Lanzarote double strike sinks Jamshedpur FC

Manuel Lanzarote's goal in the 60th minute proved to be the winner after his successful spot-kick had been cancelled out six minutes earlier.

Manuel Lanzarote celebrates his goal after converting a penalty on the stroke of half-time.   -  ISL

Manuel Lanzarote scored a goal in each half to guide FC Goa to a 2-1 win over Jamshedpur FC in the Hero Indian Super League here.

FC Goa, which controlled the proceedings in both the halves, scored through Lanzarote (45+1, 60th).

Jamshedpur FC, which defended well to deny the home team an early lead, pulled one back in the 54th minute through Trindade Matheus Goncalves.

As it happened

With today’s win, FC Goa has collected 16 points from nine matches, the same as Pune City but is placed behind it on fourth place. Jamshedpur FC remained on 10 points from nine matches and is placed seventh.

FC Goa, which needed a win to stay in the top four, controlled the proceedings with fluid passes.

Eduardo Debia Pelaez and Ahmed Jahouh combined well in the midfield and orchestrated the moves with delicate passes but the rival defence stood firm.

Ferran Corominas, who is the leading scorer with nine goals, had an opportunity to strike but he was in two minds as he directed a weak shot straight to keeper Subrata Paul in the 19th minute.

On the other hand, the visitor did well to keep its defence intact against free flowing Goans and came up with a couple of counter attacks.

It early took the lead when striker Azuka Izu, who got the better of rival defender inside the box, essayed a powerful shot that missed the target narrowly.

FC Goa kept on probing even as it found the rival defence a tough nut to crack.

Goa finally got rewarded in the 42nd minute when Brandon Fernandes, who played a one-to-one pass with Lanzarote, was brought down by defender Andre Bikey inside the box and referee Venkatesh awarded a penalty.

Lanzarote Bruno took the penalty beating the keeper on his left but referee disallowed the goal. In the re-take, he shot in the same direction to give FC Goa 1-0 lead at half-time.

The Goan defence, which looked fragile to the long ball, was found wanting in the 54th minute when the opposition restored parity.

Stunned by the goal, F C Goa retaliated and Coro, who dribbled past a couple of rival defenders, essayed a firm right footer that missed the target narrowly. But soon after this close miss, FC Goa again took the lead in the 60th minute.

Brandon Fernandes from the right split the rival defence with a perfect through pass to Lanzarote who curled the ball past the rival keeper Subrata Paul.

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