Panaji: FC Goa went down to Bangu Atletico Clube 3-1 in the first of their six pre-season games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The match took place at Zico 10, head coach Zico’s academy.
Bangu played quick, attacking football to take a 3-0 lead at the first half before full back Fulganco Cardozo reduced the margin for Zico’s side.
Employing a 3-5-2 formation, FC Goa were vulnerable to rapid attacks by the Brazilian team.
Wingers Romeo Fernandes and Mandar Rao Dessai were forced to track back constantly and cover the opposition wingers.
The opposition found acres of space behind the two Goan wingers who attempted to venture forward to help out in the attack.
It did not take long before the first goal was scored.
Gregory Arnolin held on to the ball too long at the half line, which prompted an opposition to steal it from him. A quick counter attack ensued and Goa found themselves a goal down.
In the 21st minute, a poorly taken corner gave the opposition another chance to counter attack and the Brazilian scored again to double their lead.
Soon Bangu extended their lead by exploiting the space behind Dessai and the resulting cross was turned into his own net by a back tracking Lucio.
At the break, the Indian side were down 0-3 and had a mountain to climb in the second half.
Zico was quick to identify his team’s weaknesses and made some changes at the break. The defence underwent an overhaul as Cardozo, Keenan Almeida and Luciano Sobrosa were brought in. Brazilian Trindade Gonsalves was also brought in to shield the defence.
Changing to a 4-4-1-1 formation brought more stability to the team. Although Bangu still kept control of the match, Zico’s side looked more assured in.
Midway through the half, Zico brought Debabrata Roy on for Dessai and pushed Cardozo to a more advanced left mid position. PTI
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