Youngster Ishan Pandita’s late equaliser helped FC Goa play a 1-1 draw against ATK Mohun Bagan in an Indian Super League match at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa Sunday.
Substitute Pandita’s goal came in the 85th minute after a 75th-minute free-kick from Edu Garcia had put ATKMB ahead.
Both teams played out an exciting and evenly fought match which witnessed both teams ride on near goals, trading missed opportunities.
The first half played itself out in predictable terms. Goa dominated possession — they had 62 per cent of the ball in that period — and sprayed passes around the pitch while ATKMB maintained their shape and ensured their opponents were restricted to mostly hopeful shots from outside the box.
Goa started looking more threatening as the first half approached its conclusion. In the 36th minute, Bhattacharja was called into action, to stop a Saviour Gama shot. ATKMB successfully held fort as the first-half finished goalless.
It was Juan Ferrando’s men who were running the show after halftime, but then, totally against the run of play, ATKMB found a goal. Roy Krishna was fouled by James Donachie just outside the box. ATKMB has always been threatening from set-pieces this season and this time was no different. Garcia stepped up and powered one into the right-hand corner of the net.
With just minutes left on the clock, Pandita diverted it into the net from a corner to drag his team level.