As Edu Bedia scored the game-winning goal for FC Goa in the final seconds, East Bengal fans’ hearts were broken. Edu Bedia’s last-second free-kick goal in the 2022–23 Indian Super League (ISL) season prevented East Bengal from earning their first point of the year.
The Gaurs took the lead as Brandon Fernandes scored his first ISL goal in two seasons, but Cleiton Silva’s late penalty allowed the hosts to tie the game. Edu Bedia, a former Goa captain, however, saw to it that the visitors departed the field with all three points from their inaugural game.
The Performing Side:
Cleiton Silva: The seasoned Brazilian forward equalized in the 64th minute with a cool and collected penalty kick to ensure that the Red and Golds remain in the quest for at least a point until the very end.
Naorem Mahesh Singh: The Manipuri winger’s substitution for Tuhin Das on the left flank in the second half changed the tide in East Bengal’s favor. Mahesh Singh gave the attack the much-needed vigor, and the Red and Golds began to generate more opportunities up front.
The Losing Side:
Ivan Gonzalez: The Spanish defender performed terribly tonight against his former team. Gonzalez made a mistake during Brandon’s first goal, which the India international scored easily by gliding past him.
Sumeet Passi: The right-back position was given to Sumeet Passi, who failed horribly. In reality, the Red and Golds’ backline didn’t really stabilize until Sarthak Golui took Passi’s position on the right flank early in the second half.
The Defensive Side: After a very bad first half in which FC Goa entirely controlled the game, the East Bengal backline made some progress in the second half only to make a mistake on Bedia’s long free-kick in the closing seconds, costing them a point.
Midfield:had his first start in central midfield alongside Souvik Chakraborty, and Alex Lima was pushed up front to partner Cleiton Silva as the second striker. The midfield had a difficult first half, but they were able to display some flare in the second half.
Forward Play: Naorem Mahesh Singh’s addition to the left wing did sharpen the East Bengal attack after a mediocre first half. Although Lima, Silva, and Suhair put in a lot of effort and briefly appeared dangerous, they ultimately fell short.
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