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Atletico de Kolkata squander home advantage to draw goalless with FC Goa

Atletico de Kolkata spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semifinal of the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday.

ATK might have been down with injuries to three key players in Arnab Mondal, Biswajit Saha and Fikru Teferra but the home team had the best chance on the day Goa too played with a fragile defence.

There was no Bruno Pinheiro (suspended) and even left back Narayan Das had to be replaced early on after an injury but ATK failed to breach the fragile Goan defence with an uninspiring display barring the brilliance of their Spanish captain Luis Garcia.

ATK was not short on support as over 50,000 boisterous fans kept cheering for the ‘Red and Whites’ but Garcia was severely let down by his lieutenants and the fans just had to return home disappointed in the last home match for Kolkata this season.

With no Fikru, who so far played the only forward’s role in Antonio Habas 4-3-2-1 formation, their was no sting in their attack that was led by Keralite striker Mohammad Rafi.

Rakesh Masih, who played alongside Borja Fernandes in the central midfield performed below-par and was a complete mismatch to Garcia’s effective ball control and measured passing.

From the Goa team’s perspective, the away draw would certain be a morale booster as they just need to win by a solitary goal margin in their return semi-final leg at home December 17 to book a ticket to Mumbai for the summit clash December 20.

The Kolkata outfit failed to win from six matches with their last win coming against North East United FC, way back on November 18 and since then they have suffered two losses.

Brazilian legend Zico’s team on the otherhand are in the middle of a nine-match unbeaten run that included five wins as they will start clear favourites at in the semi last leg at home.

Goa suffered a setback early on after their impressive left-back Das sustained a right knee injury after a bad fall.

Garcia was behind the Goan defender but there wasn’t any touch as Das twisted his leg and was later replaced by Peter Carvalho to give their defence a big blow.

But it was of little consequence in ATK’s perspective as Rakesh Masih and Co severely let down Garcia’s fine moves.

The former Champions League winner for Liverpool was impressive right from the word go as he not only initiated their raids but controlled the ball in the midfield and for a moment it seemed that FCG are playing against one man in Garcia.

While ATK had the more share of the attack in the first half there was no open opportunity but FCG played as a unit and were bolstered by the return of the trio of Andre Santos, Miroslav Slepicka and Romeo Fernandes.

The visitors had the only real chance in the first period when an unmarked Romeo could only find the side net after getting the possession from Mandar Tamhane in the 18th minute.

Earlier Atletico de Kolkata made four changes to their starting line-up, Arnab Mondal, Biswajit Saha, Baljit Sahni and Fikru are replaced by Luis Garcia, Sanju Pradhan, Lester Fernandez and Rakesh Masih.

FC Goa drub NorthEast United FC 3-0

FC Goa registered their third win on the trot at home as they drubbed NorthEast United FC 3-0 to jump to second place in the Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.

FC Goa, who led 2-0 at half time, scored through Romeo Fernandes (33rd minute), Miroslav Slepicka (45+1) and Andre Santos (74th).

The Zico-coached side ended their home campaign with their third straight win and moved to second spot with 18 points from 12 matches to brighten their chances of making it to the semifinals.

NorthEast United FC remained on sixth place at the league standings with 13 points from 12 matches.

FC Goa went offensive from the start and created couple of scoring chances early in the match but Amiri and Andre Santos failed to find the target.

Romeo Fernandes infused spark in the match by breaking the deadlock in the 33th minute. Debrata Roy, who initiated the move on the right flank, relayed the ball to Romeo Fernandes who, in turn, laid a pass to Andre Santos inside the box.

Santos quickly gave a forward pass back to Romeo who after getting the better of defender Miguel Garcia essayed a left footer that hit the post and went in.

The visitors made a substitution bringing in James Keene in place of Kondwani Mtonga and the striker did pose problems to the home team defenders as he came close to scoring twice.

Striker Miroslav Slepicka increased the lead in the first minute of the first half injury time when he shot home with a stiff grounder, beating the rival keeper T Rehenseh to have the home team leading 2-0 at half time.

After the change of ends, the visitors made double changes bringing in Tomas Josi and Alen Deory in place of Isaac Chansa and Zodingliana and made some concerted moves with Koke nearly finding the mark.

Jan Seda, who looked confident under the bar, made a rare blemish when he failed to collect a chip from the left, but luckily the ball was cleared by a home team defender for safety.

With the visitors doing most of the probing, FC Goa came with a counter move and scored their third goal to settle the issue.

Mumbai, Goa play out goalless draw in ISL

Mumbai City FC and FC Goa played out an action-packed goalless draw in the Hero Indian Super League clash after both the teams failed to score on many occasions at the D Y Patil Stadium on Monday.

The two teams had also been locked in a goalless stalemate in the first-leg encounter in Goa on November 9.

The drawn game kept Mumbai in fifth spot in the table with 12 points while the visitors too remained in seventh spot with 9 points, two better than bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos.

Incidentally this was also Mumbai’s third successive goalless draw in the league.

In a fast-paced opening half, Mumbai dominated play through the major portion of the first half with French ace Anelka spelling constant danger up front after some lovely work in midfield by two other foreigners in the team – Brazilian Andre Moritz and Czech Jan Stohanzl.

But they lacked sufficient support from the likes of Subash Singh, who wasted a few gilt-edged chances, and Lalrindika Ralte.

Goa came into the picture late in the second half after an initial foray. The latter half saw both teams having an almost equal share of exchanges.

The opening salvo was fired in the fourth minute by the visiting team when Mandar Dessai shot over the crosspiece from the left after using Brazilian midfield mate Andre Santos to run into the penalty box.

But thereafter the Goa team’s players were left chasing their rivals. In the sixth minute Anelka volleyed the ball over on the run after outrunning his marker and compatriot Gregory Arnolin.

Six minutes later the home team got its first corner award which went waste as Czech defender Pavel Cmovs left footed on the turn wide of the post.

A dangerous run from their own half by Stohanzl after outsprinting three rival players also went fruitless in the 18th minute as his minus pass from the byline found no takers.

Soon afterwards Subash Singh blasted wide a shot after being fed superbly by Moritz.

Goa’s Gabriel Fernandes tried a shot from outside the penalty area which almost beat Subrata Paul under the Mumbai bar before the India goaltender, who has kept a clean record in the last four games, dived to his right at the last minute and tipped the ball wide of the post.

Four minutes from half time came the best chance of the session. Ralte was let free by his rival marker off a superb, defense-splitting through pass by Moritz, but the Indian player’s left-footed shot did not carry enough punch or angle to beat rival custodian Jan Seda who dived and blocked the ball with his body.

Just before this Goa had two shots at the goal through Frenchman Younness Bengelloun, scorer of a brace of goals against Delhi Dynamos before this game, and Australian Tolgay Ozbey, which tested Subrata Paul.

Mumbai brought in fit-again Moritz for Tiago Ribeiro in their starting eleven while Goa replaced Peter Carvalho with Gabriel Fernandes.

After the change of ends, skipper Roberto Pires started asserting himself and the Goa attack gathered pace. Off one such move Pires passed to an unmarked Ozbey on the right of the box. But before he could connect Mumbai defender Peter Costa foiled him.

Then Mumbai started to hold sway for a while. Anelka’s weighty, floated pass from the right flank was headed over the bar by Moritz.

Soon after, Mumbai replaced the disappointing Subash with Nadong Bhutia while their rivals brought in Afghan Haroon Fakhruddin for Frenchman Pires. Later Goa substituted Gabriel Fernandes with Romeo Fernandes.

The game started to get rough with Mumbai’s Pavel and Goa’s Gregory being booked by referee M B Santosh Kumar for deliberate fouls

With seven minutes left in the game, the impressive Moritz – scorer of a hat-trick on his debut game at this venue against Pune – almost broke the deadlock with a pile-driver of a left-footed try which shook the cross bar and rebounded into play.

At the other end it was the turn of Goa’s Ozbey to strike the woodwork as his left-footed shot from just outside the box hit the right post and came back into play.

Later Paul had to dive and prevent a close-range shot from substitute Romeo Fernandes.