ATK (with five points) have a solitary win from three matches but have maintained an unbeaten record whereas Last year’s finalists FC Goa, have suffered three successive losses and they would be hungry for a win. There is going to be a big crowd at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium with huge fans.
This may be down after a hat-trick of losses in the Indian Super League football, but FC Goa head coach Zico today asserted that his side were definitely not out and would bounce back into reckoning for the play-offs.
ATLETICO DE KOLKATA 1-0 FC GOA: (DOUTIE 6′)
FC Goa are trying to attack but to no avail. ATK are holding on to the ball more. Goa manager Zico is looking frustrated on the touchline and one really can’t blame him. His team have been second best in all departments in this match.
The corner that Goa dealt with a poor manner. The ball finally went outside the area but Doutie sweetly caught it and shoots a goal from the plenty area.
During the end of the first half Atletico de Kolkata had a few very good chances and they could very easily have been two or three goals up and Goa need to find a way to get their defence together if they hope of getting anything out of this match.
51′ RED CARD:Stephen Pearson (ATK)
Both ATK and Goa had started the half shabbily and quite with a few tackles. Pearson’s challenge was one that knocked his victim off his feet. There was no way Pearson could have got to the ball and it was ended with a rash challenge. The referee gave a straight with a red card. Atletico de Kokata team down to 10 men players.
Two red cards and a controversial penalty decided the game and that always leaves a one with a bad taste after the match.
49% Ball possesion 51%
10 SHOTS 7
5 CORNERS 7
19 FOULS 15
ATK 1-1 FC Goa:
At the end of it all, FC Goa have finally got their first point of the season. How happy Zico will be with that, is a different matter. Both teams got one points in the points table.