FC Goa’s attacking midfielder Brandon Fernandes, whose incisive cross to Edu Bedia earned the group its maiden AFC Champions League goal, towards Iran’s Persepolis, mentioned on Wednesday that “it felt great setting up my team-mate to score a historical goal”.
Though FC Goa misplaced 1-2 to the Iranian powerhouse, the memorable goal on Tuesday has given hope that the Indian Super League (ISL) outfit may come again strongly towards the identical opponents in the return-leg match on April 23.
This was FC Goa’s first defeat in three video games after they performed goalless attracts towards Al Rayyan (Qatar) and Al Wahda (UAE) beforehand.
FC Goa captain Edu Bedia headed residence a trademark Brandon Fernandes free-kick in the 14th minute to offer his group the lead, with what is going to stand because the first goal scored by an Indian membership in the AFC Champions League — the continent’s premier membership competitors.
“It is my maiden assist in the AFC Champions League, and it really felt great setting up my teammate to score a historical goal. I was thinking about putting the ball in the right space and I knew that Edu (Bedia) will attack that space and it worked well,” Brandon mentioned.
With two factors collected from their first three matches for FC Goa, there are nonetheless three extra rounds of motion to go. Looking again at his group’s shows to date, Brandon said that his aspect will proceed pushing in the remaining video games.
“It’s definitely a great feeling and a big achievement for us to get these two points. Nobody expected us to give such a tough fight, but we kept pushing and working hard, and we will continue to push ourselves in the upcoming matches,” the midfielder mentioned.
FC Goa have impressed with their assured model of play in the final three matches, which has seen them create various scoring alternatives and introduced them ever so near choosing up three factors towards UAE-based membership Al Wahda in the second match.
“This has been the style of FC Goa all along and the priority has been to maintain the ball possession. The coach has been guiding us through various aspects especially transitions and controlling the spaces, and the team is doing very well following it all,” Brandon mentioned.
He harassed that, “The most essential factor is teamwork. You have to stay collectively as one. Yes, the extent of competitors is excessive however you may’t give away simply. You have to offer it your all.