ISL 2019, as it happened: Manvir Singh earns FC Goa a point after chaotic end

An end-to-end match ended all square in Guwahati, with NorthEast United FC dropping two points in the dying moments following Manvir Singh's equaliser.

Sergio Lobera addressing his team during pre-season training.   -  Special Arrangement

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Manvir Singh's equaliser earned FC Goa a point in a chaotic end to the match after Redeem Tlang had put NorthEast United ahead with 16 minutes left to play.

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Full-time: NorthEast United 2-2 FC Goa. Hugo Boumous put FC Goa ahead in the 31st minute, but NorthEast United FC hit back through goals from Asamoah Gyan and Redeem Tlang, who put his team ahead with 16 minutes left to play. With NorthEast United seemingly assured of the points, chaos broke out following Len Doungel kicking at Martin Chaves from behind, and then Ahmed Jahouh delivered a superb free-kick which Mourtada Fall headed for Manvir Singh to head into the net and earn FC Goa a point.

90+5' Manvir Singh, FC Goa's second-half substitute, heads his team level, assisted by Mourtada Fall. Ahmed Jahouh delivers the free-kick from his own half, Mourtada Fall wins the header, directs it towards Manvir, who scores with a thumping header.

90+4' RED CARD! Len Doungel is shown a straight red card for kicking out at Martin Chaves.

90+1' SAVED! Redeem Tlang wins a free-kick just outside the 18-yard box, and it's taken by Jose Leudo, who drills the ball hard and low, and on target, but Mohammad Nawaz saves well and keeps FC Goa in the hunt for the equaliser.

We are into five minutes of stoppage time, five minutes for FC Goa to find an equaliser.

88' Brandon Fernandes with a long-range effort which is saved! Well-struck but it was straight at Subhasish Roy, who holds onto the ball.

82' Third and final substitution for NorthEast United FC: Asamoah Gyan makes way for Maximiliano Barreiro.

80' MARGINALLY WIDE! Mandar Rao Desai whips in a cross which finds Ferran Corominas around the penalty spot. Corominas decides to volley it first time with his left foot and catches the ball sweetly, but it grazes the post and rolls over the byeline. Subhasish Roy, in the NorthEast United FC goal, was beaten.

74' GOAL! Redeem Tlang with a first-time curling effort connecting with a layoff from Martin Chaves, to put NorthEast United 2-1 up against FC Goa. Good awareness from Chaves to pick out Tlang after freeing himself on the left-hand edge of the box, but equally, Tlang's finish was exquisite.

72' A second substitution for NorthEast United FC: Defender Heerings Kai has walked off with an injury and has been replaced by Shouvik Ghosh.

68' Substitution for NorthEast United FC: Puitea replaces Nikhil Kadam.

67' SAVE AFTER SAVE! Jackichand Singh is played clean through and he strikes a fierce right-footed shot that NorthEast United goalkeeper Subhasish Roy saves with a strong right hand, but the follow-up falls to Ferran Corominas and he doesn't get enough power but even so, Roy saves with his left foot and foils the situation.

65' SAVED! Ahmed Jahouh with a good strike from distance, but it's straight at Subhasish Roy, who catches it cleanly despite the dip on the ball.

60' Hugo Boumous tries to trick his way through the NorthEast United FC defence, but Heerings Kai defends well when one on one and emerges with the ball. It was a particularly dangerous moment for the home team, but the situation was foiled by Kai's solid defending.

54' GOAL! Asamoah Gyan equalises for NorthEast United with a confident finish into the far corner. A mistake from Mourtada Fall allows Gyan a run on the FC Goa goal and, from a tight angle, he gets good whip on his strike and the diving Mohammad Nawaz gets his fingertip to the ball but it's not strong enough to keep the ball out. It's another mistake from a central defender that's culminated in the opposition scoring.

51' Jackichand Singh whips in a cross but it's too close to NorthEast United goalkeeper Subhasish Roy, who catches comfortably. The winger could have picked his head up and played a better cross. As such, none of the FC Goa players was near where his delivery.

46' Kick-off. NorthEast United FC gets us underway.

The second half is underway, with NorthEast United chasing the equaliser.

Half-time: NorthEast United 0-1 FC Goa. Hugo Boumous's 31st-minute goal has put the visitor ahead but since then, NorthEast United has had two quality chances to attain parity and even go ahead, but Asamoah Gyan and Redeem Tlang have been unable to convert.

41' BLOCKED! Redeem Tlang seemingly has a tap-in but Mourtada Fall heroically puts his body on the line and blocks Tlang's effort with his right foot! Tlang can barely believe he's not converted that chance! Asamoah Gyan's header, from a Rakesh Pradhan cross, was saved by Mohammad Nawaz and it felt kindly for Tlang, but Fall's heroic defending keeps FC Goa 1-0 up.

35' SAVED! NorthEast United goalkeeper Subhasish Roy makes a reflex save to deny Ferran Corominas putting FC Goa 2-0 up. The forward is played in behind by Hugo Boumous and from an angle he gets a good strike away. It's on target but the goalkeeper has his angle covered and makes the save.

34' CHANCE! Mourtada Fall gives the ball away, Asamoah Gyan is clean through on goal but decides to shoot from distance. His effort is on target but doesn't have the power and Mohammad Nawaz makes the save. A let-off, that!

31' GOAL! Hugo Boumous puts FC Goa 1-0 up! Poor defending and goalkeeping from Northeast United FC. Redeem Tlang commits himself to cut a pass intended for Hugo Boumous but he's unable to intercept, and to compound the mistake, goalkeeper Subhasish Roy rushes out from the line, and Boumous takes a couple of touches before sidefooting the ball into the gaping goal. NorthEast's defence has been shaky for much of the first half.

28' Redeem Tlang whips in a cross from the NorthEast United right, but Mandar Rao Desai makes a block and concedes a corner which goes out of play.

23' Mandar Rao Desai races down the left flank and puts in a low cross, trying to find Ferran Corominas at the front post, but Mislav Komorski gets ahead of the striker and clears the ball away. Wonderful throughball from Hugo Boumous to find the overlapping Mandar Rao Desai in the first place.

17' WOODWORK! Ferran Corominas passes to Hugo Boumous, who's high up the pitch, he drives forward and lets fly a left-footed shot that cannons back off the crossbar. Shubhasis Roy was beaten.

14' FC Goa has had 59 per cent possession, an indication it has dominated the early proceedings, but NorthEast United FC has had the better of the last five minutes with Gyan getting a goal-scoring chance and winning a free-kick in the FC Goa half.

10' CHANCE! Asamoah Gyan has a great chance from the centre of goal, but his left-footed shot is down the middle and tame, and Mohammad Nawaz goes to his left and makes a regulation save.

8' An intriguing battle brewing between Mourtada Fall and Asamoah Gyan. Gyan has won a free-kick after beating Fall to a header and getting bundled over, but it's a battle to keep on eye on.

3' Plenty of action in the NorthEast United FC box already! This time Brandon Fernandes whips in a free-kick (which he won) from the FC Goa left and Hugo Boumous's header is on target but devoid of the power to trouble Subhasish Roy in goal for the home side.

1' Kick-off! FC Goa gets the match underway.

Players are making their way out to the middle. NorthEast United FC in its all-red kit and FC Goa in its white away kit as the pyrotechnics go off.  The national anthem is done, the customary team photo is complete and we are moments away from kick-off.

Starting line-ups

NorthEast United FC's starting XI: Subhasish Roy (GK), Reagan Singh, Heerings Kai, Mislav Komorski, Rakesh Pradhan, Nikhil Kadam, Redeem Tlang, Milan Singh, Jose Leudo (C), Asamoah Gyan, Martin Chaves (Substitutions: Pawan Kumar, Provat Lakra, Shouvik Ghosh, Lalengmawia, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Panagiotis Triadis, Maximiliano Barreiro)

FC Goa's starting XI: Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Carlos Pena, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Lenny Rodrigues, Mandar Rao Dessai (C), Jackichand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Ahmed Jahouh, Hugo Boumous, Ferran Corominas (Substitutions: Naveen Kumar, Chinglensana Singh, Len Doungel, Manvir Singh, Princeton Rebello, Saviour Gama, Amey Ranawade)

As we await kick-off, you can listen to Episode 12 of The Full Time Show (embedded below), in which we analyse Odisha FC's 4-2 win over Mumbai City FC on Thursday.

 

Preview

After near-identical starts to their seasons, NorthEast United FC and FC Goa meet in the Indian Super League with a chance to move to the summit, displacing ATK. Both teams have already played the defending champion, Bengaluru FC, and managed a point, while Goa has beaten Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast got the better of a 10-man Odisha FC.

On the eve of the match, NorthEast manager Robert Jarni said: “The stats are made to be broken and we will try to do it this time (improve their poor record against Goa). You have a plan for every game and not only Goa. We have played against good teams before that had very fast players. There is a plan. We have to be concentrated and be smart on the pitch.”

Visiting manager Sergio Lobera assessed his team's performances so far in his pre-match press conference. “I was very happy after the first match against Chennaiyin FC because the team played very well under difficult circumstances. We had only three foreign players, some were injured. But the second match was not good for us. We suffered a lot against Bengaluru. But to get one point is good for us against a difficult side. Every game is different and tomorrow I think it will be a difficult match against a very good team,” said Lobera.