10-man FC Goa managed to fend off a troublesome press by Kerala Blasters to accept a degree with a 1-1 draw within the Indian Super League at GMC Stadium, Bambolim on Saturday. The Gaurs took the lead by means of a 25th-minute strike from Jorge Ortiz Mendoza, whereas Rahul KP (57′) scored with an excellent header within the second half. Goa had been decreased to 10 males within the second half after Ivan Gonzalez acquired marching orders, receiving two yellow playing cards inside a span of seconds. Goa began with what they do the very best — intriguing brief passes, sustaining most ball possession, and holding Kerala on the again foot.
Kerala had been fortunate to not concede early within the sport. The on-field chemistry between Alberto Noguera and Ortiz has been creating issues for opponents and on Saturday, the duo mixed as soon as once more, in what would have been a well-worked objective. Ortiz performed a one-two with Noguera on the fringe of the field and shot previous the keeper Albino Gomes. The hassle hit the woodwork not as soon as, however thrice earlier than the ball bounced again into play.
Goa continued their surge with Ortiz and Noguera combining as soon as once more. The latter then crossed the ball into the field, which Devendra Murgaokar headed straight to the keeper.
The Gaurs deservingly took the lead within the 25th minute from a set-piece. Ortiz’s freekick from the left took a slight deflection off Sahal Abdul Samad’s head and looped over Gomes.
Kerala had their objective disallowed simply earlier than the breather. Facundo Pereyra chipped in a cross from a nook, which fell to Bakary Kone who used his thigh first, after which his arm to search out the again of the web. Nonetheless, the referee dominated out Kone’s objective for handball after consulting the linesman.
Within the second half, Kerala restored parity by means of Rahul. Pereyra delivered yet one more stunning cross by means of a nook. Rahul timed his run to perfection on the far publish and headed the ball previous Goa keeper Naveen Kumar.
As Kerala gained momentum, Gaurs all of the sudden discovered themselves on the backfoot. Gonzalez acquired a fast double reserving to scale back Goa to 10 males. Gonzalez was initially cautioned for his sort out on Gary Hooper. Then the referee flashed the second yellow after Gonzalez touched him whereas protesting.
Goa had been pressured to defend within the last quarter of the sport as Kerala tried to benefit from the additional man. Nonetheless, their poor determination making within the last third noticed them squandering a few probabilities and the sport ended all sq..
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