A set was for celebration was on the plate for Atletico De Kolkata; if referee wouldn’t have ruined the game by seven yellow cards and a red-card. At least, that’s how Antonio Lopez Habas describes today’s 1-1 away draw with FC Goa.
Antonio Lopez Habas at post match interview: FC Goa vs Atletico De Kolkata
In the post-match press-conference Atletico De Kolkata manager Antonio Lopez Habas looked very frustrated and expressed his disappointment on poor referring. In his short interview Habas came up with a outburst against the match officials. Habas was reported quoting
“He showed seven (six) yellow and one red card which unsettled our rhythm. It was very frustrating. Our opponent played well against us but we defended well and I am happy for having collected one point in the away match.”
Zico at post match interview: FC Goa vs Atletico De Kolkata
On the other hand FC Goa manager Brazilian legend Zico; “the white Pele”, had emphasised and focused on how his boys created truck full of chances but could not milk the best out of the scene. Zico’s disappointment over the score-line was summed up by his delivery at the conference. Zico replied to the press saying
“They controlled the proceeding but played too many wrong passes than the last match which saw us not finding more goals. We created lot of goal scoring chances and finally found the equaliser in the 82nd minute (81st) to earn us a point. We had played four times last season against the Kolkata team in the ISL and we have lost once and drawn three times and today we were looking to win in front of our fans but unfortunately we could not get the victory in spite of dominating the game.”
Brief sum up of the 90 minute match
FC Goa had gone behind after being down by a first half goal by Atletico De Kolkata midfielder Arata Izumi. The goal eventually came off all on a sudden. The match was always in hand of FC Goa. As said earlier in the match preview the home team kept on pressing the opponent to the penalty box and created a bucket full of chances. But none of the half-chances or the sitters was converted.
In the second half, Baljit Sahni recived a yellow card and then went on to get into the trap of Arnolin. After a short argument, Shani was found to be head-butting the FC Goa player. As a result Shani had to leave his team one man down in the field. In the 81st minute of the game, Almeida equalized for the home team. The FC Goa squad was bulldozing out the Atletico mid-field; but with a strong defence, Atletico De Kolkata ended the match a draw.
More Humiliation following in FC Goa vs Atletico De Kolkata match: Indian Super League
In spite of the six yellow cards and a red-card; the officials also provided another pathetic situation on-field; when FC Goa goalkeeper Kattimani was denied to substitute Andrade; because of some error down the official’s table. However after a brief frustrating and shameful period the game resumed.