The Final Score is 1-1
FC Goa shook off a day-long ordeal to play out a valiant 1-1 draw against defending champions ATK in a delayed Indian Super League match that got over well past midnight under unforeseen circumstances at the Salt Lake Stadium.
In a primary instance in Indian soccer, the match kicked off at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday in peak winter after a day-long drama surrounding FC Goa group’s arrival which got delayed following technical snag to their chartered flight and later due to crash of a fighter jet at the Dabolim airport that forced the closure of the runway.
The complete scenario is like that, FC Goa-ATK match that was originally scheduled on December 31 was postponed to January 3 after the police there refused to provide security arrangement citing New Year’s eve revelry.
In the evening the organisers had stated in a release that the match will be delayed by a “minimum one hour due to unavoidable circumstances”. But what transpired on the field was a series of delays beginning with a 9:30 p.m. announcement. There was speculation of a cancellation before the National Anthem was played at 10:40 p.m and the match finally kicked off after a delay of two hours and 45 minutes.
The Kolkata team attacked the Goan net with their ball within 5minutes, but the fatigued FC Goa players somehow kicked back to restore parity in the 24th minute when Spanish forward Ferran Corominas scored his ninth ISL hit.
“I have never faced (such a situation) in professional football. ISL is a great league and it does not deserve matches like today… It’s not a good spectacle. We spent the entire day at the airport with nothing to eat and nowhere to rest. And we had to come here running, as otherwise, we would have lost three points,” Goan Coach Loobera lamented after the match.