NorthEast United FC and Goa share a point each in their season opener
NorthEast United FC and FC Goa played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in an open-ended Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.
Federico Gallego (8’) and Bartholomew Ogbeche (53’) scored for the Highlanders while Ferran Corominas (14’, 38’) scored a double for the visitors.
The hosts, NorthEast United FC were gifted a goal after a terrible error from 18-year-old Mohammad Nawaz on his debut match. The Goa custodian charged out of his box to collect the ball Bartholomew Ogbeche in an offside position, however, no such whistle was blown by the referee who instead awarded the free-kick to NorthEast United for a handball. With Nawaz yards outside the box, Federico Gallego showed some quick thinking to chip the dead ball into the empty net, much to the horror of Nawaz.
Six minutes later NorthEast custodian, TP Rehenesh failed to collect failed to collect a floated cross from Jackichand Singh and Spanish sharpshooter Ferran Corominas was on right position to bundle the ball into the net.
Goa took the lead in the 39th minute with Corominas bagging his second of the night. A midfield scramble saw Hugo Bomous release the Spaniard in the box and the prolific striker did well to evade two tackles with body feints before beating Rehenesh at his near post with a perfectly placed shot.
In the second half, the Highlanders did not take too long to get the second goal to level the score with Ogbeche getting off the mark with a thumping header on a perfect cross from Keegan Pereira.
The end-to-end action continued until the final whistle with the teams sharing the spoils.
Full-time: NorthEast United 2-2 FC Goa
90+4: Yellow card Redeem Tlang
90: Five minutes added
89: Substitution for FC Goa, Mandar Rao Desai OFF Manvir Singh IN
88: Substitution for NorthEast United, Nikhil Kadam OFF Lalthathanga Khawlhring IN
85: Substitution for FC Goa, Ahmed Jahouh OFF Miguel Palanca Fernández IN
83: Substitution for NorthEast United, Federico Gallego OFF Augustine Okrah IN
80: Substitution for FC Goa, Jackichand Singh OFF Liston Colaco IN
61: Substitution for NorthEast United, Keegan Pereira OFF Robert Lalthlamuana IN
56: Yellow Card Keegan Pereira
53: Goal!! Bartholomew Ogbeche scores for NorthEast United
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: NorthEast United 1-2 FC Goa
45: One minute added
38: Goal!! Ferrán Corominas scores for FC Goa
30: Yellow card Ahmed Jahouh
14: Goal!! Ferrán Corominas scores for FC Goa
8: Goal!! Goal Federico Gallego scores for NorthEast United