FC Goa hold Al-Rayyan to a goalless draw in their debut ACL 2021 match
Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) side FC Goa produced a memorable performance on their AFC Champions League debut to earn a well-deserved point from their opening Group E (West Region) clash after a 0-0 draw against Al Rayyan SC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Wednesday.
The difference in quality between both teams was visible from the start but the FC Goa players gained confidence as the match goes on and showed the world that Indian Football and ISL have surely improved.
Juan Ferrando organised the team defensively and despite some errors in the first 15 minutes, they were more than competitive and Al Rayyan SC had to work hard to find any ball in the final third. Here's how Twitter reacted after FC Goa's valiant effort.
TAKE A BOW @FCGoaOfficial!! ???????? You’ve made every single Indian Football fan proud with that performance. Credit to Juan Ferrando for getting the tactics spot on and the players giving their all on the pitch. Absolutely brilliant!!! #GOARYN #ACL2021— Darren Caldeira (@darrencaldeira) April 14, 2021
Boy o boy what a crucial save that was from Dheeraj & this team of @FCGoaOfficial and that performance holding a qatari champion club to a goalless draw in their first ever #ACL2021...take a bow @JuanFerrandoF & entire team that was some great Uzzo power on display ???? #GOARYN— siju mathew (@sijumathew94) April 14, 2021
Glen Martins! Top Notch performance! #GOARYN— Rohit Ramesh (@roh00) April 14, 2021
#GOARYN— Khuri Irani Khan (@khuri8) April 14, 2021
Hold on! PLEASE Hang on...don’t even dare to breathe!!
Can they do it? @FCGoaOfficial outstanding performance by every single player!!! From the GK to the lone striker, one strong unit! Immovable. Invincible.
(Something about an Indian side playing a Qatari team ????)