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ISL 2023-24: FC Goa reclaims top spot with 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters

FC Goa clinched the top spot in the ISL 2023-24 table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters, thanks to Rowllin Borges' late first-half goal.

ISL 2023-24: FC Goa reclaims top spot with 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters

FC Goa Regains Top Spot 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 4 Dec 2023 1:47 PM GMT

FC Goa secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters FC, reclaiming the top spot in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 points table at the Fatorda Stadium, on Sunday.

The opening minutes saw Kwame Peprah of Kerala Blasters missing a golden opportunity, spurning a chance to put his team in the lead. The Ghanaian's off-target shot reflected the tightly-contested nature of the game, leaving both teams aware of the consequences of such missed opportunities.

However, as the first half approached its conclusion, a refereeing mistake handed FC Goa a free-kick on the right flank during added time. Seizing the moment, Victor Rodriguez delivered a pinpoint set-piece, finding an unmarked Rowllin Borges inside the 18-yard box. Borges, known for his defensive prowess, showcased his evolving offensive instincts by calmly placing the ball into the net, securing a crucial lead for the home team.

Unfortunately for FC Goa, Borges picked up a knock during the goal-scoring effort and was immediately substituted for Udanta Singh. For Kerala Blasters, the game came at a crucial juncture, riding high on recent successes. Despite dominating possession and attempting nine shots, they were unable to find the finishing touch. The likes of Rahul KP and Adrian Luna displayed eagerness and determination, covering every inch of the pitch in pursuit of a breakthrough. However, luck was not on their side this evening.

Looking ahead, FC Goa is set to face Mumbai City FC at the Fatorda Stadium on December 12, while Kerala Blasters FC will travel to take on Punjab FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on December 14. The match results are sure to influence the dynamics of the ISL 2023-24 season as the competition intensifies.

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