ISL 2018: NorthEast United held to 2-2 draw by FC Goa

ISL 2018: NorthEast United held to 2-2 draw by FC Goa

NorthEast United were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by C Goa in Guwahati's Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Monday.

NorthEast United were held to a draw by FC Goa. (Source: Twitter)

NorthEast United were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by C Goa in Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Monday. NorthEast United FC has been the only ISL- Indian Super League franchise not to make the playoffs even once and will look to turn their fortunes around this season. FC Goa’s defence was their downfall in the previous season but this time around they have strengthened their backline and look ready to win their first ISL title. Who will emerge victorious?

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NorthEast United vs FC Goa: Highlights 

Final Whistle!

And it a draw! Both the teams share the points. NEU 2-2 GOA.  It was an entertaining match after a cracking start for the Highlanders with a happy lead but it didn't last long as Coro leveled things quickly. Coro would then go on to score another goal to give Goa the lead. However, birthday boy Ogbeche equalized to make it 2-2 at halftime. Despite a fiery second half, the scoreline remained the same and the match finished in a tame draw.&nbsp

88' Chance

Nice passage of play for goa, in fact, the best passage for Goa in the second half.  A crisp cross from Liston finds Palance. He shoots it towards the goal but the goalkeeper parries it away for a corner. No danger. Five minutes of extra-time to be added. NEU 2-2 GOA

85' Substitute

Miguel Palanca comes in for Ahmed Jahouh. Jahouh was on a yellow card. Makes sense. Manvir Singh comes in for Desai.  Final change for NorthEast as Lalthathanga comes on for Kadam. NEU 2-2 GOA

80' Substitutions

Jackichand Singh has stretchered off the pitch and is replaced by Liston Colaco. Gallego makes way for Okrah. NEU 2-2 GOA


Mohammad Nawaz is the difference between a lead for NEU FC and Goa falling back.  Rowllin Borges shoots from outside the box but Nawaz dives and saves.

NorthEast United fans are behind their team


Boumous breaks into the box, but Leudo steps in to stop him! Boumous appeals for a penalty but the referee says no. He wants a penalty, the ref refuses to give one. And the ref is spot on.  NEU 2-2 GOA

60' Substitute

Time for a change in personnel as Keegan Pereira walks off the pitch. Robert comes in his place. Not really something that North East would have wanted. NEU 2-2 GOA

53' GOAL

GOAL! North East equalize with a fantastic header by Ogbeche. Fantastic cross by Keegan Pereira from the left flank and a textbook header by the African helps the home team get back on terms.  Ogbeche opens his account in ISL 2018. There is a zing in this game suddenly. NEU 2-2 GOA 

Second half beings

We are back live with the scoreline at NEU 1-2 GOA. FC Goa with the first touch of the ball as they play it behind to get us underway. But North East counter quickly and an early cross but it goes straight behind the goalkeeper.


The whistle blows and the first half comes to an end. Coro's brace has kept FC Goa in the lead. Entertaining half as NorthEast got the first goal after a silly error by Mohammad Nawaz. But the men in orange struck back with the equalizer. A great finish by Corominas in the 39th minute gave Goa the lead. At halftime- NEU 1-2 GOA

38' Goal!

This was on the cards. Once again it is Ferran Corominas. Coro is on fire, bringing all the experience into play.  Takes the ball on the edge of the area, and dribbles past North East defence, and smashes it home. The home team is on the back foot. NEU 1-2 GOA 

30' Yellow Card

BOOKING! FC Goa's Ahmed Jahouh is booked for a silly tackle. First booking of the evening. Ahmed Jahouh in an attempt to win the ball in the midfield slides and brings down Federico Gallego. NEU 1-1 GOA 

23' Goa continue to build pressure

FC Goa keeping the ball at the back and playing around. Then, they try to create a chance from the right but the move is blocked just before it becomes dangerous.  More good work from Lenny. It's defensive work this time. A long ball finds Ogbeche who bullies Fall and Sana, but the midfielder is there to clear the danger easily. 

19' FC Goa on the charge

FC Goa are slowly getting the momentum. The gal has brought them back to life. North East are being hassled and harried. Boumous makes a love down the left and finds Mandar who drills a low cross. But no harm done! NEU 1-1 GOA

14' GOAL!

FC Goa equalize. Jackichand Singh with a beautiful cross and Coro will not miss and he scores. Not the most convincing finish as it he tries to head it but comes off his belly. But it's a goal nonetheless. But was it a handball? Doesn't matter it has been given. NEU 1-1 GOA

8' GOAL!

Mohammad Nawaz concedes the set-piece thinking it is an off-side but the referee doesn't blow the whistle. An easy chance to Federico Gallego and he takes a quick free-kick and opens the scoring. NorthEast have the lead. NEU 1-0 GOA


National anthems are done. We are ready for action. The referee, R Venkatesh, blows the whistle and we are underway. NorthEast United in white and FC Goa in orange. "As we ride to victory" banner is flying high in the background.

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

Minutes away...

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

NorthEast United FC - Subs - Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Pawan Kumar, Augustine Okrah, Juan Mascia, Gurwinder Singh, Provat Lakra, Robert Lalthlamuana.

FC Goa - Subs- Miguel Fernandez, Pratesh Shirodkar, Liston Colaco, Laxmikant Kattimani, Manvir Singh, Mohamed Ali, Nirmal Chettri.

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

NorthEast United Playing XI: TP Rehenesh, Reagan Singh, Mato Grgic, Mislav Komorski, Keegan Pereira, Joseph Leudo, Redeem Tlang, Federico Gallego, Rowllin Borges, Nikhil Kadam, Bartholomew Ogbeche

FC Goa Playing XI: Mohammad Nawaz, Carlos Peña, Chinglensana Singh, Mourtada Fall, Seriton Fernandes, Mandar Rao Desai, Ahmed Jahouh, Lenny Rodrigues, Jackichand Singh, Hugo Boumous, Ferran Corominas

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

NorthEast United vs FC Goa LIVE

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Super League match between NorthEast United vs FC Goa . This is the first match of the season for the two sides and they will hope to kickstart it with fresh energy. NorthEast United FC has been the only ISL- Indian Super League franchise not to make the playoffs even once and they will have a lot to prove to their critics. FC Goa, on the other hand, will look to begin on the front foot. Who will emerge victorious in this battle? Let's wait and watch

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NorthEast United vs FC Goa.  (Source: ISL)

Northeast United FC squad:

Goalkeepers: Rehenesh TP, Pawan Kumar, Gurmeet

Defenders: Mato Grgic, Mislav Komorski, Reagan Singh, Keegan Pereira, Pawan Kumar, Provat Lakra, Gurwinder Singh, Robert Lalthlamuana

Midfielders: Jose David Leudo, Federico Gallego, Agustine Okrah, Rowllin Borges, Seityasen Singh, Fanai Lalrempuia, Nikhil Kadam, Redeem Tlang, Simranjit Singh, Lalthathanga Khawlring, Rupert Nongrum.

Forwards: Girik Khosla, Kivi Zhimomi, Juan Cruz Mascia, Bartholomew Ogbeche.


Goalkeepers: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Laxmikant Kattimani, Mohammad Nawaz

Defenders: Carlos Pena, Chinglensana Singh, Lalhmangaihsanga, Mohamed Ali, Nirmal Chettri, Saviour Gama, Mourtada Fall, Seriton Fernandes

Midfielders: Ahmed Jahouh, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Hugo Boumous, Imran Khan, Jackichand Singh, Lenny Rodrigues, Mandar Rao Dessai, Miguel Fernandez, Pratesh Shirodkar, Princeton Rebello

Forwards: Ferran Corominas, Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh