FC Goa picked up three points in style as they staged a thrilling comeback to see off Hyderabad FC 2-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Wednesday.
The first half was more of missed chances as both sides clearly failed to convert the opportunities they had. Brandon was instrumental for Gaurs in the midfield and created two great chances through James Donachie and Angulo, but both failed to score as one didn’t connect the ball while the other failed to direct Brandon’s delivery into the frame.
Hyderabad began the second half aggressively, taking the game to Goa. Their intent soon paid off as they opened the scoring just before the hour mark.
Hyderabad won a throw-in and Asish Rai crossed the ball for Aridane, who headed home from close range to bag his fifth goal of the season.
Goa kept knocking on the door but lacked the cutting edge in the final third, failing to register a single shot on target. But Juan Ferrando’s men, like they did in the previous game against Jamshedpur, displayed fighting spirit.
Fc Goa finally equalised through a set piece as Pandita flicked in Edu Bedia’s free-kick at the far post with his first touch of the game.
Hyderabad failed to hold on to their point and were soon punished.
Alberto Noguera played Angulo on goal and the striker slotted home to score his ninth of the season.
Goa now seem to be back on track and there would be plenty of positives from the game for Coach Juan Ferrando, who has now shown why they are considered the most feared side in the league. You cannot write off the Gaurs till the final whistle.