NorthEast vs Goa, In a captivating encounter at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, FC Goa maintained its unbeaten streak in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 with a 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC in the first half of the season concluded. The Gaurs, sitting in second place in the table with 24 points from 10 matches, faced a resilient challenge from NorthEast United FC, aiming for its first win in six ISL matches.
Martinez Steps Up in Rodriguez’s Absence: NorthEast vs Goa
FC Goa, missing the services of influential midfielder Victor Rodriguez due to injury, saw Carlos Martinez stepping up admirably. Martinez, with only two goals before this season, seized the opportunity and made a significant impact. His well-timed nodding of the ball, meeting Noah Sadaoui’s precise cross, found the back of the net in the 20th minute, giving FC Goa an early lead.
Gogoi and Jithin Shine for NorthEast:
NorthEast United FC, despite facing recent struggles, displayed resilience and determination. Juan Pedro Benali’s tactical shift with Parthib Gogoi on the right flank bore fruit as Gogoi provided an exquisite cross for Jithin M.S. The forward expertly navigated past defenders to score in the 26th minute, leveling the score for the Highlanders.
Michu’s Heroics and Marquez’s Intent:
Mirshad Michu, NorthEast United FC’s goalkeeper, played a crucial role in keeping the scores level. His spectacular dive denied Carl McHugh’s attempt, showcasing his shot-stopping prowess. FC Goa’s head coach, Manolo Marquez, expressed a clear desire for three points and strategically utilized substitutions, introducing Boris Singh, Paulo Retre, and Muhammed Nemil in pursuit of a winning goal.
Promising Signs for NorthEast United FC:
Despite the draw, NorthEast United FC exhibited promising signs, especially in recent months, after a challenging run in ISL 2022-23. Juan Pedro Benali’s emphasis on resilience and tactical adjustments has contributed to improved performances.
As the ISL 2023-24 season heads into a break, FC Goa can reflect on a commendable first half. Maintaining an undefeated record. On the other hand, NorthEast United FC, with encouraging displays, looks forward to building on the positive momentum. In the upcoming fixtures of the season.