10-man FC Goa managed to fend off a tricky press by Kerala Blasters to accept some extent with a 1-1 draw within the Indian Super League at GMC Stadium, Bambolim on Saturday. The Gaurs took the lead by a Twenty fifth-minute strike from Jorge Ortiz Mendoza, whereas Rahul KP (57′) scored with an excellent header within the second half. Goa had been diminished 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 perfect — intriguing brief passes, sustaining most ball possession, and holding Kerala on the again foot.
Kerala had been fortunate to not concede early within the recreation. 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 purpose. Ortiz performed a one-two with Noguera on the fringe of the field and shot previous the keeper Albino Gomes. The effort 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 Twenty fifth 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 purpose 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 seek out the again of the web. However, the referee dominated out Kone’s purpose for handball after consulting the linesman.
In the second half, Kerala restored parity by Rahul. Pereyra delivered yet one more stunning cross by 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 immediately discovered themselves on the backfoot. Gonzalez acquired a fast double reserving to cut 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 compelled to defend within the remaining quarter of the sport as Kerala tried to make the most of the additional man. However, their poor resolution making within the remaining third noticed them squandering a few probabilities and the sport ended all sq..
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