A brace from Jorge Ortiz and Naveen Kumar on goal helped FC Goa to a 3-0 victory over Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at Fatorda Stadium on Thursday. Ortiz scored a goal each in either half (19 ‘, 52’) while Ivan Gonzalez added a third late (89 ‘) after Alexander Lima received marching orders after a second reservation. Naveen secured his first start for the Gaurs under Juan Ferrando while Lenny Rodrigues returned to the side. Top scorer Igor Angulo was a surprise exclusion as Alberto Noguera entered, allowing Ortiz to play the role of number 9. Owen Coyle made just two changes with Narender Gahlot and Issac Vanmalsawma ahead of Joyner Lourenco and Jackichand Singh .
It was a play from start to finish in the opening minutes that saw both teams create scoring opportunities. Jamshedpur had a first chance to take the lead when they got a free kick from outside the box. Aitor Monroy’s outgoing free kick in the box was there to be put by Peter Hartley, but the skipper couldn’t get the connection right.
At the other end, Goa put pressure on the opponents and almost broke the deadlock when Brandon Fernandes played Ortiz on goal, but the latter’s shot was blocked by TP Rehenesh. However, the keeper couldn’t stop Ortiz in the 19th minute. Noguera’s glow on the right saw him pass his marker with quick, calm feet. The Spaniard then faced Ortiz, who shot in the lower corner.
JFC had their best chance to level the terms in the 25th minute. Alexandre Lima passed James Donachie on the left and, reaching the starting line, played a cup pass for Valskis. But the Lithuanian strike was saved by Naveen.
Shortly after the reboot, Ortiz scored his second. Noguera played Brandon through and the Goan squared him towards Ortiz. He took a first hit, which hit the post but he didn’t miss the rebound. Ortiz was fortunate enough to complete his hat trick a bit later, but this time Rehenesh made a good save.
As the Goa forwards did their job, they were well supported by their goalkeeper Naveen, who did his best to frustrate the JFC forwards. Naveen denied former teammate Jackichand Singh a brilliant save to secure a clean sheet.
Things got worse for JFC when Lima was sent off for his second yellow after a tackle on substitute Devendra Murgaonkar. Then Goa scored their third thanks to Ivan Gonzalez. The defender played a brace with Angulo on the edge of the box and passed the ball past Rehenesh into the net.
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