sweep up. Nawaz, though, is complacent and doesn't get his hands around the ball, but fortunately for him, there was no Jamshedpur player to take advantage.
54' CHANCE! Mourtada Fall's picked out by Jackichand Singh's cross. Not enough pace on the ball and Fall, while he's able to get his header on target and force a save off Subrata Paul, doesn't trouble the goalkeeper.
53' YELLOW CARD! Tiri goes into the referee's book for barging Edu Bedia off the ball. A harsh booking perhaps. given it was shoulder to shoulder.
51' OHHH! Jackichand Singh's released with a throughball into the channel, allowing the winger to put a first-time cross. It's a good cross flashed across the six-yard box but Robin Gurung is aware of the man behind him and clears away the loose ball.
48' CHANCE! Tiri with a crucial intervention to deny Edu Bedia from close range. Jackichand Singh's involved in the build-up once again.
Kick-off: The countdown is complete and FC Goa gets the second half underway. A substitution at the start of the second 45' for Jamshedpur FC, with Sumeet Passi replacing Farukh Choudhary.
Second half: The players are back out! Are you ready for another half of quality attacking football?
Half-time: Chances galore at both ends either side of Sergio Castel's 17th-minute goal, which, however, separates the sides as we go into the break.
45+3' YELLOW CARD! Seriton Fernandes with an unnecessary, rash challenge on Tiri, who was shielding the ball to go out for a goal kick. Seriton slides in and takes out Tiri. That's a yellow card challenge.
45+1' SAVED! Edu Bedia wins the corner with a shot that goes behind off Memo Moura. It's a superb delivery with Carlos Pena connecting at the front post, his glancing header seemingly on target as Subrata Paul saves with the fingertips of his left hand. Another chance for FC Goa on the stroke of half-time.
43' SAVED! This time Subrata Paul saves from a decent header from Edu Bedia, who connects reasonably well with Jackichand Singh's cross. It was a nervy moment for Subrata, who is unable to get his hands around the ball and the ball hits his left foot, just inside the goalline. The replays suggest that not all of the ball had crossed the line.
41' SAVED! Another save from Mohammad Nawaz, this time not as comfortable as the last. Jitendra Singh lets fly a side-footed effort from just outside the box. The shot's on target and the curling and dipping effort is tipped over the crossbar by the FC Goa goalkeeper. The resulting corner is cleared away.
40' SAVED! Noe Acosta has a shot on goal from outside the box. It's from a good position, but he doesn't get the connection he wanted and Mohammad Nawaz collects the ball on the bounce. Mourtada Fall was the guilty party in Jamshedpur turning over possession.
35' Sergio Castel is in the thick of the action once again. This time he tries to pick out Farukh Choudhary with a low cross from Jamshedpur's left, but his cross his weak and Mourtada Fall is able to get in front and clear the ball away for a corner. Nothing comes off the setplay.
34' OHHH! Sergio Castel tries to pick out C.K. Vineeth with a first-time cross. It's a tough chance with the ball bouncing just before him and denying him the chance to have a shot, though he was off-balance amid the challenge from the defender. Vineeth has not been sharp enough so far.
31' CHANCE! Jackichand Singh has already had plenty of goal attempts. This time he gets the ball on the angle and looks to go for power and slot the ball inside the far post. Again, the direction and power were missing. The ball dribbles away harmlessly and it's another half-chance that goes abegging.
30' The possession's turned over by Robin Gurung on Jamshedpur's right-hand-side. Farukh Choudhary gets on the ball against a retreating FC Goa defence, with Noe Acosta in support. FC Goa's players are able to get behind the ball and the home team's let off the hook after a potentially dangerous situation.
24' FREE-KICK to FC Goa! Aitor Monroy wins the ball cleanly from behind as Edu Bedia dribbled past him, but the referee deems it to be a foul as Bedia goes to ground. Edu Bedia takes the free-kick and there's a foul in the build-up. Free-kick to Jamshedpur FC.
19' SAVED! A long-range effort from Jackichand Singh, it's on target but a regulation save for Subrata Paul.
17' GOAL! Sergio Castel gives Jamshedpur FC a 1-0 lead. FC Goa's backline's all over the place. Farukh Choudhary picks out Castel with a neat cross and Castel, aware that Mourtada Fall's coming on the cover, takes a touch and applies a low finish giving Mohammad Nawaz no chance of saving it.
16' OHHHHH! Manvir Singh looks to curl one into the top-left-hand corner from a Jackichand Singh layoff, but it fies marginally wide. Subrata Paul was worried for a split-second.
13' CHANCE! C.K. Vineeth, one of Jamshedpur FC's debutants on the night, is picked out the far post, and he tries to hit it first time, on the volley, doesn't get the power and direction right. A let-off for the FC Goa backline. Wonderful cross from Robin Gurung!
12' Edu Bedia's heavily involved. This time he picks up the ball between the lines and looks to pick out Manvir Singh making a run in behind. The weight of the pass not ideal and it goes over the byeline. Manvir chased it to keep it in play, but unsuccessfully in the end.
10' Oh, dramatic! FC Goa goalkeeper comes off his line to clear a longball played in behind the backline. Shows great composure to chest it first time and put his foot through and clear it away.
8' YELLOW CARD! Debutant Jitendra Singh goes into the referee's book for a 50-50 challenge on Edu Bedia, who's upended on the followthrough.
8' SAVED! Jackichand Singh with a tame effort after being played in by Edu Bedia. A good save from Subrata Paul, but Jackichand would have liked to get more power behind the ball instead of side-footing it and straight at Subrata.
6' YELLOW CARD! Ahmed Jahouh with an ugly challenge on Jamshedpur FC captain Tiri, and the referee shows a yellow card despite it being the first transgression.
3' Both teams feeling their way into the match. A few stray passes early on, possession turning over on a couple of occasions and both goalkeepers yet to be called into action.
Kick-off: Jamshedpur FC gets us underway.
We are almost ready for kick-off. The players and officials have assembled for the national anthem in front of a good crowd at the Fatorda Stadium. The national anthem's one. The players shake hands and pose for the team photo.
The big news coming out of the FC Goa camp is Ferran Corominas is out with an injury, while Hugo Boumous is serving a suspension, with Manvir Singh and Edu Bedia replacing them in the starting XI. For Jamshedpur, Narender Gahlot, C.K. Vineeth and Jitendra Singh make their debuts.
FC Goa starting XI: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Mandar Rao Desai (c), Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia, Jackichand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Ahmed Jahouh, Manvir Singh ( Substitutes: Naveen Kumar (GK), Kingslee Fernandes, Princeton Rebello, Amey Ranawade, Chinglensana Singh, Saviour Gama, Liston Colaco)
Jamshedpur starting XI: Subrata Paul (GK), Tiri (c), Narender Gahlot, Robin Gurung, Jitendra Singh, Memo Moura, Noe Acosta, Aitor Monroy, Sergio Castel, Farukh Choudhary, C.K. Vineeth ( Substitutes: Rafique Ali (GK), Bikash Jairu, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Mobashir Rahman, Joyner Lourenco, Aniket Jadhav, Sumeet Passi)
Jamshedpur takes on Goa with an opportunity to move up to second on the table, though it comes into this fixture on the back of a goalless draw against Bengaluru FC and a 3-1 reverse against ATK. At the pre-match press conference, manager Antonio Iriondo said: We have played against two of the teams that are supposed to be at the top of the league at the end of the season, like Kolkata (ATK) and Bengaluru. So, we are happy with the results. We are in the process of working on our game to get better.
FC Goa, on the other hand, has had a reasonably good start to the season and has an eye on top spot coming into the fixture. It came from behind to earn a point in matches against Bengaluru and NorthEast United, while it registered emphatic wins against Chennaiyin FC (3-0) and Mumbai City FC (4-2). Speaking ahead of the match, manager Sergio Lobera said: I think we are a strong team. The (upcoming) game against Jamshedpur is an opportunity for us to show our quality as a team. It is difficult for us, but we are building a strong and confident team. Both teams have had a long break. We tried to work and are prepared for the upcoming clash.
The Indian Super League standings
FC Goa takes on Jamshedpur FC today, knowing it must win and stay within touching distance of the leader in the Indian Super League.
Goa is unbeaten in the league so far and has accumulated eight points from four matches. A win will take Goa to the top of the table, but the Gaurs’ head coach Sergio Lobera would be concerned with the fact that his side hasn’t won consecutive matches this season.
Goa has followed up a win with a draw, something which the Spaniard would be keen to address.
Goa will miss the services of midfielder Hugo Boumous and winger Seiminlen Doungel due to suspensions the pair has to serve for the involvement in a tussle during the game against NorthEast United earlier this month.
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Goa will rely on Ahmed Jahouh and Lenny Rodrigues in the centre of the park with Brandon Fernandes and Jackichand Singh expected to make forays into the opposition box with their angular runs from the flanks. The return of Edu Bedia from injury also augurs well for the team.
Star striker Ferran Corominas already has three goals to his name and the 36-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.
“I think Jamshedpur is a very strong team with very good defenders and attackers. They have a very good balance between attack and defence and it’s going to be a very difficult match for us,” said Lobera.
Getting back to winning ways will be the agenda for coach Jamshedpur FC coach Antonio Iriondo when it faces Goa. After picking up seven points from their first three games, all at home, Jamshedpur was beaten by ATK away from home in its previous game. Iriondo will hope that his team can avoid the tag of being ‘poor travellers’ by picking up a positive result in Goa.
Midfielder Piti had picked up a knock in the last game and it remains to be seen if he recovers in time. Striker Sergio Castel, who also has three goals, has taken the league by storm and it will be interesting to see how he performs when pitted against the Goan defensive duo of Carlos Pena and Mourtada Fall.
The match will be live on Star Sports network and streaming on Hotstar, with the kick-off scheduled at 7.30 pm (IST).