FC Goa vs Al Wahda AFC Champions League: The 2nd match of Group Stage between FC Goa and Al Wahda ended in a 0-0 draw. FC Goa is now in the 2nd position in Group E.
Murgaonkar had a shot defended by Mohamed Al Shamsi in the Al Wahda goal. Brandon Fernandes came closest, smashing the ball against the post from the edge of the box after a lovely build-up play from Jorge Ortiz and substitute Devendra Murgaonkar.
Dheeraj Singh needed to be at his absolute best to keep Al Wahda out, but Goa produced better chances.
Another cleansheet, another point! 💪🏻🧡
— FC Goa (@FCGoaOfficial) April 17, 2021
Glan Martins was everywhere, filling holes wheresoever they arose. He dashed ahead to help the lone striker, covered the fullbacks, swept up in front of the center-backs.
Juan Ferrando would also dismiss suggestions that his team was unlucky not to get the win. “In a normal match, if you have three-four good chances and the opponent doesn’t have any, you can call it unlucky. But, Al Wahda had 2-3 very good chances, for example in the last minute. This is the truth. Some chances for us, [some for them]. I am happy because our chances didn’t come from set pieces. They came from buildup, transition,” he said.
FC Goa vs Al Wahda: ALSO READ| AFC Champions League: FC Goa make continental debut with a hard-fought goalless draw against Qatar’s Al Rayyan
The build-up play and the developments were what we have anticipated seeing from FC Goa over the years. Principally in the second half, when the entrance of Murgaonkar in place of Ishan Pandita.
They had missed him in the ISL when he had sat out most of it due to injury, but his clever passing and instant decision-making make them so much more of a goalscoring threat.