Spanish striker Igor Angulo’s double strike scripted FC Goa’s spectacular comeback as they held Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw in an Indian Super League meeting on Sunday. For Bengaluru, Cleiton Silva (27th) and Juanan Gonzalez (57th) scored and up to the hour, Sunil Chhetri’s men looked for an easy victory. Goa dominated possession early on, with Bengaluru happy to sit down and maintain his defensive form.
However, both teams failed to create clear opportunities in the first quarter. Bengaluru recorded his first shot on goal in the 11th minute as Ashique Kuruniyan cut inside the left, beating three men, before tipping over to his weaker right foot.
However, his tame attempt was comfortably collected by Goa guardian Mohammad Nawaz. Three minutes before the half hour, the visitors took an unusual advantage with a throw-in confusing the Goa box. Harmanjot Khabra’s left shot was knocked back into the goal after Jorge Ortiz Mendoza made a clearance.
Silva was the first to respond and returned home to give Bengaluru the lead. It wasn’t until the 45th minute that Goa got their first shot on goal. Seriton Fernandes cross found Angulo, whose deft blow went straight to Bengaluru goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The visitors made a change after the end change, with Deshorn Brown replacing Kristian Opseth.
Bengaluru quickly doubled his lead and came back from a set piece with Juanan on the scoresheet – the club’s 100th goal in ISL history. The Goa defense were caught taking a nap as a Kuruniyan free kick was tilted by Brown towards Erik Paartalu.
The Australian steered the ball on the way to Gonzalez. The Spaniard was not mistaken and scored on the fly. Goa made two offensive substitutions around the hour, bringing in Brandon Fernandes and Alberto Noguera, and quickly found their way back into the game with two goals from Angulo within three minutes.
Angulo first cut the deficit short with a neat finish (66th) following a good meeting between Fernandes and Noguera. The striker then put a ball in the net for the equalizer (69th) after substitute Alexander Jesuraj played a square pass from the right. Mendoza had the chance to score the winner for Goa in added time. However, his shot was ruled out by Sandhu.
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