FC Goa eke out slender 1-0 win vs FC Pune City to climb from bottom

Rafael Coelho struck with a free kick in the first half to give FC Goa a 1-0 win against FC Pune City.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 3, 2016 9:07 pm
FC Goa climbed out of the bottom with the win in Pune. (Source: ISL)

It has been a disappointing first half of the Indian Super League 2016 for both FC Pune City and FC Goa. Prior to the contest on Thursday, Pune had six points from as many games with a win, a draw and a loss to their name while Goa were further worse with four points from seven games after picking up a single win, a draw and losing the rest. But that equation reversed after they clashed in Pune where Goa emerged 1-0 winners thanks to a Rafael goal in the first half. The result put Goa above Pune City for some positives and hopes of making the final-four.

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FULL TIME: FC Goa beat FC Pune City 1-0. This game should have had more goals but for poor finishing and some good defending. Goa climb out of the bottom of the league table to go above Pune with the three points.

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Five minutes added on. Five minutes for Pune to get something but as things appear, Goa look better to go for the second

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CHANCE! Rafael rounds the goalkeeper but his left footed effort is brilliantly cleared off the line from a header and then he tries to go for the acrobatics but the bicycle kick is just wide of the mark.

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Just under 20 minutes for FC Pune to get something out of this contest. Have looked threatening in this half but again, goals matter!

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CHANCE! FC Goa have a glorious chance to double their lead but Joffre sends the effort with just the goalkeeper to beat over the crossbar.

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Second half underway in Pune. It is the home side playing the chasing game and they haven’t looked bad but need to improve on their shots.

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HALF TIME: FC Goa lead FC Pune City 1-0 at the break with a Rafael free kick goal

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Close to half time now. FC Goa still in the lead but there’s bit of a controversy brewing. A Goa player went down after a head collision but after allowing play to continue, the referee stops play with a clean chance for Pune to go on and possibly score.

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GOAL!Rafael Coelho gives the visiting FC Goa the lead! A free kick just after the half hour mark and the Goa player gets the ball to go over the wall and then bend to find its way into the right hand corner. Desperate jump by the keeper is not enough to prevent that. FC Pune City 0-1 FC Goa after 32 minutes

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FC Pune are dominating possession after the first 20 minutes. But no clear cut chances. The ‘cross-and-head’ style of play not doing much for the home side

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Starting XI:

FC Pune City: Apoula Edima Edel Bete(GK), Narayan Das, Gouramangi Singh Moirangthem, Augustine Melwyn Fernandes, Rahul Shankar Bheke, Jonatan Lucca, Mohamed Sissoko(C), Lenny Rodrigues, Jesus Rodriguez Tato, Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez, Dramane Traore.

FC Goa: Laxmikanth Kattimani(GK), Sanjay Balmuchu, Gregory Arnolin(C), Rafael Dumas, Luciano Sobrosa, Mandar Rao Dessai, Romeo Fernandes, Richarlyson Felisbino, Joffre Mateu Gonzalez, Rafael Coelho Luiz, Robin Singh.

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Build Up
FC Goa, FC Pune City lock horns in battle of bottom-rankers

FC Pune City coach Antonio Habas will be encouraged with his personal record against his FC Goa counterpart Zico as he attempts to get his team out of the bottom in a Hero Indian Super League clash on Thursday.
Habas and Zico are both experiencing rough weather in the ISL for the first time but it will be Habas who will feel more confident going into the battle of the bottom-rankers.
In the seven encounters between these two coaches, Habas has put it across Zico on four occasions, and the legendary Brazilian coach has failed to win a single game. Worse still, Zico’s side has managed to score just four goals in seven appearances against a team managed by Habas, Atletico de Kolkata in this case.
FC Pune City are placed seventh on the table with six points from six matches. Their wretched form at home has seen them pick up just two points from a possible 12 and they are yet to win at home. Fortunately for Pune, they have never lost against FC Goa at home (won 1, draw 1) and would look to keep the record intact, preferably with a win.
Pune’s four-match winless run is currently the longest in ISL 3 and their six points from six matches is their worst start in the ISL. But Habas remains unperturbed. “I remember last season Chennaiyin had a bad start losing a lot of games, and we are working because our marquee player came in the first week of October and the team is also 90 percent new but we are working,” said Habas.
FC Goa, too, have had their worst start to an ISL campaign as Zico’s side find themselves at the bottom of the pool table with four points from seven matches. In the first edition, FC Goa had just five points at the end of the first leg but still managed to qualify for the semi-finals where they lost to Atletico de Kolkata, then coached by Habas.
This time around too Zico remains positive, although he admits the task is a little bit more difficult. “Our situation is complicated, difficult. We need to win at least five games from seven matches but still we are breathing and as long as we are breathing, we have hope,” said Zico.
Much of Goa’s problems have been their profligate finishing rather than their ability to create chances. Last year’s finalists have fired in 67 shots — only Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi have more – and they have also managed to test the goalkeeper with more than 50 percent of their shots on target. It is their goal conversion rate of 5.97 percent which is the worst in the league and should Zico hope to win five of the remaining seven matches to qualify for the semi-finals, his strikers will have to start firing.