- NorthEast FC and FC Goa played an entertaining 2-2 fixture at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.
- Both the sides are 2 of the 3 sides still unbeaten in the league,
- The game saw a late drama unfurl as FC Goa had a man sent off and scored the equalizer in the dying seconds of the game.
NorthEast United FC and FC Goa played out a dramatic 2-2 game in the 13th match of the Indian super league at the Guwahati. The Highlanders came back from a one-goal deficit only to concede a late equalizer by the visitors as they shared points.
Both the teams had identical starts to the ongoing ISL season and went into the game unbeaten. It remains that way post the match as well.
A theatrical night in Guwahati
In the 8th minute, NorthEast put pressure on the visiting Gaurs backline which caused an error by the Gaurs player. A quick interception by the home team resulted in Gyan getting the first shot of the night on target which was simple goalkeeping practice for Nawaz.
In the 16th minute, Hugo Boumous ran through the NorthEast defence to get their first shot on target which hit the post. Hugo then capitalised on goalkeeper Subhasish Roy’s mistake as he ran out of his line in the 30th minute which helped Boumou score the first goal of the night.
Gyan could have scored the equaliser in the 33rd minute however he found the gloves of the goalkeeper once again. Milliseconds later, Subhasish Roy made a stunning save to deny FC Goa their 2nd goal of the night. In the 40th minute, FC Goa keeper Nawaz and defender Mourtada Fall joined forces to deny a shot from Gyan and its deflected shot by Redeem Tlang. Ghanaian legend Gyan showed his class throughout the night by finding the target 4 times, but the ball just wouldn’t go in.
By halftime, Goa had more possession and the lead. However, the Highlanders wouldn’t give up on the attempt to find an equaliser.
After the Interval
Their relentless hunt for a goal continued in the 2nd half, and Gyan finally found his first goal of the night after scoring a perfect finess placed in the left side netting.
Goa stuck to their gameplan of finding the winner and made one shot on target after finding a gap in the NorthEast defence. Jackichand Singh had a cracking shot saved by the keeper Roy who made another wonderful save with his leg to deny the deflected shot.
In the 73rd minute, Redeem Tlang got the opportunity to put his team ahead in front of his home supporters, and he did. A wonderful one-touch goal was perfectly placed, and it went in the goal before the keeper could react.
The Highlanders could have put the 3rd on the scoreboard after a long-distance freekick by their captain Leudo was saved by Nawaz Khan. Once again in the following minute, they had a shot saved by Gaurs keeper, and this is where the plot began to twist.
What began as an ISL match turned out to be an action sequence as a fight broke out between both sides. Eventually, Seminlen Doungel was sent off. This resulted in a restart and it took only 3 touches by FC Goa players to head the ball to Manvir Singh for him to score a header and equalize the scoreline in literally the dying seconds of the match.
The whistle blew in the 97th minute and the curtains fell over an absolute dramatic match in Guwahati.
Both the sides remained unbeaten so far this season and played one of the most entertaining fixtures which had a scoreline that was fairly deserved by both the sides.