Both the teams failed to break the deadlock after an evenly fought battle of ninety minutes
FC Goa and Jamshedpur had to return home with a point in an evenly contested battle that culminated with a 0-0 draw at the Fatorda Stadium on Monday.
FC Goa surprisingly went with an unchanged lineup going into the fixture, especially after the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of NorthEast United at the exact venue in the last match.
Carlos Pena was once again conferred with the centre back duties with Lenny Rodrigues joining Edu Bedia in the centre of the park. Ferran Corominas once again was deputed with the task of leading the attack for the hosts.
The visitors, on the other hand, made as many as four changes to the side that won 2-1 against Delhi Dynamos.
Coach Cesar Ferrando brought Sergio Cidoncha back to the starting XI after he was out with a knee injury. Pablo Morgado, Raju Gaikwad, and Michael Soosairaj were the ones who were relieved from their duties for the match.
Carlos Calvo was out as well, serving his first of the three-game suspension with Pratik Choudhary dropped from the matchday squad as well.
The game started in a sublime fashion with both the teams attacking straight away. The first major chance came in the ninth minute when Jackichand Singh provided low cross from the right to Bedia. However, the latter could not convert the delivery. Bedia gain got the chance moments later courtesy of a sloppy clearance by keeper Gaikwad that allowed Brandon Fernandes to again find Bedia. Howbeit, the midfielder could connect well with his head the second time as well.
The next major scoring opportunity came in the 26th-minute when Jamshedpur almost scored through Cidoncha’s free-kick which struck the side-netting.-- Advertisement --
In the following minutes, Farukh Choudhary, as well as Hugo Boumous of Goa, also witnessed their respective attempts on goal at either end go wide.
The second half was mostly dominated by the hosts, with Goa enjoying the majority of possession. They were impressed with their passing, especially in Jamshedpur penalty area. It is not that the visitors did not get their chances on the other end of the turf, but poor finishing saw both the teams stay goalless. The headed attempt by Mario Arques over the bar while Cidoncha’s venture went straight into keeper Mohammad Nawaz’s hands.
Arques further missed from close-range in the 71st minute, having received a sleek delivery from Farukh Choudhary. In the 90th minute, Brandon almost came up with the winner from a Manvir Singh’s cross from the right wing. However, Subrata Paul displayed some stunning reflex to deny Singh, ensuring that the scoreline remained 0-0 until the end.
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