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Goa beat Bengaluru 4-3 in 7-goal thriller

Goa: In the battle between two Spanish managers with Barcelona ties, Sergio Lobera's FC Goa consigned Albert Roca's Bengaluru FC to their first defeat in the Indian Super League (ISL) after a seven-goal thriller that finished 4-3 in favour of the home side.

Spanish striker Ferran Corominas was the hero for the Gaurs as he notched a hat-trick (16', 33', 63') while Manuel Lanzarote also scored for Goa with a 40th-minute penalty. A double from Miku (20', 60') and an Erik Paartalu header (57') seemed to have brought Bengaluru FC, who were down to 10-men after Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's red card in the 36th minute, back into the game but Coro had the final say on the game.
Sergio Lobera made two changes to his line-up from the previous game, bringing back Bruno Pinheiro and Brandon Fernandes in place of Konsham Chinglensana Singh and Manuel Arana in a 4-2-3-1 shape that had Coro deployed as the lone striker.
Bengaluru gaffer Albert Roca continued with the same eleven in their third successive game. Sunil Chhetri, Miku and Udanta Singh formed the attacking trident in a 4-3-3 formation with Juanan and John Johnson as the two centre-backs. Goa had the early chance to inflict pressure on the visitors when Coro took Manuel Lanzarote's pass into the box and squared it to Mandar Rao Dessai who could not sort his feet out and spurned a glorious chance.
At the other end, the home team's skipper, Laxmikant Kattimani, came up with a good save, diving low to his right to deny Erik Paartalu's header off Edu Garcia's free-kick that looked destined for goal.
Goa then took the lead in the 16th minute when Bedia picked out Coro in an open space on the left from where he dribbled past Juanan and beat Johnson for pace before unleashing a shot into the bottom left corner.
But the joy in the stands was short-lived as a well worked move between Lenny Rodrigues and Paartalu saw the latter lob a pass for Miku who beat Kattimani at his near post with a calm finish.
However, Bengaluru fell behind again as Lanzarote whipped in a free-kick from range. Pinheiro rose above Bheke to head it down to Coro who put the ball in the back of the net to send the home crowd into a frenzy.

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