Margao (Goa): FC Goa showed on Sunday why they are billed as one of the favourites for this season’s Indian Super League (ISL).
They showed tremendous fighting spirit to bounce back from going 2 goals down to Bengaluru FC to secure their first points of the season.
It was only the 2nd time that the Blues failed to pocket all three points after having gone two goals ahead in their history in the ISL.
Speaking on the fightback, captain Edu Bedia said, “What was important was the reaction to going two goals down. Frankly, it was incredible. We kept on believing in ourselves and the kind of football we wanted to play. And that eventually paid off."
“It was very important for all of us to set the tone from the very beginning and this game has helped us believe in ourselves even more. Bengaluru is going to be one of the top teams to beat this season. They are really astute at the back and make it very difficult to attack. They are a very disciplined side. It was a kind of a statement game for us and we made all the right noises.,” he added.
Two lost points
Two goals from Igor Angulo in the 66th and 69th minutes of the game saw Goa storm back into the game. And it was, in fact, Juan Ferrando’s men who ended the game stronger as Jorge Ortiz and co. forced Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to have a much busier evening than he would have liked.
“After analyzing the game, I think we lost 2 points yesterday,” opined Bedia.
“We were superior to Bengaluru during the ninety minutes.”
Whilst Goa enjoyed the lions’ share of the possession throughout, the side felt a bit out-of-sync whilst going forward - especially in the first half.
Elaborating on the same, Bedia said, “Yes, we all felt the same. It was a bit laboured, to begin with, but with more familiarity, the transition would be smoother in the days to come."
“We are a new team, but as iterated a number of times, we continue to have the same style of football - to attack and play a ‘beautiful’ brand of football which sees everyone fighting for each other,” he added.