Guwahati: FC Goa dropped points after opening the Indian Super League (ISL) scoring for the first time this season as they were held to a 2-2 draw by North East United FC here on Sunday.
FC Goa had the chance to reclaim fifth place in the table with a win, but will remain in sixth place after North East United FC’s first draw of the season – and only the second time they have taken points from the game. what
FC Goa have now failed to win in their sixth game on the road, and Chennaiyin FC have pushed them to seventh place, just four points behind them.
The opening goal of the game came when a mistake by Aaron Evans led to a goal around the half-hour mark.
Guarrotxena took the ball down the right and into the box before squaring to Brandon. It was played behind him as the winger slotted it into the path of Edu Bedia, who volleyed into the back of the net on his 100th appearance for FC Goa.
The Highlanders then breached FC Goa’s defense with a penalty awarded in first-half stoppage time.
Alex Saji’s volley deflected off Brandon’s arm and the referee immediately pointed to the chance. Just before the half-time whistle, Gill stepped up and converted from the spot to restore parity.
In the 63rd minute, Brandon’s clever flick near the halfway line allowed Noah Sadaoui to race the ball towards goal. Leaving his marker behind, Sadaoui tried to round keeper Mirshad Michu but took him down to win the penalty.
Guarrotxena sends Michu the wrong way and puts the Whites back in front.
The joy was short-lived for FC Goa as Fares Arnout’s clumsy tackle on Pragyan inside the box forced the referee to point to the spot for the third time during the match.
Gill stepped up to reclaim it and successfully converted his fourth spot-kick of the season to draw the Highlanders level for the second time on the evening.
North East United FC are at the bottom of the table but have added one point to their tally and are now on four points.