- Liston Colaco (23')
- Roy Krishna (56')
- Jorge Ortíz (81')
A Liston Colaco thunderbolt and a perfectly timed half volley from Roy Krishna helped Juan Ferrando beat his former side as ATK Mohun Bagan beat FC Goa 2-1 at Fatorda on Wednesday. Scored in the 23rd minute, it was Colaco's fifth goal of the season, the highest by any Indian this term. Krishna (56th minute) made it 2-0 early on in the second half before Jorge Ortiz fortuitously pulled one back in the 81st minute but it was not enough in the end.
The result means Bagan continued their resurgence under Ferrando, moving to third in the points table with 14 points from eight matches. FC Goa, meanwhile, remained eighth having the same number of points from eight games.
Goa had started the more positive of the two sides. The impressive Devendra Murgaonkar warmed Amrinder Singh's gloves with an early attempt after nutmegging his marker and getting the better of him to shoot on goal. Amrinder saw the ball all the way and had it covered. Mohammed Nemil then spurned a good chance as he ran onto a clever Alberto Noguera freekick taken short and smashed his attempt high and wide.
Soon, though, Colaco stepped up. He got on the ball on the left inside channel near the halfway mark. The 23-year old took a couple of steps forward to then unleash a rocket of a hit that swerved past the keeper, smashed the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net. Ferrando had his hands on his head in disbelief, his mouth wide open as Bagan took a lead they never relinquished.
At the half-hour mark, Jorge Ortiz forced Amrinder into a good save from a free-kick but the half ended without much more incident.
Bagan doubled their advantage soon after the restart, Krishna firing home first time after a Hugo Boumous ball bounced all the way over to the edge of the box where Krishna lay in wait, in acres of space.
Goa never really got a grip of the game after falling behind by two goals before a Amrinder gaffe helped them get back in the game. Ortiz's weak left-footer was inexplicably spilled by Amrinder as the ball went into the net. Goa threw the kitchen sink at Bagan, looking for an equaliser but Ferrando's men held on.