Herald: Lobera’s boys aim to seal play-off berth

Lobera’s boys aim to seal play-off berth

18 Feb 2019 05:20am IST

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FC Goa currently sit in second spot on the league table with 28 points from their 15 games and a victory against Kerala Blasters FC will help them seal a place in the last four today

FATORDA: FC Goa will aim to follow into the footsteps of Bengaluru FC and confirm their place in the Indian Super League play-offs. 

Sergio Lobera’s men currently sit in second spot on the league table with 28 points from their 15 games and a victory against Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here, will help them seal a place in the last four on Monday.

The Gaurs are in excellent form currently and come into the clash on the back of a five-game unbeaten run with a comprehensive 3-0 thrashing of a formidable ATK side being their latest scalp.

FC Goa were absolutely ruthless in the win against ATK with star striker Ferran Corominas bagging a brace which has catapulted him back to the top of the scoring charts ahead of NorthEast United’s Bartholomew Ogbeche with 13 goals.

With their last two matches in the league coming against last season’s finalists Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa will be desperate to take maximum points from the Kerala encounter.

Kerala Blasters, on the other hand, do not have much at stake apart from pride to play for with even a top-six finish now beyond the reach of Nelo Vingada and his men.

It has not been the easiest of tasks for Vingada since taking over the reins from David James with his first three games in charge of the club yielding just two points.

However, there has been a minor turnaround in fortunes for Kerala Blasters since their 0-2 defeat at the hands of Delhi Dynamos. They were excellent in the first-half against Bengaluru FC before they squandered a two-goal advantage and settled for a draw. Vingada will come into the clash on the back of his first win as Kerala Blasters boss after an impressive 3-0 thrashing of defending champions Chennaiyin FC.  

The Gaurs ran out 3-1 victors in the reverse fixture at Kochi earlier this season. Will they do the double or will Vingada’s men exact revenge?

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