FC Goa looks for win against NorthEast

FC Goa will look to put its minor blip behind as it takes on NorthEast United FC in a Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Wednesday.
FC Goa looks for win against NorthEast
Asamoah Gyan

Chennai

A win against NorthEast will fire Goa to the top of the table. But first it must overcome a bunch of players who are desperate for a win as they last won a match more than two months ago.

FC Goa had won four consecutive matches before its winning streak was broken by defending champion Bengaluru FC last week.

Goa hasn’t lost a game when it has scored first and the onus will be on Kai Heerings and Mislav Komorski to contain Ferran Corominas who has already netted seven times in eight matches. “NorthEast is a very good team. If we do not play 100 percent, I’m sure it is not going to be easy,” said Goa coach Sergio Lobera.

The Gaurs have been prolific with set-pieces as well and have already netted 10 goals from dead-ball situations.

Robert Jarni’s men are eighth on the table and goal scoring has been a major issue for them. They have only nine goals in their kitty, the lowest in the league.

Although it has a talismanic striker in Asamoah Gyan, who remains its best scorer with four goals, other players haven’t really contributed. The return of Uruguayan striker Federico Gallego will be a major boost to its attack, and should he combine well with Gyan, it would resolve its woes upfront.

NorthEast is yet to win an away match against Goa but Jarni hopes that his men can do the job and pick a much-needed win. “We have nine matches to go. We will go there to win. They are a good team but we are confident as we are (as good as Goa). The mood in the team is really great and we are ready for the match,” said Jarni.

While Goa will have its sight on displacing ATK from the pole position, NorthEast will give its all to get three points and keep its hopes alive of a top-four berth.

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