FC Goa won 3-1 in the match against the Blasters at the Fatorda on Sunday, 6th December 2020.
The game started with the Blasters setting up in a typical 4-3-3 formation and Goa in a 4-3-1-2. Both teams wanted possession and Goa was clearly the better team as they pressed the Blasters defence whenever they tried to play out from the back. However, Blasters were happy to let the Goan defenders have the ball and pressed them whenever the ball came into the midfield. The tactics was to get the ball in the midfield and score in that transition, which almost worked in the first 20 mins when the Blasters outperformed the Gaurs. Although, Albino was the star last match, his performance this game was one to forget. The custodian rushed out and Igor Angulo capitalized on the situation with a delightful chip. Even though we were a goal down there was intent from the boys to come back stronger into the game.
Another star performer from the previous 2 games, Rohit Kumar also had a dim play on Sunday, which created huge pressure on the defence and his midfield partner Vicente Gomez, who played one of his best games for the men in yellow. Vicente and Facundo were really linking up and progressing the ball throughout the match. Rahul returning to the 11 after his injury was another player with a positive performance. But F C Goa, playing with a very high backline made it difficult for our striker to see through the supply chains. Although as a lone striker, Gary Hooper tried his best, unfortunately, luck didn’t favor our way.
After going two goals down Kibu went all attack, bringing Murray on and the blasters switched to a 4-4-2 for the final stage. Murray did his bit, but the defence was too open at times. Although Vicente pulled one back, nothing seemed to click for us with the Red card for Costa and the error by Albino.
Sunday’s game was a disappointing performance, one that needs to be looked upon with a lot of criticism to learn from. The boys go back to the training ground once again to bring solutions to our flaws. In the words of the boss, “We have to keep going. We have difficult matches, but we are in full confidence that we will improve and perform well this season.