FC Goa started their 2023-24 ISL campaign with a win against the newly promoted Punjab FC. It was a fairly one sided game in Goa's favour but Punjab had their chances too. In fact they did manage to score but it was wrongfully deemed Offside by the referee. But overall a win is nothing short of what Goa deserved to take away from the match. Punjab are yet to open their tally after playing two and losing both of the matches.
First Half Begins!
We're underway at the Fatorda Stadium.
05'| No real chances in the opening minutes
Both the teams are not willing to take any risks and play a safe breed of football, not troubling one another.
07'| Chance for Goa
Noah took advantage of his pace and found himself behind the defence but was unable to hit the target from a tight angle.
10'| Good start by Punjab
The visitors are showing real intent to go forward and have started the game on high intensity.
14'| Punjab have seen more of the ball
In the starting 10 minutes of the game, it's Punjab with 52% possession, dominating the ball.
17'| Carlos puts Goa in front!
Carlos Martinez hit the back of the net with great precision, in the bottom right corner and has managed to give the lead to the home team. It's 1-0 to FC Goa.
22'| Noah misses the target
A mistake by Melroy gave Noah the chance to go in a little solo run of his own but unfortunately couldn't keep his shot on target and hit the side netting.
25'| Good defending by Jhingan
Sandesh Jhingan came to FC Goa's safety and disrupted Punjab FC's play by putting the ball out for corner.
26'| Another mistake by Melroy
Melroy again messed up at the back by not clearing the ball in time and it almost gave Goa a two goal lead.
30'| Good defending by FC Goa
Goa are not letting any ariel balls by Juan Mera cause them any trouble whatsoever and are defending really well.
33'| Noah is not looking in his rythem
The FC Goa forward is really struggling to find his rythem as he has missed a couple of chances and failed to deliver any useful crosses too.
36'| Real chaos in the Goa penalty box
At first the right footed shot by Juan Mera was blocked by the goalkeeper but then he failed to gather the ball and then there were bodies everywhere.
38'| Close from Talal
Talal's effort, directly from the free kick was close but not on target but it looks like Punjab are closing in to find an equaliser.
40'| Noah again couldn't capitalise
Noah again found himself in a scoring position but failed to put the ball into the net with a little disturbance by the goalkeeper.
44'| Chance for FC Goa
It's Noah again, but this time, for the first time, he hit the target on the volley from a looping cross by Brandon.
3 minutes of additional time.
45+2'| Chance for Punjab FC
Punjab's captain failed to put the ball on target from a nice cross in from the right flank.
45+3'| Goa nearly extended their lead
Udanta put a nice cut back for Raynier to have a pop at the goal but he was unable to give Goa a two goal lead as Kiran came in his way.
49'| Good Start by Goa
Goa have started well, with much more intensity and ferocity than they did in the first half.
55'| Free kick for Punjab in a dangerous position
Talal won a free kick just a few yards outside the box and it could be a great opportunity for the visitors to equalise.
58'| Shot on target by Brandon
Brandon hit the target but it was driven straight to the keeper who pulled off a comfortable save.
60'| Substitution for Punjab FC
Dimitrios and Prasanth replaced Juan Mera and Pradhan.
63'| Goa record double the attempts than Punjab
Goa has registered 12 shots to Punjab's 6 and it shows how much of a dominant force Goa has been.
65'| Luka puts the ball in the net but it's Offside
Luka Majchen was successful in putting the ball in the net after the goalkeeper's save but it was deemed Offside by the Assistant referee.
68'| Substitution for Goa
Borges, Rodriguez, Thangjam replaced Fernandes, Martinez, Singh.
71'| Substitution for Punjab
Gil and Fernandes replaced Majcen and Vanlakremdika.
74'| Good cross by Brandon
Brandon is delivering a lot of tasty crosses for the Goa forwards to get their head behind, but Punjab is defending well.
79'| Substitution for Punjab
Ranjeet replaced Krishnananda
80'| Talal tries his luck
Talal tried to hit the target from a long distance but failed to do so with missing the goal by quite a bit.
82'| Substitution for Goa
Devendra replaced Brandon.
Match Delay as Jay is requiring some medical attention
86'| Great chance for Punjab
Prasanth delivered a great low pass inside the box but no one could make the final contact which would've got Punjab the much awaited goal.
88'| Yellow card Arsh Singh
Arshdeep Singh was given a yellow card for time wasting.
8 minutes of additional time.
90+1'| Good save by Kiran
Victor Rodriguez took a good, powerful shot from outside of the box but it was extraordinary saved by the Punjab goalie.
90+3'| Huge chance for Goa
It was again Victor Rodriguez who failed to hit the target from close range and Punjab has still got a chance to equalise.
90+6'| End to end Football
It was happening at both sides of the pitch, both the teams was presented with great opportunity but no one could take it.