FC Pune City continued this brilliant away run in ISL as they handed FC Goa their second defeat of the campaign, courtesy of second-half goals by Emiliano Alfaro and Jonatan Lucca. Goa saw an unusually sloppy display upfront today, which prevented them from going to the top of the league table.
FC Goa see uncharacteristically flawed finishing
FC Goa came into the game on a confident boosting scoring streak of 10 goals in the last two games. Their ability to make the most out of even the slimmest windows of opportunities has been their biggest strength their season. And this game looked easier with Pune’s less constricted
The game opened with some end to end play, with both Pune and Goa getting a fair share of their chances. However, Lobera’s side didn’t look like their usual
Goa, who had 60% possession throughout the game, attempted 12 shots at Pune's goal today, which on other days would be more than enough for them to squeeze in a few. Though against Kerala, Goa needed 20 attempts to score five goals, against Delhi, they scored five goals with just 10 attempts.
Pune’s mysterious away
FC Pune City
It remains quite mysterious how Ranko Popovic has managed to keep his side motivated on away turfs. One look at Pune’s last game against Bengaluru FC and one would cringe in frustration at their lack of focus and sharpness. With Baljit Shani also absent from this game after he saw a red card in the last game, Pune hardly looked a threat in the pre-game buildup. But, as soon as the away match started, the visitors looked flawless on the counterattack.
Emiliano Alfaro almost drew the first blood in the 19th minute with the commentators referring his bad miss to lack of confidence from last game. The, then considered, lucky break became a regular phenomenon as the game progressed and Alfaro tested Goa again after two minutes. Goa’s
There can only be one showstopper today, Vishal Kaith. Goa could have drawn two goals back at least in the second-half but for Pune’s custodian who stood like a rock in the entire game and in the end was the biggest differentiator between the two sides. He started the game in a terrible manner, though, when his blunder in the 18th minute gave Corominas an easy chance score but the Spaniard mistimed his chip from a slightly tight angle.
However, the 21-year-old didn’t put a foot wrong in the entire game after that. He managed to keep off Lanzarote in the 37th minute from what looked like a genuine scoring chance by Goa’s standards. The second-half was bound to see him under more pressure and the youngster stood up to it every single time.
The game-changing moment came in the 70th minute when he made an astonishing triple save to keep his side in the game. After parrying the cross Ferran Corominas into the path of Brandon Fernandes, he showed lightning reactions to block his effort, which unfortunately went towards Manuel Arana then, and
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