Kerala rally to down Goa
Kerala Blasters FC came from behind to beat FC Goa 2-1 in their 2016 Hero Indian Super League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Monday. Goa made a positive start with a Julio Cesar goal in the 24th minute.
Mapusa: Kerala Blasters FC came from behind to beat FC Goa 2-1 in their 2016 Hero Indian Super League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Monday. Goa made a positive start with a Julio Cesar goal in the 24th minute. Second half strikes by Mohammed Rafi and Kervens Belfort capped off a superb comeback by Kerala as they registered their first away win of the season in front of more than 18,000 fans.
It took 10 minutes for the first shot on goal, which went Kerala’s way after a mazy run by Belfort saw the Haitian dance past the Goan defence before getting a shot away from outside the box. Gaurs custodian Subhasish Roy Chowdhury was comfortably positioned in goal to make the save though.
Rafi then dragged a shot wide of goal in the 14th minute after a good lay-off by Belfort had set up the Indian striker on the edge of the box. Kerala’s failure to make their early pressure pay was punished by Goa 10 minutes later.
A quality cross from the left by Richarlyson found Cesar in a good position at the far post. The Brazilian striker outjumped Josu Currais and rose highest to power in a header beyond a helpless Sandip Nandy in Kerala’s goal to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Chowdhury was called into action again in the 35th minute when a Sandesh Jhingan flick-on from a Blasters free-kick looked goal-bound. The Goa shot-stopper, however, was alert to the danger and just managed to tip the ball over the crossbar for a corner to maintain his side’s 1-0 advantage at the break.