The Gaurs opened the scoring in the third minute of the game on Monday night.
It was heartbreak for FC Goa, who seemed to be heading towards their first-ever AFC Champions League victory, only for it to slip away in the final minutes of the match against Al Rayyan. The Gaurs took a very early lead through Jorge Ortiz and did a good job of holding on to it for the majority of the game. However, an error by Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem allowed Ali Ferydoon to equalize in the 89th minute, forcing FC Goa to a draw.
Let’s take a look at how the FC Goa players performed on the night:
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem – 7.0
Other than the mistake which led to the goal, it was a solid outing for the youngster. He has shown immense improvement during the course of the tournament and has been rock-solid otherwise.
However, a crucial spill late in the second half proved to be a huge mistake, as Ferydoon scored from the rebound. The goalkeeper registered five saves, out of which three were inside the box, including a crucial stop from Al Rayyan’s league top scorer Yohan Boli in the first half.
James Donachie – 6.0
The Australian defender had a very impressive outing for the majority of the game, registering 11 clearances and a 60% success rate in aerial duels.
His partnership with Ivan Gonzalez has proved to be a huge boon for the Gaurs in the AFC Champions League. However, a crucial misstep from him played a part in the late goal that forced a draw.
Ivan Gonzalez – 6.5
A usual solid game from the Spaniard. He had his hands full with Boli and Yacine Brahimi, but seemed comfortable dealing with both during long stretches of the game.
However, he was late to react to the threat from the wing in the second half, which resulted in the equalizer. Gonzalez also picked up a yellow card, which means he will be suspended for FC Goa’s next game against Al Wahda.
Seriton Fernandes – 7.0
The full-back had a golden chance to seal the game late in the second half but failed to do so. He had a typically robust game, which explains his maximum effort attitude. The FC Goa defender registered 83% passing accuracy against Al Rayyan, along with three key interceptions and two clearances.
He also completed 50% ground duels (4/8). He looked more offensively inclined than Sanson or Saviour and was able to create problems for Al Rayyan on the overlap.
Sanson Pereira – 5.5
An impressive performance by the full-back. He was solid defensively during the first half, but failed to have any attacking impact. Pereira was replaced in the second half for the more agile Saviour Gama, to deal with the fast Al Rayyan wingers.
Edu Bedia – 7.0
The FC Goa captain embodied the persona of a leader with his display in the middle of the park, after returning from suspension. The Spaniard registered 92% passing accuracy, which helped him establish control in a hard-fought game. He also made two crucial tackles as well as registering one interception.
Glan Martins – 6.0
The FC Goa midfielder was decent against Al Rayyan on Monday night. He was especially adept at nullifying Abdulaziz Hatem and registered two clearances, two interceptions and two tackles.
His performance would be one of the positives to take home for FC Goa and Martins’ effectiveness as a screen in front of the defence has been vital in limiting the danger.
Alexander Romario Jesuraj – 6.0
Jesuraj has been a key figure for Ferrando and was influential in the press and maintaining the defensive shape. His high energy effort was key in limiting the influence of Khalid Muftah in the attacking half. He also registered one interception while maintaining 90% passing accuracy.
Brandon Fernandes – 6.5
Safe to say, Brandon’s creativity is one of the primary reasons behind the performance of FC Goa against Al Rayyan. After notching an assist against Persepolis in the third game, he was again the force behind the Gaurs’ early goal, with his long ball resulting in Ortiz’s opener. Apart from the assist, Fernandes registered one clearance and two tackles on Monday night.
Jorge Ortiz – 7.5
The best player on the pitch for FC Goa against Al Rayyan, Jorge Ortiz displayed a positive intent from the get-go. It was his approach that led to the opener and the Gaurs’ second goal in the tournament. He registered 79% passing accuracy, despite playing in a more advanced role, while winning 66% of his ground duels (10/15).
Ortiz’s goal in the third minute was also the fastest goal by the Gaurs under Ferrando. The previous fastest was the 9th minute goal against Chennaiyin FC in ISL 2020-21.
Ishan Pandita – 5.0
Despite another difficult outing, Ishan showed flashes of his potential. He looked more aggressive and hungry for goals, portrayed by his long range effort late in the first half. He still needs to involve himself more in the build-up and offer assistance to the midfield whenever necessary.
Saviour Gama – 6.0
The FC Goa defender was brought on to take on the fast Al Rayyan wingers. However, his weak clearance resulted in the goal, where he also seemed to be surrounded by two opposition players, who utilized the mismatch to their benefit. He registered two interceptions on Monday night.
Devendra Muragonkar – 5.0
Made a key pass. Had a routine 30 minutes other than that.
Makan Winkle Chothe – 5.5
Replaced Brandon Fernandes to make his second ACL appearance. Made two tackles and won three ground duels.
Romeo Fernandes – 5.5
Looked average on his ACL debut. He registered three key passes during his short stint on the pitch, but failed to make any further impact.