Bambolim: FC Goa managed to fend off a tough press by Kerala Blasters to settle for a point each with a 1-1 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) at GMC Stadium, Bambolim on Saturday.
Goa took the lead through a 25th minute strike from Jorge Ortiz Mendoza. Rahul KP then scored the equaliser for Kerala Blasters in the 57th minute with a brilliant header. Goa were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute with Ivan Gonzalez received two yellow cards within seconds.
Goa started with what they do the best -- intriguing short passes, maintaining maximum ball possession, and keeping Kerala on the back foot.
Goa continued their surge with Ortiz and Noguera combining once again. The latter then crossed the ball into the box, which Devendra Murgaokar headed straight to the goalkeeper.
The Gaurs deservingly took the lead in the 25th minute from a set-piece. Ortiz's freekick from the left took a slight deflection off Sahal Abdul Samad's head and looped over Gomes.
In the second half, Kerala restored parity through Rahul. Pereyra delivered yet another beautiful cross through a corner. Rahul timed his run to perfection at the far post and headed the ball past Goa goalkeeper Naveen Kumar. IANS