In a clinical away performance, FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 at the JL Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday.
Ferran Corominas (11', 45+2') and Manvir Singh (67') set up the victory for Goa to open up a three-point lead on top of the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) table going into the international break. Nikola Krcmarevic (90+2') got a late consolation for the home side.
David James made five changes to his side. Defender Anas Edathodika was handed his full Kerala Blasters debut while fellow India international Halicharan Narzary returned. Mandar Rao Dessai and Hugo Boumous were on the bench for the Gaurs as Brandon Fernandes got a rare start.
Despite starting a bit slow, it took only ten minutes for Goa to show their class. Edu Bedia's ball in from a short corner missed everyone inside the box. Ahmed Jahouh picked up the ball on the right side as Corominas leapt in front of Edathodika and Rakip to send in a glancing header into the net from the cross.
The table-toppers were in full flow as they dictated proceedings with the hosts reduced to playing catch up.
Right before the stroke of half-time, a counter-attack initiated by Jahouh and Edu Bedia saw Corominas take the ball from near the centre circle and make a run. The Spaniard wrong-footed Nikola Krcmarevic and slammed the ball into the bottom corner of the net from outside the box, doubling up on the lead before the change of ends.
It could have been a hat-trick for the former Espanyol player on the hour mark as his back-to-back attempts were thwarted well by the Kerala defence.
However, substitute Manvir Singh clinically headed in from Brandon's corner kick, seven minutes after his introduction to make it 3-0.
On the other end, Seiminlen Doungel came from the bench but failed to see the back of the net despite putting some pressure on young Mohammad Nawaz. But Nawaz was not to keep a clean sheet with Krcmarevic slotting in during stoppage time from Jhingan's low cross.
Sergio Lobera's men consolidated their top spot as they romped to 16 points from seven games. Blasters from seven games were on the seventh spot with seven points.