What a lovely finish that was from Romeo. To have the skill to round the keeper, and the nerve to do so that calmly is a testament to the young Goan's immense potential.
Zico FINALLY has the rub off the green! Two superb touches of the outside of Robin Singh's left boot have decided the game for a team that looked decidedly second best to NorthEast for the majority of the game.
Nelo Vingada's side will have only themselves to blame - wasteful finishing and poor passing in the final third was the sole reason they didn't walk away with this! Goa, though, deserved the three points simply for their immense mental strength. Having gone a man down, it would have been easy for them to just give up on the whole darn thing, but they didn't and a last-minute goal can do wonders to a team's confidence.
Let's see if they can carry this forward for the remainder of the games. Vingada's side meanwhile need something to break their way, and deseperately so.
It was a pleasure bringing this immensely exciting match to you! The nine (eight) Indians of Goa did it! Thank you for reading!
Anirudh Menon signing out!
PEEP! PEEP! FULLTIME!
TEN-MAN GOA EDGE IT WITH VIRTUALLY THE LAST KICK OF THE GAME!
Oh, Football! Bloody Hell!!
Robin Singh threads the eye of a needle with a magnificent ball that lets Romeo run through on goal. He rounds Subrata Paul with contemptous ease and strokes it in! WHAT A GOAL! WHAT A FINISH!
92' He clips a shot-cross hybrid that floats harmlessly wide! Poor from a man of his stature!
91' FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON! NorthEast have a freekick in a very dangerous possession, and Romaric looks like he fancies it.
90' Romaric, Aneff and Passi try to work some one-touch passing around the Goa box, but it's intercepted. The ball is worked out to Romaric and he slams it straight at Balmuchu. The ball dribbles through to Kattimani.
89' Reagan swings it in deep and it is collected well by Laxmikant Kattimani right off the forehead of Sumit Passi.
86' OH MY GOA! OH MY!! RAFAEL BREAKS WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND HE PLAYS THE BALL INTO THE GOA BOX. ROBIN SINGH AT FULL STRETCH IS MILLIMETERS AWAY FROM GIVING GOA THE LEAD! PHEW!
85' SUBSTITUTE - the goal scorer Seityasen OFF, Sasha Aneff ON
84' Keenan trips up Cullen, again. The wingback is walking a disciplinary tightrope here, but thankfully for the sake of the game, and Zico's sanity - the ref keeps his cards in his pocket
83' The corner is not that great, and Goa break forward but Subrata Paul is out immediately to clear the ball near the halfway line!
82' Cullen races forward and Balmuchu slips to give him the inch he needs to put a cross in. This he does with a sweet touch of the outside of his boot, and Seityasen wins them another corner!
80' WOAAAAH! Romaric sends in a low surface-to-air missile that skims the grass before stinging Kattimani's palms. That was POWERFUL!
78' SUBSTITUTION - Romaric ON, Velez OFF. A degree of caution being thrown back in here by Vingada.
77' OH NICO!! THIS ISN'T VELEZ'S DAY!!! THE BALL BOUNCES OFF HIS BACK AS HE RUNS CLEAR THROUGH ON GOAL!
76' CAN GOA HOLD ON!!
75' Goa win a corner after an enthusiastic Romeo run. The corner is woefully overhit by Trindade.
74' SUBSTITUTION - Dessai OFF, Fulganco Cardozo ON as Zico tries to bolster his defense
73' SUBSTITUTION! Passi ON, Zokora OFF. That's throwing caution to the wind, Nelo!! He's decided to take this game by the horns!
No one can complain with that decision though! Tavora brought Velez down as he ran through on goal. Silly foul. Deserved second yellow.
OH ZICO! OH ZICO!!
69' Katsumi rampages down the left, golden hair trailing him like a particularly fantastic specimen of the Japanese stallion. But a thumping Almeida challenge brings him, and us, crashing back to reality. Goal kick,Goa.
68' NorthEast are responding strongly here! Zokora swings it in, but it's punched away by Kattimani.
67' UFFF! NICO VELEZ WITH A SNAPSHOT FROM THE EDGE OF THE SIX YARD BOX! KATTIMANI AND GAIKWAD COMBINE TO STOP THE NORTHEAST MAN!! This is proper end to end stuff now!
65' Trindade tries to power his way through the NorthEast defence, but a last ditch tackle from Mailson stops him in his tracks.
64' Narzary is falling to pieces here. He gets booked for a very, very, rash tackle on Romeo! The momentum is firmly with Goa here!
Romeo skins Narzary down the right touchline and he careens into the box, before looking up and calmly picking out Robin Singh. The Indian striker calmly places it into the goal with a superb outside of the boot finish. Magnificent!
61' From the free kick, the ball bounces to Rowllin Borges who whacks into the night sky
60' OH ALMEIDA! The Goan right back gets himself into the book, with a rather silly foul on Robert Cullen. Goa need to keep their discipline here!
59' NorthEast are not letting Goa settle. Rowllin Borges - India's very own Sergio Busquets - is key to that as he glides across the surface snuffing out threats all across the park. Nico Velez tries to go for the spectacular and larrumps one in from twenty-five yards. It flies well wide.
57' Goa have already lost as many matches this season as they had the WHOLE OF THE LAST TWO! Bit of nightmare the team is going through this year!
56' Goa are being surprisingly patient about this, and are patiently passing and probing their way through the game. Mandarrao loses said patience, turns on his afterburners and skins Narzary for sheer, unadulterated, pace. But he is running so fast he loses control of the ball, and NorthEast gather in relief
54' Debrabata does well to intercept a piercing Yusa pass before Seityasen runs onto it. Goa move forward with Romeo, but his attempted cross is thwarted.
52' YELLOW for Tavora for careening into Katsumi Yusa. He's been kicking the Japanese across the park, and that was probably one kick too many for the ref
51' Goa bomb forward, and it's 4 v 4, but Dessai overhits his cross horribly high!
The corner from Yusa is worked deep where Seityasen collects, jinks to his left and unleashes a howitzer that bounces off the back of Trindade and careens into the net! That had been coming!
Goa need to dig deep into their reserves of mental strength now.
48' NorthEast are firmly ion the front foot here. Zokora has moved up, and he feeds a free Cullen on the left. The cross is deflected away for a corner!
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