ISL 2017: FC Goa 4-3 Bengaluru FC: Coro’s hat-trick seals a thriller in Gaurs' favour
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Gurpreet Sandhu picked up a straight red card as Bengaluru FC suffered their first defeat in the ISL…

In the battle between two Spanish managers with Barcelona ties, Sergio Lobera's FC Goa consigned Albert Roca's Bengaluru FC to their first defeat in the Indian Super League (ISL) after a seven-goal thriller that finished 4-3 in favour of the home side. 

Spanish striker Ferran Corominas was the hero for the Gaurs as he notched a hat-trick (16', 33', 63') while Manuel Lanzarote also scored for Goa with a 40th-minute penalty. A double from Miku (20', 60') and an Erik Paartalu header (57') seemed to have brought Bengaluru FC, who were down to 10-men after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's red card in the 36th minute, back into the game but Coro had the final say on the game. 

FC Goa Bengaluru FC ISL season 4 2017/2018

Sergio Lobera made two changes to his line-up from the previous game, bringing back Bruno Pinheiro and Brandon Fernandes in place of Konsham Chinglensana Singh and Manuel Arana in a 4-2-3-1 shape that had Coro deployed as the lone striker.

Bengaluru gaffer Albert Roca continued with the same eleven in their third successive game. Sunil Chhetri, Miku and Udanta Singh formed the attacking trident in a 4-3-3 formation with Juanan and John Johnson as the two centre-backs.

Goa had the early chance to inflict pressure on the visitors when Coro took Manuel Lanzarote's pass into the box and squared it to Mandar Rao Dessai who could not sort his feet out and spurned a glorious chance. 

At the other end, the home team's skipper, Laxmikant Kattimani, came up with a good save, diving low to his right to deny Erik Paartalu's header off Edu Garcia's free-kick that looked destined for goal.

Goa then took the lead in the 16th minute when Bedia picked out Coro in an open space on the left from where he dribbled past Juanan and beat Johnson for pace before unleashing a shot into the bottom left corner.

But the joy in the stands was short-lived as a well worked move between Lenny Rodrigues and Paartalu saw the latter lob a pass for Miku who beat Kattimani at his near post with a calm finish. 

FC Goa Bengaluru FC ISL season 4 2017/2018

However, Bengaluru fell behind again as Lanzarote whipped in a free-kick from range. Pinheiro rose above Rahul Bheke to head it down to Coro who put the ball in the back of the net to send the home crowd into a frenzy. 

In the 36th minute, a drama unfolded as Gurpreet Singh Sandhu got himself sent off. He went in hard on Lanzarote and pushed the Spaniard in a fit of needless frustration. The referee had no choice but to send him off and award a penalty. Lanzarote stepped up and sent substitute goalkeeper Abhra Mondal the wrong way to make it 3-1. 

In the second half, Kattimani pulled off a good save from Chhetri's effort on target but the goalkeeper had to pick the ball from his net twice in quick succession after that.

Lanzarote FC Goa Bengaluru FC ISL season 4 2017/2018

Erik Paartalu nodded in from the resultant corner taken by Garcia in the 57th minute to breathe some life into Bengaluru FC. Three minutes later, Miku collected Lenny's pass and the Venezuelan skinned past a tentative Mohammed Ali before twisting and turning inside the box, getting the better of Pinheiro and Narayan Das, before slotting it past Kattimani with an intelligent dink and pulling his team level. 

With the scoreline reading 3-3, Goa seemed to have blown a comfortable lead. However, the pendulum swung in Goa's favour three minutes later, as Lanzarote picked out Coro with an incisive through ball that caught the Bengaluru FC defence flatfooted. Coro skipped ahead of Juanan and rounded Mondal with ease to regain the lead for his side.

Goa regained their composure following the goal and controlled proceedings, rarely giving the Southern Eagles another chance to stage a comeback. 

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Abhra Mondal made a blunder at the back late on by handling the ball outside the box with Manuel Arana chasing Bedia's through ball in stoppage time. It nearly resulted in another goal for the Goans but the crossbar saved the Blues from further humiliation as Arana's free-kick came off the horizontal.

Bengaluru will certainly be concerned as they will miss Gurpreet in their next game while Abhra Mondal too looked uncomfortable in the closing stages of the tie. 

 

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