It was the final nail in the coffin of Bengaluru FC’s hopes of reaching the Indian Super League (ISL) playoffs, as they collapsed for a 1-2 loss to FC Goa at Fatorda Stadium on Sunday . Goa took a quick lead over Igor Angulo (20th) and Redeem Tlang (23rd) before Suresh Wangjam (33rd) cut Bengaluru’s deficit. With this result, FC Goa not only solidified their place in the top four, but they are also undefeated in 12 games – tying their own record between 2014 and 2015, and Mumbai City FC’s undefeated streak of 12 this season.
BFC started the game brilliantly, but a lack of focus on their part helped FC Goa to break the deadlock.
Glan Martins dispossessed Erik Paartalu just outside the box before finding Angulo. The forward made his way into the box before burying his shot at the far post, leaving CFB goaltender Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with no luck.
A few minutes later, Tlang doubled Goa’s count. After Rahul Bheke failed to clear a cross, Alexander Jesuraj grabbed the ball and sent it back to the path of Tlang, who scored his first Goa-colored goal with a well-taken strike.
When it looked like Goa was in the driver’s seat, BFC pulled some back after the break in the water.
Rearing up in the box after beating Seriton with a smart first touch, Wangjam curled up his shot in the far corner with a delightful finish to score his first goal for BFC.
The Blues had another great chance to draw just at the end of the first half, but were turned down by the woodwork. Xisco Hernandez whipped up a delicious cross for Cleiton Silva whose header rocked the crossbar.
Just after the change of end, Angulo missed a great opportunity to get his double. He passed the BFC back line on entering the box and attempted to throw the ball at Gurpreet but missed the target.
BFC lacked a lead in the final third, despite trying to push for an equalizer.
The Gaurs dominated the later stages of the competition. They fashioned chances to finish the game, but just couldn’t get past Gurpreet, who made some incredible saves.
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