Romeo's late goal keeps Goa in hunt for semis
FC Goa struck in the fourth minute of added time to floor NorthEast United FC 2-1 for their first win at home in the Indian Super League (ISL) at Fatorda yesterday
FC Goa’s Robin (right) celebrates his goal with teammate Mandar during the match vs NorthEast United FC at Fatorda yesterday. Pic/ISL
Fatorda: FC Goa struck in the fourth minute of added time to floor NorthEast United FC 2-1 for their first win at home in the Indian Super League (ISL) at Fatorda yesterday.
FC Goa were down in the 49th minute after Seityasen Singh provided NorthEast United with the lead but equalised through Robin Singh in the 61st minute. Goa were then reduced to 10 men after Sahil Tavora was sent off but Romeo Fernandes handed the hosts full points with a dramatic late winner. This was Goa’s first win at home after losing three matches in a row and gives them 10 points from 10 matches.
Goa still last on the table
Their inferior goal difference means they will continue to be at the bottom despite having the same number of points as Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United. FC Goa started with just two foreign players due to suspensions and injuries and the hosts were under pressure right from the start. NorthEast United had the first chance in the third minute itself when Katsumi Yusa floated a corner-kick but Nicolas Velez’s tap from close range was saved by goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.
Katsumi then tried his luck with a long-range free-kick which Kattimani parried away to safety and then Rowlin Borges failed to keep his open header on target after Seityasen Singh had whipped in a perfect cross. FC Goa were relying largely on counter attacks but had their chances. Trindade Goncalves sent a ball through for Robin in the 32nd minute but the India striker’s left-footed attempt was pushed away for a corner kick by NorthEast goalkeeper Subrata Paul. NorthEast came close towards the end but only ended up hitting the crossbar twice. Gustavo Lazzaretti’s header first struck the crossbar from close range and then Velez also met with a similar fate when he had beaten Kattimani in the air.
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