Goa halt Bengaluru charge

Corominas hat-trick hands Roca's men first defeat of the campaign

Goa halt Bengaluru charge

Striker Ferran Corominas scored the first hat-trick of the season as FC Goa beat 10-men Bengaluru FC 4-3 in a thrilling match of the Indian Super League on Thursday.

Corominas struck in the 16th, 33rd and 63rd minutes while Manuel Lanzarote Bruno scored in the 40th minute for the Goan outfit. Bengaluru, who played with ten men in the entire second half, scored through Nicolas Ladislao Fedor aka Miku (20th and 60th) and Erik Paaralu (57th).

This was FC Goa's second win of the season and first at home.

It was a thrilling contest as both the teams played attacking football.

Bengaluru, who had an impressive start by winning both their matches, were the first to test rival keeper Laxmikant kattimani who made a diving save off a Paartalu header from a free-kick taken by Eduardo Garcia in the 12th minute.

But the home team responded with a quick counter move. Eduardo Plealez sent a long lob from the right to Corominas who bulldozed a host of rival defenders before slotting the ball into the net with a deft placement to give the home side the lead in the 16th minute.

Bengaluru retaliated and restored parity four minutes latter with a set piece move. Lenny Rodrigues set up Paaartalu who split the rival defence with a through pass for Miku to beat goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani with an low angular drive.

Bengaluru grew into confidence as the match wore on and once again took the lead in the 33rd minute.

Manuel Laanzarote who was the live wire in the midfield took the free-kick from the right and floated the ball inside the box for Bruno Filipe Tavares Pinheiro head the ball on the path of Corominas who squeezed past the rival defender and shot home.

Bengaluru received a double blow when their keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu needlessly challenged Manuel Lanzarote and punched him behind the neck inside the box leaving the referee R Palmson Moses Raj with no choice but to give him the marching orders and point to the spot for a Goa penalty. Laanzarote himself took the penalty and made no mistake in finding the net to give FC Goa a 3-1 lead at half time.

Returning with clear intentions of taking the fight to Goa,  Bengaluru matched their rivals and made attacking moves and reduced the margin in the 50th minute when Paartalu rose highest to nod home a Garcia corner. This was the third goal that the Australian has scored in two matches, all coming from set pieces.  

The Goan defence once again fumbled as defenders Narayan Das and Mohammed Ali failed to tackle Miku who scored his second goal in the 60th minute to restore parity once again. But the Goan once fought back and scored the match-winner with Corominas completing first hat-trick to give Goa their second win and first at home.

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