Kolkata, 22 November 2015: FC Goa are unable to break the Kolkata jinx as they went down 4-0 to Atletico de Kolkata in Match 44 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2015 at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata, on Sunday evening.
Sameehg Doutie (20’) and Borja Fernandez (22’) scored goals in quick succession in the first half before Iain Hume (68’) and Doutie (78’) scored again to inflict ATK’s second win in regulation time over the Goans.
Both sides had two changes each. Antonio Lopez Habas deployed Mohammed Rafique and Ofentse Nato in place with Arata Izumi and Valdo starting on the bench while Zico sent out Nicolau Colaco and Narayan Das as the right and left wingbacks respectively instead of Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai.
Narayan slipped in a pass to Dudu Omagbemi from the left which the Nigerian fired straight down the throat of ATK goalkeeper Amrinder Singh in the opening minute.
Dudu another opportunity in the ninth minute when Thongkhosiem Haokip drove Rino Anto’s loose pass to Arnab Mondal towards his strike-partner whose attempt to find the far post was denied by Amrinder.
The home team then began creating chances for themselves as Hume’s cross from the left was a bit too far for an onrushing Rafique before the Canadian himself missed the right post.
Soon after Jaime Gavilan Martinez almost setup Rafique to a goal with the latter’s shot on goal being blocked by Narayan, the Spaniard did turn the provider for Doutie’s shot that beat FC Goa goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani in the 20th minute.
Two minutes later, Kattimani had to pick the ball from his nets again as the home team’s skipper Borja slammed the ball past him in the top left corner after receiving a pass from Doutie.
Habas’ men kept coming at the visitor’s goal thereon and Rafique was almost put through on goal by Borja but for the former’s first touch that resulted in the ball rolling in the hands of the Goa custodian.
Lucio stopped Doutie in his tracks in the FC Goa and Zico had a change of formation to his side by replacing defender Gregory Arnolin with midfielder Denson Devadas before the score line read 2-0 in favour of the defending champions at half-time.
The Goan side’s coach made another tactical change in the second half as striker Reinaldo was brought on for midfielder Jofre, though ATK continued dominating the proceedings of match.
Rafique was put through on the right wing but his effort to minus a pass for Martinez was well read by Narayan around the hour mark after which Hume wasn’t able to direct Anto’s cross from the right on target.
Hume finally got an opportunity to get his name on the scoreboard as he converted from the spot to make it 3-0 in the 68th minute after Doutie was deemed to have been fouled by Nicolau Colaco inside the box.
Nicolau was replaced by Mandar in Goa’s last change but the score line only got worse for the visitors as Doutie squeezed past Lucio and Raju Gaikwad to get on the end of Nato’s pass and sidestepped Kattimani to calmly slot the ball at the back of the net in the 78th minute.
Minutes later, it could have been 5-0 but ATK substitute Arata Izumi shot wide after Doutie’s cross from the right found him on the far side.
Atletico de Kolkata, who now have 20 points from 12 matches, displace FC Goa from the top spot while the Goan franchise go second with 18 points from 11 matches.