ISL 2020-21 Highlights, FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC: Cleiton Augusto scored in the 27th minute and Juanan doubled Bengaluru FC’s lead in the 57th minute as Igor Angulo netted in 66th and 69th minute to draw FC Goa level in match three of the Indian Super League season 7 at the JL Nehru Stadium, Fatorda in Margao. The Gaurs were the most threatening team in attack last season and scored more goals than any other side in the league, while the Blues struggled up front. However, their defence was the best.
Last season’s League Shield winners, FC Goa, who became the first Indian side to secure a direct entry into the group stages of the AFC Champions League, find themselves in an unfamiliar position. With the departure of several key players, many of whom followed former coach Sergio Lobera to Mumbai City FC, the Gaurs, otherwise known for their emphasis on continuity, find themselves in transition. Despite that, they will be hoping to claim their maiden ISL trophy under new head coach Juan Ferrando after acquiring some experienced foreigners alongside promising Indian talent. The onus will be on the long-serving Edu Bedia to help the new arrivals settle fast.
Match Report | Igor Angulo scored a brace to cancel out Cleiton Augusto and Juanan's goals as Bengaluru FC and FC Goa played out a 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League. Read Here.
Igor Angulo netted a brace to cancel out Cleiton Augusto and Juanan's goals as Bengaluru FC and FC Goa played out a 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League
66' - GOAL!
Igor Angulo gets one back for FCGoa but it is #BengaluruFC still with the lead and the advantage.
Brandon Fernandes gets the pass from Sanson Pereira on the left flank and he in turn passes it onto Alberto Noguera. He finds Igor Angulo with a superb pass and the forward fires it intot the back of the net.
Cleiton Augusto's goal is the difference between both the teams.
Bengaluru FC will be the happier if the two sides as FC Goa will want to make more forays in their oppositions' half. The Blues's plan to play on the counter has so far been a success.
Heavyweight FC Goa and Bengaluru FC face off in the third match of the season.
A whole lot of changes and debut from both sides but who will be happier of the two teams as they start a brand new challenge on he ISL trophy. Both reached the playoff but failed to qualify for the final and will hope to do better this time around.
Bengaluru FC Preview -
Bengaluru FC have hit the right note outside the field with various initiatives, now it is time for them to do the same on the field. Read Here.
FC Goa Preview -
FC Goa have altered their entire foreign contingent barring one but with Juan Ferrando at the helm, their Spanish influence remains. Read Here.
Bengaluru FC Starting XI -
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Juan Antonio Gonzalez Fernandez, Francisco Javier Gonzalez Munoz, Erik Endel Paartalu, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Cleiton Augusto Oliveira Silva, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Kristian Fardal Opseth, Sunil Chhetri (C), Udanta Singh Kumam, Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan.
TEAM NEWS! Debuts for THREE foreign players in Cuadrat's side for tonight's encounter against FC Goa at the Fatorda.— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) November 22, 2020
BFC subs: Mawia, Bheke, Pratik, Muirang, Dimas, Amay, Semboi, Leon, Brown. #FCGBFC #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/yLABwhtwWL
FC Goa Starting XI -
Mohammad Nawaz (GK), Sanson Pereira, Ivan Garrido Gonzalez, James Kevin Donachie, Seriton Benny Fernandes, Seiminlen Doungel, Jorge Ortiz Mendoza, Princeton Arnald Rebello, Eduardro Bedia Pelaez (C), Lenny Rodrigues, Igor Angulo Alboniga.
Settling the score!
FC Goa have managed to beat Bengaluru FC just once in their seven meetings!
The Gaurs will hope to better their record against The Blues and get another win on that tally.
Unstoppable force 🆚 Immovable object@FCGoaOfficial scored 5⃣1⃣ goals while @bengalurufc only conceded 1⃣6⃣ in the #HeroISL last season.— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 22, 2020
Who will come out on top tonight? #FCGBFC #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/XXJtB8mwWS
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lara Sharma, Sharon
Defenders: Juanan, Rahul Bheke, Francisco Gonzalez, Ajith Kumar, Joe Zoherliana, Biswa Darjee, Namgyal Bhutia, Parag Srivas, Pratik Chaudhari, Wungngayam Muirang
Midfielders: Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu, Suresh Wangjam, Thoi Singh, Ajay Chhetri, Emanuel Lalchhanchhuaha, Amay Morajkar, Harmanjot Khabra, Cleiton Silva
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Kristian Opseth, Ashique Kuruniyan, Deshorn Brown, Udanta Singh, Edmund Lalrindika, Leon Augustin, Semboi Haokip, Naorem Singh
FC Goa Squad -
Goalkeepers: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Antonio D’Silva
Defenders: Sarineo Fernandes, Aiban Dohling, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Leander D’Cunha, Mohamed Ali, Sanson Pereira, Saviour Gama, Seriton Fernandes
Midfielders: Alberto Noguera, Alexander Jesuraj, Brandon Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Flan Gomes, Jorge Mendoza, Lenny Rodrigues, Nestor Dias, Phrangki Buam, Princeton Rebello, Redeem Tlang, Seiminlen Doungel
Forwards: Aaren D’Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Igor Angulo, Ishan Pandita, Makan Chote
FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC -
FC Goa and Bengaluru FC will get their respective Indian Super League campaigns underway when the two sides clash at the Fatorda Stadium. Both sides qualified for the playoffs but fell short of making it to the final last season. They will be eager to go further this season and a win in their opening fixture of the campaign could set them up nicely.
Securing three points on Sunday won’t be an easy task, though. They face a Bengaluru FC side, who have not only retained their core from last season but also further strengthened their squad. Bolstering a foreign contingent that includes the likes of Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartalu are Norwegian striker Kristian Opseth and Brazilian winger Cleiton Silva.
The statistics favour Carles Cuadrat’s side. Since the Blues’ entry into the ISL, Goa have won only once against them in seven meetings. Ferrando, though, is not dwelling on the past. Cuadrat, who is yet to taste defeat against FC Goa as head coach, will be aiming to keep his record intact, with his side unbeaten in their last six games against the hosts, And he knows his side is in for a tough fight.
With Bengaluru conceding just 16 goals last season — the least by any team — and Goa scoring more than anyone, fans are in for an entertaining contest between two heavyweights.