FC Goa 3-2 Delhi Dynamos
KICK-OFF: Nov 8, 7.30PM (IST) (GMT +5.30)
Channel: Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3.
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Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda
-FC Goa will be looking to regain the top spot on the table when they take on Delhi Dynamos at Fatorda today. In their last game against Jamshedpur, Goa got a taste of what it feels like to be on the receiving end of four goals. The usually free-scoring FC Goa sorely missed Corominas who was suspended for the game against Jamshedpur.
The Spanish forward Corominas has 26 goals in 27 appearances for FC Goa from when he joined them last season. This season, he is on top of the goal-scoring and assists’ charts with 6 goals and 4 assists from four games. Coro will rejoin the squad and will be expected to start.
Goa’s defence was completely undone in the game against Jamshedpur. They were unable to keep up with Jamshedpur’s pressing game and the keeper Nawaz looked out of sorts. Lalthuammawia Ralte, the former Shillong Lajong and Bengaluru FC shot-stopper could probably get his first start this season.
-Delhi Dynamos and FC Pune City have two things in common. They haven’t won a game yet this season and both are at the bottom of the table. Their season so far was not so succinctly described by Eelco Schattorie, the Northeast United coach.
“They have a very good team. Delhi, with the team they have, being that low in the table surprises me. I would dare to say if I had this team we would be in top three.”
One of the main problems Delhi have are the lack of goals. Their signing this season, Serbian forward Andrija Kaluđerović has a return of one goal in seven games. Delhi has managed to score only five goals this seasons and two of those goals are from defenders. Their buildup play has been particularly bad and their midfield hasn’t been able to link up with the forward line. In quite a few games this season, they weren’t able to muster an effective challenge after going a goal down.
However, Delhi Dynamos will go into this game with some confidence after their draw against Jamshedpur. They will rely on Chhangte to run at the defence and on Adria Carmona and Rene Mihelic to create opportunities. Delhi Dynamos would probably be better off starting two forwards in Andrija Kaluđerović and Indian international Daniel Lalhlimpuia to pile pressure on the Goan defence. FC Goa’s defence has looked shaky this season and as Goa are a certainty to score, Delhi will need to score some of their own if they are expecting a result out of this game.
On a side note, FC Goa and Delhi Dynamos managers, Sergio Lobera and Josep Gombau are good friends and both have coached Barcelona youth teams at La Masia. It remains to be seen if Josep can pip Sergio Lobera for the three points in a clash of similar philosophies.
Josep Gombau, Delhi Dynamos:
“Look we are not getting the results but we are playing well. We played seven games and we deserved more than what we got. For us it is an important game tomorrow, because we need to win against Goa. The last game we played well and now we are confident that we can try and get the result.”
FULL-TIME: FC Goa 3-2 Delhi Dynamos
91′ – SUB (Delhi Dynamos: A. Kaludjerovic [IN] G. Zuiverloon [OUT])
90′ – GOAL! 3-2 (Edu Bedia, Header, FC Goa)
88′ – SUB (FC Goa: Nirmal Chettri [IN] Mandar Rao Desai [OUT])
85′ – SUB (Delhi Dynamos: Vinit Rai [IN] Marcos Tebar [OUT])
82′ – GOAL! 2-2 (B. Fernandes, Assist: M. Rao Desai, FC Goa)
78′ – SUB (FC Goa: Manvir Singh [IN] Lenny Rodrigues [OUT])
78′ – YELLOW CARD (Rene Mihelic, Delhi Dynamos)
76′ – SUB (FC Goa: Brandon Fernandes [IN] Jackichand Singh [OUT])
70′ – GOAL! 1-2 (L. Chhangte, Assist: Nanda Kumar, Delhi Dynamos)
62′ – YELLOW CARD (Narayan Das, Delhi Dynamos)
60′ – SUB (Delhi Dynamos: Rene Mihelic [IN] Adria Carmona [OUT])
57′ – YELLOW CARD (Ahmed Jahouh, FC Goa)
54′ – GOAL! 1-1 (Edu Bedia, Assist: M. Rao Desai, FC Goa)
48′ – YELLOW CARD (L. Chhangte, Delhi Dynamos)
6′ – GOAL! 0-1 (Bikramjit Singh, Assist: Adria Carmona, Delhi Dynamos)
FC Goa go top of the table after coming back twice from a goal behind to pick up a win against a spirited Delhi Dynamos side today.
Goa looked stodgy in the first half and their fluidity in passing and movement was absent. Delhi took the lead in the sixth minute when Carmona squared to the ball to Bikramjit Singh just outside the box. Bikramjit who was in acres of spaces with no one marking him hit a well-placed shot beyond the keeper.
The teams went into half-time with Delhi leading by a goal. Goa equalized in the 54th minute when Mandar Rao on the left flank found Edu Bedia in the box who hit a firm low shot beyond the keeper to level the scores.
Delhi Dynamos took the lead again in the 70th minute. A cross into the box found Nanda Kumar who back-flicked the ball which found Chhangte who slotted it past the goal.
Delhi have conceded quite a few goals this season towards the end of the game. Today was no exception.
From leading 2-1 in the 70th minute, they conceded a soft goal when Brandon Fernandes took a shot on goal from outside the box. The shot wasn’t particularly strong, but the usually reliable Dorronsoro was positioned poorly and was beaten at his near post.
With the scores level at 2-2, Edu Bedia found the net again in the 90th minute with a fantastic header to win the game for Goa. The goal came off a great set-piece delivery by Hugo Boumous from 35 yards out. Edu Bedia looked offside, but the linesman did not call it.
However, Delhi Dynamos have only themselves to blame for not putting the game beyond doubt. They had innumerable chances from every good goal scoring position available. They missed headers and shots on goal from anywhere between three to six yards out. Chhangte could’ve gotten himself a hattrick, but he fluffed most of his chances except the one. And they paid a price for their frailty in defence in the latter half of the game.
Delhi need a genuine goalscorer up front to put all those chances away. Kaludjerovic has been poor this season and they should be looking for a forward in January to salvage their season. They still haven’t won a game and they play a strong Bengaluru FC next on Nov. 26 after the international break; a win looks really far away in the horizon.
FC Goa will be happy with their performance today. The team showed character to come back from a goal behind twice in the game. They managed to get a result even when they are having a bad day which is a sign of a resilient team. They now travel to Kochi and will play against Kerala Blasters on Sunday, Nov. 11.