Three factors within the bag — lastly! FC Goa returned to successful methods, after six consecutive attracts, with a powerful 3-1 victory over Odisha FC of their Indian Super League encounter on the Fatorda Stadium, Margao, on Wednesday.
FC Goa’s first victory in over a month propelled the Gaurs to the fourth spot, placing them in a agency place to seal one of many two playoff spots up for grabs.
Having gotten off the blocks strongly, FC Goa took the lead within the 18th minute by means of Alberto Noguera. Jorge Ortiz fed the ball to centre-back Ivan Gonzalez on the left flank and the Spaniard floated a tremendous cross into the field which was duly met by a leaping Noguera.
The Gaurs doubled their lead eight minutes later when Ortiz coolly chipped the ball previous the ’keeper. The objective, in truth, got here from an Odisha FC nook. FC Goa custodian Dheeraj Singh parried away the ball and his facet launched into an assault as Saviour Gama threaded a by means of ball for Ortiz. The Spaniard ran a very good 30 yards earlier than dinking it over Arshdeep Singh.
Diego Mauricio provided Odisha FC a lifeline when he netted within the thirtieth minute. Rakesh Pradhan’s cross from the left was poorly handled by Dheeraj and provided Mauricio an open objective to poke the ball into. However, Mauricio’s strike was the final objective of the night for the Kalinga Warriors as they conceded as soon as once more within the seventy fifth minute.
Ortiz turned the supplier this time he curled in a peach of a nook for his countryman Gonzalez. The Spanish defender’s preliminary header was blocked by Arshdeep, however the defence did not clear the ball and Gonzalez managed to fit it into the again of the web. He almost obtained his second objective of the night eight minutes later when his header rattled the crossbar. His match-winning efficiency noticed him grow to be the primary defender to attain and help a objective this season.
Odisha FC stays on the backside of the desk.
Final on March 13
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda will host the Indian Super League (ISL) ultimate on March 13 for a file third time, the organisers introduced on Wednesday.
March 5: First semifinal-1st leg; March 6: Second semifinal-1st leg.
March 8: First semifinal-2nd leg; March 9: Second semifinal-2nd leg.
March 13: Final.
The consequence: FC Goa (18’ Alberto Noguera, 26’ Jorge Ortiz, 75’ Ivan Gonzalez) 3 – 1 Odisha FC (30’ Diego Mauricio).
Thursday’s match: CFC vs NEUFC.