Though not among the goals their domestic stars played key roles in another win for the Gaurs.
Despite all the troubles and issues FC Goa kept their flag flying high, as they defeated Indian Super League debutantes Hyderabad FC 4-1 at home.
Braces from Ferran Corominas and Hugo Boumous simply took the game away from Hyderabad, as they scored with a superb free-kick from Marcelinho. With the win, the Gaurs regain the top spot and also became the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season.
Here are the Indian player ratings from this match:
Mohammad Nawaz- 6
Was not his busiest game by any stretch of the imagination and the only goal he conceded was not his fault. He was solid with his distribution as always.
Seriton Fernandes- 7
Seriton has improved leaps and bounds mainly on the defensive side of the game. He was solid at the back and went toe-toe with the likes of Nestor Gordillo and Marcelinho. He had a staggering 85% passing accuracy with three interceptions and five clearances.
Mandar Rao Dessai- 7.5
The creator of the first goal, Rao Desai covered a lot of ground and kept moving to and fro. He was allowed to take charge mainly because of Hyderabad’s non-existent midfield.
Lenny Rodrigues- 7.5
Another stellar outing from ‘leggy’ Lenny, but much helped by the poor performances of the opposition midfield. An emphatic 88% passing accuracy along with a staggering six interceptions makes him the vital cog in the middle of the park for the Gaurs.
Jackichand Singh- 6.5
Jackichand has been very solid this season with his energetic running and stark combination with Ferran Corominas. He created two chances and also tracked back to help his defenders. He kept Sahil Panwar on his toes throughout and later was replaced by Manvir Singh.
Brandon Fernandes- 6.5
We have seen Brandon play better, but the Indian midfield maestro had another solid outing against Hyderabad FC. It was from his corner that the first goal was created. He made some great runs, but his delivery wasn’t as expected.
Manvir Singh- 6.5
The Indian forward came on for Jackichand and instantly had an impact on the game, as he combined well with Lenny and squared it for Corominas, who earned the penalty to score the fourth goal of the night for the Gaurs.
Princeton Rebello- N/A
Came on late in the game and hardly had a touch of the ball.
Saviour Gama- N/A
The young full-back came on right in the dying moments of the match when the Gaurs havd already sealed the win.
Laxmikant Kattimani- 4
A night to forget for Kattimani against his former side. He was indecisive throughout the game, poor with his distribution and also created unnecessary problems for his defenders by leaving the line. He also conceded a needless penalty just to pile on the misery.
Ashish Rai- 5
The young full-back hardly had any impact on the attacking front, as he was busy containing the likes of Mandar and Brandon. He came up with two interceptions and four clearances and was replaced by the experienced Souvik Chakrabarti.
Adil Khan- 5.5
The India international blew hot and cold throughout the game. Sometimes he came up with last-ditch tackles to dispossess the opponents, but otherwise he was left gaping and slow to react to situations. He has always been the man leading the backline, but he wasn’t at his best on all occasions.
Sahil Panwar- 5
Panwar hardly had any answers up against Jackichand Singh. He was second best to the Manipuri winger in most of the duels and later struggled to contain Manvir Singh.
Nikhil Poojary- 6
Among the Indian players at Hyderabad FC this season, Nikhil has been the most consistent. He is not someone who will change the course of the game, but he will do his job with honesty. He was decent on the night, as his teammates faltered.
Mohammad Yasir- 5.5
The youngster was used in an unnatural position in midfield and he was decent with the amount of energy he brought to the table for the debutantes. He created one chance, but had to be replaced by Liston as Hyderabad chased the game.
Liston Colaco- 5
The young forward came on in the second half to play against his former team and he hardly had any service, as the ISL debutantes were more concentrated in holding their fort as Goa continued their onslaught.
Souvik Chakrabarti- 5
There wasn’t much difference even after his arrival to the backline. There was no organization, which opened up space for the Goa attackers. So, coming in the middle of the season and adjusting in a new system will be difficult for Souvik.