Goa Inching closer to Playoffs after stomping on ATK

Rishav Roy  |  ISL-5  |  1 Month Ago

ATK’s playoff ambitions for this season practically came to an end after they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of a free-flowing FC Goa in the latter’s own backyard. Desperately needing a victory to challenge the top four, the team from Kolkata came apart at the seams in the face of a ruthless and technically superior Goa.


The hosts surged ahead in the very first minute of the game after Coro made a blistering run down the right wing to cut back in and tee up a lurking Jackichand Singh. The Indian international slammed the ball into the net past a stranded Arindam through his first post.


Goa came menacingly close to doubling their lead in the 13th minute but Coro’s sloppy final touch after a delectable set up by Mandar Rao Desai from the left saw the attempt fizzle away.


Seriton Fernandes squared off Coro with a lovely ball in the penalty box and the Spanish striker exhibited sheer gentry to turn around at the drop of a hat and let his shot fly. Arindam was compelled to dive to his left to pull off a stunning save.


The triptych of Coro, Bedia and Mandar contributed to the team’s second goal in the 52nd minute. Coro squared off Mandar to blast his shot at the goal and the Goa skipper did that with precision only for Arindam to parry the ball into Coro’s path and the Spaniard made no mistake in converting the rebound from close range.

In a desperate move to salvage some pride, ATK introduced experienced Balwant instead of Hitesh Sharma. However, this failed to reap any rewards either as the substitute made minimal contributions to ATK’s resurgence. Edu Garcia compelled Naveen Kumar to pull off the first save of the night from a piledriver of his own in the 67th minute.


Coro’s blistering speed helped Goa to earn a penalty in the 79th minute. Corominas was tripped in the box by Ricky Lallawmawma after the latter failed to contain the Spaniard from creating space for himself. The referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. It was Coro who stepped up and calmly slotted the ball home from the spot to take Goa hammer and tongs into the second spot with a game to spare.


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