A late strike from Ferran Corominas helped FC Goa hold Bengaluru FC to a goal apiece in Monday’s Indian Super League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.
Corominas scored from the penalty spot in added time (90+3rd minute) to play an equaliser and forced Bengaluru FC to end with a 1-1 draw. The last time the two teams clashed with each other was in the Indian Super League final last season, which was won by Bengaluru FC, courtesy a goal from Rahul Bheke in the second half (117th minute) of extra time.
Talking about Monday’s match, Udanta Singh’s opener in the 62nd minute gave the Blues the coveted lead.
A long hit from Gurpreet Singh Sandhu from just outside his box, saw Manu Onwu flick Udanta on. The winger lifted the ball over Mourtada Fall and took the Senegalese and Mandar Rao Dessai out of the equation with ease before calmly passing Mohammad Nawaz with his left-footed strike to make it 1-0.
While Bengaluru were flawless with their game, moving the ball around at will and with ease, Goa were uncharacteristically cautious in the way they approached the first half.
However, Ashique Kuruniyan brought down Corominas inside the area which prompted the referee Crystal John to award a penalty to the home side. Corominas, who took the strike, send Gurpreet in the wrong direction to make it 1-1.
Despite the draw, Goa secured the top spot in the points table with 4 points as they had drubbed Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in their opening match of ISL on Wednesday.
Bengaluru, on the other hand, are yet to secure their first win of the season as they played a goalless stalemate against NorthEast United, and currently, stay at the 7th position with 2 points.