NorthEast United make it two in two as they beat FC Goa 2-0 in the Indian Super League 2016 contest in Guwahati on Tuesday. Emiliano Alfaro scored both the goals for the hosts as they completely outplayed a depleted Goa unit. Goa were undone by some poor effort by their goalie who made some costly errors. NorthEast United had opened their account with a 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters on the opening day of the third edition of the competition. Meanwhile, relive how the 90 minutes, completely dominated by NorthEast United, unfolded.
81′ Lovely combination play by the NorthEast strikers, outsmart the goalie but the desperate stretch by the Goa defender denies the hosts what would have been the third goal of the night. Quality football on exhibition
NorthEast United goalie Subrata Paul has managed to keep a cleanslate so far. He has come up with countless crucial saves, just when they mattered for the hosts
Another poor effort by the Goa goalie and another good finish by Emiliano Alfaro to double NorthEast United’s lead in the 62nd minute. Pressure on Goa now as they are behind two goals with not much time left in the game
We are done with the first 15 minutes of the second half and NorthEast have managed to hold on to their slender one-goal lead over FC Goa in Guwahati
Mandar Rao Dessai with a rough challenge from behind to stall NorthEast move, and is rightly booked with a yellow. It remains 0-1 as we enter the 52nd minute of play
The second half between NorthEast United FC and FC Goa gets underway. Goa trail 0-1 at the moment and would come hard at the opposition in search of the equaliser
HALF TIME: At the break, NorthEast United lead FC Goa by a slender 1-0 margin. Emiliano Alfaro making most of the Goa keeper’s mistake to tap in from a yard out.
CHANCE! A minute to go in the first half and FC Goa have a glorious chance. Free kick is taken quickly and Lucio runs on unmarked. Lays it down in the centre of the box and it is hit tamely at the keeper. Two minutes added on in the first half. 1-0 to NorthEast United
38′ Lovely run down the left for FC Goa by Mandar Rao Desai and the cut back falls to Joffre Mateu Gonzalez whose first time right footed effort is brilliantly parried by Subrata Paul. Stays 1-0 to NorthEast United
32′ Richarlyson Felisbino of FC Goa is clipped by an opposite player but despite the referee’s request of calm, the player continues to ask for a card – gets booked for protesting.
27′ CHANGE FOR NORTHEAST UNITED FC: Mailson Alves cannot continue as he gingerly makes his way out of the pitch. On comes Didier Zokora.
20′ GOAL! EMILIANO ALFARO gets the NorthEast United going! That was an absolute howler by Laxmikanth Kattimani. The keeper tried to play it around the striker and failed. Ended up hitting the ball back against him and it goes inside the goal. He won’t want to see that replay!
19′ Koffi Christian N’Dri has a go from distance and it is well wide of the target. The NorthEast United player quickly charged down
CHANCE! Trindade Goncalves’ corner is at the near post and Raju Gaikwad is on hand to head it goalwards. It is saved by Subrata Paul and produces another corner for FC Goa
First five minutes and FC Goa have looked the livelier of the two teams. Moving the ball quickly and maintaining possession as well. Have the home side pegged back early on
FC Goa XI: Laxmikanth Kattimani(GK), Lucio(C), Rafael Dumas, Raju Gaikwad, Fulganco Cardozo, Sanjay Balmuchu, Trindade Goncalves, Richarlyson Felisbino, Mandar Rao Dessai, Joffre Mateu Gonzalez, Rafael Coelho Luiz.
NorthEast United XI: Subrata Paul(GK), Reagan Singh, Robin Gurung, Gustavo Lazzaretti(C), Mailson Alves, Wellington Priori, Koffi Christian N’dri, Katsumi Yusa, Rowllin Borges, Holicharan Narzary, Emiliano Alfaro.
High on confidence after beginning their campaign with a victory, NorthEast United FC will take on last edition runners-up FC Goa in their second home match in the Indian Super League football.
NorthEast United registered a solitary goal victory over Kerala Blasters in the inaugural match with Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa scoring the all-important goal.
The start was encouraging for new head coach Nelo Vingada but NorthEast United were far from being impressive against Kerala Blasters and they will have to produce a better performance against FC Goa if they have to notch up another win at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium tomorrow.
“There is plenty of scope for improvement. We have to play better to reach the semis which is my target and of my players, so we have to be more consistent. If we don’t grow up and play better, it won’t be enough,” said Vingada.
Their marquee signing Didier Zokora of Ivory Coast is also not certain whether he will be fit to take the field.
FC Goa are coached by Brazilian legend Zico and though they have some injury concerns, they will still be a strong side.
Vingada is unlikely to make any changes from the starting eleven against Kerala Blasters.
“For me this was the best eleven which I could use for the game because some players are injured and most of the players are not fully fit for 90 minutes as they are only 70% fit. But I am satisfied with the foreign players and I am also very happy with the Indian boys,” said the Portuguese coach.
It is hard to predict what FC Goa will do as they launch their campaign away from home. They had their pre-season in Brazil and played four friendlies with chief coach Zico using different players and trying out different formations.
FC Goa did not play any friendlies at home leaving everyone wondering about the starting eleven.
They, however, will not be able to use the services of several players who are nursing injuries. Defenders Gregory Arnolin, Denzil Franco, goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury and striker Robin Singh have all picked up injuries during pre-season and will not be available for the opener.
All eyes, however, will be on the new signings from Brazil. Players like Trindade Goncalves, Rafael Dumas, Julio Cesar and Richarlyson, a former Brazilian international, will be seen in action for the first time, although it remains to be seen how many of them can be accommodated in the starting eleven.
FC Goa lost in the final last season against Chennaiyin FC and Zico will be keen to put those memories behind him with victory in the opening match.