After a woeful performance against Chennaiyin FC, Zico’s men bounced back to clinch a win in their away fixture. The Goan outfit came from a goal down to score three goals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Guwahati.
Brazilian legend made a radical change for improved fortunes.
FC Goa’s Zico had to make an impact and he made five changes to the team which lost 4-0 to Chennai. Laxmikant Katiimani, CS Sabeeth, Jonatan Lucca, Bikramjit Singh and Luciano Sabrosa got their respective starts.
The move seemed to pay off well as the team showed increased tenacity and urge to win. Joffre was the fulcrum who mobilized their attacks seamlessly. It was new man Sabeeth, Joffre and Lucca who combined to equalize for Goa.
North East United FC drew first blood but the attack soon fizzled out.
The home team took the lead through Francis Dadzie as Sanju Pradhan played the role of supplier. Pradhan crossed from the right after rounding off Debabrata Roy with ease. Dadzie made no mistake at the far post to head home the first goal of the match.
Soon after Pradhan found himself another scoring opportunity as he made good use of the right wing to cross to Dadzie. But Gregory Arnolin made himself heavy on the striker to prevent him from meeting the pass.
Thereafter it was all FC Goa as the home team found themselves at the mercy of Zico’s lads. Jofre wreaked havoc on the defense as he started a counterattack with Reinaldo freeing Sabeeth on the goal. His effort was saved and fell for the Spanish medio who could not convert the same.
FC Goa have seemed to learn their lesson.
Brazilian Reinaldo was on the score sheet as he slid in to score from a deflected shot of Jofre. The Spaniard was replaced local boy Mandar Rao Desai. The Goan had an immediate impact as he made it 3-1 after latching onto a ball from Lucas Moura.
Reinaldo was again in the thick of things as he was found in yards of space by Debabrata Roy but the Brazilian shot wide off the goal.
The Highlanders have now lost all three matches and it is critical for them to open their points account. Coach Cesar Farias must chalk out a plan B as clearly the current tactics are yielding zero results for the North East side.