ISL 2020-21 highlights: FC Goa beats Kerala Blasters 3-1

ISL Highlights, FCG vs KBFC Updates: Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) score and commentary for the game between FC Goa and Kerala Blasters at Fatorda Stadium.

Jorge Mendoza celebrates his goal for FC Goa against Kerala Blasters in the ISL on Sunday.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's ISL highlights of the Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa match.

FC Goa gets a much deserved 2-0 victory over Kerala Blasters FC at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Sunday. This is the team's first victory of the 2020-21 Indian Super League.

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The Gaurs move to the fourth spot in the ongoing season's points table, with five points from four matches. Meanwhile, Kerala is ninth with two points from the same number of games.

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MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

AND IT'S FULL-TIME!!!

90+4' GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! FC GOA 3 - 1 KERALA BLASTERS!!! IGOR ANGULO SCORES!! Albino Gomes gifts Angulo a second goal. He collects the ball and drops it immediately, with absolutely no game awareness, as Angulo rushes forward takes it to the right of the keeper and slams it home. 

90+2' RED CARD! COSTA NHAMOINESU IS SENT OFF!!! Costa Nhamoinesu gets his second yellow of the game and is given his marching orders by the referee. He takes out Princeton Rebello from behind on the right wing.

90' GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! FC GOA 2 - 1 KERALA BLASTERS!! VICENTE GOMEZ SCORES! Nishu Kumar makes a brilliant run forward on the right flank and he sends a cross into the box, where Vicente Gomez heads the ball towards goal. It hits the crossbar and finds the back of the net.

87' FOUL! Kerala Blaster forward Gary Hooper brings down FC Goa custodian Mohammad Nawaz during a free-kick and the referee blows his whistle. The KBFC physio comes in to tend to his player.

84' FC Goa is defending with 10 outfield players. There's no one upfront. Kerala Blasters is trying hard to find the equaliser but the opposition is extremely compact at the back.

81' SHOT! FC Goa has a chance here. Alberto Noguera receives the ball at the edge of the box. He goes for a shot but his initial shot is blocked. The rebound falls back to Noguera and he hits the ball to the skies.

79' CHANGE! Seiminlen Doungel is coming on to replace Alexander Jesuraj on the field. FC Goa manager Juan Ferrando has made three substitutions in quick successions.

76' This will be the second and final drinks break of the outing!

73' FREE-KICK FOR KBFC! Facundo Pereyra will take it as usual. He sends in a teasing cross and Rohit Kumar fouls Goa keeper Nawaz in an attempt to take a shot on target. The referee blows his whistle for a foul.

70' SECOND GOA CHANGE! The goal scorer Jorge Mendoza makes way for Alberto Noguera in the middle. Kerala Blasters have created several chances in the last few minutes but the end product has been poor.

67' CORNER FOR KERALA! Jessel Carneiro's cross is punched away by Goa shot-stopper Mohammad Nawaz. Facundo Pereyra takes the set-piece and his team isn't able to find a goal.

65' CHANGE! FC Goa manager Juan Ferrando brings on Princeton Rebello in place of Brandon Fernandes. This is a like-for-like substitution.

62' VERY CLOSE! Kerala's Nishu Kumar wins the ball on the right flank. He sends it forward to Facundo Pereyra, who crosses the ball into the box. Lenny Rodrigues tracks back in time to clear the danger.

59' CHANCE! Facundo Pereyra take a free kick from close to the halfway mark. He launches the ball long for Jordan Murray, who heads it wide.

57' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR KERALA! Nongdamba Naorem and Bakary Kone are replaced by Lalthathanga Khawlhring and Jordan Murray in the middle. Manager Kibu Vicuna introduces some fresh legs.

55' OFFSIDE! FC Goa's Igor Angulo is little too eager to get to a Saviour Gama pass as the linesman raises his flag. Kerala Blasters was lucky there.

52' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! JORGE MENDOZA SCORES!!! FC GOA 2 - 0 KERALA BLASTERS!! Brandon Fernandes played a wonderful through ball towards Mendoza from outside the box. The Goa forward evaded a Nhamoinesu tackle to find the back of the net.

50' FOUL! Goa's Brandon Fernandes brings down Kerala's Vicente Gomez in midfield. The referee Harish Kundu awards KBFC a free-kick at the halfway mark.

47' EARLY CORNER FOR FCG! This was a Goa counter-attack. Jorge Mendoza's cross was punched out by Kerala keeper Albino Gomes. Edu Bedia took the set-piece and his team couldn't do much with it.

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

FC Goa has clearly dominated Kerala Blasters FC so far, with better chances created and better attacking and passing stats. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay tuned!

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!

45+2' OFFSIDE! The FC Goa players celebrate a goal here. But the linesman had his flag up as soon as Jorge Mendoza received the pass and he's absolutely right.

45' THREE MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME TO BE ADDED ON AT THE END OF THE FIRST HALF. Another loose ball from Kerala keeper Albino Gomes. FOUL! Let-off for KBFC. Lenny Rodrigues dispossessed Vicente Gomez and Angulo only had the goalkeeper to beat. But the referee blows his whistle and awards the Blasters a free-kick.

43' KBFC CHANCE! Rahul K. P. runs forward on the right wing and crosses the ball. Vicente Gomez gets to the ball and hits it towards goal. Goa custodian Mohammad Nawaz dives low to catch the ball.

40' YELLOW CARD! Another Kerala Blasters player is booked. This time its Costa Nhamoinesu. Keeper Albino Gomes misplaced a pass and Igor Angulo attacked the ball. Nhamoinesu brought the Goa striker down and took a booking for the team.

37' FREE-KICK FOR KERALA! Goa's Ivan Gonzalez took out Facundo Pereyra from behind. Pereyra will take the set-piece himself. He sends in a cross into the middle and defender Costa Nhamoinesu heads the ball off target.

35' YELLOW CARD! This is the first one of the match. Kerala Blasters FC player Rohit Kumar commits a silly tackle and goes straight into the referee's book.

32' It's time for the cooling break now!

30' GOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! ANGULO SCORES!!! FC GOA 1 - 0 KERALA BLASTERS! Saviour Gama notices Igor Angulo making a run and chips in a ball from the left flank. The keeper Albino Gomes came off his line and Angulo just lobbed the ball over him. It clips the far post and goes in.

27' GOOD TACKLE! Facundo Pereyra sent a ball forward to his Kerala Blasters teammate Gary Hooper. FC Goa James Donachie was at the right place at the right time as he made a crucial interception and retrieved possession.

25' CHANCE FOR KBFC! This is an attack on the right wing. The ball reaches Vicente Gomez at the edge of the box. He lets one fly but misses the far post by a whisker.

23' A cross from Ortiz fails to find Angulo inside the box. Angulp isn't happy with that from his teammate.

21' A corner for Goa is punched away by Nawaz.

17' Oh my.. Rohit hist a pass back straight to Angulo to run through on goal. Angulo sets himself up, and ends up striking the post and the ball rolls back into the hands of Albino.

15' Another chance for Kerala. Hooper is played a through ball into the left side of Kerala's box but his shot-cum-cross is cleared by Seriton.

12' Pereyra's pass to Naorem was cut out crucially by Donachie in a two vs one break.

10' Stunning from Ortiz! He twists away from his marker and unleashes a drive from distance which strikes the crossbar! That would have been some goal.

9' Costa looking to play out from the back but he ends up catching Donachie's right leg with a tackle in trying to win the ball back.

7' Foul on Brandon by Rohit near the centre circle. Rahul KP looks threatening down the right for Kerala.

4' Poor corner from which Kerala play out from its own box, setting Naorem on a run before being fouled.

3' Angulo sets Jesuraj down the right channel which leads to a corner kick for Goa.

2' An early foul from Goa skipper Bedia.

1' FC Goa kick off from left to right. Kerala in its dark blue kits, Goa in its home colours.

Both teams make their way out to the middle.

FIRST HALF

6.30 pm: TEAM NEWS

FC Goa XI

Mohammad Nawaz (GK); Ivan Gonzalez, Seriton Fernandes, James Donachie, Saviour Gama;Edu Bedia (C), Lenny Rodrigues; Jorge Mendoza, Alexander Jesuraj, Brandon Fernandes; Igor Angulo.

Kerala Blasters FC XI

Albino Gomes (GK); Nishu Kumar, Bakary Kone, Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro; Vicente Gomez, Rohit Kumar; Rahul KP, Nongdamba Naorem, Facundo Pereyra; Gary Hooper

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Here's how the two teams could line-up.

FC Goa XI predicted (4-3-3)

Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Ivan Gonzalez, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Aibanbha Dohling, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Mendoza, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia (C), Lenny Rodrigues, Igor Angulo.

Kerala Blasters FC predicted XI (4-3-3)

Albino Gomes (GK), Nishu Kumar, Bakary Kone, Costa Nhamoinesu, Jessel Carneiro, Rohit Kumar, Jeakson Singh, Seityasen Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Gary Hooper, Facundo Pereyra.

MATCH PREVIEW

FC Goa and Kerala Blasters FC will be hungry for their first win of the Indian Super League campaign when they meet at the Fatorda Stadium on Sunday.

Goa and Kerala, eighth and ninth on the points table respectively, have only managed two draws in their three outings thus far.

Goa holds a better record against Kerala, having notched up five victories and a draw when the sides have met in the last three seasons.

Kerala faces a big setback as captain Sergio Cidoncha is likely to sit out for a lengthy period due to an ankle injury. Goa has squad concerns of its own, with influential midfielder Alberto Noguera forced to miss this fixture through suspension.

On the field, Kerala has struggled in the final third, having scored only two goals this season. Goa, on the other hand, is yet to keep a clean sheet.

Goa coach Juan Ferrando is understandably none too pleased with the performances. “Am I happy about the situation at the moment? No - two points from three games is not something to be happy about. Is there pressure? There is pressure every day in life, whether it be in a game or a training session. But there are many positives to take from the games we have played. I would have been more worried if we were being overwhelmed in games, or if the defence was a disaster, or if we were not able to create opportunities at all,” Ferrando said on Saturday.

Like Goa, Kerala relies on keeping possession, even if this has not translated to victories yet. Coach Kibu Vicuna expects an exciting affair. “It's true we have more similarities with FC Goa because of a similar style of play. Both teams are going to go for three points. Both teams want possession and want to create chances,” Vicuna said.

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The Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) will mark the return of major league competition in India after the nationwide lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak was first imposed in March.

The seventh edition of the ISL got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.

The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following SC East Bengal's inclusion, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.

ISL 2020 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV.