Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the ISL 2020-21 encounter between FC Goa and SC East Bengal in Goa on Friday.
Half-time. Goa goes into the break with a lead thanks to Angulo’s well-taken finish. Both teams have been sloppy with their passing from the back but Goa has just enough quality to take its chances. Pilkington would be ruing his penalty miss in just the second minute of the game.
Two minutes of added time.
45′ Inswinging corner into the Goa goal and Dheeraj needed to stick his arm out to push the ball away from goal.
42′ Ankit swings in a cross into the Goa box with three EB players waiting in for it. The referee blows a foul against Jeje for a foul on Ali.
39′ GOAL! Angulooo! FCG 1-0 SCEB. Ajay Chhetri’s pass is nicked by Goa and Noguera plays in a superb through ball behind East Bengal’s defence into Noguera. The striker rounds up Debjit before slotting the ball into the back of the net. This is his 10th goal of the season.
37′ From a narrow angle, Ortiz goes for goal and Debjit does well to push the ball onto the crossbar and out for a corner.
36′ Ajay Chhetri concedes a freekick by pulling down Noguera on the left side of East Bengal’s box.
34′ Pilkington turns inside the box and lays it off for Bright but his shot is blocked.
32′ SCEB SUB: Rafique OFF, Ankit ON
Noguera and Maghoma battle for possession in the match between FC Goa and SC East Bengal. – ISL/Sportzpics
30′ Drinks break taken.
29′ Jeje holds up the ball with his strength before driving into Goas box to play it into Bright. Bright dribbles past a Goa defender before squaring it into Pilkington, whose backheel flick is cleared by a Goa defender.
26′ Fox is down on the floor and is receiving some treatment.
24′ Ortiz drops into midfield to get the ball before driving forward into the East Bengal final third and the ball ricochets into the feet of Angulo. The striker makes room and fires a shot at goal but its straight at Debjit.
21′ Corner for East Bengal and Dheeraj struggling to command the box for the delivery. He comes out rushing twice but can’t get to the ball but luckily for him, Gama clears it out.
19′ Bright with a superb run to get past two Goa players on the left wing before hooking in a ball which needed Gama and Ali to clear away from danger.
17′ Referee having a chat with Bedia and Bright after an off the ball incident between the pair.
15′ Angulo concedes a freekick for a high boot on Neville.
14′ Bright drives with the ball from the back. But East Bengal play it back again before conceding possession.
Bright is dropping deep to pick up the ball to help East Bengal create from the back.
9′ Bedia can’t get his freekick on target. Hits it wide of the near post.
8′ Fox concedes a freekick after catching Noguera with a lunging tackle just outside the East Bengal box.
7′ Romario intercepts an East Bengal pass and takes a shot from distance which is narrowly wide of the near post!
5′ Noguera nicks the ball from Ajay and slips in a through ball for Noguera, whose shot is saved by Debjit!
3′ Freekick for Goa from the left. Ortiz’s inswinging delivery is met by Bedia on the turn but he redirects the ball wide.
FC Goa players react after Pilkington’s penalty miss in the match against East Bengal. – ISL/Sportzpics
2′ MISSED! Anthony Pilkington blasts it wide! What a chance squandered for the Red and Golds!
1′ East Bengal kicks off proceedings from left to right. PENALTY! Ali clips the feet of Narayan Das after Aiban sold him short with a backpass.
7.24 pm: Both teams make their way out to the middle. East Bengal will play in its black away kit and Goa will play in its home colours.
East Bengal’s Jacques Maghoma last scored on January 3rd in the 3-1 win over Odisha FC. – ISL/Sportzpics
7.20 pm: Just 10 minutes away from kick-off. Goa coach Juan Ferrando will be suspended from the sidelines.
Dheeraj Singh, who last played in a dead rubber game against Bengaluru FC in the 2019-20 season for ATK Mohun Bagan, debuts for FC Goa today. ISL/Sportzpics
6.47 pm: Five changes for FC Goa too from the draw against Kerala Blasters. Devendra, Donachie, Gonzalez, Seriton, Naveen – OUT. Angulo, Adil, Aiban, Ali, Dheeraj – IN.
6.43 pm: Five changes for SC East Bengal from its 0-1 defeat to Mumbai City FC. Steinman, Milan, Surchandra, Ankit, Harmanpreet – OUT. Bright, Chhetri, Rafique, Gharami, Jeje – IN
6.30 pm: The team news is in
FC Goa XI (4-2-3-1)
Dheeraj Singh; Mohamed Ali, Adil Khan, Aiban Dohling, Saviour Gama; Princeton Rebello, Edu Bedia; Alexander Jesuraj, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Mendoza; Igor Angulo
SC East Bengal XI (4-3-3)
Debjit Majumder; Rana Gharami, Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, Narayan Das; Ajay Chhetri, Mohammed Rafique, Jacques Maghoma; Anthony Pilkington, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Bright Enobakhare
6.27 pm: Donachie is pictured at the venue. Could he be a surprise inclusion in the XI?
6.20 pm: Big game for FC Goa which will take the field without regular centrebacks Ivan Gonzalez (suspended) and James Donachie (injury). Adil Khan, who joined on loan from Hyderabad FC last week, is in line to make his debut at the back.
6.05 pm: Here’s our predicted line-ups for the match
FC Goa predicted XI (4-2-3-1)
Naveen Kumar; Seriton Fernandes, Adil Khan, Aiban Dohling, Saviour Gama; Lenny Rodrigues, Edu Bedia; Alberto Noguera, Brandon Fernandes, Jorge Mendoza; Igor Angulo
SC East Bengal predicted XI (3-4-3)
Debjit Majumder; Scott Neville, Daniel Fox, Raju Gaikwad; Ankit Mukherjee, Matti Steinmann, Milan Singh, Narayan Das; Anthony Pilkington, Bright Enobakhare, Harmanpreet Singh
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The seventh edition of the Indian Super League got underway inside a bio-bubble in Goa on November 20.
The tournament, spanning over four months, will see 11 teams play each other in a league and playoff format across three venues. Following the inclusion of SC East Bengal, this season will feature 115 games, up from 95 last season.
FC Goa will face a tough test when it takes on a resurgent SC East Bengal in an ISL fixture at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday. Having played out a 1-1 draw against a 10-man East Bengal in the first phase of the tournament, Goa will have to muster an inspired performance to go one better in the return engagement.
The task will be challenging for the host as it will be without its key central defenders, Ivan Gonzalez and James Donachie. Gonzalez is serving a suspension owing to the red card he received in the 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters. Donachie limped off midway through the action in the same match and is likely to be ruled out. Goa will also be without its coach Juan Ferrando, who received the suspension in the bruising contest with Kerala.
“The most important thing about this team during this period (unbeaten run) is the adaptation to the new style of the coach,” said FC Goa assistant coach and former India player Clifford Miranda about his team’s unbeaten run in the past six matches where it won thrice. “We are moving towards our objective step by step on the path laid out by our head coach,” he added.
The standout event in the two sides’ last meeting was the world-class solo goal from East Bengal’s Bright Enobakhare. The young Nigerian striker has since been a key man in the East Bengal line-up ever since then. “He is a good player, there’s no doubt about it and has helped SC East Bengal improve its showing since his arrival. But there’s no such plan to stop one player because if we start concentrating on him, there are nine other outfield players who can hurt us. We will play the way we play,” Miranda said.
East Bengal, which lost the last outing 1-0 against current leader Mumbai City FC after a seven match unbeaten run, will be keen to wrest a point from the Goa outfit. Despite losing against Mumbai City, East Bengal put up a good fight and remained alive in the game right until the end. This is the point that will inspire the visitor.
“It’s certainly an opportunity to get back to the winning ways,” said the former Everton and Manchester City midfielder Tony Grant, who is now assisting Liverpool legend and head coach Robbie Fowler. “This season we lost our captain (Danny Fox) early on and it hurt us. It is going to hurt every team that is missing two of its better players,” Grant said looking at the possible absentees in the Goa team.
It will be interesting if Goa fields India defender Adil Khan, who recently joined the club on-loan from Hyderabad FC. Similarly East Bengal has former Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul, who has also been loaned out by Hyderabad. Paul returns to the red and gold squad after a break of 12 years.
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