Igor Angulo brace hands FC Goa first win | Goa News

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PANAJI: Igor Angulo proved he can more than fill the big boots of Ferran Corominas after scoring twice in FC Goa’s 3-1 win over Kerala Blasters at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday.
Goa let go of the Indian Super League’s highest ever goal scorer and two-time Golden Boot winner this season. His replacement is a 36-year-old who has now scored five goals in just four matches, more than any other striker.
His first on Sunday night was a smart lob over the goalkeeper in the 30th minute. Another one came in the third minute of added time when he made Kerala goalkeeper Albino Gomes look silly for dropping the ball which the Spanish striker was happy to pounce upon and slot it inside an empty goal.
In-between, Jorge Ortiz, another impressive performer on the left wing for Goa, scored his first in the league. Even though Vicente Gomez had pulled a goal back in the 90th minute, Kerala had no way back with Costa Nhamoinesu immediately sent off for a second bookable offence.
Goa led 1-0 at the breather and eventually picked up their first win to move among the top-four with five points from four matches.
“We were better from the first minute until the end. These three points are important for us,” Angulo said after the game.
Kerala would have been happy to play a team with similar style and philosophy. They tried to beat the league champions at their own game, passing the ball around quickly and trying to press them high. But once Goa knew what their rivals were doing, they jumped out of the trap.
Ortiz had the first shot on goal early in the game, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar. A few minutes later, Angulo pounced on a poor back pass from Rohit Kumar but, once again, the ball struck the goalpost and fell into the waiting arms of the goalkeeper.
At the half an hour mark, Goa’s shot found the goalpost for the third time, this time it kissed and sailed inside, much to the delight of the fans, celebrating a lead for the first time this season. The goal was made possible by Saviour Gama’s pass which Angulo controlled, and with Costa shadowing him, flicked it over the onrushing goalkeeper.
The second was even better. It was Ortiz who added his name to the scoresheet, helped by a delightful through ball from Brandon Fernandes, whose presence on the field clearly gives Goa a massive advantage.
Kerala, still without a win, tried to claw their way back. Coach Kibu Vicuna introduced an additional foreign striker in Jordan Murray and pushed more men forward. It didn’t work as Goa controlled the pace, despite a few flashes from Facundo Pereyra and Rahul KP.
Vicente’s header from a crowded goalmouth was too little too late. Costa’s red card simply didn’t help. Then, that mistake from Albino, and Angulo simply said ‘thank you very much.’

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