ISL 2021-22: Jorge Ortiz's long-range shot helps FC Goa sink Chennaiyin FC 1-0
FC Goa has finally registered their first victory under new head coach Derrick Pereira. The Gaurs defeated Chennaiyin FC 1-0 on Sunday, thanks to Jorge Ortiz's late-game stunner.
After an average first half, Goans picked their form as they had a barrage of aggressive plays on goal. Gaurs captain Edu Bedia came close to scoring another Olimpico as he hit the far post from the corner spot.
At the 81st minute mark, Chennaiyin keeper Debjit Majumder was off his line and Gaurs' striker Jorge Ortiz took a long-distance shot and scored his fourth goal of the 2021-22 ISL. FC Goa played out the remaining nine minutes to defeat the Marina Machans 1-0.
In the post-match press conference, Derrick Pereira was elated with the team's performance, as he said, "This was a win that we can be proud of. The conditions heading into the game were less than ideal. Fitness is one thing. Add to it the psychological aspect, one can see how much the odds were against us. I'm happy to get my first win, but I'm more happy with the effort that the guys have put in the game. Everyone knew their role and played their part."
"The three points were vital for us at this stage of the competition. This was one of our better displays and this win gives us some much-needed confidence going into the second half of the season. The defence has become better with each passing game and I feel the clean sheet was well deserved. We have to be better at finishing off the chances we are creating." added Derrick Pereira.