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Ratings: Luna, Ortiz masterclass leads to Kerala Blasters holding FC Goa

Published at :January 3, 2022 at 4:36 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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(Courtesy : ISL Media)

Rajdeep Saha

The game was marred by controversial refereeing and skirmishes around the pitch on Sunday night.

Amid controversial refereeing and skirmishes around the pitch, both Kerala Blasters and FC Goa come away with a point each in the ISL on Sunday evening. Adrian Luna was on his best display against the Gaurs as he assisted Jeakson Singh’s opener in the 10th minute. Just 10 minutes later, it was Luna himself who scored a brilliant long-range goal.

Derrick Pereira’s men did well to make a comeback in the game, thanks to goals from Jorge Ortiz and Edu Bedia in the first half. FC Goa was dominant in the second-half, but the southerners did well to keep the Gaurs at bay. After an exciting and nervy 90 minutes, the match ended in a 2-2 draw, with both sides taking home a deserved point.

Kerala Blasters (by Rajdeep Saha)

Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK) - 6.0

Gill had his moments of clumsiness, but made it up with four important saves. These include two saves from inside the box, but his passing was very poor (24% accuracy).

Harmanjot Khabra - 6.0

The experienced right-back had a good duel with Saviour Gama, and had three tackles and one interception. His passing (56% accuracy) could have been better.

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Bijoy Varghese - 6.5

The centre-back had been instrumental in keeping the Goa forwards away in the second half. He made five clearances and two important blocks. Varghese also won both of his aerial duels throughout the match.

Marko Leskovic - 7.0

The Croatian defender partnered well with Varghese, and put in a wonderful shift against FC Goa. He cleared the ball away five times and made four vital interceptions. Moreover, his passing was one of the best of the evening (81% accuracy).

Jessel Carneiro - 5.5

The skipper was pivotal in clearances (5), but his passing was below average (53% accuracy). He contributed just a single successful cross in the whole game.

Sahal Abdul Samad - 5.0

The promising youngster wasn’t on his brightest form on Sunday night. He had multiple chances of adding to Kerala’s goal tally, but failed to do so. Samad had two shots off target and committed four fouls. Defensively, he couldn’t win most of his ground duels (only two out of 11).

Jeakson Singh
Jeakson opened the scoring against FC Goa (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Jeakson Singh - 7.5

The defensive midfielder scored a clinical header, thereby providing the lead to the Yellow Army. Apart from his goal-scoring prowess, he made six interceptions in the midfield and won both of his aerial duels.

Puitea - 6.0

The midfielder had a decent performance against the Gaurs. Apart from the 77% passing accuracy, Khawlhring made two interceptions and five tackles.

Adrian Luna - 8.5

The Uruguayan once again had a sparkling display on the left side of the midfield. He was the provider for Kerala’s first goal, and scorer of what can certainly be one of the picks for the goal of the season. The player had three out of four successful crosses, and intercepted the ball five times.

Alvaro Vazquez - 6.5

The forward did a good job of carrying the ball forward. Apart from providing an assist, he registered two key passes.

Jorge Pereyra Diaz - 6.0

Diaz had a decent passing rate (67% accuracy), and did well to create pressure on the Goa defence. He had one interception and a clearance under his name.

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Chencho Gyeltshen - 6.0

In his 30-minute stint, he had a 75% passing accuracy and won two of his four ground duels.

Ayush Adhikari - 5.5

Adhikari couldn’t contribute much apart from completing four of his five passes in the span of 15 minutes.

Prasanth Karuthadathkuni - 5.0

The substitute was ineffective in his 15 minutes. He lost the ball four times, but was able to block a shot.

Enes Sipovic - N/A

The defender couldn’t change the result of the game as he was subbed on in the 90th minute.

Vincy Barretto - N/A

Same goes for Barretto, as he was on the pitch for only the final few minutes.

FC Goa (by Shivam Tiwari)

Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (GK) - 6.5

Dheeraj was unlucky to concede two unstoppable goals. The Indian youngster was positioned well for both the goals, but the attempts were far from his reach. However, he did well on the other chances Kerala Blasters created throughout the game.

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Saviour Gama - 7.5

Saviour Gama pressed high on the left side and won his team the possession in some dangerous positions. He was courageous on the ball and did not shy away from taking on multiple players at a time. It was Gama's cross that Jorge Ortiz volleyed into the back of the net.

Seriton Fernandes - 7.0

Seriton is one of the best-attacking full-backs in the country. The 29-year-old was always in FC Goa's first line of attack. He provided width and helped his side progress the ball through his carrying abilities. 

Ivan Gonzalez - 6.5

Ivan was solid with his passing throughout the game. However, his defending was questionable at times. He could have done better to mark Jeakson for the corner through which Kerala opened the scoring. He created two chances for his side through his passes.

Dylan Fox - 7.0

Dylan was precise with his passing throughout the game, like his fellow centre-back Ivan. However, Dylan was solid with his defending and kept a check on Adrien Luna's runs. He finished the game with four clearances.

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Aiban Dohling - 6.0

Goa tried to keep their defence compact, which allowed a lot of space on the wings for Kerala to exploit. Aiban was always left chasing the runs made behind his back by Kerala forwards. However, he did well and finished the game without any mistakes. He finished the game with a passing accuracy of 89%.

Glan Martins - 7.5

Glan was creative with his passing. He was unfortunate to end the game without a goal contribution. The India international came close to assisting once in the second half through a long ball. However, Murgaonkar couldn't time his run. He also had three shots in the game and was booked after involving in a tussle with Jorge Diaz.

Edu Bedia
Bedia scored an Olimpico to level the scores for FC Goa (Courtesy: ISL Media)

Edu Bedia - 8.0

Goa had a lot of heroes in the game on Sunday night, and Edu Bedia was certainly one of them. The Spanish midfielder scored a brilliant goal. He also created a big chance for Jorge Ortiz, which the latter couldn't finish. He had a passing accuracy of 82%.

Muhammed Nemil - 7.0

Nemil had an inspiring performance in a free role. He continuously linked up with Seriton and Martins on the right to create opportunities for their forward line. The 19-year-old could have been on the scoresheet. But both his shots were directed at the Kerala goalkeeper, Prabhsukhan Gill. 

Devendra Murgaonkar - 7.0

Devendra failed to time his run on a lobbed pass from Glan Martins to give Goa the lead. The 23-year-old Indian forward was otherwise impressive with his work rate. He managed to keep hold of the ball and include his teammates in the game. However, Devendra was wasteful with his shooting as only one of his four shots were on target.


Jorge Ortiz - 8.5

Jorge Ortiz was influential all over the pitch for the Gaurs. The Spanish forward scored a sublime volley from Gama's cross to bring Goa back in the game. He had a couple of opportunities to win the game for his side. He created three chances and had three shots on target.


Princeton Rebello - 5.0

Derrick Periera brought Princeton into the game in the hope of creating more opportunities. However, the Blasters defence had him quiet in the limited minutes he got. Princeton, although, did not disappoint with his passing as he completed 17 of the 19 attempted ones. 

Makan Winkle Chote - 5.0

Makan, like Princeton, came on at the 79th minute of the game. Kerala had by then put an end to Goa's attacking abilities, and Makan couldn't do anything to surprise the Blasters defence.

Nongdamba Naorem - N/A

He had very little time on the pitch to make any difference to the game.

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