AFC Champions League: FC Goa scripts history; becomes first team to draw their first two games

AFC Champions League: Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa have created history in their first-ever AFC Champions League campaign
AFC Champions League: Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa have created history in their first-ever AFC Champions League campaign
AFC Champions League: Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa have created history in their first-ever AFC Champions League campaign.
FC Goa have taken the AFC Champions League (ACL) by storm as they have scripted history after just their first two matches in their maiden campaign in the competition becoming the first team in the history of the AFC Champions League to register back-to-back draws in their first two matches of the competition.
The Indian side, who are placed in the Group E of the ACL, began their debut campaign with a goalless draw against Qatar Stars League side Al-Rayyan and then repeated the result in their second match against UAE’s Al Wahda.

The Gaurs were extremely impressive in both their outings as they matched their oppositions toe-to-toe despite being the underdogs on paper. In neither matches did coach Ferrando deploy ultra-defensive tactics. Instead, he implemented the right amount of pragmatism and made his team rely on quick counter-attacks.

AFC Champions League: FC Goa scripts history; becomes first team to draw their first two games

The Spanish coach has not backed out from his philosophy of possession-based passing football as Goa were almost on par with their opposition in terms of ball possession.

Against Al Wahda, Goa were close to taking the lead on quite a few occasions. Brandon Fernandes came closest to score his team’s maiden AFC Champions League goal but unfortunately, his shot struck the post and came back.

The Gaurs have one more feat under their belt in the ongoing ACL 2021. Along With UAE’s Sharjah FC, FC Goa are the only side who have not conceded a single goal so far in the tournament. The Gaurs are currently second on the group table behind Persepolis.

FC Goa next face reigning Persian Pro League champions Persepolis FC in their third match of the group on Tuesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa. The match kicks off at 10:30 PM IST.

AFC Champions League: Persepolis vs FC Goa Predicted Line-Ups

Persepolis (4-4-2): Hamed Lak (GK), Siamak Nemati, Vahid Amiri, Hossein Kannani, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Ehsan Pahlevan, Kamal Kamyabina, Mahdi Torabi, Ahmad Noorollahi, Shariar Moghanlou, Omid Alishah

FC Goa (4-2-3-1): Dheeraj Singh (GK), Sanson Pereira, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie, Seriton Fernandes, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Redeem Tlang, Jorge Ortiz, Devendra Murgaonkar

AFC Champions League Group E standings

Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Persepolis 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 W W
2 Goa 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 D D
3 Al Wahda 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1 D L
4 Al Rayyan 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1 L D

 

AFC Champions League: FC Goa scripts history; becomes first team to draw their first two games