Sergio Libera’s men put a great show at goa by beating Out of form ATK to keep their playoff hopes very much alive.
The match was very crucial for Goa to be in the playoff race whereas ATK were desperate to finish their dismal losing streak. Edu bedia was back from suspension for goa however they were missing the services of Jahouh which gave pronay harder his second successive start.
Whereas for ATK Ashley Westwood brought back prabir das and Rupert nongrum in place of keegan and Ryan taylor.
The match started with ATK going all out for first 6 minutes however to no success.However in just the 10th minute of the game lanzarote’s corner was well headed the by Sergio juste which gave the lead to the home.
Celebration continued for the home side when lanzarote made it 2-0 with a calm finish after Sorom poirei’s save off Mandar Rao desai’s shot fell in for spaniard
There was no stopping lanzarote who bagged his second goal of the match and his 11th goal of the season with a curler in the 21st minute of the game. It was all goa from then on, as they continued the pressure which was build by them right from the start. The only chance fell to ATK with Rane’s pass to mbathe blasted off the top of goal.
Before second half ATK brought in zequinha in place of Shankar to boost the attacking line of ATK which was looking dull all way the first half.
While ATK started the second half with positive note it was goa who gave more headache to Westwood side when coro scored a stunner goal from the spot at the 64th minute. Anwar Ali’s foul certainly cost ATK hugely. The top scorer of isl continued his dream form scoring yet another goal.
Thereafter lot of chance went to ATK with some really good once for robbie Keane. At 87th minute zequinha’s pass was well converted by robbie Keane which eventually gave more or less a consolation goal for ATK. Keane was only the bright side for ATK as he continued his good form.
However it wasn’t the end of goal feast as the substitute Mark sifneos joined the party by scoring a goal at the 90th minute which made 5-1 for goa as Anwar Ali failed to put a touch on the ball. Just at dying minute of the match lanzarote got a wonderful chance to score a hatrick however much to delight of ATK the shot went wide. The referee’s whistle meant that goa thumped ATK 5-1 that to for first time in the history of isl.
Goa still has work to be done on March 4,when they face jamshedpur fc in crucial decider for the 4th semifinal spot.
Whereas ATK’s problems continued as their defense once again let down their team. Now they move back to home to face North East United at the last match of the league stage to avoid finishing last in the points table.