ISL 2021:Why FC Goa’s love affair with late goals can become a problem; FC Goa, in their previous fixture against Mumbai City FC once again left it late to snatch a point. This was the fifth time this season that Goa had to chase the game and yet did not leave empty-handed. While this shows the Juan Ferrando-coached side’s fighting spirit, with playoffs on the horizon, it could very well become a problem.
The side is not the same as it was last season with many first-team players leaving the club after two successful seasons. They also roped in a new coach after parting ways with Sergio Lobera last season. The new-look Goa had to start from scratch to have an impact in the ISL. The first match against Bengaluru FC was an indication of how things could go in the league.
After trailing 0-2 within the hour mark, Goa launched a fightback with Igor Angulo scoring a quick brace to rescue a point. With no Ferran Corominas to lead Goa’s attack, there were no goal fests in the coming matches. But Goa’s struggle came back against Jamshedpur and it looked certain that the hosts would have to be content with another draw. However, Angulo came to the rescue once again to hand full points to Goa.
While it proves that you can never write Goa off, it may not be a good indication always, especially with the playoffs on the horizon. Here, Goa should learn the lesson from its closest rival, Bengaluru FC. The side, then coached by Carles Cuadrat, left it late to win or snatch a draw on four occasions in the 2018-19 season and repeated the pattern last term. However, it exposed their weaknesses. They failed to kill the games, relying mostly on rescue missions.
Goa similarly have their defensive flaws exposed. Boumous was left unmarked for the first goal and he could easily outrun Goan defender to take the lead. The next goal came from another defensive error. The third was another example of Goa’s failure to defend set-pieces.