10 men Bengaluru lose the plot in Goa: Talking points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

2 wins from 2 matches and Bengaluru came into their first away match oozing confidence but were shocked by Goa on the back of an entertaining first half. Bengaluru were reduced to ten men in the first half and that happened to be the decisive blow for the team from South who lost their first away game of the season 4-3 to Goa.  


Scintillating First half sets the tone


It was an absolutely lively first half with both teams getting on the score sheet. Bengaluru were pressing high and Goa were still looking to play their way out from back. Coro scored the opener after dribbling through the Bengaluru  defence like a knife through butter. There was an instant reply with Miku thumping past Kattimani.



Coro once again restored the lead for the hosts after beautiful set piece play. There were already three goals in the game before the controversial incident took place. Gurpreet lost his cool and was sent off for foolishly lashing out at Lanzorate. Lanzorate converted the resulting penalty and ensured a two goal lead for hosts. The first half was intense and the fans were treated with some scintillating action.



Bengaluru thread the fine line


Bengaluru pressed high and they kept pressing till they were down to ten men. Roca in his post match press conference mentioned that he will stay true to his style in his away games after their home victory against Delhi. They pressed high and went flying into tackles. Johnson was lucky not to be booked early on in the match, Juanan got away with some mistimed tackles. Rahul picked up a booking for his nuisance. There is always a risk of mistimed tackle and probably a card when you fly into tackles to win the ball back. Though the red card to Gurpreet can never be predicted, it has to be said that the flying tackles set the tone for the match.

Bengaluru are acing the set pieces


Paartalu scored his third goal in two matches with all of them coming from set pieces. Bengaluru have pulled out so many different varieties of set piece play this season that there is almost a sense of inevitability every time they get a freekick or corner. They ironically did concede one to a free kick in the first half to Goa but made amends with a brilliantly taken corner that found the head of Paartalu. The Aussie was in no mood to let this one get away. His goal provided the catalyst for their come back. 



Coro, Miku and the goal fest


There were seven goals in the game and it promised more before the final whistle blew. Coro got a hattrick and Miku, the highest paid player in the ISL got a brace. The tournament has been won by teams that have a goal scorer who can deliver them at least 10 goals a season. These two teams play an attacking flair football and have natural goal scorers in their ranks. On the evidence of tonight, one can expect an entertaining contest every time either of this teams take the field. 



No one is invincible in ISL


Bengaluru came into the game with an aura of invincibility surrounding them. But they were soundly beaten on the night and their defence looked a bit shaky throughout. While Goa have looked commanding in the first half of the games so far they have had troubles to keep up the intensity throughout the ninety minutes. It was the second time in only three matches that Goa have allowed a team to come back from dead with sloppy play in second half. This ISL season promises to be very close one with each match, a dog fight for three points. All in all it augurs well for the Indian football fans who are up for an absolute delight this year. 



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