FC Goa clinched their first win of the continuing Indian Super League season as they beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 on the Fatorda Stadium right here on Sunday. A brace from Igor Angulo (30th and 90th) and one from Jorge Ortiz Mendoza (52th) ensured Juan Ferrando picked up his first win as FC Goa head coach. Vincente Gomez (90th) scored a comfort objective for Kerala Blasters.
Ferrando made two adjustments to the aspect that was held by NorthEast United as James Donachie and Alexander Jesuraj have been included. Nishu Kumar, Gomez and Nongdamba Naorem returned to the beginning eleven for Kerala.
The first massive probability for the Gaurs arrived early on within the 10th minute when Mendonza beat Nishu to take management of an extended ball and fired a shot from exterior the field, solely to see his effort hit the crossbar.
The house aspect got here near grabbing the lead as soon as once more seven minutes later, solely to be denied by the upright. A miscued cross from Rohit Kumar put Angulo via on objective. The striker, with solely the keeper to beat, tried to curve his shot into the underside nook but it surely struck the far submit.
However, Angulo quickly made up for the missed alternative across the half-hour mark as he put FC Goa forward. Gama flicked the ball in the direction of Angulo within the field and the striker delightfully positioned it over Kerala goalkeeper Albino Gomes to bag his fourth objective of the season.
FC Goa returned hungrier after the break and continued to pile on the stress. Their efforts quickly bore fruit as they doubled their lead via Mendoza. The ahead acquired the ball exterior the field and traded a beautiful one-two with Brandon Fernandes earlier than burying his shot into the far nook.
Kerala Blasters pushed exhausting in the hunt for a objective and got here near getting one within the 67th minute. Gomez received the ball contained in the field however noticed his shot rattle the underside of the crossbar.
Kibu Vicuna’s aspect threatened on fairly just a few events however have been unable to search out the again of the online. When a objective did arrive for them, the competition had already been settled in FC Goa’s favour.
Nishu whipped a cross for Gomez, whose header snuck into objective after brushing the underside of the crossbar.
Kerala Blasters captain Costa Nhamoinesu was despatched off throughout the harm time after being proven a second yellow card, following a rash sort out on Princeton Rebello. FC Goa added one other objective late in harm time as Angulo pounced on a blunder from Gomez.