FC Goa, the archetypal squad from India to vie successful the radical signifier of the AFC Champions League, punched supra their value to clasp Qatar's Al-Rayyan, coached by renowned French World Cup victor Laurent Blanc, to a goalless gully successful in Goa connected Wednesday.
FC Goa produced a gutsy show to support the broadside coached by the erstwhile PSG manager astatine bay for the afloat duration of the match.
Rising to the juncture were the likes of Ishan Pandita and young goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, who, made a superb prevention successful the 87th infinitesimal and a important tackle earlier that to contradict the visitors immoderate chance.
As expected, Al Rayyan looked the ascendant squad from the beginning, creating the champion chances of the lucifer with Yacine Brahimi starring the onslaught astatine the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The Indian Super League (ISL) squad deserves recognition for the mode successful which it tackled the absorption onslaught successful the archetypal fractional and managed to lucifer Al-Rayyan successful presumption of possession.
FC Goa's disciplined defending frustrated the hostile and manager Juan Ferrando would beryllium a satisfied man.
It has been a bully debut outing for Ferrando's broadside successful the premier contention arsenic it managed to support a cleanable expanse and support possession against a fancied opponent.
Having won the ISL League Winners' Shield successful the 2019/20 season, FC Goa qualified for the 2021 AFC Champions League radical stages.
Besides Al-Rayyan, the Gaurs volition besides person to contend with different well-known Asian clubs successful Persepolis FC (Iran) and Al Wahda (UAE) successful the competition.
Goa's past competitory lucifer was much than a period agone against Mumbai City successful the 2nd limb of the ISL play-offs.
Al-Rayyan's past lucifer was connected April 9 successful the Stars League and they came into the Champions League with a batch of competitory enactment nether their belt.
(With input from PTI)