Today its a do or die battle for FC Goa when they take on Atletico de Kolkata in an Indian Super League football match at Nehru Stadium. After their draw against Mumbai City in their last match, FC Goa need to win all their three remaining matches and see results of other teams if they are to make it to the semifinals for the third consecutive year.
FC Goa have never won against Atletico de Kolkata, the last time they played against each other ended in a draw and coach Zico is likely to adopt an attacking formation against ATK in order to garner full points. With three matches left to be played whereas ATK had three draws in the last three matches, including the game against defending champions Chennaiyin FC.
“The teams realise the competition, so they don’t open too much. They play a little more at the back and wait for the counter-attack. I think our team just needed to adjust our aim, we had so many opportunities in so many games,” said Zico.
Kolkata had the best chance of match but it was foiled by a brilliant save from Goa keeper Kattimani. A few minutes later, Javi Lara’s shot was saved by another sharp dive to the right by Kattimani. It has been a positive start from both sides.
Helder Postiga goes into the book for nasty kick out on Trindade from behind. The Goan players surrounded the referee asking for a red card, but the Sri Lankan referee was having none of it.
A good shot from Javi Lara when he takes the corner and it is cleared away by the defendor. The game then shifted to the other end and FC Goa got their first corner of the game. It wasn’t the best of corners and it came to Coelho who had to take a volley on the turn. He caught t on his shin and the ball went wide.
GOAL: FC Goa 0-1 Atletico de Kolkata (Belencoso 27′)
Ruidas provided and inch-perfect cross into the box. It wasn’t defended well at all and Belencoso almost got a free header. He made no mistake in making sure it stayed on target. Atletico de Kolkata rewarded for their early dominance in the game. FC Goa 0-1 Atletico de Kolkata.
HT: FC Goa 0-1 Atletico de Kolkata
FC Goa started pushing just before the half time whistle and we have seen before that ATK have conceded in the face of continous pressure. Goa will be hoping not to concede yet again as would mean game over for them. The other thing they need to avoid is giving flat corners.
A good save from Ruidas in 61min, when he sends a tempting low cross from the left to the near post, and Belencoso gets ahead of his marker to divert a shot on goal, but Kattimani bails his team out yet again, putting the ball behind for a corner.
Romeo Fernandes unleashes an absolute thunderbolt from range and it swerves narrowly wide of the top corner. If that had gone in, it would have been right up there with one of the best goals of the ISL.
Romeo Fernandes with a kick from outside the box. He got under the ball aiming at the top corner at the far post. The ball went just wide. The goalkeeper was beaten and it would have been in had it been on target. Romeo has been one of the more dangerous players for FC Goa.
GOAL: FC Goa 1-1 Atletico de Kolkata (Mandarrao 80′)
Kolkata make the same mistake again. They had clearly stopped their attacks and let Goa put them under pressure. In the end Goa’s efforts were rewarded as Mandarrao received from a fair distance away from goal and fired a shot in. The goalkeeper was beaten and the ball went in. Goa need one more to keep their semi final hopes alive. What a goal from the Indian player. FC Goa 1-1 Atletico de Kolkata.
Good saves from Kattimani in 87min of the game when he pulls off another diving save, denying Pearson’s calm finish from inside the box that was destined for the bottom corner.
Wave after wave of Goa attacks and Kolkata some how hold on. ATK finally managed a rare counter. Pearson took the shot and Kattimani managed to dive and make the save. He is a big reason why ATK haven’t been able to extend their lead.
GOAL: FC Goa 1-2 Atletico de Kolkata (STEPHEN PEARSON)
As in 90+2′ FC GOA left only one defender behind yet again. This time Doutie makes the right choice passing to an unmarked Pearson in the box, and the ATK midfielder makes no mistake, sliding the ball past Kattimani and scoring the winner, to silence the crowd at the Fatorda. Game over for Goa. The score is FC Goa 1-2 Atletico de Kolkata.
FC goa (1-2) Atletico de kolkata
47% Ball possession 53%
13 shots 14
6 fouls 10
9 corners 11
FC Goa had to win this match and they committed everyone forward after they scored the equaliser. ATK only needed to regain possession and when they did so the first time, Sameehg Doutie was the man on the ball and he had three other team mates with him with just Gregory the man at the back for Goa. He could have passed it to anyone for a tap in goal but went for it himself and the ball came off the post. ATK de kolkata secured 2nd position with 18 points whereas Fc goa at last position in the ISL points table.
Hero of the match: DESAI
#FT: FC Goa 1-2 Atletico de Kolkata