The Highlanders won their first match against FC Goa after three seasons.

Indian Super League (ISL) side NorthEast United emerged victorious against FC Goa on Saturday, in what was an overly entertaining match. The Highlanders took the lead within the first 10 minutes via Rochharzela, but their advantage was short lived as FC Goa restored parity through Romario in the 13th minute. The Highlanders looked the better side in the second half and it paid off as Khassa Camara scored the winner with a last-minute belter.

With this win, NorthEast United bring an end to their winless run of five matches and improved their position on the standings. However, things have turned from bad to worse for FC Goa as their disappointing run continues with a third consecutive defeat.

Let’s find out how did the players from both sides perform on Saturday night.

NorthEast United (by Yash Pratap Singh)

Subhasish Roy Chowdhury (GK) – 8.0

The skipper displayed a man of the match worthy performance. He did not let anything pass by him except one goal and denied FC Goa multiple openings. It was because of his contributions that NorthEast United were able to register the win.

Provat Lakra – 5.5

Lakra had a decent outing, but it was short lived due to an early first-half change. He made a few mistakes, but he also pulled off an important clearance and tackle.

Hernan Santana – 8.0

The Spaniard kept things subtle at the back. He was excellent with his passing and was calm and composed throughout the game. Hernan was solid and used his experience to handle Goa’s attackers.

Patrick Flottmann – 7.0

The Aussie centre-back complemented Hernan well in the back line. He stood tall and denied FC Goa multiple chances to go ahead in the tie. However, he made a few big mistakes and one of them led to the equaliser by the Gaurs.

Gurjinder Kumar – 5.0

The left-back gave away the ball in key positions and was troubled by FC Goa’s wingers. However, he made noticeable defensive contributions.

Sehnaj Singh – 7.5

The experienced campaigner made his first start of the season and gave a good account of himself. He put in important clearances and interceptions in the middle of the park. Overall, Sehnaj put in a great shift for his side.

Khassa Camara – 8.0

Camara gave away possession easily and was below par with his passing. However, he also scored the last minute winner who allowed the Highlanders to clinch three points.

Mathias Coureur – 8.5

The former Martinique international looked lively in the first half for NorthEast United against FC Goa. He created three big chances, assisted the opening goal for his side and also tested the keeper on a few occasions.  Coureur got unlucky on two occasions as two of his sensational efforts were ruled out by the woodwork.

VP Suhair – 7.0

Came back to help the defence every time FC Goa looked dangerous and made tackles and interceptions. He made key passes, created a big chance and troubled FC Goa’s fullbacks on both flanks.

Lalkhawpuimawia – 6.5

The striker worked his socks off and looked like a threat for FC Goa. He covered 29 kilometers for his side and looked lively in both halves. Mapuia also won majority of his duels in the opposition half.

Rochharzela – 8.0

The 23-year-old put his team ahead with a composed finish within the first 10 minutes. He looked lively throughout the game and made important defensive contributions as well.

Substitutes

Joe Zoherliana – 6.5

The youngster made his ISL debut by replacing Provat Lakra early in the first half. He made a few mistakes and looked nervous at first, but gained confidence as the game went on.

Deshorn Brown – 7.0

The Jamaican made a comeback from an injury and made sure it was an impactful one. He had a few chances here and there, but the standout contribution from him came in the last minute when he assisted Khassa Camara for NorthEast’s winner.

Mashoor Shereef – 6.5

The Indian centre-back came on for Patrick Flottmann. Mashoor looked better and confident against FC Goa, than his previous spells for NorthEast United. He made a few important defensive contributions late in the second half.

Imran Khan – N/A

Imran returned from his injury and got his first couple of minutes under the belt. However, he couldn’t make any notable impact.

ISL 2021-22 M17 Highlights: NorthEast United Vs FC Goa

FC Goa (by Sattyik Sarkar)

Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem (GK) – 6.5

Wasn’t at his best. Could have been defeated two more times by Mathias Coureur apart from the two goals that he conceded.

Sanson Pereira – 6.5

Operated well on the left side, both defensively and offensively. Even had an attempt which unluckily hit the side net.

Ivan Gonzalez – 6.0

Looked a bit shaky in the first half, but improved his standards in the second.

Dylan Fox – 6.0

Not a debut he would like to remember. Gave away the ball cheaply on a few occasions, one out of which would have costed the Gaurs heavily.

Seriton Fernandes – 7.0

Was impressive as the right-back. Went forward and contributed well in the offensive third.

Glan Martins – 7.5

Guarded the FC Goa defence efficiently in Edu Bedia’s absence (Bedia came on in the second half). Looked like a hard nut to crack. Like last season, also took a few glances, most of which were off target. 

Princeton Rebello – 7.5

Orchestrated the midfield. Rebello displayed brilliant passing ability along with a few bamboozling tricks. Even made a goal attempt but his feeble shot wasn’t enough to beat Subhasish Roy Chowdhury under the bars for NorthEast United.

Nongdamba Naorem – 6.5

Wasn’t bad but surely, he can do better. Kept the right-flank active.

Alberto Noguera – 7.5

He is a maestro who can fool everyone in the park. Combined brilliantly with Jorge Ortiz. Banked in a few through balls. 

Alexander Romario Jesuraj – 7.5

Scored the equalizer and brought Goa back into the game. Dipped in a few balls from the right flank, one of which Devendra Murgaonkar headed straight to the goalkeeper.

Jorge Ortiz Mendoza – 8.0

The best player on Saturday night for the Gaurs. Worked his socks off, created chances, could have scored a few as well. Most importantly, tried an audacious flick in the first half, which could have resulted in a brilliant goal.

Substitutes

Devendra Murgaokar – 6.0

Headed one cross from Romario Jesuraj straight to the goalkeeper. Tried his best but more is expected from the highest scorer of the Durand Cup.

Muhammed Nemil Valiyattil – 6.5

Just 19, Nemil made his ISL debut on Saturday night when he replaced Princeton Rebello on the pitch in the second half. Showed his class when he cushioned a through ball towards Devendra Murgaonkar, but the latter was flagged offside by the linesman. One thing for sure, if he gets more gametime, he is sure to flourish even more.

Edu Bedia – 6.0

Came on in the later part of the second half. Didn’t contribute much to the game. Made a clearance in front of Goa’s penalty box, which fell for a 50-50 stance for Devendra, but the youngster wasn’t strong enough to go past the defender.

Saviour Gama – N/A

Didn’t produce much after coming on late in the game. Made one cross which was successfully intercepted by a NorthEast defender.

Makan Winkle Chothe – N/A

Hardly made a mark. Attempted a left-footed cross from just outside the right side of the 18-yard area for the forward in the box but the cross went wide.

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