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Goa have climbed back into the top-four with the resounding win over Odisha. The Gaurs took the lead through Alberto Noguera before Jorge Ortiz doubled the advantage. Diego Mauricio then pulled one back to spark hopes of a comeback for Odisha before the interval. However, Ivan Gonzalez put the game to bed in the second half to ensure maximum points for the Gaurs.
PEEEEP! PEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEP! FULL TIME: FC GOA 3-1 ODISHA FC
Hero of the match: Ivan Gonzalez of Goa for his goal and an assist.
[90′] FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official
[88′] FOUL, YELLOW CARD! – FC Goa midfielder Redeem Tlang receives a booking after clipping Diego Mauricio from behind to deny Odisha an opportunity to break on the counter.
[84′] SUBSTITUTION FOR GOA: Jorge Ortiz OFF, Ishan Pandita ON
[82′] OFF THE BAR! – Ivan Gonzalez comes close to netting a brace there. The Goa defender leaps above his marker to connect to a corner-kick, but crashes his header straight into the cross-bar. Odisha eventually clear the ball for a corner, which is then wasted by Goa.
[80′] SUBSTITUTION FOR ODISHA: Lalhrezuala OFF Kamalpreet Singh ON
CHANGE FOR ODISHA: Cole Alexander OFF, Vinit Rai ON
[75′] GOOOOOAAAL, GAME, SET AND MATCH? – Goa have restored their two-goal cushion. The corner is delivered towards the far post and Ivan Gonzalez leaps high to connect with his head. Despite his header being blocked, Gonzalez buried the rebound from close range. 3-1 to Goa
[74′] SUBSTITUTION FOR GOA: Princeton Rebello OFF, Redeem Tlang ON
Goa are unable to cause any problems whatsoever for Odisha from the resulting corner-kick.
[71′] SHOT BLOCKED! – Devendra Murgaokar releases Igor Angulo with a clever through ball and the Goa marksman checks back into his left foot to try and curl it into the far corner. Although he gets the shot away in the end, Odisha captain Steven Taylor slides in to deflect it behind for a corner. Last ditch defending to keep Odisha in the game.
[66′] SUBSTITUTION FOR GOA: Romario Jesuraj OFF, Devendra Murgaokar ON
[63′] BIG MISS! – Odisha push forward towards the byline and find Diego Mauricio with the perfect cutback. Unfortunately, the Brazilian is unable to get the ball out of his feet and tuck it away for the equaliser. Some good work by Brand Inman and Jerry, who produced the cutback goes to waste there.
[58′] SHOT FIRED OVER! – Goa clear away a long throw-in by Odisha, but only as far as Brad Inman. The Odisha midfielder attempts to go for goal with a thunderous volley from outside the penalty area, but his shot has sailed well over the cross-bar.
[56′] OFFSIDE! – Princeton sprays a diagonal pass towards Jorge Ortiz on the left flank. The Goa forward brings it down well with his chest, but the flag is raised by the linesman on the far side. Replays suggest the decision was accurate.
SUBSTITUTION FOR ODISHA: Rakesh Pradhan OFF, Jerry Mawihmingthanga ON
[46′] PEEEEEEP! WE’RE BACK LIVE! – FC Goa get us underway in the second half, the Gaurs are playing from left to right in their bright orange home kit and hoping to hold on to their lead.
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Two goals within the space of eight minutes from Alberto Noguera and Jorge Ortiz put Goa in control early on. However, Odisha have pulled one back through Diego Mauricio to stay alive in the game at the interval. The Gaurs will need to work hard if they are to come away with maximum points and end a run of six straight draws.
PEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEP! HALF TIME: FC GOA 2-1 ODISHA FC
[45′] FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON by the fourth official at the Fatorda.
YELLOW CARD! – Rakesh Pradhan receives a booking though, that’s the first yellow card for the Odisha full-back this term.
[42′] NO PENALTY! – Despite initially blowing the whistle for a penalty in favour of Goa, the referee has overturned his decision after consulting the linesman. Good decision, the contact made by Rakesh Pradhan on Igor Angulo was outside the box and it is a free-kick to Goa.
[36′] SHOT SAVED! – Manuel Onwu sends in a good cross from the left flank and Ivan Gonzalez has sliced his clearance to Daniel Lalhlimpuia. The Odisha striker quickly gets a powerful shot away, but it is straight at Dheeraj, who smothers the ball with ease to snuff out danger for Goa.
[30′] GOOOOAAAL, MAURICIO PULLS ONE BACK! – Daniel Lalhlimpuia sends in a threatening ball from the left flank for Odisha and Dheeraj makes an absolute mess of dealing with it. Diego Mauricio sneaks in behind the Goa shot-stopper and stabs it home from close range to halve the deficit for Odisha. 2-1
[26′] GOOOOOAAAL, WHAT A FINISH! – Goa have doubled the advantage through a quick counter-attack. Saviour Gama pounces on the loose ball after an Odisha corner is cleared away and releases Jorge Ortiz, who made an excellent run with the perfect through ball. The forward is one-on-one with Arshdeep Singh and tucks the opportunity away with a delightful dink over the Odisha shot-stopper. 2-0
[18′] GOOOOOAAAL, GOA IN THE LEAD! – Ivan Gonzalez overlaps on the left flank and whips in an inch-perfect cross into the six-yard box inside Odisha’s penalty area. Alberto Noguera arrives on the scene with an excellent run from midfield and has planted his header past Arshdeep Singh, who got a hand to it but failed to keep it out. The huge spells of possession finally pay off for Goa. 1-0
[8′] SHOT OVER THE BAR! – Odisha give the ball away cheaply and Goa quickly nudge it towards Alberto Noguera. The Spaniard picks the ball up and turns just outside the penalty area before audaciously attempting to go for goal from distance. Odisha breathe a sigh of relief as the attempt flies well over the cross-bar.
[4′] GOOD SAVE! – Goa build patiently after dominating possession in these early exchanges. The ball is fed towards Alberto Noguera from the byline and the midfielder fires a shot on goal from close range. However, Odisha custodian Arshdeep Singh is equal to the task and pushes it away.
[1′] PEEEEEEEP! WE’RE UNDERWAY! – Odisha FC kick-off proceedings in the first half, the Kalinga Warriors are playing from left to right in their black home kit at the Fatorda Stadium.
The TEAM NEWS is out!
FC Goa XI: Dheeraj Singh (GK), Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes (C), Saviour Gama, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz, Princeton Rebello, Alexander Jesuraj, Glan Martins, Igor Angulo
Odisha FC XI: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Gaurav Bora, Shubham Sarangi, Steven Taylor (C), Rakesh Pradhan, S Lalhrezuala, Cole Alexander, Bradden Inman, Diego Mauricio, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Manuel Onwu
FC Goa will take on Odisha FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa. Goa would definitely hope to win this game and further strengthen their chances for Semi Finals as they already are in the top 4. Odisha on the other hasn’t had a great season so far as they’ve managed to win just 1 game in 17 matches that they have played so far and would hope to cause a big upset by defeating Goa and denting their Semi Final chances.