ISL 2020-21: Gallego helps NorthEast hold Goa to extend unbeaten run

Federico Gallego scores a penalty for NorthEast United vs FC Goa.
Federico Gallego scores a penalty for NorthEast United vs FC Goa.
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Federico Gallego scored from the spot in each half as NorthEast United held FC Goa to a 2-2 draw at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in the Indian Super League on Thursday.

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Goa opened the scoring through Alexander Romario Jesuraj (21') before NEUFC netted the equaliser after a penalty from Gallego (41'). Goa took the lead again through an own goal from Gurjinder Kumar (80') before Gallego scored from the spot again in the 83rd minute to stretch NEUFC's unbeaten run to five games.

Goa started bright and broke the deadlock in the 21st minute. Jorge Ortiz got to the byline after making a brilliant run and his cutback found Alberto Noguera outside the box. The latter laid the ball towards Jesuraj who scored with a simple tap-in.

NEUFC eventually grew into the game and fashioned better chances in the second quarter of the opening half. They had a penalty claim denied after the half-hour mark. Gallego's through ball found Deshorn Brown, who had his heels clipped by Adil Khan before the ball hit Goa keeper Dheeraj Singh and went out for a corner.

However, their efforts would pay off soon as they won a penalty towards the end of the first half. The referee pointed to the spot after Luis Machado was tripped in the box by Noguera. Gallego sent Dheeraj the wrong way to eaualise.

NEUFC continued to put Goa on the backfoot in the second half. They fashioned two great chances to make a comeback around the hour-mark but Dheeraj produced two fine saves.

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Goa would go on to take the lead in the game again, this time from a set-piece. Ortiz whipped in a teasing cross from a corner towards Amarjit Singh who managed to get his header on target after beating Khassa Camara. Gurjinder made his best efforts to clear the ball away on the touchline but ended up conceding an own goal.

However, similar to the first half, there was drama again as NEUFC won a second penalty. Gallego again was at the heart of the move as he found Ashutosh Mehta on the right flank, who was fouled by Ivan Gonzalez in the box. Gallego stepped up to take the penalty again and Dheeraj guessed right this time, managing to block it. But the ball trickled into the net.