Sporting Clube de Goa host their final game of the season at PJN Stadium Fatorda, when they welcome Aizawl FC in the second leg of Hero Fed Cup semi-finals on Sunday. The first leg ended in a goalless draw at Aizawl with both teams putting up a brilliant defensive performance. With no goal scored at Aizawl, it will be interesting to see how both the tacticians Mateus Costa and Jahar Das approach this fixture.
“It is always a difficult to play them at Aizawl” said Mateus Costa. He continued, “Overall it was a fantastic defensive performance from our boys. I agree we lacked the creativity upfront but at the back we were solid and hence we kept a clean sheet away.”
He added “If we look at Aizawl’s performance against most teams at home they have scored goals, in a way the clean sheet is a positive result for us.”
Denying the influence of artificial turf at Aizawl Costa said “We have played on artificial turf here too, that can’t be the reason for not winning there. We did play well but couldn’t create chances upfront hence we couldn’t get the goals.”
Speaking about tomorrows match Costa said “The equations are simple, we have to win tomorrow to go through and that’s how we are looking at it. The boys are confident and there is a lot of positivity in the camp, we are eager to play.”
Costa also mentioned “Fans are an integral part of football, we request our fans and other football lovers from the state to come and encourage us so that we can carry forward Goa and Goa’s love for football in the finals.”
Speaking to the media skipper Loveday Enyinnaya said “Tomorrow’s match is not going to be easy, but we believe in ourselves and will give our best to go into the finals.”
Aizawl FC head coach Jahar Das said “Frankly speaking, we failed to take advantage at home. The first half we had a defensive approach it’s only in the second half we started attacking and created some good chances but by then was too late, Sporting had settled well into the game. Had we attacked from the start we could have scored.”
Das added “At Fatorda Sporting has a slight advantage because of the natural turf. Our boys usually practice on artificial turf which makes it difficult to read the ball at times.”
Sporting Gaffer Mateus Costa will lack the services of their box to box midfielder Rowllin Borges, which means in all probability Denson Devidas will partner Pratesh in the mid. The Flaming Oranje will be hoping to sign off their season in Goa with a goal feast and give their fans one more match to look out for on 21st. Over all the second leg of semi-finals will me a mouth watering affair for football lovers in Goa.