ISL 2020-21 highlights: FC Goa defeats Odisha FC 3-1

ISL 2020-21, FCG vs OFC Updates: Get all the Indian Super League news, scores and commentary from the match between FC Goa and Odisha FC at the Fatorda Stadium.

FC Goa defender Ivan Gonzalez celebrates after restoring his side's two-goal lead against Odisha FC in the 2020-21 ISL on Wednesday.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

This is Sportstar's ISL 2020-21 match blog of the encounter between FC Goa and Odisha FC which was played in Margao on Wednesday.

The 2020-21 Indian Super League coverage for the day is done and dusted. Tomorrow, Chennaiyin FC will square off against NorthEast United FC at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim. [MATCH 98 - PREVIEW] Until then, it is good night from us!

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FC Goa full-back Saviour Gama takes home the 'Winning Pass of the Game' award for his assist during Jorge Ortiz's chipped-goal tonight, while his teammate and defender, Ivan Gonzalez, claims the 'Player of the Match' honour for his goal and assist against Odisha FC.

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FC Goa manager Juan Ferrando: Of course, when we get three points, we are happy. But today's game was extremely difficult. The players were emotional and the entire squad was anxious in the middle because we want to make the playoffs. So we need to keep winning. Odisha FC is a good team and it is not easy to defeat them. Our style is so easy and simple. We protect the ball and everything mainly depends on our defence at the back. It is important to control the space and build transitions. I have many youngsters in my side. My responsibility is to help them improve and protect them from injuries. Ishan Pandita will start when the time is right and he's fine with it. I not only try working as a head coach but I'm also a father or brother to them. That's very important.

Post match reaction from both the camps coming up next.....

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

Meanwhile, Diego Mauricio pulled a goal back and salvaged some pride for Odisha FC. However, the Kalinga Warriors will now finish last in the ongoing ISL edition with only two matches remaining. There are just 13 games to go in the league stage and we are definitely heading towards a photo finish.

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FC Goa ends a run of six consecutive draws in the 2020-21 ISL as it moves back into the top-four, with 27 points from 18 matches. Goals from Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz and Ivan Gonzalez gave the Gaurs the full three points on the night and boosted its chances of making the playoffs.

90+3' SHOT! Ishan Pandita receives an amazing through-pass, which he controls well. He cuts past an Odisha defender and fires a shot. However, the ball is hit straight at goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh, who collects it with ease.

90' Four minutes of stoppage time will be added on at the end of the second half! OFC's Daniel Lalhlimpuia chests a long ball down in the final third, takes a good touch and lets one fly. But the ball misses the goalpost by quite a bit.

88' YELLOW CARD! FC Goa's Redeem Tlang pulls down a sprinting Diego Mauricio in midfield. This is a tactical foul. The referee immediately shows Tlang a card for his tackle and awards Odisha FC a free-kick.

86' SUBSTITUTION! One of the FC Goa goalscorers tonight -- Jorge Ortiz -- makes way for the super-sub Ishan Pandita, who has scored stoppage-time equalisers in the last two matches. Ferrando has some instructions for the youngster as well before his entry into the field.

83' ANOTHER CORNER FOR FCG! Gonzalez gets to this cross as well. His header hits the crossbar abd comes back into play. The substitute Redeem Tlang receives this one and enters the box after dribbling past an opposition player. His final shot is deflected off OFC centre-back Gaurav Bora as the ball goes out of play.

80' CHANGE! Peyton makes another substitution for Odisha FC. He brings on Kamalpreet Singh to replace Sailung Lalhrezuala. The Odisha coach looks extremely animated in the dugout.

77' AND IT IS TIME FOR THE FINAL DRINKS BREAK OF THE MATCH!

75' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!! IVAN GONZALEZ SCORES!!! FC GOA 3 - 1 ODISHA FC!!!!! Jorge Ortiz sent a cross into the box off a corner from the left. Gonzalez made the initial contact and his shot was saved by Arshdeep Singh. However, after a game of pinball at close range, the Goa defender got the ball back and he found the back of the net.

72' SUBSTITUTION! Princeton Rebello is injured and he is unable to continue on the pitch for Goa. So Ferrando decides to introduce some fresh legs as he brings on Redeem Tlang in the middle.

69' CORNER FOR FCG! Igor Angulo did well to win this set-piece for FC Goa. Alberto Noguera will take it. He sends a decent cross into the box but Steven Taylor clears the ball away for Odisha FC.

66' CHANGE! This is the first substitution of the night from manager Juan Ferrando. Devendra Murgaokar has made way for Alexander Jesuraj in the middle. This is kind of like a similar replacement.

63' WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY! Odisha FC is attacking with all that it has got. The team was pressing high and Manuel Onwu sent a cross into the box from the right. But Mauricio mistimed his run and wasn't able to divert the ball on target.

60' CLOSE! Diego Mauricio gets another chance to equalise for Odisha. However, once again Goa crowds the box with lots of players. Mauricio's final shot on target goes wide off the goalpost.

57' THROW-IN FOR OFC! Full-back Shubham Sarangi comes up with a long throw into the box. Bradden Inman gets to the ball. But his volley from close range misses the target by a good margin.

54' Good start from Odisha FC in the second half. FC Goa had the upper hand in the encounter up until the first half cooling break. But since then, OFC has fought hard. Maybe it was the pep talk that made the difference.

51' CHANCE FOR OFC! Manuel Onwu receives a cross from the left. He has several opposition players ahead of him. Despite that, he manages to let on fly. However, Dheeraj makes the save for FCG.

48' SUBSTITUTION! And it's a change straightaway from the Odisha FC manager Gerald Peyton. He brings on Jerry Mawihmingthanga to replace Rakesh Pradhan on the field.

THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY!

There are forty-five more minutes to go in the match. Stay tuned!

FC Goa's dominant start gave the team a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute via goals from Alberto Noguera and Jorge Ortiz. Diego Mauricio has handed Odisha FC a lifeline through a 30th-minute goal.

AND IT'S HALF-TIME! SCORE: FC GOA 2 - 1 ODISHA FC!!!

45+3' SHOT! Glan Martins wins the ball in midfield and takes it forward. He has multiple options on either sides. But he takes a shot himself and misses the target. His FC Goa teammates don't seem happy.

45' Four minutes of stoppage time to be added on at the end of the first half! Pradhan is shown a yellow card. Ortiz takes the free-kick for FC Goa. But the Odisha FC defence manages to clear the ball away.

42' FREE-KICK FOR FCG! The referee had initially awarded a penalty for Goa but after consultation with the linesman it a free-kick from five yards out. Replays show that Rakesh Pradhan had clearly fouled Igor Angulo outside the box. There's a big argument going on involving the referee, linesman and players from both sides.

39' INJURY! Alberto Noguera is struggling right now. He's moved to the sidelines on the right flank. Looks like a muscle pull. He's fine to continue. Goa manager Juan Ferrando looks a worried man in the dugout.

36' CHANCE! Jorge Ortiz with another move forward. He cuts past Seriton Fernandes and takes a powerful shot. But Steven Taylor makes a crucial block to deny the Gaurs a goal-scoring chance.

33' AND IT IS TIME FOR THE FIRST HALF COOLING BREAK NOW!

30' GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!! DIEGO MAURICIO SCORES!!! ODISHA FC 1 - 2 FC GOA!!!!! Rakesh Pradhan sent on a cross from the left wing after receiving a pass from Inman. Dheeraj, in an attempt to punch the ball away, makes a mess of it and completely misses the ball. Diego Mauricio waited at the far post for an easy tap-in.

28' SHOT! Igor Angulo dribbles past OFC midfielder Cole Alexander and fires a shot on target. But Gaurav Bora makes a crucial interception to avert the danger for his club.

26' GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!! JORGE ORTIZ SCORES!!!!!! FC GOA 2 - 0 ODISHA FC!!! This was an Odisha FC corner and Inman took it. Dheeraj Singh came off his line to punch the ball away. After a short tussle, FCG regains possession and Saviour Gama fires a pass towards Jorge Ortiz, who sprints towards goal and is on a one-on-one situation with Arshdeep. He chips the ball over the shot-stopper to double his side's lead.

23' SAVE! Diego Mauricio and Manuel Onwu work out a successful one-two pass and move into the final third. The former takes a shot from distance and he tests Goa keeper Dheeraj Singh, who pushes the ball away.

21' FREE-KICK FOR ODISHA! Bradden Inman will take it. He sends a cross into the middle. Daniel Lalhlimpuia manages to get a foot to the ball. However, his shot goes way off the target.

18' GOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! FC GOA 1 - 0 ODISHA FC!!!!!!!! ALBERTO NOGUERA SCORES!!! Ivan Gonzalez with a brilliant run on the left flank. He produced an even better cross from just outside the box as Alberto Noguera jumped high and smashed the ball past OFC keeper Arshdeep Singh.

15' It's been all Goa so far. The Gaurs have totally dominated the passing and attacking stats so far. Odisha is not even trying to move forward. The Kalinga Warriors are more than happy to sit back and defend.

12' CLOSE! Jorge Ortiz evades a couple of opposition players and moves into the box. But he's pushed into a corner by the compact Odisha defence. In the end, the 49th Indian debutant of the season -- Sailung Lalhrezuala -- dispossesses the Goa attacker.

9' ANOTHER CHANCE FOR FCG! Saviour Gama rushes forward with the ball on the left flank. He supplies a ball into the middle. Igor Angulo somehow loses his marker and gets to the ball. But his header is a weak one.

6' CORNER FOR FCG! Alberto Noguera will take this set-piece for his side. He swings in a cross into the box with his left foot. OFC goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh comes off his line to punch the ball away from danger.

3' FC Goa (24 points from 17 matches) needs a victory against bottom-placed Odisha FC to get back into the 2020-21 Indian Super League top-four. The ISL playoffs and final dates were out earlier today.

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7:30 PM: AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

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6:45 PM: Two forced changes for FC Goa tonight! The injured Adil Khan has been replaced by James Donachie in defence, while the suspended skipper Edu Bedia has made way for Princeton Rebello in head coach Juan Ferrando's lineup.

Meanwhile, there are four alterations for Odisha FC! Shubham Sarangi, Sailung Lalhrezuala, Cole Alexander and Diego Mauricio have been brought on to replace Jacob Tratt, Mohd Sajid Dhot, Vinit Rai and Jerry Mawihmingthanga in manager Gerald Peyton's playing XI.

6:30 PM: The team lineups are out!

FCG XI: Dheeraj Singh, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz, Princeton Rebello, Alexander Jesuraj, Glan Martins, Igor Angulo.

COACH: Juan Ferrando.

OFC XI: Arshdeep Singh, Gaurav Bora, Shubham Sarangi, Steven Taylor, Rakesh Pradhan, Sailung Lalhrezuala, Cole Alexander, Bradden Inman, Diego Mauricio, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Manuel Onwu.

COACH: Gerald Peyton.

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MATCH PREVIEW:

Having drawn its last six games, FC Goa will be desperate to taste victory when it takes on bottom-placed Odisha FC in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) clash at the Fatorda Stadium on Wednesday.

Unbeaten in 10 games, the Gaurs are currently placed fifth with 24 points. The side can dislodge Hyderabad FC from the third position if it beats Odisha by three goals or more.

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Goa secured a 1-0 win over Odisha earlier in the season and has won all the three previous encounters against the Bhubaneswar-based club.

While Odisha has endured a dismal campaign and is at the bottom of the table, FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando is certain on not taking things easy.

"Maybe you can imagine it as being easy but it's not so easy because now Odisha's players don't have a lot of stress on the pitch. They played better in the last games. Of course, it's a difficult game. They will also be thinking about the future, to fight on the pitch and give some good performances because maybe in the future they will get some good offers," he said on the match-eve.

The side will also miss the services of captain Edu Bedia, who has been suspended for picking up his fourth yellow card of the season. Furthermore, Bedia has been show-caused by the All India Football Federation's Disciplinary Committee for his alleged bite on Deepak Tangri in the game against Chennaiyin FC last week.

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Odisha is currently playing for pride. The Kalinga Warriors have only won one match this season and are currently on an eight-match winless run. 

Talking ahead of the game, Odisha interim head coach Gerald Peyton said, “I’m going to stay with the facts. In the second half against NorthEast [in their last game, a 3-1 defeat], we had a high percentage of passing, higher than them. We also had 81% accuracy of pass.

“FC Goa are a good passing team. I know their tactics; I know how they will play against us. Without giving any tactics away, we will play a certain way. This season we have a tendency to start getting our game together only after the first 15 minutes, so it is important that we start straight from the off [against FC Goa].”

ISL 2020-21 will be televised live at 7.30 pm IST on Star Sports and live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and Jio TV