A brace from Jorge Ortiz and Naveen Kumar’s brilliance in goal helped FC Goa script a 3-0 win over Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium, on Thursday.
Ortiz scored a goal each in either half (19’, 52’) while Ivan Gonzalez added a late third (89’) after Alexandre Lima received marching orders following a second booking.
Naveen got his first start for the Gaurs under Juan Ferrando while Lenny Rodrigues returned to the side. Top scorer Igor Angulo was a surprise exclusion as Alberto Noguera came in, allowing Ortiz to play in the number 9 role.
It was end-to-end play in the opening minutes which saw both sides fashion goal-scoring opportunities. Jamshedpur had an early opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a free-kick outside the box. Aitor Monroy’s outswinging freekick into the box was there to be put in by Peter Hartley, but the skipper couldn’t get the right connection.
At the other end, Goa pressured the opponents and nearly broke the deadlock when Brandon Fernandes played Ortiz through on goal, but the latter’s shot was kept out by TP Rehenesh.
However, the custodian couldn’t stop Ortiz in the 19th minute. Noguera’s brilliance on the right saw him get past his marker with quick feet and composure. The Spaniard then squared to Ortiz, who fired into the bottom corner.
Soon after the restart, Ortiz scored his second.
Then, Goa scored their third through Ivan Gonzalez. The defender played a one-two with Angulo at the edge of the box and dinked the ball past Rehenesh, into the net.