Well, that was a superbly entertaining match. It had fouls, inane refereeing decisions, and a superbly taken goal. It was end-to-end for most of the second half and Zico has FINALLY got one up on his old enemy, Habas.
Rafael's free kick was a thing of beauty, a great imitation of Zico's falling leaf technique. There should have been more goals and Pune have every right to feel aggrieved after the host of iffy decisions from the man with the whistle.
In the end, though, Zico has finally gotten Lady Luck to sing in his favour, and how could anyone begrudge the great man that?
It was a pleasure covering the match, thank you guys for reading.
Anirudh Menon signing out!
PEEP! PEEP!! THE REF BLOWS THE WHISTLE WITH A MINUTE STILL LEFT ON THE CLOCK, AND PUNE HAVING JUST WON A CORNER.
Not a man to stay out of the limelight, is Mr. Dutta.
Zico can breathe again, Goa HAVE A WIN!! They leapfrog Pune to climb off the bottom of the table. Habas' men take their place at the bottom
92' Sanju tries to chip it forward, but Richarlyson clears by absolutely blootering it forward. All eleven Goa players are back in their own third. Bruno thrashes it high and wide!
90' All hands on deck right now. Pune are lumping it forward, and all the big men are moving forward. Play is held up again as Romeo goes down holding his back. There will be FIVE minutes added on
88' SUBSTITUTION - Sanjay Balmuchu OFF injured, Debabrata ON
87' It looks an insect has flown inside Bete's ear!! Aiyyo! That's held up play for a good four minutes now - AND it's still not out! So very strange, and a little funny - but you feel for the big Armenian
85' OH MY! RAFAEL ALMOST DOUBLES GOA's LEAD! He gets one-on-one with the keeper who has come out to the edge of the box, and beats him with a marvellous shimmy. But his shot is blocked ON THE GOALLINE by an excellent header from RAHUL BHEKE!! AMAZING! The ball comes back to Rafael, with Bete still out of position, but he can only put his acrobatic effort wide this time. THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Great, great, defending though from Rahul Bheke
84' OH!!!!! Arnolin just about gets a hair on a Bruno cross and it deflects just wide of the outstretched Gouramangi! THAT WAS SO CLOSE
83' He kicks it. Not very well. It's straight at the wall. Sigh
82' It's the substitute who is standing over it... Luciano gets a YELLOW for pushing and shoving inside the Goan wall. OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, JUST KICK THE BALL!
81' Strange SUBSTITUTION - The threatening Tato OFF, Bruno ON
80' Luciano drags Tato down on the edge of the box, clumsy defending that. It's exactly the sort of area from which Rafael scored!
79' This is proper end-to-end stuff now. One moment the ball is being intercepted by Dumas, the other it's Gouramangi. It promises to be a fascinating last ten minutes
78' Goa win a corner though, and it's swung in brilliantly by Richarlyson. A completely unmarked Rafael rises high to head the ball (zonal marking, really?) but he can't find any direction on the header and it bounces off an unsuspecting Romeo
77' Richarlyson tries to Roberto-Carlos the ball in. Yeah, that is not happening my man.
76' Raffael and Reinaldo exchange passes before Gouramangi steps in and walks away with the ball. Rafael comes back for more, nicks the ball off of the defender's toe and gets fouled in return
75' The ball bobbles around the box after Kattimani is roughed up by a flying Traore, but Goa clear frantically! Lucca tries to catch out the keeper with a smart kick, but the Goan lad is having none of it. Great keeping as he was under tremendous pressure here
74' SUBSTITUTION - Lenny Rodrigues OFF, Sanju Pradhan ON.
73' SUBSTITUTION - Anibal OFF, Goa's nightmare (from that last minute winner in their previous meeting) N'Doye ON
72' OOOHOHOHO! Romeo runs at Narayan Das before flummoxing him with a nutmeg that leaves the Pune left back dead in his tracks. Big Momo Sissoko comes over to put an end to all that, and he succeeds.
71' YELLOW for Tato - it was a petty foul, and he kicked the ball away. Pune need to keep their focus here.
70' Pune are knocking on the Goan door, blockade more like, incessantly now. But no one in white is budging for the moment.
67' SUBSTITUTION - an exhausted Joffre OFF, Reinaldo ON
66' OOOO THIS IS DANGEROUS FOR PUNE! Richarlyson takes the ball off Tato like a mean uncle off a little girl and walks away into the Pune box. He plays it to Romeo, who offloads it to Joffre, but they complicate it too much and the ball is whacked away
65' Tato powers away from Dumas down the Pune right, but his cross is useless. Pune are camped in the Goa half now; and the away side seem content to sit back and absorb the punishment
64' Rafael and Joffre exchange a 60-yard one-two (it really was beautiful), before Joffre nutmegs Sissoko and sticks a teasing ball onto the far post. The ever-present Gouramangi nods it away
63' SUBSTITUTION - Robin Singh OFF, Raju Gaikwad ON. The beeping you hear right now is a Goan bus being reversed into a parking positon.
62' Sissoko smacks a shot goalward, it deflects off Richarlyson and should be a corner. Naturally, the ref gives a goal-kick
61' GOA BREAK with Romeo, but Pune are back in numbers and the ball is back in their hands
60' Sissoko meets his match with Robin Singh - in terms of pure physical strength - but the Indian clumsily pushes the big Pune man off the ball and the home side have a freekick. It's swung in dangerously....
59' WHAT. A. CHANCE.!!! Joffre and Rafael exhange passes brilliantly as they take the Pune defence completely out of the eqauation. Joffre is played in with only the goalkeeper to it and he slams it high!!!
57' Romeo sends in a superb ball that is just about kept out by Augustin. The ball comes streaming back off the left foot of Dessai, but Joffre attempts a pass that is just too intricate and the move breaks down.
56' The corner flies all the way across the box, invitingly, but there is no in white to nod it in! Goa have absorbed the early punishment and are now breaking forward more consistently.
55' Robin Singh attempts to break forward, but lacks the pace to outrun Gouramangi - but he does well to keep onto the ball and release Joffre down the left. He wins a corner!
54' Tato swings in an excellent free-kick that just evades the jumping Traore and Anibal; before bouncing off of Gouramangi's knee. The defender would have been unsighted by the men in front of him
53' Joffre attempts to wriggle his way through the Pune backline but is sandwiched by Lucca and Gouramangi - Tato tries to counter right back, but he's held back
52' Lucca has an effort on goal from distance. It ends up nearer the corner flag than the goal.
51' Bheke tries to Rory-Delap a throw-in into the box, it creates all sorts of confusion but Dumas clears with typically minimal fuss
50' OH ROBIN SINGH!!! The Indian striker tries to chip Bete from the edge of the box, but he doesn't get any sort of lift on it - great thinking, poor execution.
48' Goa are backed up in their penalty box, but Romeo foolishly trips up Richarlyson, and that's that
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