MINOO FERNANDES | NT
FATORDA: FC Goa rode on Spanish medio Manuel Lanzarote’s twin strikes to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win against Jamshedpur FC and climb to fourth spot in the Hero Indian Super League, at Nehru stadium, Fatorda-Margao on Thursday.
With the win, FC Goa swelled their points tally to 16 while Jamshedpur FC stay on 7th position with 10 points. It was the ninth match for both the teams.
The Gaurs shot into the lead through a penalty shot taken by Manuel Lanzarote that crashed to the far end of the rival nets, three minutes before for the lemon break (42nd). Lanzarote netted his second goal through a spectacular curling shot in the 59th minute. Jamshedpur FC pulled a goal back through Trinidade Matheus Gonsalves in the 54th minute.
It was Jamshedpur FC who saw more of the ball in the first half and created some penetrating moves. FC Goa defence somehow managed to keep the rival strikers at bay, although they had to stretch quite a bit.
Visitors Jamshedpur FC looked more attacking of the two sides and had the ball in their possession for nearly fifteen minutes from the start. FC Goa came up with some counters which however fizzled out without posing much danger.
Jamshedpur FC’s Nigerian striker Azuka Izu sneaked into the danger zone on quite a few occasions and sent a blistering effort in the 19th minute. But his shot just missed the mark narrowly.
On the other hand FC Goa, known for their attacking game, could only manage a few good moves, and their strikers looked hesitant to take a good shot at the rival goal.
Jamshedpur’s defenders Andre Bikey and Jose Luis were outstanding as they never allowed any space for FC Goa strikers to manoeuver inside the box. As a result of which, the hosts failed to find the mark.
FC Goa’s moment of glory came in the 42nd minute when Manuel Lanzarote scored with all his brilliance from the penalty spot to tease Jamshedpur FC keeper Subrata Paul, who was served a yellow card by referee Venkatesh R for creating chaos of sorts before Lanzarote could take the penalty shot.
After some delay, Lanzarote sent a left-footed shot to deceive the Jamshedpur FC keeper Subrata, but the referee denied the goal and ordered for a retake. Lanzrote did not falter and once again sent an angular left footer to which Subrata had no answer.
The referee awarded the penalty as Brandon Fernandes was brought down by Jamshedpur defender Andre Bikey after Eduardo Pelaez had laid a pass to Brandon into the six yard box. Jamshedpur levelled the score in the 54th minute through a header off Brazilian attacking medio Trinidade Gonsalves.
However, FC Goa roared back into the game when Spaniard Lanzarote sent a curling shot after dodging two rival defenders to completely deceive Subrata Paul.
FC Goa tried to increase their lead with some quick moves, but Jamshedpur defence looked stubborn.
Though Jamshedpur did not have enough chances in the second session, FC Goa defence looked vulnerable to attacks and appeared to be struggling against some of the rival moves. But they somehow survived the anxious moments.
The Gaurs almost made it 3-0 in the 75th minute however Mandar Rao Dessai’s well-taken shot hit the upright and came back into play.
Medio Eduardo Pelaez had a chance to score in the 86th minute but despite drawing the keeper out of position, he lost his footing at the crucial moment and sent the ball off the target.