The Juggernauts yet again went down to 10 men against the Gaurs.
In an enthralling encounter at the Kalinga Stadium, we witnessed a deja vu moment whereby Odisha FC went down to ten men after 67 minutes. It is against the same opponents against whom the side had previously seen a red card this season. Unlike last time, however, Odisha did not succumb to the numerical disadvantage and managed to grind out a draw to stay within a touching distance of the top six. FC Goa, meanwhile, climb to fourth place.
Against such a backdrop, let us take a look at how the players performed.
Amrinder Singh – 8.5
Amrinder made four spectacular saves to keep his side alive in the game. Made one superb save in the second half. One of the best players against FC Goa tonight.
Subham Sarangi – 5.5
Made a bad mistake initially to concede a goal. With 42 touches and three clearances, had a decent game for the remaining period.
Narender Gahlot – 6.5
Had 43 touches and made five clearances and three interceptions. Looked good alongside Delgado. Should have done better to prevent FC Goa’s goal.
Carlos Delgado – 8.0
Did not put a foot wrong. Led the team’s defence to ensure that Goa weren’t able to score many. Made five clearances and had many crucial touches.
Sahil Panwar – 6.0
Played well till he was on the pitch. Foolishly saw a second yellow to get sent off in the 67th minute. Was having a good game though.
Thoiba Singh – 6.0
Thoiba had an underwhelming outing tonight. Was not much effective in aiding the side’s attacks. Made three interceptions.
Saul Crespo – 8.5
Played quite well. Acted as a fulcrum in Odisha’s midfield. He glanced a shot and created a chance. Had a high number of touches and passes for his side. Played a huge role in preventing FC Goa from scoring.
Nandhakumar Sekar – 6.5
Had a decent game. Took three shots, none of which were on target. Whipped in five passes, many of which looked dangerous.
Pedro Martin – 6.0
Pedro played decently in his return to the starting line-up. Looked a bit rusty. Yet, seemed to be threatening alongside Diego Mauricio.
Diego Mauricio – 7.5
Was lively throughout the match. Scored Odisha FC’s goal from a brilliant free-kick. Took two shots in total. Looked threatening on many occasions.
Isak Vanlalruatfela – 6.5
Isak’s second start in a row saw him put in a decent shift. His dribbling was commendable, as he made Iker Guarrotxena look like an amateur on an occasion. Needs to work on composure and finishing.
Jerry Mawihmingthanga – 5.0
Played for 30 minutes but was unable to conjure up a shot or a cross.
Lalruatthara – 6.0
Came on after the team went down to 10 men. Played his part well to prevent FC Goa from scoring a winner.
Denechandra Meitei – N/A
Raynier Fernandes – N/A
Aniket Jadhav – N/A
Dheeraj Singh – 6.5
Dheeraj had a decent game. Saved one shot. Looked confident for the major part. Made a few mistakes which did not cost his team anything.
Aiban Dohling – 6.5
Had 56 touches and whipped in four crosses, a number of which were threatening. Made a few crucial defensive contributions.
Fares Arnaout – 7.0
Made three clearances. Looked quite sturdy in Goa’s defence. Played well alongside Anwar Ali.
Anwar Ali – 8.5
The best player for FC Goa tonight. Had 62 touches and made 35 passes. Made a number of goal-saving tackles, one of which was on Mauricio in the dying moments. Made eight clearances. Created one chance.
Sanson Pereira – 8.0
Had 65 touches and played 35 passes, both the highest for his side. Made two interceptions. Created a chance.
Brandon Fernandes – 7.5
Created two chances and whipped in seven crosses. One of his free-kicks went wide by a whisker. Played well to create moves with his teammates.
Lenny Rodrigues – 5.5
Had an underwhelming game. Looked rusty. Needs more time to gel with the side.
Ayush Chhetri – 7.0
Made quite a few critical defensive contributions, especially when Odisha FC were dominating the game. Was not much effective in aiding the attack.
Iker Guarrotxena – 5.5
Played decently. Combined well at moments with his teammates, but was not clinical. Created one chance and took three shots.
Noah Sadaoui – 7.5
Scored the solitary goal for FC Goa with a well composed finish. Was a constant threat. Combined well in moments with Alvaro Vazquez.
Alvaro Vazquez – 5.0
Fans expect more from him. Barring the initial assist and a header, Vazquez was not able to impact the game much. Scored a goal in the second half but it was ruled out due to offside.
Redeem Tlang – 4.5
Redeem came on in the 58th minute. Had an underwhelming game despite Odisha FC playing with 10 men for some time.
Hernan Santana – 7.0
Hernan Santana played for around 30 minutes and looked very lively in this period. He took three shots and created a chance.
Brison Fernandes – N/A
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