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FC Goa held by ARA FC

Bambolim: FC Goa played out a 2-2 draw against ARA FC in the 2nd Division League match, at Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, on Tuesday. FC Goa scored through Kapil Hoble and Nestor Das while ARA FC found the mark through Dieye Hamidou and Parminder Singh.

The Gaurs began the game on a positive note with Nestor Dias and Flan Gomes looking threatening for the home side, but the finishing touch in the final third was missing.

ARA FC were first to break the deadlock around the half-hour mark. Dieye Hamidou found himself with enough space in front of goal to let fly, and his effort went past Guidle Syiemlieh into the FC Goa goal.

The Senegalese’s goal brought some more pressure from the away side, but FC Goa were able to repel most efforts though they failed to muster up too many chances of their own. ARA went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

FC Goa came out in the second half with renewed belief and took just a couple of minutes to level the score.

In the 48th minute a cross from the left flank was met with a firm header by Kapil Hoble, who guided it past the goalkeeper to bring the home supporters to their feet. The Gaurs were awarded a penalty after Kapil bullied his way into the ARA penalty area and was taken down by goalkeeper Iprotip Das, leading to spot-kick.

It was just a booking for the ARA custodian, and Opi took the resulting penalty, which was saved by Iprotip. The missed spot-kick may have cost the Gaurs as ARA attacked and hit the crossbar later on.

In the 88th minute, FC Goa took lead after Nestor ran through the defence and eventually saw him beat the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

The celebrations showed exactly what it meant to the players, but perhaps their concentration took a hit, as they conceded just moments later. Parminder Singh was awarded space to shoot, and he fired home to make it 2-2 right before the end. That was the last bit of meaningful action in the game, and while the Gaurs will rue the missed penalty.

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