ISL: FC Goa drub NorthEast United 3-0, move up to 2nd spot
Margao: FC Goa registered their third win on the trot at home as they drubbed NorthEast United FC 3-0 to jump to second place in the Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here yesterday.
FC Goa's Romeo Fernandes (in blue) scores off a diving effort against NorthEast United FC in Goa yesterday. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
FC Goa, who led 2-0 at half time, scored through Romeo Fernandes (33rd minute), Miroslav Slepicka (45+1) and Andre Santos (74th). The Zico-coached side ended their home campaign with their third straight win and moved to second spot with 18 points from 12 matches to brighten their chances of making it to the semifinals.
NorthEast United FC remained on sixth place at the league standings with 13 points from 12 matches. FC Goa went offensive from the start and created couple of scoring chances early in the match but Amiri and Andre Santos failed to find the target. Romeo Fernandes infused spark in the match by breaking the deadlock in the 33th minute.
Debrata Roy, who initiated the move on the right flank, relayed the ball to Romeo Fernandes who, in turn, laid a pass to Andre Santos inside the box. Santos quickly gave a forward pass back to Romeo who after getting the better of defender Miguel Garcia essayed a left footer that hit the post and went in. The visitors made a substitution bringing in James Keene in place of Kondwani Mtonga and the striker did pose problems to the home team defenders as he came close to scoring twice.
Striker Miroslav Slepicka increased the lead in the first minute of the first half injury time when he shot home with a stiff grounder, beating the rival keeper T Rehenseh to have the home team leading 2-0 at half time. After the change of ends, the visitors made double changes bringing in Tomas Josi and Alen Deory in place of
Isaac Chansa and Zodingliana and made some concerted moves with Koke nearly finding the mark.
Jan Seda, who looked confident under the bar, made a rare blemish when he failed to collect a chip from the left, but luckily the ball was cleared by a home team defender for safety. With the visitors doing most of the probing, FC Goa came with a counter move and scored their third goal to settle the issue.