FC Goa got one over former head coach Juan Ferrando, with a 3-0 win over ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Sunday. Aibanbha Dohling, Fares Arnaout and Noah Sadaoui were on target as the Fatorda faithful had another night to remember.
Goa head coach Carlos Pena made two changes to the side that lost to Kerala Blasters last week. The injured Saviour Gama dropped out of the matchday squad as Marc Valiente returned at the heart of defence, pushing Aiban to the left-back position. The other change raised a few eyebrows as Noah Sadaoui was benched and Redeem Tlang started on the right flank. ATK Mohun Bagan FC made no changes to their starting lineup.
The first half was action-packed and ended with everything but goals. In the opening seven minutes of the game, ATK Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Vishal Kaith produced four saves to keep the visitors in the game.
The 100th goal of this season's ISL was scored to break the deadlock five minutes into the second half. Aiban sprinted down the left flank to pounce on a long diagonal. The full-back muscled past Asish Rai, adjusted his footing and smashed the ball in from an acute angle.
Late in the second half, Goa added a second goal. Substitute Arnaout beat Brendan Hamill to the ball to head home an Edu Bedia corner just 11 minutes after coming on. Eight minutes from time, poor goalkeeping from Kaith allowed substitute Sadaoui to score his fourth goal of the season from long range.