Corominas hat-trick sinks Blasters

Ferran Corominas scored a fine hat-trick as FC Goa hammered Kerala Blasters 5-2 in a high-scoring match of the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Saturday.

Goa dominated the match, especially the second half, and scored through a brace from Manuel Lanzarote Bruno (9th and 18th minutes) and Corominas Telechea (47th, 51st and 54th) at the Nehru Stadium.

Kerala Blasters had their scorers in Mark Sifneos (7th) and Jackichand Singh (30th).

With the win, FC Goa took their tally to nine points from four matches, the same as Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC, and are placed second behind leader Bengaluru on account of an inferior goal difference.

The Blasters suffered their first defeat and they remained in the eighth position with three points from four matches.

With C K Vineeth not playing because of the suspension that he received in the last match, the Blasters received another setback after Ian Hume was ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

But the visitors got their act together and surprised the home team with an early goal, thanks to an error by goalkeeper Laximan Kattimani.

Jackichand, who was the livewire on the right, sent a cross into the box for Sifneos who controlled the ball and essayed a shot that the keeper let slip.

Goa retaliated and restored parity two minutes later. Eduardo Bedia worked his way up and laid a pass to Narayan Das who, from the left, sent a cross into the box for Lanzarote to volley home.

Goa controlled the proceedings thereafter with Bedia orchestrating the moves by combining with Lanzarote, Brandan Fernandes and Corominas. They took the lead in the 18th minute.

Blasters keeper Rachubka made an error as he kicked the ball straight to Corominas, who passed it to Lanzarote. The latter got the better of the rival defenders and placed the ball into the far corner of the net. Blasters again restored parity in the 30th minute through a set-piece move.

Jackichand played a one-two with Milan and split the rival defence. The former, after receiving the ball, dodged past a couple of rival defenders and placed the ball past an onrushing Kattimani to make it 2-2 at half-time.

FC Goa came with renewed ideas and took the lead two minutes after the break. A poor goal-kick by keeper Racheubko saw the ball land at the feet of Johouh who played a through pass to Corominas to find the mark.

Four minutes later, Corominas again scored off a Brandan Fernandes cross from the right. Corominas was again on target three minutes later to complete the Blasters' rout.

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