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 (thirtieth and ninetieth) and one from Jorge Ortiz Mendoza (52th) ensured Juan Ferrando picked up his first win as FC Goa head coach. Vincente Gomez (ninetieth) scored a comfort objective for Kerala Blasters.
Ferrando made two modifications 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 large probability for the Gaurs arrived early on within the tenth minute when Mendonza beat Nishu to take management of a protracted ball and fired a shot from exterior the field, solely to see his effort hit the crossbar.
The house aspect got here shut to grabbing the lead as soon as once more seven minutes later, solely to be denied by the upright. A miscued move from Rohit Kumar put Angulo by on objective. The striker, with solely the keeper to beat, tried to curl his shot into the underside nook nevertheless it 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 strain. Their efforts quickly bore fruit as they doubled their lead by Mendoza. The ahead acquired the ball exterior the field and traded a stunning one-two with Brandon Fernandes earlier than burying his shot into the far nook.
Kerala Blasters pushed onerous in search of a objective and got here shut to 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 a couple of events however have been unable to discover the again of the web. 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 damage time after being proven a second yellow card, following a rash sort out on Princeton Rebello. FC Goa added one other objective late in damage time as Angulo pounced on a blunder from Gomez.