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Kibu Vicuña’s team is fighting to create chances and was exposed defensively by FC Goa …
Kerala Blasters allowed FC Goa to take control of the game and score a goal in the first half of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) match on Sunday.
Igor Angula’s clever run to beat the Blasters defense and hold onto Savior Gama’s balloon was as delicious as the chip to beat an out-of-place Albino Gomes that followed. As beautiful as the move and the spike was, the defense should have done much better to deal with the threat from Angulo and couldn’t.
As Igor Angulo plunged deep, swerved wide, spun, passed and landed his shots on target, Gary Hooper had a torrid time at the other end. Iván González and James Donachie did not leave him space in and around the area. And with Sergio Cidoncha injured and Sahal Abdul Samad absent from the day’s call-up (due to a problem, as Kibu Vicuna later revealed), there was no one in the Kerala Blasters midfield who could play an incisive pass and unlock defenses.
Every time the Blasters advanced, they seemed confused as they were pushed through the middle and the flanks were blocked. Vicente Gómez did reasonably well to spray the ball, but his counterpart Edu Bedia had more control and chemistry in the center of the park.
2. 3. 4 – @FCGoaOfficial midfielder @edubedia has attempted the most passes for a player in the league (234) at the end of MD3, of which 206 have succeeded, the highest in the league. Metronomic. #FCGKBFC #HeroISL #Football pic.twitter.com/c3cSq7iVZD
– OptaJeev (@OptaJeev) December 6, 2020
Brandon the best
After missing a start in the opening matches, Brandon Fernandes showed the country why he is currently India’s best offensive midfielder. Juan Ferrando used a suitable word after the game to describe him as a player: “fantastic.”
The second goal was made by Brandon Fernandes, his 17th assist at ISL, the most by an Indian player, third overall only behind Hugo Boumous (19) and Marcelinho (18). A beautiful pass from the edge of the area opened up the Blasters defense and found Jorge Ortiz. The Spaniard found the net to double his team’s advantage.
The blasters once again showed their disorientation and lack of control over the game. It’s an understandable argument that the team had a short preseason and that it will take time to adjust to a new style of play. However, it is an 11-team league and if other teams continue to score points, the waiting period won’t last long.
Putting it on a plate
With Prabhsukhan Gill and Bilal Khan waiting on the wings to make an appearance between the sticks, Albino Gomes may have ruled out his position on the team as the first-choice goalkeeper. Right at the end of the game, he accidentally put the ball on a plate, literally, for Angulo, who happily scored and thanked Goan for an early gift from Christman.
Coach Kibu Vicuña will have to go to the drawing board and make some changes because, as it stands, they are losing ground in the play-off race and the situation will soon spiral out of control, as Blasters fans well know. the last seasons.