MARGAO. Goa prevails over Kerala Blasters 3-1. Goa got an early 2-0 lead with 2 goals from Iker Guarrotxena (33′) and Noah Sadaoui (43′). Kerala Blasters tried to recover with a goal from Dimitrios Diamantakos (51′). Notwithstanding, the contest was closed by a goal (69′) scored by Redeem Tlang for Goa. Kerala Blasters lost this match even if it was better in terms of ball possession (57%).
The match was played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium stadium in Margao on Sunday and it started at 2:00 pm local time. The referee was Coimbatore Ramaswamy Srikrishna.
Kerala Blasters was in firm control of the ball 57% while Goa was struggling with a 43% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Kerala Blasters was more aggressive with 79 dangerous attacks and 8 shots of which 1 were on target. Nevertheless, Goa was able to find the solution to win this contest.
Goa shot 8 times, 4 on target, 4 off target. On the other side, Kerala Blasters shot 8 times, 1 on target, 7 off target.
Goa received 1 yellow card (B. Fernandes). On the other side, Kerala Blasters received 4 yellow cards (J. Singh, Adrián Luna, Hormipam Ruivah and Ivan Kalyuzhnyi).
After this match, Goa will have 23 points to sit in the 5th place. Regarding the opposition, Kerala Blasters will stay with 25 points to hold in the 3rd place.
In the next match in the Indian Super League, Goa will play away against Bengaluru on the 23rd of February with a 5-3 head to head stats in favor of Bengaluru (4 draws).
Kerala Blasters will host Hyderabad on the 26th of February with a 4-3 head to head in favor of Kerala Blasters (1 draw).
Goa – Formation
Goa started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Carlos González Peña decided to play with the following team: Dheeraj Singh, Aiban Dohling , Fares Arnaout , Anwar Ali , Sanson Pereira , Ayush Dev Chhetri , Edu Bedia , Devendra Dhaku Murgaokar , Brandon Fernandes , Noah Sadaoui and Iker Guarrotxena .
The home team had on the bench: Saviour Gama, Glan Martins , Álvaro Vázquez , Princeton Rebello, Redeem Tlang , Leander D’Cunha, Arshdeep Singh, Makan Winkle Chote and Brison Fernandes .
Goa made 5 changes: Ayush Dev Chhetri for Glan Martins (60′), Devendra Murgaokar for Redeem Tlang (60′), Iker Guarrotxena for Álvaro Vázquez (71′), B. Fernandes for Brison Fernandes (81′) and Sanson Pereira for Saviour Gama (81′).
Best player: Noah Sadaoui
The most impressive player for Goa was Noah Sadaoui.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 22 passes (77% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 6 duels out of 12. He performed 5 crosses.
Kerala Blasters – Formation
Kerala Blasters started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).
Ivan Vukomanovic played with: Prabhsukhan Gill, Sandeep Singh , Ruivah Hormipam , Victor Mongil Adeva , Nishu Kumar , Saurav Mandal , Jeakson Singh , Ivan Kalyuzhny , Sahal Abdul Samad , Adrian Luna and Dimitris Diamantakos .
These were the players on the bench: Karanjit Singh, Nihal Sudheesh, Jessel Carneiro , Bryce Miranda , Apostolos Giannou , Vibin Mohanan, Ayush Adhikari, Khangembam Bidyashagar Singh and Harmanjot Singh Khabra.
Kerala Blasters made 5 changes: Saurav Mandal for Nihal Sudeesh (68′), S. Samad for Bryce Miranda (76′), Nishu Kumar for Jessel Carneiro (76′), Dimitrios Diamantakos for Apostolos Giannou (76′) and J. Singh for Ayush Adhikari (85′).
Best player: Adrian Luna
The most impressive player for Kerala Blasters was Adrian Luna.
His rating iswith 54 passes (74% accurate) and 3 key passes. He was won 13 duels out of 14. He performed 8 crosses.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Indian Super League.